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.
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Providing Household and Small Business Hazardous Waste Services to Underserved Neighborhoods
A grant partnership between St. Johns County and the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection conducted six neighborhood collection events in communities where collection and disposal
had not been promoted or provided in the past. The average 213 pounds collected per vehicle was 2 and a half times the
average 86 pound per vehicle of regular events indicating a need for this service. Underserved neighborhoods are now a
part of the County’s ongoing collection events.
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For more information, please contact Jack Price at 850-245-8751.