Association Staff, Mission & History
The National Waste & Reycling Association is the trade association representing for-profit waste and recycling companies in North America. Association members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our members consist of large publicly-traded companies and both small and large privately-owned companies, all of which share NSWMA’s mission which is to be:
leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and
safety expertise to promote the North American waste and recycling industries,
serve as their voice and create a climate where members prosper and provide
safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services.
On May 23, 1962, our association was started. It was formed as the National Council of Refuse Disposal Trade Associations and was first managed by an association management firm in Chicago. On January 12, 1968, the group moved to DC, was formerly chartered as the National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA) and hired its first three full-time staff, including Executive Director Harold Gershowitz. In 1973, Eugene J. Wingerter, who had been NSWMA's technical director was promoted to succeed Gershowitz.
In 1993, a major reorganization of NSWMA took place. As part of this reorganization, the Waste and Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC) was formed, and both NSWMA and WASTEC became quasi-independent trade associations under the umbrella of the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA). Wingerter served as NSWMA's Executive Director until the reorganization and then served as the President and CEO of EIA. When Wingerter departed EIA on April 1, 1994, Allen "Mike" Frischkorn Jr., became the President and CEO of EIA.
On February 10, 1997, Bruce J. Parker became the acting President and CEO of EIA and the Executive Vice President of NSWMA. He formally took over the position of President and CEO of EIA and the Executive Vice President of NSWMA later that year. On May 31, 2012, Parker retired.
Sharon H. Kneiss became the new President and CEO of EIA on June 1, 2012. During her first year leading the group, Kneiss oversaw a strategic planning effort, in which the EIA leadership moved to reorganize the group, merging EIA, NSWMA and WASTEC into a single entity with a single name. This process was completed in November 2013, when the EIA Board of Trustees adopted new bylaws for the merged group and renamed the merged Association the National Waste & Recycling Association.
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