Arlington, Virginia – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has issued an alert to action, urging members to contact their Senators to support the DRIVE-Safe Act. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) tabled an amendment to remove the DRIVE-Safe law from the bipartite infrastructure package.

The DRIVE-Safe Act is bipartisan legislation that would address the driver shortage faced by many industries, including waste and recycling. The NWRA supported the DRIVE-Safe Act when it was introduced in 2019. In the 116e Congress, the legislation received the support of more than a third of the members of the House and Senate.

“The waste and recycling industry has experienced an increasing labor shortage in recent years, especially when it comes to hiring people with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). Said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We encourage our members to urge their Senators to support this important legislation. “

Driving for the waste and recycling industry offers many benefits such as increased wages, a five-day work week, fixed daily working hours and the ability to come home at the end of each shift. of work. Despite all of this, companies in the industry are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough CDL drivers.



The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling service industry. Members of the association do business in all 50 states and include companies that handle waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information on the NWRA, please visit


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