NWRA Seeks Flexibility from Certain Landfill Regulations in Letter to EPA

NWRA Seeks Flexibility from Certain Landfill Regulations in Letter to EPA

NWRA Urges EPA to Grant Relief from Requirements that Would Not Affect Public Health

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler seeking flexibility from certain regulations.

“NWRA members would like to be prepared for what we anticipate may be upheavals in our ability to comply with permits. Landfills are subject to regulatory requirements under Subtitle D of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These regulations subject landfills to a significant number of time-sensitive requirements. We ask that requirements that do not affect public health or endanger the environment are suspended,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

This request of the EPA follows as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) have extended regulatory relief to the waste and recycling industry. On March 19, 2020, DHS’ Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency recognized the solid waste industry in its initial list of essential critical infrastructure workers. Based on DHS’ designation, FMCSA expanded its emergency declaration to include essential workers providing regulatory relief from hours-of-service rules and additional enforcement discretion for expired licenses and medical cards.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association