NWRA sends letters to state agencies, FHWA regarding waste handling requirements amid COVID-19 outbreak

NWRA sends letters to state agencies, FHWA regarding waste handling requirements amid COVID-19 outbreak

NWRA issued a pair of letters March 17 to allow waste management companies to provide optimal service in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) sent a letter to state agencies March 17 seeking temporary exemptions to certain handling requirements for managing waste and recycling during the nation’s 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,” NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith says.

Additionally, NWRA sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) March 17 requesting the agency provide guidance to the states to issue special weight permits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NWRA has made this request of FHWA to enable haulers to adequately respond to waste that will be generated from the COVID-19 pandemic. History has shown that where there is poor sanitation, disease and illness spread,” Smith says.

NWRA says it is remaining engaged with Congress and the Trump administration to include the waste industry in the national emergency declaration.