SWA is a leading firm in providing HHW/VSQG collection System Analysis. HHW collection programs often call for system analyses when transitioning from temporary collection events to permanent collection facilities, as well as by permanent programs that want an outside unbiased party to take a fresh look at their infrastructure and operations. Systems Analysis can be performed on a local or statewide basis. Goals of Systems Analysis often encompass:
- Evaluating the effectiveness in serving all customers,
- Examination of the overall efficiency and safety of the operations,
- Evaluating compliance with permit conditions,
- Evaluating consistency with operations and safety plans, and
- Identifying strategic opportunities to improve the existing or expand the collection system.
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)
Performed on-site evaluations of all four jurisdictions with permanent HHW collection facilities in Tennessee. Assessed facility design, equipment, and operations relative to industry standards and best practices. Interviewed operating personnel on-site, observed operation procedures and equipment use, and compared operations plans for consistency with actual practice. Site reports were prepared for each collection facility including unique recommendations for each facility.
"As TDEC has increased emphasis on safety with both permanent and temporary HHW operations, we saw a need to evaluate safety and operational procedures, facilities, and equipment operation at these locations. TDEC contracted with Special Waste Associates, a company with extensive experience in HHW facilities across the US, to evaluate our facilities. Following the evaluation of the four permanent sites, Special Waste Associates provided detailed reports of improvements that would enhance both operational and safety conditions at the permanent sites. Armed with these recommendations, TDEC offered $1,000,000 in grants for facility upgrades to mitigate the identified problems." Safety Planning - Facilitating Tennessee's Culture Change, TDEC 2018.
Sonoma County, CA
SWA partnered with Sweetser and Associates to evaluate the county-wide patterns of use of the existing permanent collection facility, collection events, and shut-in pick up services to determine levels of service across the county.
An assessment was conducted of potential sites for future permanent or satellite collection infrastructure to serve the entire county more evenly. Recommendations were made for expanding the current facility as well as establishing new permanent collection sites.
Some significant recommendations have been fully implemented, others are still under consideration including further expansion of the HHW collection infrastructure.
Orange County, CA
With about a million households Orange County serves the second largest county population on the west coast, only behind Los Angeles County. SWA conducted a performance audit of Orange County's system of four permanent HHW collection facilities. This was done considering the county's four overarching goals for the program:
Site visits were made to all four facilities during operating hours to examine actual operations and features such as facility design, contractor performance, duplication of activities, efficiency of materials flow, opportunities to improve ergonomics, reuse volumes, and normal operating practices.
Recommendations were provided for facility specialization, improved operating safety practices, environmental protection improvements, and increase emphasis on product reuse. Many of the recommendations have been implemented across the four permanent HHW collection facilities.
Portland Metro, OR
Metro was concerned about the ever increasing use of their system and staff's ability to efficiently and safely handle the increasing amounts of waste.
The HHW collection system includes two permanent facilities and a latex paint recycling facility. The permanent facilities also provide a base for collection events throughout the Portland metro area.
Project objectives included: