Hazardous Waste Generators

Inspection Authorization

The Orange County Environmental Protection Division's Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Program conducts inspections on all known and potential hazardous waste generators, as authorized by Florida Statute (F.S.) Sections 403.7225 and 403.7234. The purpose of these unannounced inspections is to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations on proper management and disposal of hazardous waste, as well as, educate businesses on how to reduce or eliminate their hazardous waste.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is defined by the federal government and can be found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), Parts 260 to 273 & 279. The State of Florida has adopted by reference portions of the federal regulations into its Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Rule 62-730. Hazardous wastes (HW) are wastes listed in 40 CFR 261 Subpart D, or they are wastes characterized in 40 CFR 261 Subpart C as hazardous by exhibiting one of four characteristics:

  • Ignitability (D001): Solid, gas, or liquid with a flash point < 140° or oxidizer.
  • Corrosivity (D002): Liquid waste with a pH < 2.0 or > 12.5.
  • Reactivity (D003): Wastes reactive to water, shock, heat, pressure, or undergoes rapid or violent changes.
  • Toxicity (D004-043): Includes 8 heavy metals and 32 organic chemicals, including 10 pesticides.

Hazardous Waste Determination

A hazardous waste (HW) determination must be made of any waste material generated (40 CFR 262.11). HW must be recycled, treated, stored, or disposed at a proper HW facility. HW cannot be disposed on or in the ground, or in local landfills, septic tanks, or injection wells. Also, regardless of quantity, the generator of HW is ultimately responsible for the waste from "cradle to grave," and can be held liable for improper management of HW even though it may have been sent to a "proper" HW management facility using a licensed transporter. Typical HW include used oil, used oil filters, paint waste, photographic waste, fluorescent lamps, mineral spirits, printing inks, pharmaceuticals, blasting media, lead-acid batteries, and the list goes on.


In general, hazardous waste generators are broken into three categories based upon the quantity of hazardous waste generated per month.

Hazardous Waste Surcharge

Florida Statute 403.7225(12) authorizes counties to impose a surcharge up to $50.00 to support the local SQG Program. Orange County implemented its' hazardous waste surcharge in 2001. To assist the SQG Program the following category codes (defined by the Tax Collector's Office) have been assessed a $50.00 hazardous waste surcharge. The $50 surcharge partially subsidizes the costs associated with administering the State mandated SQG Program for services such as inspections, mailings, and educational pamphlets. It is NOT a payment for disposal of hazardous waste. Typical types of generators include (but are not limited to):

  • Auto Repair
  • Chiropractors
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Dentists
  • Large retailers (i.e.; home improvement stores, grocers, etc.)
  • Manufacturers
  • Print Shops
  • Salvage yards

For information on obtaining a Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License), please contact the Orange County Tax Collector's Office.


If you'd like printed brochures on the following topics, email a request to EPD@ocfl.net.

  • Demolition & Deconstruction Waste (with mountable poster)
  • New Generator Rule
  • Regulated Waste Surcharge

Contact Us

Environmental Protection Division
3165 McCrory Place, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32803

Email: EPD@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-1400

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