-NWRA Staff
May 21, 2019

NWRA Sends Letter to Congress Supporting Legislation Improving Veterans’ Education and Job Training Programs

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) sent a letter to members of Congress urging support for H.R. 2045, the “Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan Act of 2019.” This legislation would establish an office within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better manage educational and employment programs for veterans.

“At a time when our industry is facing a shortage of commercial vehicle drivers, mechanics and welders, we urge Congress to pass H.R. 2045. This legislation would strengthen the VA’s education and job training programs and help alleviate the tight labor market in our industry,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

The private sector waste and recycling industry has a commercial motor vehicle fleet of more than 100,000 waste, recycling and compost collection trucks. The industry has experienced a growing labor shortage over the past several years, particularly when it comes to hiring individuals with a commercial driver’s license.

Driving for the waste and recycling industry offers numerous advantages such as rising wages, a five-day work week, set daily work schedules and being able to return home at the end of each day’s shift unlike long-haul drivers.


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