President Trump Recognizes Vital Role of Waste and Recycling Workers

President Trump Recognizes Vital Role of Waste and Recycling Workers

Arlington, VA – In his March 31 COVID-19 media briefing, President Donald Trump commented on the vital work being performed by those individuals in the waste and recycling industry as well as others serving on the frontlines of this pandemic.

The President stated, “As we send plane loads of masks and gloves and supplies to the communities battling the plague, and that’s what it is. It’s a plague. We also send our prayers. We pray for the doctors and the nurses. For the paramedics and the truck drivers, and the police officers and the sanitation workers. And above all, the people fighting for their lives in New York and all across our land.”

“We appreciate the kind words from President Trump,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “Our workers are on the frontlines making sure that the waste generated during this public health crisis is disposed of properly. These words of encouragement from him about this industry remind people that our work is important. We know from history that without regular waste collection, illness and disease can spread.”

NWRA is engaged with the White House, Congress and state and local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure its members can continue to operate. A summary of NWRA’s ongoing actions related to the global health crisis is available 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

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association