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Book Review: Organizing Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Good book for towns, cities, and any organization trying to organize a   
household hazardous waste collection.
The attached file containing the book review, which probably will look   
better than this email message when printed out, is attached at the   
bottom.  Since attached files rarely make it over the internet, I have   
included the text in this email message.

Book Review
Lessons Learned from Four Years of Household Hazardous Waste
Collections: 1995-1998
Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG), Auburn, Maine
February 1999, 45 pages, free

 This is an extremely valuable and informative book for any town or   
organization wishing to organize a household hazardous waste (HHW)   
collection.  The reason it will answer almost any question you might have   
is probably because AVCOG not only has lots of experience running HHW   
collections, but has lots of experience helping other towns and   
organizations organize their  FIRST  HHW collection.

 The authors give a quick, but very detailed account of the HHW   
collections conducted for the twin Maine cities of Lewiston and Auburn   
(combined population: 64,000) and 24 surrounding towns.  The HHW   
collections consist of homeowners packaging the waste for a safe ride in   
the family car, transporting it to a central point, and giving it to the   
hazardous waste hauler (who already knows what the waste is because   
everybody has been pre-registered over the phone and given an appointment   
time to be at the collection point).  Some of the helpful hints you will   
receive are the fact some people will bring latex paints no matter how   
many times you tell them not to (so have town employees or volunteers   
accept the latex paint before it gets to the expensive hazardous waste   
hauler you have contracted to accept the wastes) and the fact people who   
bring in old gasoline from lawnmowers and outboard motors want their   
containers back.  About the only thing they missed was the fact you   
should allow 15 minutes for each car, and you will pick this up when you   
read the request for proposal contained in Appendix A.

 At 15 pages long, the request for proposal (RFP) is actually longer than   
the main text of the book.  However, it is clearer and easier to read   
than the average RFP.  In my private sector days my company, and others,   
judged the quality of a specification by how closely packed the bids were   
in the race to be lowest.  By this measure, the AVCOG RFP was very good   
indeed.  Four out of the five bids submitted were between $18 and $19 per   
"unit".  (A "unit" is a five gallon pail.)  Such tightness of bids show   
the contractors knew what they were bidding on and had few questions.   
 This, of course, leads to less questions and quarrels over costs as the   
collection occurs.

 To obtain this valuable book contact Carol Fuller or Susan Martin at   
125 Manley Road
Auburn, ME  04210
(207) 783-9186
(207) 783-5211 fax

AVCOG is a regional agency serving municipalities in Androscoggin,   
Franklin and Oxford counties.  Operating funds are primarily from member   
dues, grants and loan payments.  The HHW collection and book was funded   
primarily by the USDA, Rural Development and local dues.

Peter Moulton is the default-telephone-call-receiver for HHW questions at   
the State of Maine DEP.

source: spmhhw03.doc

Here is the attached file:

Peter T. Moulton
Division of Technical Services, Bureau of Remediation
State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection
State House Station #17
Augusta, ME  04333
tel. 207-287-8161   Fax. 207-287-7826
case (upper or lower) does not matter on email address