-NWRA Staff
March 16, 2020

NWRA Urges Congress and Administration to Include Waste Collection in National Emergency Declaration 

Arlington, VA – Today, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) urged Congress and the Trump administration to include the waste collection industry in the national emergency declaration, exempting waste haulers from Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. NWRA also sent a letter to Jim Mullen, acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), petitioning the agency to exempt the regulated medical waste sector from Parts 390-399 of FMCSA regulations. NWRA also sent to Congress draft legislative language that would amend federal law to include waste collection haulers in the FMCSA HOS exemption when the president declares a national emergency.

“History has shown that where there is poor sanitation, disease and illness spread. We urge Congress and President Trump to take action on our requests to ensure that doesn’t happen now or during future national emergencies,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO.

NWRA continues to follow developments closely and has provided guidance to its members to address safe handling of waste during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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