-NWRA Staff
April 6, 2020

NWRA Thanks Senator Markey for His Work on Behalf of Waste and Recycling Employees’ Safety

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) thanked Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for his letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House Coronavirus Task Force in support of personal protective equipment (PPE) for solid waste workers and others on the frontline.

“We thank Senator Markey for his hard work and support to ensure waste collection workers and all those who provide essential services have the equipment to work safely,” said Darrell K . Smith, Ph.D, C.I.H., CEO and president of NWRA. “We agree that these frontline workers should not risk their lives providing an essential service.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated the solid waste industry as part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. NWRA has also written to FEMA requesting the agency prioritize the waste collection industry with vendors. NWRA continues to engage with all appropriate authorities to ensure that waste collection workers have the resources they need to do their jobs safely.


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