Beneficial Uses Of Wastes
The Department has received numerous requests to
use various solid waste materials as products or raw materials in
the manufacturing of other products rather than dispose of them in
landfills. Examples of some solid wastes that have been proposed
for use are: (1) recovered screen material (RSM) from processing
construction and demolition debris; (2) Waste-to-Energy (WTE) ash
from combusting municipal solid waste (MSW); (3) coal ash from
power plants; (4) wood ash; (5) street sweepings; (6) sand
blasting media; and (7) metal shredder residue (MSR). These
requests are generally handled on a case-by-case basis.
The applicant needs to demonstrate that the proposed
use of these wastes will not cause ground water or surface water
contamination in concentrations above the Department's standards
or criteria. Usually the applicant also needs to show that the
proposed use will not pose an unacceptable human health risk. On
occasion, the Industrial Byproducts Exemption of Section
403.7045(1)(f), Florida Statutes may apply. Guidance documents for
obtaining approvals to use WTE ash and RSM and reports on other
wastes are available below.
Guidance for Land Application of Drinking Water Treatment Plant Sludge, Final, June 12, 2006
Characterization of Drinking Water Sludges for Beneficial Reuse and Disposal
NOTE:This report reflects pre-2005 clean up target levels. The reader should review the tables associated with Chapter 62-777, Florida Administrative Code, for the current target levels.
Guidance for the Management of Street Sweepings, Catch Basin
Sediments and Stormwater System Sediments, Final, May 18, 2004
Characterization of Street Sweepings, Stormwater Sediments, and Catch Basin Sediments in Florida for Disposal and Reuse, Final Report, December 31, 2002
Evaluation of Analytical Data Characterizing Street Sweepings, Stormwater Sediments and Catch Basin Sediments, FINAL (Revision 1), March 15, 2004.
Guidelines for the Management of Recovered Screen Material From
C&D Debris Recycling Facilities in Florida, Final, April 15,
Guidance for Preparing Municipal Waste-To-Energy Ash Beneficial
Use Demonstrations, Final, Revision No. 1, February 27, 2001.
Use of Old Landfills
The Department has received requests on how to
properly manage wastes from old landfills when they are
discovered. In addition, there are often questions about what one
should consider when constructing near or over old landfills. In
some cases, Rules 62-701.610(7) and 62-701.610(8), Florida
Administrative Code will apply. The Department has also developed
a guidance document for these situations. This document is
The Department issued a letter on November 13, 2003
to all 67 counties requesting their assistance in compiling
comprehensive data on the locations of old landfills for each
county, and making it available to the Department. DEP intends to
consolidate all available information into a statewide registry of
landfills that will be made publicly accessible on the internet.