The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced May 22 that it supports the House introduction of bipartisan legislation that would help provide relief to the waste and recycling industry from potentially onerous customer bad debt. The bill would increase the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) flexibility by including payments for waste and recycling collection services for purposes of calculating the eligible amount for forgiveness of indebtedness under a PPP loan.
Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia, House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change chairman Paul Tonko of New York, House Ranking Member John Shimkus of Illinois, Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York, and the full committee’s chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey are the bill’s original sponsors.
“We thank Congressmen McKinley and Tonko, along with the rest of the sponsors, for introducing this NWRA-originated bill to amend the CARES Act to allow PPP funds to be used by businesses to pay for their waste and recycling collection services,” NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith says. “The private sector waste and recycling industry is essential to preventing the spread of disease and illness, especially now during the COVID-19 crisis. We call on the House to swiftly pass this bill and for the Senate to introduce companion legislation.”
NWRA conceived the idea, drafted the legislative language and advised these congressional offices on the need for relief from bad debt. NWRA also has conducted more than 100 teleconferences with congressional staff to urge support and seek additional House members to sign on to the bill as cosponsors, as well as attempt to gain support in the Senate.