The government does not regulate hazardous wastes generated in the home. In Florida, household hazardous waste
collection centers have been established in most communities. Visit your
local household hazardous waste program website
for advice and collection schedules.
Hazardous waste exhibits one or more characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity which
make it dangerous. Paint products, pool chemicals, household cleaners and pesticides are typical examples. When
disposed of in the municipal solid waste stream or otherwise improperly managed, these materials have the potential
of contaminating the ground water - our drinking water supply.
The Florida Legislature initiated the
Hazardous Waste Collection Center Grant Program
to encourage the establishment of a statewide network of local hazardous waste collection centers. These facilities
are intended to provide free collections of non-regulated hazardous waste from households and to provide short-term
storage of potentially hazardous waste generated by small businesses. Also, the public awareness component of a collection
not only helps citizens to better understand and manage their household hazardous waste, but may help them to learn
to reduce the volume they generate.
More Household Hazardous Waste Info
Toolbox: Tips, Innovations and Solutions from Florida’s HHW Pros
Spinning, Spitting, Smoking Cell Phone
While on the floor of a transfer station, Monroe County HHW staff Jennifer Shellito
noticed some smoke coming from the trash about 5 feet from where she was. The trash was cleared away to find a discarded cell phone
that was "spitting and rotating around on the floor while black smoke was coming from it." Apparently the cell phone battery had a
residual charge left in it. It either shorted out or perhaps the battery contacts touched something flammable. It could have started
a fire and become a safety hazard to solid waste workers.
When we ship rechargeable batteries for recycling, Department of Transportation regulations
mandate that the batteries are put in a plastic bag or the terminals taped to prevent short circuiting, sparking, fires, etc. during
transportation. That requirement prevents situations that could result in a fire.
For more information, please contact Laurie Tenace at 850-245-8759.