NWRA Seeks Flexibility from State and Local Regulations

NWRA Seeks Flexibility from State and Local Regulations

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) wrote to the National Governors Association, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties urging regulatory flexibility from state and local governments.

“Every state and Washington, D.C., have declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to limit the spread and threat of the disease and to ensure necessary services are available. With this in mind, NWRA members would like to be prepared for what we anticipate may be upheavals in the way material is managed. We are requesting flexibility from state and local regulations to ensure our member companies can continue to operate to uphold public health,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

This request of the state and local governments follows NWRA engagement with the federal government. In response to requests of certain federal agencies by NWRA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) extended regulatory relief to the waste and 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