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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