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Emergency/Disaster Household Hazardous Waste Guidance
When local governments are preparing temporary facilities for handling household hazardous waste (HHW) resulting from cleanup efforts due to disaster damage, the following guidelines should be considered.
The local government should choose an HHW contractor to set up a collection event. The contractor should be able to assist in selecting a site that is easily accessible, accommodates the contractor's equipment, and accommodates traffic. Centrally located events are usually set up at a park, fairgrounds, or local government facility parking lot. The local government may choose a milk-run type collection at sites across the county. In this case the HHW contractor collects HHW for a certain time period at one site and then moves on to the next. The Section will work with local government in every way possible to establish the type of collection that fits the particular situation.
In order to hold a collection event, the local government should contact the Solid Waste Section to obtain a temporary identification number. This number is required at all hazardous waste disposal and recycling facilities as a condition of waste acceptance. A form for requesting the identification number is attached. Keep in mind that contractors normally keep these forms on hand and, if requested, will obtain the number for the client.
Please contact the Division of Waste Management, Solid Waste Section at (919) 707-8200 for a list of household hazardous waste collection contractors.