This is a specialized training that all HHW/VSQG operations, supervisory and regulatory staff should take.  It is very specific to HHW/VSQG collection operations and valuable to both brand new as well as experienced staff.  It covers topics that parallel OSHA requirements for hazardous materials handling at controlled sites. The 3-day course is available in-person in Olympia, WA and also virtually February 13-15, 2024.  All students will receive the completely updated 3rd Edition of the training manual.

The course will be led by three highly-qualified instructors with deep knowledge and decades of HHW/VSQG and hazardous materials experience:

  • Larry Sweetser from California – In the mid-1980s Larry managed the development and operation of the landmark San Francisco HHW facility and has since worked on HHW and solid waste issues in CA, consults nationally for HHW facility operations and design, and has been a key instructor nationally for the 24-Hr HHW training for many years.
  • Daryl Hillyer from Colorado – Daryl has decades of health and safety experience including as the Environmental, Health, and Safety Director of an oil and gas company, owner of a company specializing in training and industrial hygiene, and Dept. of Energy as a radiation safety officer, training manager and construction safety specialist and currently manages the HHW facility and operations at Grand Junction Colorado.
  • David Nightingale from Washington – Dave has assisted local governments plan for and design operations since 1987.  He was one of the original authors of the 24 Hr HHW training manual and has visited over 160 operating HHW collection facilities in the US and Canada.  He has been one of the lead trainers for this course since 1996.


“The NAHMMA/SWANA HHW & CESQG (now VSQG) Collections Operations course equipped me to safely and effectively manage my county HHW facility and supervise my employees. The course covers all the aspects of our daily responsibilities from material handling to shipping and everything in between. I refer to the textbook on a regular basis whenever I need a refresher or a training resource.”

Marianne Peters
Executive Director
Marshall County Solid Waste Management District, IN

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