What We Do

Mission Statement

It is the purpose of the California Waste & Recycling Association, a non-profit industry association, to improve business conditions in the solid waste industry on behalf of its membership, to support rules and regulations which enable a competitive industry to operate for the benefit of the members and their customers, and to assist State regulatory entities and local municipalities to achieve environmental objectives, including achieving Zero Waste goals.

CWRA is founded on the principle that a competitive marketplace creates and maintains a fair rate structure and high service levels which best serve industry members and their customers. The Association works with elected public officials, State and local municipal representatives and various regulatory agencies to advance the industry in response to changing dictates, while at the same time working to maintain equally fair marketing conditions for all industry companies regardless of size.



It is the continuing goal of CWRA to improve and enhance the solid waste collection and recycling industry by working with our members to promote fair business practices while protecting their rights and assisting residents and businesses to initiate and enhance practices which promote environmental stewardship.


Organization Info

In early 2017 the Los Angeles County Disposal Association (LACDA) changed it’s name to the California Waste & Recycling Association to better define member’s area of operations and association activities at the State and local levels. CWRA is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation representing all segments of the solid waste industry, including waste haulers and recyclers, facility owners and operators and associated industry service and product companies.

CWRA is directed by industry members who comprise the Board of Directors and officers, working with the executive director, a legal representative, and support staff. Government relations/public affairs firms are retained on a case-by-case basis, as is additional legal support.



CWRA provides a variety of services to solid waste industry businesses including the monitoring of legislative and regulatory activities and the advocacy of industry positions. This information is communicated to the membership on a regular basis with bulletins, emails, phone calls, etc. Membership dinner meetings and seminars are held with speakers of interest to the industry, providing information sharing and member interaction and industry business opportunities. Members are invited to attend monthly Board of Directors meetings and speakers are often on the agenda.

40+ companies have joined CWRA