The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) sent a letter to state agencies seeking temporary exemptions to certain handling requirements for managing waste and recycling during the state of emergency. In its letter, NWRA said its members are preparing for what may be “an upheaval in the way material is managed.”

“NWRA has made this request of states to enable waste haulers to adequately respond to waste that will be generated during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are urging the federal government as well, to provide our industry relief from certain regulations so that the waste industry can properly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA President and CEO.

NWRA remains engaged with Congress and the Trump administration to include the waste industry in the national emergency declaration.

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