-NWRA Staff
May 5, 2020

NWRA Urges Congressional Leaders to Prioritize Critical Infrastructure Industries in COVID-19 Relief Package

Association Requests Congress Assist with Access to PPE and Relief from Bad Debt

Arlington, VA – In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) called upon them to prioritize critical infrastructure industries, which includes waste and recycling, in the next COVID-19 relief package that Congress will take up soon. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) designated the waste collection industry as essential in March.

“During this national emergency, NWRA member companies have been classified as ‘essential’ and are listed under five different ‘essential critical infrastructure workers’ headings in the CISA 3.0 guidelines. They will, therefore, continue providing waste and recycling services to their customers and communities in order to protect the public’s health and safety,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We need congressional action on access to critical personal protective equipment (PPE). Furthermore, in some instances, our member companies are not being compensated for their services because the businesses they serve are shut down as a result of the pandemic. We urge Congress to address these issues in the next COVID-19 relief package.”

NWRA has retained The Vogel Group to assist with these requests. The Vogel Group is deeply involved in COVID-19 response engagement and has significant experience working with the administration on a range of issues.


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