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On February 12, 1985, Florida received authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer its own hazardous waste management and regulatory program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976. Florida received final authorization on November 17, 2000 to implement the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA). The most important feature of authorization is the State's agreement to issue permits that conform to the regulatory requirements of the law, to inspect and monitor activities subject to regulation, to take appropriate enforcement action against violators and to do so in a manner no less stringent than the Federal program.

The Hazardous Waste Regulation Section (HWRS) is responsible for implementing the hazardous waste regulatory portion of RCRA. It reviews and issues permits and coordinates compliance monitoring and enforcement activities at hazardous waste generators, transporters and Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) facilities with the regulatory District offices.

The Hazardous Waste Regulation Section is composed of three programs:

News & Events

  • Overview of the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule

    On January 13, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) final rule. This rule modifies EPA's 2008 DSW rule by revising several recycling-related provisions used to determine hazardous waste regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Quick Links

  • FLEHaz - Florida Electronic Hazardous Waste Regulations
    Welcome to the Florida Electronic Hazardous Waste Regulations or FLEHaz. FLEHaz is the Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations - 40 CFR 124 and 40 CFR 260-279, as adopted by the State of Florida in Rule 62-730, F.A.C., effective 06-17-15, Rule 62-710, F.A.C., effective 04-23-13, Rule 62-731, F.A.C., effective 02-16-12, Rule 62-737, F.A.C., effective 02-16-12 and Rule 62-740, F.A.C., effective 02-16-12. All rule changes as reflected in 62-730, F.A.C. are incorporated into this document. It is designed to show what rules are in effect for Hazardous Wastes in the State of Florida.

  • Recycling Business Assistance Center

  • Pharmaceutical Waste
    Regulations and guidance on managing pharmaceutical waste generated by various types of medical facilities.

    Click here for a list of Pharmaceutical Waste Transporters.

  • Waste Management for Government Buildings

  • Notification of Hazardous Waste Activities Requirements
    Effective April 23, 2013 Florida's hazardous waste rule (F.A.C. Chapter 62-730) was revised to require the use of a new Florida Notification of Regulated Waste Activities form 8700-12FL. The revised 8700-12FL form includes mercury and used oil program area registrations in addition to hazardous and universal waste generator activities.

  • Insurance Guidelines

  • Hazardous Waste Handler Search
    This link provides a database query for RCRA regulated facilities by name, address, county, or EPAID. It includes information about facilities' status and compliance and enforcement histories under RCRA. It also includes a mapping component and a feedback link by which to report data errors.

  • Used Oil Program
    In 1984 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) implemented a used oil management program under Sections 403.75 through 403.769, Florida Statutes. Florida's Used Oil Recycling Program has grown to become one of the most successful in the United States and has received national recognition.

    Click here for a list of Used Oil Transporters.

  • Universal Wastes
    The universal waste agenda promotes the collection and recycling of certain widely generated hazardous wastes. Universal wastes are batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment and lamps. Florida has recently added pharmaceutical waste to the program.

  • Mercury Program
    Mercury is used in many everyday products like fluorescent lamps, thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure manometers and pleasure boat bilge pump float switches. Some of these products have an environmental benefit. For example, fluorescent lamps use less energy than traditional incandescent lamps. Unless they are recycled or otherwise disposed of properly, however, the mercury from these discarded products can contaminate the air, surface water and ground water. Mercury contamination in Florida is most evident from the fish consumption advisories due to high mercury levels in certain fish in a number of Florida lakes and in the Everglades. The Florida DEP has responded to this mercury contamination with research to better understand the problem and its causes and with environmental controls to reduce the potential for mercury to enter the environment.

    Click here for a list of Mercury Handlers.

  • Household Hazardous Waste
    The government does not regulate hazardous wastes generated in the home. In Florida, household hazardous waste collection centers have been established in most communities. This section includes resources and programs to help you with your hazardous waste.

  • Transporters and Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSD)
    Florida's hazardous waste regulations for transporters and transfer facilities are more stringent than the federal regulations.

    Click here for Instructions for Hazardous Waste Transporter Registration.

    Click here for a list of Hazardous Waste Transporters.

  • Solvent Contaminated Wipe Rule (Effective January 31, 2014)
    Florida adopted by reference the federal rule for the management of solvent contaminated wipes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

    The rule revises the definition of solid waste to conditionally exclude solvent‐contaminated wipes that are laundered and reused. It also revises the definition of hazardous waste to conditionally exclude solvent‐contaminated wipes that are disposed. Click the links below for more information.

  • Operation Cleansweep for Pesticides
    Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators, and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides.
  • Publicaciones y Asistencia para el Cumplimiento Ambiental en Español.

  • Other Hazardous Waste Related Links

Last updated: January 20, 2017

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