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A CESQG generates less than 220 lbs. (or approximately 1/2 drum) of hazardous waste, or 2.2 lbs. of acute hazardous waste per calendar month, and never accumulates more than 2,200 lbs. of hazardous waste.
This program is available only to Palm Beach County businesses and there are limitations on the types and amounts of waste which can be accepted. Acceptance of hazardous waste, or enrollment in the program is solely at the discretion of the Solid Waste Authority.
All large quantity generators; small quantity generators; hazardous waste transporters; and hazardous waste storage, treatment, or disposal facilities are required to obtain an EPA ID number. Only 1 number is assigned to a generator or facility address.
EPA ID numbers are issued in Florida through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Contact the FDEP district office for more information.
The advantage of this program is that small quantities from different generators can generally be combined for bulk disposal rates. Each business pays for only their share of the combined drum. There are however exceptions for certain types of wastes that cannot be combined and for other wastes, such as photographic and medical wastes, that support specialized full service disposal companies that pick up small quantities.
By using this program, or any disposal service, and keeping your paperwork you can provide proof of proper disposal to a regulatory agency if needed.
Recycling is preferred when possible as is the case with some of the latex paints, car batteries, and fluorescent lamps. Most oil and flammable liquids can be blended for commercial fuels, and corrosive liquids are neutralized. Most other materials are incinerated.
There are a number of commercial firms that service the entire state. Some specialize in certain types of waste while others will handle any kind. As with any type of service it is best to shop around and get the best price and service for your needs. View a list of hazardous waste Disposal Contractors. Disposal Contractors
The Solid Waste Authority regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
Many retailers also accept rechargeable batteries For additional locations, call 800-8-BATTERY, or check earth911.org. Earth911
Large quantities are accepted only at the staffed HCRC facilities. The fuel must be from your own, personal use boat or generator. Please note: We do not allow siphoning on our property, nor will we empty a drum for you.
Electronics often contain small amounts of hazardous materials such as mercury and lead that are completely safe within the product but may pose environmental risks when disposed. Fortunately electronics are also easily recycled.
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Do not mix yard waste with garbage or any other debris. Your waste hauler is not required to collect any debris that does not meet the above guidelines. If your debris is considered non-conforming and is not collected, you may do one of the following:
As of Oct. 1, 2013, unincorporated Palm Beach County is now divided into 5 service areas (PDF), each of which is awarded to an individual hauler that has the exclusive right to provide service in accordance with the Service Guidelines in their contract.
For questions or concerns about service provided in your area, call the Solid Waste Authority Customer Information Services Department at 561-697-2700, or 866-SWA-INFO toll-free from southern and western Palm Beach County.
If you live in a municipality, please contact your municipality or service provider regarding collection concerns or for general information. Listing of service providers for Palm Beach County municipalities»
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All other lawn trimmings (pine cones, pine needles, leaves, small hedge clipping, etc.) also need to be bagged or canned in groups that weigh less than 50 lbs. and placed out with yard waste pick up.
With the exception of carpeting, any construction debris from minor home repairs that is placed upon the ground and not containerized will not be collected.
Your waste hauler is not required to collect any debris that does not meet the above guidelines. If your debris is considered non-conforming and is not collected, you may do one of the following:
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The SWA arranges for collection of debris from routine yard maintenance all year long however, residents should make arrangements to have their contractor dispose of debris from tree removal and other major trimming. If residents choose to do their own major cutting they will need to bring the debris to the SWA landfill located in West Palm Beach or an SWA permitted facility. There is a fee for disposal.
The integrated solid waste management system includes many services that benefit residents, both directly and indirectly. These include home chemical and recycling centers, the landfill, recycling facilities, renewable energy facilities, transfer stations, and yard waste processing facilities. These facilities are all operated in accordance with significant Federal and State regulations, and are subject to extensive monitoring and reporting. The rates our county residents and businesses pay reflect the cost of the entire system.
In using supplemental waste, we are providing limited access to our system for waste delivered directly to the Renewable Energy Facility 2, and only for a limited time.
Once the Renewable Energy Facility 2 is at capacity, estimated in 2022, the traffic on this part of North Jog Road will include these 60 additional daily trips, whether we use supplemental waste now or not, and that traffic will be well within the ultimate road design capacity.
Right now, we receive almost 500 loads, or 1,000 trips per day. Palm Beach County Traffic Division projects more than 6,300 trips per day on Jog Road in 2015 from all residential and commercial traffic, and Jog Road is designed to handle this traffic. The additional 30 loads (or 60 trips) will have no discernible traffic impact.
In addition, our contract with the facility operator contains a specific performance guarantee related to noise that they are required to meet. The decision to use supplemental waste until the facility is at capacity on Palm Beach County waste will have no impact on the noise generated by the facility, which will be operating whether or not we use supplemental waste.
The Solid Waste Authority already receives and processes approximately 1.7 million tons of waste per year. The additional waste represents a small amount (up to 200,000 tons initially and declining over time) when compared to what we already receive.
This use of supplemental waste opportunity is temporary. The material will be delivered directly to Renewable Energy Facility 2 and not the landfill. Ultimately, with Palm Beach County’s estimated population growth, the Solid Waste Authority will be receiving the same amount of material from Palm Beach County residents after 2022, but not at a cost savings to residents.
Air emissions from the facility are monitored in a number of ways. Renewable Energy Facility 2 has a number of Continuous Emissions Monitors (CEM), required by our permits, which sample and analyze air quality on a continuous basis. In addition, there are quarterly and annual emission tests required to demonstrate the performance of the emissions control equipment and Renewable Energy Facility 2’s compliance with emissions standards. All of this information will be recorded and reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
The Solid Waste Authority permits also require us to self-report to FDEP if there is any upset condition or performance that impacts emissions. There is a potential for significant penalties for exceeding emission limits and failing to report them, both as fines and penalties. If permit requirements are deliberately violated, there are potential civil or criminal penalties for Solid Waste Authority managers individually.
In addition, there is university-sponsored research under way investigating the potential for reuse of most or all of the ash that we currently landfill, just like ash from coal-fired power plants is used in the manufacturing of concrete. If this research proves successful, the life of the Solid Waste Authority’s landfill may be dramatically extended, bringing us closer to the potential of 0 landfill by 2046.
In addition, the State of Florida counts waste delivered to a Renewable Energy facility towards the state’s 75% Recycling goal, and the state provides one ton of recycling credit for each megawatt hour of energy produced. Martin County was recently recognized as having the highest recycling rate in the state, in large part because they were delivering their waste to our existing Renewable Energy Facility under our waste exchange agreement.