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Small Quantity Generators

Environmental Health

Florida Department of Health in Indian River County (DOH-Indian River) provides education and assistance to owners and operators of facilities that generate hazardous waste on pollution prevention strategies which reduce the number of new releases of hazardous or regulated wastes into the environment. DOH-Indian River also inspects facilities that generate regulated waste. Federal and state hazardous waste regulations apply to all business, government and private residents of Florida.

Many businesses that generate small amounts of waste are granted special exemptions and reduced regulatory oversight. These businesses fall into a category known as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) when they generate 100 kilograms or less per month of hazardous waste, or 1 kilogram (2.2 Lbs.) or less per month of acutely hazardous waste.

Requirements for CESQGs include:

  • Must identify all the hazardous waste generated
  • May not accumulate more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 Lbs.) of hazardous waste at any time
  • Must ensure that hazardous waste is delivered to a person or facility that is authorized to manage them
  • Specific transporters and storage and disposal facilities are required by law (see also 40 CFR 261.5) and the external links below.)

Often through education and the usage of certain alternative products and recycling, facilities that produce even small amounts of regulated hazardous materials can become exempt from hazardous material regulation. Please contact this office so we may provide assistance.

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Homeowners

Homeowners produce a significant amount of potentially hazardous waste from products purchased and partially used from retail stores. Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District provides assistance to private homeowners for the proper disposal of “Household” Hazardous Wastes (not from businesses). Visit the IRCWaste webpage on ConvenienceCenters for more information.

Many potentially hazardous material items can be recycled or reclaimed, which include such things as batteries, florescent lights, electronics, paints, pesticides and much more. The reuse or recycling of these materials prevents them from becoming part of the landfill or our environment and reduces the production of new hazardous substances when they are recycled. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection webpage on Waste Reduction.

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External Links

Questions often arise as to what environmental impacts have occurred on certain parcels of property prior to property ownership changes. DOH-Indian River can assist in answering these questions. The following links can provide information on previous and existing facilities or properties which may have had discharges of regulated substances.

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For your convenience, please find attached DOH-Indian River's SQG Evaluation Form.


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