Hazardous Waste Program Overview

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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection

 

Monthly Special Waste Collections
On the 1st Saturday of each month, old paints, fluorescent bulbs and electronics are collected at the City Waste Transfer Station, which is located at 12600 Wiles Rd. City residents can drop off the paints, bulbs and electronics between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

HHW Collection Event Program
HHW is collected at one day collection events at varying locations in cooperation with a host Municipality. Trained technicians unload, segregate and prepare materials for transport to federally permitted disposal sites. Diverting HHW from the solid waste stream has beneficial impacts to the solid waste system through reduction of landfill leachate contaminants and reduction of potentially harmful compounds from incinerator stack emissions and ash residues.

HHW On-Call Service (Fee for Service)
Effective July 1, 2016, residents may contact Waste Pro (954-282-6800) for special HHW collection. A $50 call-out fee plus the cost of the disposal are the resident’s responsibility. Contractually a 48-hour notice is required.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program
Small businesses that generate less than 220 lbs of regulated hazardous waste per calendar month and government agencies are eligible to utilize the City’s hazardous waste disposal contractor and receive the City’s discounted disposal prices. Small businesses and government agencies who require disposal are referred to the disposal contractor and materials are removed directly from the generator’s site. Certain pick-up and specific labor charges would be applicable.

Recycling/Special Programs

Latex Paint Recycling Program
A portion of unusable latex paint collected at HHW collections is routed for re-blending and recycling by a Florida paint manufacturer. Recycled product is re-packaged and returned to the City to be distributed to residents free of charge. Recycled paint is available in a beige colors and the product is of a good exterior quality.

Electronics Recycling Program
Electronics (television, computers, others) are collected in conjunction with HHW events and at the 1st Saturday collections at the Waste Transfer Station. The associated contractor segregates materials for reuse or recycling. Computer monitors and TV picture tubes (CRTs) contain significant amounts of lead. These items are recycled to recover the glass and lead for use in new products. Microchips, circuit boards, other recyclable metals contained in electronic product are separated and sent for recycling and use in the manufacture of new products. Lead and other heavy metals contained in these products have the potential to negatively impact landfill leachate, incinerator emissions, and ash residues.

Fluorescent Light Tube/Mercury Device Recycling
Mercury-containing lamp (MCL) and mercury-containing device (MCD) collection is incorporated in HHW collection. Promotional materials and distribution networks have been established to inform the public of safe handling and disposal options. The State of Florida has banned the incineration of MCLs (fluorescent lights, others) and incineration and landfill of MCDs (thermostats, thermometers, etc.) [Florida Statute 403.7186]. These measures were enacted to reduce the release of mercury into the environment and encourage the recycling of mercury containing products. Mercury in MCLs and MCDs has the potential top negatively impact landfill leachate, incinerator emissions, and ash residues.