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Title: Evaluation program effectiveness of household hazardous waste collection: The Seattle-King County experience

The Seattle-King County Hazardous Waste Management Plan provides the framework for an intensive effort to keep Household Hazardous and Small Quantity Generator (SQG) wastes from entering the ``normal`` municipal waste streams. The Plan sets ambitious goals for diverting thousands of tons of hazardous wastes from being thrown, poured or dumped in the municipal waste stream. During the first five years, over $30 millon will be spent for a variety of HHW and SQG programs. The Plan incorporates a wide range of elements, including education, collection, and compliance components. Many of the hazardous waste education and collection programs have been developed in response to the Plan, so their effectiveness is still undetermined. A key component of the Plan is program evaluation. This report provides descriptions of two evaluation methods used to establish baselines for assessing the effectiveness of the Hazardous Waste Management Plan`s programs. Focusing on the Plan`s household hazardous waste programs, the findings of the baseline evaluations are discussed and conclusions are made. A general population survey, conducted through telephone interviews, was designed to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of area residents. Characterization of the solid waste stream was used to identify the hazardous constituents contributed to municipalmore » solid waste by households. Monitoring changes in the amount of hazardous materials present in the waste stream was used to indicate whether or not Program strategies are influencing disposal behaviors. Comparing the data gathered by these two evaluation methods provided a unique opportunity to cross-check the findings and validate that change, if any, has occurred. From the comparisons, the report draws a number of conclusions.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10105608
Report Number(s):
DOE/IR/05106--4
ON: DE93005625
DOE Contract Number:
FG02-78IR05106
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Oct 1991
Research Org:
Urban Consortium for Technology Initiatives (United States). Energy Task Force; Public Technology, Inc., Washington, DC (United States); Seattle City Office for Long-Range Planning, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; HOUSEHOLDS; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; MUNICIPAL WASTES; WASTE DISPOSAL; SOLID WASTES 320604; MUNICIPAL WASTE MANAGEMENT