Waste & Recycling Industry Associations 


Earth911 provides consumers with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. The Earth911 Recycling Directory is the most accurate and comprehensive directory of its kind and contains recycling information for over 300 materials. We have collected over 1 million ways to recycle that people can search for to find their nearest recycling options and resources. We also have the toll-free, bilingual 1-800 CLEANUP® environmental hotline and a free mobile application, iRecycle®.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

 The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s purpose is to ensure that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)

As the national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) promotes policies, regulations and research and development initiatives that will lead to the increased production and use of fuel ethanol. RFA membership includes a broad cross-section of businesses, individuals and organizations dedicated to the expansion of the U.S. fuel ethanol industry.


International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

ISWA – the International Solid Waste Association – is a global, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest to fulfil its declared mission:

“To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide“

ISWA achieves its mission through:
Efficiency in terms of environmental practice  • Social acceptability and efficiency in terms of economic viability • Advancement of waste management through education and training  • Support to developing countries through ISWA Development Programme • Professionalism through its program on professional qualifications.


National Association of Counties (NACo)

NACo is the only national organization representing county government. Driven by a strong membership, NACo’s Board of Directors represents counties across America. NACo’s Executive Committee is composed of four officers elected by the membership and a regional representative from each of the four regions in the country. County leaders develop and shape the association’s mission and goal.

National Highway Institute (NHI)

The National Highway Institute (NHI), a division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), works to improve the performance of the transportation industry through training. To achieve this mission, NHI provides transportation-related training in several formats including both classroom-based and online learning as well as free Web-based seminars and asynchronous training materials. NHI’s mission is composed of the following goals: Training the current and future transportation workforce • Transferring knowledge quickly and effectively to and among transportation professionals • Providing training that addresses the full life cycle of the highway transportation system


The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,057 groups with 9,056,853 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the smoggiest region of the U.S. We are committed to protecting the health of residents, while remaining sensitive to businesses.


NWRA_RGB_0National Waste & Recycling Association

The National Waste & Recycling Association is the trade association representing private-sector U.S. waste and recycling companies, as well as the manufacturers and service providers that do business with those companies. Association members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

The Mission of the National Recycling Coalition is to partner with and facilitate activities between and among non-profit organizations (NGO’s), businesses, trade associations, individuals and government to maintain a prosperous and productive American recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

ISRI represents nearly 1,600 private and public for-profit companies – ranging from small, family-owned businesses to multi-national corporations — operating at more than 6,000 facilities in the United States and 30 countries worldwide. Our members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass and textiles. ISRI’s associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers and sellers of equipment and services—such as shredders, balers, cranes, cargo transporters, computer systems and more—find value in promoting the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI.


National League of Cities (NLC)

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities.  Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.  More than 1,600 municipalities of all sizes pay dues directly to NLC and actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.  The National League of Cities provides numerous benefits to its network of state municipal leagues and direct member cities.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation

EREF funds direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. It is the leading institution lighting a clear path, through research and education, translating ideas into action for sustainable waste management practices.

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

For nearly 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. Our association serves over 7,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications, and technical training courses.


ASSE represents more than 34,000 safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals who work across all industries around the world protecting people, improving business and safeguarding the environment. Through their efforts, ASSE members help employees stay safe, healthy and productive, which delivers positive bottom-line results to employers and helps enhance corporate image.

cdra Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA)

Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) promotes the safe and economically feasible recycling of the more than 325 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the United States annually.  These materials include aggregates such as concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals.

American Public Works Association (APWA)

The American Public Works Association exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life. APWA is uniquely positioned to create valuable connections and solutions for those serving our communities through public works. As the only organization covering the breadth of public works, we offer our members an unparalleled network for information, education, professional development, advocacy, and social interaction.

National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA)

NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents nearly 1,600 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, supported in whole or in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSHTIC-2 contains 48,238 occupational safety and health information resource citations. Each month approximately 70 current citations are added with an annual yearly yield over 800 new current NIOSH funded citations.

Prescription Medication

Prescription Medication Disposal Safety Guide

According to the FDA, medicine take-back options are the preferred way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. You can dispose of medicines at a local DEA-registered collector which will safely and securely collect and dispose of pharmaceuticals containing controlled substances and other medicines. Authorized permanent collection sites may be in retail pharmacies, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement facilities.

Medical Waste ProsRecycling Pill Bottles

Each year an estimated 4 billion prescriptions are filled in the US, and while there’s plenty of other plastics being used by Americans, the problem with standard orange prescription bottles is they can’t be recycled by the curbside services that stop by each week because of the type of plastic they’re made from. While limited resin code acceptance for curbside recyclers might mean you can’t throw bottles in your own recycling materials, it doesn’t mean your prescription pill bottles still can’t be recycled.