Florida Hazardous Waste Determination regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Hazardous Waste Determination: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Identification and classification of hazardous waste: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-730.030(1)

Regulatory Agency
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Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program Hazardous Waste Regulation Section

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida adopts by reference the federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste, including the federal conditional exclusions from the definitions of solid and hazardous waste as they apply to cathode-ray tubes and solvent-contaminated wipes, the 2015 exclusion from the definition of solid waste for recycling of certain hazardous secondary materials, and the hazardous waste exclusion for carbon dioxide streams in geologic sequestration activities.

Florida follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contained-in policy and provides guidance for managing contaminated media subject to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements.

Administration and enforcement. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program administers and enforces the container requirements in Florida.

State Requirements


EPA's "contained-in" policy is a flexible version of the mixture and derived-from rules created to apply to debris as well as environmental media (i.e., soil, groundwater, sediments). Although the EPA does not consider environmental media and debris to be hazardous waste in and of themselves, the EPA requires that these materials be regulated as ...

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