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Integrated Waste Management Disaster Plan

Chapter 10 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Contents for household hazardous waste (hhw) collection program disaster plan

1. Describe Existing HHW Collection Program

  • Describe the existing HHW programs, including all collection and public education programs, and existing permits.

2. Designate A Local HHW Disaster Coordinator

  • A Coordinator should be designated prior to a disaster, and provided training on local and state emergency response planning and funding.

3. Develop Lists

  • Lists should be developed including local emergency personnel, duty checklists for local government staff, and a state emergency contact list.

4. Enter into Mutual Aid Agreements

  • Mutual aid agreements should be signed prior to a disaster to identify potential assistance from neighboring jurisdictions, including collection of HHW and public information.

5. Identify Potential Collection Sites and Equipment

  • Local HHW Coordinator should work closely with emergency response personnel to identify sites for collection, as well as available publically and privately-owned equipment.

6. Prepare Contractor Hauler Agreements

  • While many local governments have existing agreements, these agreements may need to be modified to address the additional needs for service during a disaster.

7. Timing of Household Waste Collection Events

  • Assess the needs for special collection events due to a disaster, and how soon after the disaster the public will be ready for the event. Make sure sufficient public notices have been made.

8. Public Information/Notification

  • Local governments should be prepared to provide the public with information related to emergency household hazardous waste and collection programs.

9. Establish or Expand Load Checking Programs

  • Load checking programs may need to be established or expanded due to a disaster.

10. Apply for State Household Hazardous Waste Permits

  • The State Department of Toxic Substances Control is responsible for issuing all household hazardous waste collection permits for the state.

11. Apply for State and Federal Assistance/Funds

  • The Governor's Office of Emergency Services is responsible for requesting assistance for local governments for all disaster assistance and funding.

12. Document Costs, Quantities, and Types of Household Hazardous Waste Collected

  • All costs incurred by local government due to disasters should be adequately documented, as well as the quantities and types of household hazardous waste collected.

Establishing a household hazardous waste collection program

Initial Steps

  1. Define Roles and Responsibilities.
  2. Establish a Planning Committee.
  3. Establish Goals.
  4. Determine Funding Availability.
  5. Decide Who the Program Participants Will Be.
  6. Gather information about HHW laws and regulations, types and quantities of HHW that may be collected.
  7. Gather information about other jurisdictions' HHW programs.

Public Involvement

  • Notify the public of the development of the program as early as possible, and provide a means for public input.

Establish Waste Acceptance Criteria

  • Determine what types of wastes will be accepted/excluded and whether wastes from conditionally exempt small quantity generators will be accepted.

Select Type of Collection Program

  • Temporary (Periodic) HHW Collection Facilities
  • Mobile HHW Collection Facility
  • Curbside HHW Collection Programs
  • Door-to-Door HHW Collection Program
  • Recycle-Only HHW Collection Facility
  • Permanent HHW Collection Facility
  • Combination of above

Select HHW Contractor/Hauler

  • Interview potential HHW contractors. Contact other jurisdictions to get information about their contractors/haulers.

Develop A Site Operation Plan

  • This should include site selections, design, and operation of collection sites.

Develop A Health and Safety Plan

  • This plan should establish procedures to avoid incidents such as spills and worker injuries.

Develop An Emergency Response Plan

  • This plan should address onsite spills and other emergencies occurring at collection sites.

Establish Segregation and Sorting Protocols

  • Establish segregation protocols for HHW and segregation and sorting protocols for recyclable HHW such as batteries, oil, and latex paint.

Establish Reuse/Recycling Program

  • Programs should be established to address the collection of recyclables and methods to reuse or recycle collected materials.

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