Florida Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste container rules: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-730.180(1) and FAC 62-730.180(2) (interim status)

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Empty container standards: FAC 62-730.030(1)

Regulatory Agency

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida adopts by reference the federal hazardous waste container requirements, including the federal empty container standards and organic air emissions standards. The state also adopts by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Florida as of June 18, 2018, which includes standards for generators accumulating hazardous waste on-site in containers. Generators using containers to accumulate hazardous waste on-site without a permit must comply with additional requirements in connection with container inspections and records. See the state section HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE for specific standards.

Owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use containers must comply with the state's permit application requirements and pay several state facility fees that are in addition to the container requirements specified in the federal rules. For more information regarding these state requirements, see the state section TSDF PERMITS.

Administration and enforcement. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the container requirements in Florida.

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