NWRA releases 2021 federal legislative and regulatory agenda

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has released its 2021 Federal Legislative & Regulatory Agenda, which covers the first session of the 117th Congress. The agenda, created as a resource for congressional offices and regulatory agencies to use, updates the waste and recycling industry’s policy positions on important federal issues.

NWRA added new policy positions on topics such as environmental justice, extended producer responsibility, climate, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, electric vehicle tax credits, carbon capture tax incentives, complainant conflict of interest, increasing the role of women in the industry, Department of Labor overtime rules and the Department of Labor persuader rule. The NWRA also revived its positions on tax extenders and Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting requirements.

NWRA removed its positions on tax corrections legislation, regulatory accountability and China’s recyclable materials import standards and ban. In doing so, NWRA eliminated its “International Trade Issues” category and moved the position on import and export of waste and recycling materials to the “Waste and Recycling Issues” category.

Nineteen of the 40 positions have full-length policy papers approved by NWRA’s Government Affairs Committee that have been published and linked to the agenda.