NWRA’s Illinois Chapter Discusses State Issues at Chapter Meeting

NWRA’s Illinois Chapter Discusses State Issues at Chapter Meeting

Chapter Hears from State Senator and Gets National Perspective from NWRA CEO

Arlington, VA – Members of the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Illinois chapter gathered for the 2023 Chapter Meeting at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook. Members heard from State Sen. Bill Cunningham about this year’s general assembly initiatives and discussed vital industry legislation. Topics included extended producer responsibility, the importance of proper lithium battery disposal and issues with potential electric truck infrastructure.

“We appreciate hearing from state lawmakers like Sen. Cunningham,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “So many of the issues affecting our industry are at the local level. Having this dialogue is important.”

This senator is the highest-ranking legislature member to attend the Illinois chapter meeting. Sen. Cunningham serves on the Senate Environment Committee and is involved in all the primary legislation considered in the Senate as the No. 2 person in Senate leadership. Senate President Don Harmon relies on Sen. Cunningham a great deal in shaping legislation that is considered on the Senate floor. Sen. Cunningham will understand issues facing our industry, and this meeting provides a significant opportunity to share our views on legislation that may arise in the 2023 session.

Additionally, NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith spoke to members about current Association activities and future initiatives planned for 2023. Finally, the Illinois chapter lobbyists, Jim and Kevin Morphew, updated members on the upcoming Illinois General Assembly Session and information about the 2023 golf outing.


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