Attention Business Owners: SQG Program
Published on: Jan 1, 2018
Based on the nature of the work you perform, your business has been identified as having the potential to generate a regulated waste. Because of this potential, Osceola County Solid Waste is required under state law to notify you of your obligations to properly manage these wastes and to conduct an on-site survey of your waste management practices.
Sections 403.7225 and 403.7234, Florida Statutes (F.S.) establish the Local Hazardous Waste Assessments and the Small Quantity Generator Notification and Verification Program. A small quantity generator is defined in the federal regulations (40 CFR Part 260.10) as a generator that produces less than 1,000 kilograms (or approximately 2,200 pounds) of a hazardous waste in any calendar month. The purposes of this program are:
- To inform potential small quantity generators of their legal responsibilities regarding management of hazardous waste, and
- To obtain information from the generator concerning the quantity and types of hazardous wastes generated annually and the practices used to manage waste.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promulgates rules for hazardous waste management. For information on these regulations and the types of wastes classified as potentially hazardous, refer to the enclosed fact sheet. You may also call DEP headquarters at (850) 245-8707 or contact the hazardous waste representative of the Central District at (407) 894-7555. Additional information can be found on the DEP web site. Violations of these regulations may subject you to penalties of up to $50,000 per day for non-compliance.
Due to the expense of properly disposing of hazardous waste and the liability that always remains with the generator, the best thing to do is to eliminate or reduce the amount of hazardous waste you generate. If you would like FREE assistance in pursuing this goal, contact the DEP Pollution Prevention (P2) Program in Tallahassee at (850) 245-8707.