-NWRA Staff
December 23, 2020

NWRA’s Healthcare Waste Institute Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Waste Management Guidance Document

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) released its COVID-19 Vaccine Waste Management Guidance Document in an effort to help protect waste collection workers who manage waste from administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

“From the beginning of the global pandemic, NWRA has worked hard to ensure waste collection workers can operate safely,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “As the country begins to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, questions are starting to arise about disposal of that waste. This document helps answer those questions.”

The guidance document is the latest resource from NWRA to provide important information about the safe handling of waste during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, HWI prepared a FAQ document to address common questions about it.


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