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Hazardous Waste     Central District Highlights

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What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is a special category of solid waste.  It comes in many shapes and forms (solids, powders, liquid).  Chemical, metal, and furniture manufacturing are some examples of processes that create hazardous waste.


The regulations control all hazardous waste from when it is first generated until it is disposed, destroyed or reused. The regulations define hazardous waste in very specific terms.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a booklet to help you understand what waste items are considered hazardous waste:

Household Hazardous Waste

Some chemicals that are used around our homes (for example, "oil based" paint, solvents, pesticides) could be considered hazardous waste. There is a special exemption for the hazardous waste that comes from households; they are called household hazardous waste. Because these chemicals can still cause environmental harm if disposed improperly, many counties offer a free program to dispose of them.


Businesses and Hazardous Waste

The amount of hazardous waste you generate determines which regulations you must follow.




Hazardous Waste


per month

Acute Hazardous Waste


per month

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) <220 pounds <2.2 pounds
Small Quantity Generators (SGQs) 220- 2,200 pounds <2.2 pounds
Large Quantity Generators (LQGs) >2,200 pounds >2.2 pounds


Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators


Small Quantity Generators


One way to avoid disposal regulations is to recycle or reuse the waste material. Here are some examples:

    • Lead Acid Batteries (such as, car batteries) if recycled are not considered waste.

    • Used Oil and Used Oil Filters are not a hazardous waste if properly recycled.

    • Fluorescent bulb and High Intensity Discharge lamps containing mercury must be handled correctly so the mercury can be captured and recycled.


More Information from the Division of Waste Management

Batteries Pharmaceutical Waste Management
Biennial Haz Waste Report Pollution Prevention
Cell Phone Recycling Recycling
Electronics Used Oil
Hazardous Waste Waste Forms and Rules
Household Hazardous Waste Waste Management Database Reports
Mercury Waste tires


Information from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

topic web address phone
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) CERCLA Overview

Envirofacts data warehouse http://www.epa.gov/enviro/index.html  
Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/epcra.htm (800) 535-0202
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/fifra.htm pesticide registration (703) 412-9232
Lead http://www.epa.gov/lead/ help line -(800) 424-5323
Notification of Regulated Waste Activity (EPA Form 8700-12) and RCRA Hazardous Waste Part A Permit Application (EPA Form 8700-23) http://www.epa.gov/osw/inforesources/data/form8700/forms.htm  
RCRA Online http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/inforesources/online/index.htm  
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) http://www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/sara.htm  
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) http://www.epa.gov/regulations/laws/tsca.html hotline - (202) 554-1404
Waste Management http://www.epa.gov/osw/  
Waste Minimization Program http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastemin/index.htm  


Other Agency Information
NRC (Governmental Nuclear Regulatory Commission) http://www.nrc.gov/
OSHA (Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration) http://www.osha.gov/
National Compliance Assistance Center http://www.assistancecenters.net/


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Central District Office

Hazardous Waste Section

3319 Maguire Blvd, Suite 232

Orlando, Florida 32803-3767

Waste Mgmt. phone: 407-897-4304

Waste Mgmt. fax: 850-412-0488


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