The following is a discussion of the statutory, regulatory and content adequacy requirements of a Household Hazardous Waste Element (HHWE). This section contains what staff will focus on during the review of a HHWE to determine and define adequacy.
In each of the following HHWE component discussions, the focus is on specific topics to consider when determining whether or not a HHWE is considered adequate. The specific topics in each component are significant and have been selected because those topics can provide the majority of information necessary for staff to determine whether or not a plan or element can be deemed adequate.
Household Hazardous Waste Element
Statutes: PRC sections 41500-41510
Each city and county is required to prepare, adopt and submit to CalRecycle, a HHWE which identifies a program for the safe collection, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes that are generated by households.
Regulations: 14 CCR sections 18750 – 18751.8, 18760 – 18775
These regulations clarify and provide guidance to local jurisdictions who prepare their HHWE. The HHWE specifies how household hazardous wastes generated by households within the jurisdiction must be collected, treated, and disposed. The HHWE is addressed in two Articles of Title 14, Chapter 9, of the CCR: Article 6.3, the Household Hazardous Waste Element; and Article 7.0, the Procedures for Preparing and Revising City and County Source Reduction and Recycling Elements, and Household Hazardous Waste Elements.
Article 6.3 specifies the means by which each jurisdiction is required to prepare and implement a HHWE. This article outlines objectives that include plans to source reduce and safely collect, recycle, treat, and dispose of household hazardous wastes generated within the jurisdiction and provides a specific time frame for achieving these objectives.
Household Hazardous Waste Element Content Adequacy
An adequate HHWE contains the following components:
- Evaluation of Alternatives
- Program Selection
- Implementation Schedule
- Education and Public Information
Adequacy of Household Hazardous Waste Alternatives Component
Evaluation of Alternatives. The component contains an evaluation of the household hazardous waste program alternatives considered for possible local implementation. These alternatives can include periodic community-wide or neighborhood collection, permanent drop-off sites, mobile waste collection, curbside collection, load-checking at solid waste facilities, and waste exchange, reuse and recycling programs. Specificity of the alternatives discussed is up to the discretion of the local jurisdiction. However, the evaluation criteria selected by the local jurisdiction shall be defined and the definition contained in the context of the component.
Adequacy of Program Selection
Program Selection. The component contains an identification and description of the household hazardous waste programs selected for implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Decisions on which programs were selected shall be up to the discretion of the local jurisdiction. The selection process and decision shall be based on criteria established by the local jurisdiction. That criteria shall be included in the context of the component.
Adequacy of Funding Component
Funding Component. The component describes the cost estimates for each household hazardous waste program scheduled for planning, development, and implementation in the HHWE. In addition, the component identifies revenue sources to support those programs. Sources of contingency funding are also addressed in this component. Contingency funding can be identified by a list of possible revenue sources, such as tipping fees.
Adequacy of Implementation Schedule Component
Implementation Schedule. The component contains a master implementation schedule that indicates all implementation tasks for new and expanded household hazardous waste programs. The schedule contains a title for each task, task start date and milestone date, entity implementing the task, and a schedule for funding source availability. The component contains a description of the household hazardous waste programs in the jurisdiction that will be managed through interjurisdictional agreements, or memorandums of understanding, with other cities or counties. A copy of the agreement or memorandum of understanding is to be included in the component.
Adequacy of Education and Public Information Component
- Targeted Audience. The component contains a description of all education and public information programs and activities within the jurisdiction which promote source reduction, reuse, recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste. The component contains a list of preferred alternatives both existing and proposed that will be maintained or implemented. In addition, the component contains an identification of targeted generators or sources such as single family or multifamily households, based on the data compiled in the SWGS conducted for the individual jurisdiction.
- Program Selection. The component contains an identification and description of the public education and information programs selected for implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Decisions on which programs were selected shall be up to the discretion of the local jurisdiction. The selection process and decision shall be based on criteria established by the local jurisdiction. That criteria shall be included in the text of the component.
This summarizes the analysis and evaluation that would be used by local assistance staff to determine an adequate HHWE.
As approved by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (now CalRecycle) on November 17, 1993.
For more information contact: Local Assistance & Market Development, LAMD@calrecycle.ca.gov