-NWRA Staff
March 17, 2020

NWRA Seeks Regulatory Flexibility During COVID-19 Pandemic from States

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) sent a letter to state agencies seeking temporary exemptions to certain handling requirements for managing waste and recycling during the state of emergency.

In its letter, NWRA said its members are preparing for what may be “an upheaval in the way material is managed.”

“NWRA has made this request of states to enable waste haulers to adequately respond to waste that will be generated during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are urging the federal government as well to provide our industry relief from certain regulations so that the waste industry can properly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO.

NWRA remains engaged with Congress and the Trump administration to include the waste industry in the national emergency declaration.


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