Waste360 is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Need to Know

NWRA Accepting Applications for 2023 Driver of Year and Operator of the Year


Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is accepting applications for its Driver and Operator of the Year awards. Those selected for the Drivers and Operators of the Year will be honored during NWRA’s Awards Breakfast at WasteExpo 2023.

“The waste and recycling industry has many talented drivers,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We expect our judges will have a more difficult task as they review the best of the best applications under the new application regime, but the effort is worth it.”

This Driver of the Year award honors member drivers who operate their trucks in a safe and responsible manner, have outstanding performance records and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety and image of the solid waste industry.

The Operator of the Year award recognizes heavy equipment operators working in post-collection operations including landfills, materials recovery facilities and transfer stations. Two Operator of the Year awards will be given this year.

National and mid-sized companies may submit applications for up to 3% of their fleet. Local and public sector companies may submit as many applications as desired. Public sector entities will have a lower fee structure to encourage more competition.

Applications close on January 20, 2023.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.