-NWRA Staff
October 5, 2020

Waste and Recycling Industry Placed on COVID-19 Priority List

Following Comments from NWRA, National Academy of Sciences Included Critical Workers in Phase 2

Arlington, VA – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NAS) committee included the waste and recycling industry in its list of recommended industries to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 along with other industries identified as critical workers. The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) was the only trade association representing the waste and recycling industry to submit comments.

“We are pleased that the NAS committee included our industry in Phase 2. The waste and recycling industry is crucial for society to function while keeping additional disease at bay. During this global pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security classified our industry as ‘essential’’ at our urging,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.


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