Special Waste Associates

About SWA

Special Waste Associates specializes in household hazardous waste (HHW) and conditionally exempt small quantity generator waste (CESQG) consulting and publications. The firm is owned by David E.B. Nightingale, one of the nation's leading experts in this specialty area. Since 1987, Mr. Nightingale has assisted communities across the nation in developing efficient and cost-effective solutions for managing and processing HHW and CESQG wastes. Mr. Nightingale has performed site visits at over 100 HHW collection facilities in the U.S. and Canada. This breadth of exposure provides an exceptional basis for assisting clients in addressing their specific needs with a creative and comprehensive approach.

HHW Facility Design Consulting Clients

Orange County El Paso Boise

HHW Program and Permanent Facility Design

In addition to working for clients across North America, Mr. Nightingale has published various articles and been an invited speaker at various regional and national conferences and provided training on facility operations and design.

In November 2009 Special Waste Associates published his book under the HHWPlus label entitled "HHW Collection Facility Design Guide". This book sets the standard for guidance documents addressing the unusual and complex HHW collection facility design process. As the subtitle indicates, this book is designed to assist you in "charting your path through the household hazardous waste facility design process." The guide consisting of nearly 300 pages of insights, graphs, images, conceptual designs, permitting design strategies, regulatory compliance issues, building code considerations, and real world experiences from many HHW facility operations and development projects in the US and Canada. This HHW Collection Facility Design Guide was based on his experience in assisting clients in HHW program development and HHW permanent facility design consulting for over 20 years.

In 1998 Mr. Nightingale co-authored a section of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation entitled "Household Hazardous Materials Management," John Wiley and Sons, Robert A. Meyers, Editor. Household hazardous materials history, current practices, and trends in North America were examined and analyzed. A more technical work for solid waste practitioners co-authored by Mr. Nightingale is a new HHW chapter in the second edition of the Handbook of Solid Waste Management, edited by Frank Kreith and George Tchobanoglous. This publication is available at Amazon.com and McGraw-Hill.com. Mr. Nightingale is now collaborating with leading professionals to create a series of HHW and CESQG related publications under the HHWPlus brand name. He also co-authored a chapter on HHW collection facilities in the Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste, edited by Amy Cabaniss, Government Institutes, 2008.

Mr. Nightingale continues to speak, provide training, and publish to advance the practice of the profession. For more details see Mr. Nightingale's resume.

Mr. Nightingale was a member of the board of directors for the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) from 2004 to 2007 and is currently appointed as an adjunct Board member, and is a past Director of the Solid Waste Association of North America 's (SWANA's) Special Waste Technical Management Division.