-NWRA Staff
March 24, 2021

NWRA’s HWI Supports Rhode Island Legislation to Restore Certain Enforcement Authority

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) sent a letter to Rhode Island Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio urging support for Senate Bill 0321, legislation that would restore state authority to regulate programs under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). If the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) cannot enforce compliance with its programs, the authority would return to the federal government.

“It is important that our members have the regulatory certainty to know which agency, state or federal, has oversight of these regulations. It puts them in an untenable situation,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We urge the Rhode Island Senate to pass Senate Bill 0321 so that the DEM can properly manage its programs.”


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