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NWRA releases Q2 lobbying disclosure reports

Lobbying efforts included extended producer responsibility, the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act and the PFAS Action Act of 2021.

August 11, 2022

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, has released its 2022 second-quarter LD-2 lobbying disclosure report per the organization’s transparency initiative. The association also filed its contribution disclosure form and its report to the Federal Election Commission.  

“It’s through our lobbying that we can be an effective advocate for the waste and recycling industry,” says NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “It is important to us that we are transparent about our advocacy efforts. While we file our lobbying reports with the clerk of the House of Representatives and these are publicly available, NWRA goes a step further by posting these reports to our website.”  

Lobbying items for this quarter included:  

  • Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2022 -- improve domestic recycling collection in underserved and rural areas;  

  • Recycling and Composting Accountability Act -- improve recycling and composting data collection;  

  • extended producer responsibility -- focus on increasing demand for recyclable materials to allow market forces to incentivize recycling;  

  • RECOVER Act -- tax credits for increasing domestic recycling infrastructure;  

  • Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act -- national container deposit;  

  • Cultivating Organic Matter through Promotion of Sustainable Techniques Act -- creating new United States Department of Agriculture grant and loan programs as well as composting infrastructure projects; and,

  • PFAS Action Act of 2021 -- offers a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) liability shield to airports that release per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances into their environment through their use of fire fighting foam. As receivers of PFAS, Congress should extend the same CERCLA liability protection to municipal solid waste landfills.  

NWRA says it continues to engage Congress on issues important to the industry. Read the full expense report here