TOWN OF WARNER
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
1. FACILITY IDENTIFICATION
The Warner Household Hazardous Waste Collection/Storage Facility will be located within the current Warner Transfer Station located at 190 W. Main St., Rte 103 in Warner, NH. The facility has gated access which is only open when an attendant is on duty. The hazardous waste will be stored in a secured area which is attached to the main transfer station building and remains locked at all times.
The collection of household hazardous wastes from residents of Warner will be conducted at regularly scheduled intervals. The facility will be open the first Saturday of each month from January – December.
2. ACCEPTABLE & UNACCEPTABLE WASTES
3. ROUTINE OPERATIONS
4. FACILITY MAINTENANCE, INSPECTION AND MONITORING PLAN
The Facility will be inspected regularly by the Transfer Station Manager or designated representative to identify any leaks, malfunctions or deterioration in time to correct these problems before they present a risk to human health or the environment. Daily inspections on all business days for abandoned wastes, visual inspection of containers for possible leakage and checks for proper functioning of locks and emergency systems. All inspections will be logged and findings will be documented. All monitoring, safety and emergency equipment will be inspected weekly and will be tested as necessary. Monthly inspections will be made and documented.
5. STORAGE CAPABILITY: TIME & CAPACITY LIMITS
Storage capability will depend greatly on volumes received and generator status. Initially the town expects to ship materials once annually. The storage facility has the capacity to hold under 2,000 pounds of waste. The town expects to ship materials at least once a year. All records will be retained by the Town and the Vendor for a minimum of three years.
6. ACCESS CONTROL
A single gate will provide access to the facility and can be secured to prevent access during closed periods. The recycling building where all the waste will be stored is also secured by locks. Access to the HHW storage building will be restricted to authorized personnel.
7. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
If it is deemed by the Transfer Station Operator that an unreasonable danger exists, arrangements for special handling will be made for some types of unacceptable wastes, in order to minimize the risk to householder, the general public, the environment and the Town, with the cost to be charged to the resident. Identified procedures for the handling of unacceptable wastes include the following:
These wastes which may present an imminent danger to the householder or other member of the public will not be removed from the site. Instead, the householder will be directed to a quarantine area and the Emergency Coordinator will take control, summoning the Warner Fire Rescue or the State Police Bomb Squad to the scene if necessary.
8. ABANDONED WASTES
If unknown wastes are abandoned on the premises and look as if they are not or cannot be properly contained, each unidentified object will be stored by itself in a 5 gallon container surrounded with speedy dry. All attempts will be made to locate the person responsible for abandoning hazardous wastes improperly. These wastes will be shipped annually along with all other waste.
9. EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
The lead agency in responding to emergencies in Warner is the Warner Fire Department although there are some emergency situations which would require the involvement of the Emergency Management Director. A detailed emergency plan is located within the Town of Warner’s Emergency Plan (page 14).
The following emergencies will be handled with the standard protocol:
FIRE: All employees will be instructed in basic fire safety including the use of handheld fire extinguishers. Emphasis will be placed on detecting a fire, alerting other personnel with a predetermined alarm, and notifying the Warner Fire Department. The Fire Department will be responsible for determining how or whether to extinguish a fire and how to handle the cleanup of contaminants. Fire extinguishers appropriate for the various materials present at the Facility shall be located at all active work locations and on all heavy equipment.
EXPLOSION: The Warner Fire Department will be notified immediately in the event of an explosion. If this occurs during a collection, residents will be asked to leave and the Fire Department will determine the need for further evacuation.
RELEASE: The Warner Fire Department and Emergency Management Director will be notified immediately in the event of a release. Individuals from the Transfer Station, Town staff, the Fire Department or a contracted service, who are specially trained in procedures to isolate, will contain and stabilize a hazardous material release until such time that the material can be transferred or properly disposed of. The mechanism to initiate a response to a hazardous release will be via 911, through the Town’s Emergency Reporting System. Sufficient absorbent booms, pillows, pads and loose material will be kept on site to prevent any possible leaks from leaving the paved or concrete areas. Chemical neutralization kits will be provided on site to handle small spills of acids, bases and organic solvents.
INJURY: The Warner Fire Department via 911 will be immediately contacted if there is a chemical injury at the site. In case of personal injury on site, the injured person will be decontaminated if necessary, and rendered first aid until professional help arrives or until the injured person can be transported to the hospital. An industrial type first-aid kit will be available at all times, and emergency eyewash will be located at a convenient location near the work site.
Adopted April 17, 2007
Board of Selectmen
David E. Hartman - Chairman
Richard A. Cook