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Case Study | Environmental

Case Study, Consulting

NES Obtains Permits for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for California Municipality

To provide residents a local option for disposing of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), a California city constructed a permanent HHW collection facility designed to accept a wide range of hazardous waste, such as batteries, spent lamps, waste aerosols, used oil, waste paint, and waste pesticides. NES was brought in to support the municipality through the process of permitting the new facility, navigating the requirements and creating necessary procedures to ensure the health and safety of the city’s residents.

Industry: Government (City)

Company Size: 157,00 Residents

Location: California

The Challenge

Once the city had designed and constructed the HHW collection facility they were then faced with process of having the facility permitted by various local and state agencies to accept and store HHW at the facility.

As part of the permitting process waste acceptance procedures, waste storage procedures, and emergency response procedures were also required to be developed.

The NES Solution

NES was contracted by the city to prepare and submit all necessary permits and also to develop the associated procedures for the HHW facility that would ensure the health and safety of the city and its residents. The city targeted Earth Day for the grand opening of the HHW facility, which gave NES less than six months to develop the necessary procedures and prepare and submit permits to the local and state agencies responsible for ensuring the facility was in compliance with the myriad of California’s environmental and safety regulations.


NES’ professional staff was not only able to meet the city’s deadline with the permitting process, which allowed for the HHW facility to celebrate its grand opening on Earth Day, but with NES’ oversight there was not a single violation identified at the HHW facility during the first environmental inspection provided after the first year of operation.