National Waste & Recycling Assn. urges US Congress to pass CHIPS Act to incentivize domestic manufacturing of semiconductors, needed for making computer chips essential to waste, recycling sectors; bill passed Senate on 66-33 vote, now heads to House

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ARLINGTON, Virginia , July 28, 2022 (press release) –

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) was one of only ten national organizations in a letter to members of Congress urging passage of the CHIPS Act, legislation that incentivizes domestic manufacturing of semiconductors. Semiconductors are needed to produce computer chips.

“Technology in the waste industry is rapidly advancing,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.” Our member companies depend on a reliable supply of computer chips for trucks and other equipment. We urge Congress to pass this important legislation quickly.”

Semiconductors are essential to nearly every sector of the economy, including waste and recycling, aerospace, automobiles, communications, clean energy, information technology and medical devices. Unfortunately, demand for semiconductors has outstripped supply, partly due to shifts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This has created a global chip shortage and resulted in backlogs for orders of new waste and recycling industry vehicles and equipment. The lost growth and jobs across all industries resulting from the shortage have, in turn, underscored the need for increased domestic manufacturing capacity that this legislation seeks to address.



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 various other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association

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