The NWRA Board of Trustees has Made a Major Financial Commitment to a Partnership with the National Safety Council 

The NWRA Board of Trustees has Made a Major Financial Commitment to a Partnership with the National Safety Council 

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Board of Trustees has approved a significant financial commitment to form a partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC) to better understand the safety needs of the waste and recycling industry and develop resources aimed at making the industry safer.

“Meaningful progress in injury and fatality rates in the waste and recycling industry have remained elusive. NWRA is committed to safety in the industry, and we are making a major move with this partnership,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “NSC has been a leader in workplace safety for more than a century. This partnership will help us find new and innovative ways to reduce injuries and fatalities. After an initial assessment of the industry, the program will focus on the development of world-class outreach and educational products that are desperately needed in the industry.”

All NSC safety products will be provided to any party in the industry including large and small companies and private and public entities, regardless of NWRA membership status, free of charge.

“This partnership will enable us to better understand the unique safety challenges both large and small organizations face within the waste and recycling industry, so we can bring forth tangible solutions to combat common risks workers face every day,” said NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin. “Everyone deserves to go home safely at the end of their shift, and we commend NWRA for taking this important step to make the industry safer.


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

The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.

Brandon Wright
National Waste & Recycling Association

Jenny Arnold
National Safety Council