National Waste & Recycling Association Achieves All-time Record Membership

Business, safety initiatives drives sustained membership growth in industry trade group
Oct 29, 2014 10:50 AM ET

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2014 /3BL Media/ — The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) has reached an all-time high in membership at 813 members, marking nearly a 20-percent increase in growth over the last two years.

“This record growth reflects the Association’s focus on providing programs that serve members’ needs, builds the image of the industry, and anticipates opportunities,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of NW&RA. “We are confident that the valuable benefits we provide our members will encourage more waste and recycling companies to join the Association, to get involved and to stay active in our evolving industry.”

Jonathan Sper, NW&RA’s director of membership marketing and business development, attributed the record growth to recently implemented member benefits. These include strong new programs, including the Member Buy from Member program, which connects NW&RA member companies to encourage conducting business with one another, and the Safe Driver Certification program to fill gaps in training and promote best practices in safe driving.

In addition to NW&RA’s advocacy programs and opportunities to build relationships at the Association’s expanding slate of events, other membership benefits include a daily digest of industry news clips, monthly training opportunities, a monthly Economic Advisor Report and a quarterly Economic Industry Outlook report.

“Through membership, we provide waste and recycling companies with the industry’s definitive safety certifications, training programs and up-to-date information—value-added benefits that offer a competitive advantage,” Sper said.

Companies that join NW&RA now will be considered part of the 2015 membership year, giving them two months of membership free and access to all the benefits of membership through December 2015. Prospective members are encouraged to visit

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The National Waste & Recycling Association is the trade association that represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that collect and manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NW&RA, visit