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NWRA Recognizes Veterans in Waste Industry

Article-NWRA Recognizes Veterans in Waste Industry

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Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recognized more than 80 veterans this week with a unique challenge coin honoring their service to our country. These men and women represent every branch of the military and were nominated by their employer.

“We cannot thank these brave men and women enough for their commitment to our country. Their leadership and work ethic are an inspiration to us during this global pandemic,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “I am pleased to recognize them with a challenge coin this week when we pause to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.”

In 2019, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined Smith to honor waste and recycling industry employees for their service in the military during EPA’s 2019 America Recycles: Innovation Fair. 

“I am honored to join NWRA again in recognizing the extraordinary service of veterans working in the recycling industry who have helped protect the environment through a pandemic,” said Wheeler.

A complete list of the veterans honored with NWRA challenge coins can be found here.



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.

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