Florida Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

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

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Hazardous waste landfill prohibition: Florida Statutes (FS) 403.7222

Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: FAC 62-701.100 to FAC 62-701.900

Regulatory Agency

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

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Although Florida has adopted by reference the federal hazardous waste landfill requirements, there are no permitted hazardous landfills in the state, and the construction of new hazardous waste landfills is prohibited.

In addition to the federal solid waste landfill requirements, Florida has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste administers and enforces both the solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements and the hazardous waste landfill prohibition in Florida.

State Requirements


FS 403.7222

The state prohibited the construction of new hazardous waste landfills as of November 8, 1988, except in an emergency. If by executive order the governor declares a hazardous waste management emergency, DEP may issue a 6-month temporary permit, to be used only until an alternative method of disposal can be found.

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