NWRA Women’s Council Supports Women in the Waste and Recycling Industry

NWRA Women’s Council Supports Women in the Waste and Recycling Industry

Arlington, VA – This International Women’s Day, and throughout the month of March, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) will honor the hardworking and talented women who work in the waste and recycling industry. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day campaign is “Choose To Challenge.” From challenge comes change, so the campaign urges people across the globe to strike the Choose To Challenge pose (one hand raised) and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage others to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

“On this International Women’s Day, we are pleased to recognize the contributions women are making in our industry,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “The women who are on NWRA’s staff, part of the NWRA Women’s Council and involved in the industry as a whole are making waves in the industry and helping move us toward our collective goals.”

At NWRA, the NWRA Women’s Council celebrates and elevates women in the waste and recycling industry. Since 2003, the Women’s Council has fostered the professional development of women in the waste industry while striving to increase their business, financial and leadership skills through education, workshops, mentoring and networking. In addition, the Women’s Council offers scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the environmental industry.

“The Women’s Council is dedicated to supporting women in the waste and recycling industry through industry networking, leadership development and professional and social opportunities such as informal member-to-member and professional development webinars,” said Peggy Macenas, NWRA Midwest regional vice president and staff lead for the NWRA Women’s Council. “We celebrate women not only on International Women’s Day but every day, and the Women’s Council also sponsors Waste360’s Women Leaders In Waste series that highlights women in the waste and recycling industry.”

For more information about the NWRA Women’s Council and to become a member, click here.


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