The National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Colorado Chapter voted to change its name to become the Rocky Mountain Chapter in an effort to be more inclusive and represent the interests of NWRA members in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.
“Our state chapters serve to amplify the voice of our members in the states where they operate. So many issues important to our industry start at the state and local level,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO, in a statement. “Our state chapters are a valuable resource for members to advocate on behalf of the waste and recycling industry. I am pleased that the waste and recycling companies in Colorado see the value in expanding to include neighboring states.”
The chapter will focus on Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radiative Materials (TENORM) legislation and partnering with customers and interest groups on recycling market conditions.
"There is a lot of energy from members in this chapter," said Kirsti Nelson, Sunbelt regional director, in a statement. "Colorado and the surrounding states have many independent haulers that can now align with larger ones in a unified voice around common issues to their public officials."
The chapter elected Scott Hutchings of Waste Management as its chairman and Bryce Isaacson of Western Disposal Services as its vice chairman last year. They will continue to serve through 2019.