Sharon Kneiss

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      Parker Wishik
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:President and CEO
    • Organization:National Waste & Recycling Association
    • Area of Expertise:Waste, Recycling, Environmental Services
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Waste, Recycling, Environmental Services
      Summary of expertise:
      Sharon H. Kneiss is the president and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association (Waste & Recycling), the trade association that represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that collect and manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors and a variety of other service providers. For more information about how innovation in the environmental services industry is helping to solve today’s environmental challenges, visit

      Kneiss represents the interests of the association’s broad membership, which includes collectors, haulers, processors, recyclers, equipment manufacturers and other service providers throughout the United States. She serves as a thought leader, aggregator and gatekeeper of the latest trends, innovations and concerns from the environmental services industry. She has emphasized the technologies that are revolutionizing the way that waste and recyclables are collected, hauled, processed and managed. Under her leadership, Waste & Recycling is focusing on helping its members spread the availability of residential and commercial recycling to grow the use of waste as a resource.

      Kneiss has more than 30 years of business, management and advocacy experience relating to environmental policy at the federal and state levels. She served as vice president, products division with the American Chemistry Council (ACC). She previously served in a management capacity at the American Forest & Paper Association and in policy advocacy roles at Chevron Corporation, Hercules Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute.
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      Educational background:
      Kneiss has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
      waste, recycling, composting, waste management, landfills

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