Hazardous Materials Management Program

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Household Hazardous Waste Program:

The Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Division’s (SHWMD) mission is to provide efficient, safe and convenient programs for the collection and proper disposal of household materials for residents and small businesses in Collier County.

Households often use and store many chemical products that are hazardous. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides contain potentially hazardous ingredients requiring special care when being disposed of. Improper disposal of these chemical products include pouring them down a drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a serious threat to human health.

All SHWMD Recycling Drop-off Centers collect used oil, antifreeze, gasoline, diesel fuel, used oil filters, electronics, fluorescent bulbs and latex paint. These items are removed from our facilities by certified hazardous waste management vendors for final disposal, promoting a safe and healthy environment for our residents.

Enhanced Small Quantity Generator Inspection Program

To protect public health, safety, and the environment from the improper management of hazardous waste, SHWMD staff perform regular Compliance Assistance Verification (CAV) inspections of businesses that have the potential to generate, store, transport, or dispose of hazardous waste in Collier County. Each year more than 1/5 of the more than 5,000 businesses receive CAV inspections.

Through this program, generators of hazardous waste are educated as to their legal responsibilities regarding managing/disposing of hazardous waste. During on-site inspections staff request and examine documentation that identifies the types of waste generated and how the waste is disposed of. Documentation may consist of hazardous waste manifests, shipping documents, and/or a bill of lading. In most cases, CAV inspections are unannounced. In addition to documenting any compliance issues, staff makes suggestions regarding waste reduction, recycling, and other best management practices for hazardous waste management and disposal. 

This program is a means of complying with Collier County's Water Pollution Control Program Ordinance 89-20; Florida Statues 403.7225, 403.7234, 403.7236, and 403.7238; Collier County's NPDES Permit Requirements; Growth Management Plan CCME Elements; and, the Collier County Land Development Code Section 3.06, Ground Water Protection.

Pollutant Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program

In Florida, above ground storage tanks larger than 550 gallons or underground tanks larger than 110 gallons are required to be registered. The Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program of the FDEP strives to provide private and public tank owners with detailed information concerning the equipment, environmental status and regulatory compliance of their state registered tanks and fuel systems.  SHWMD staff conduct hundreds of tank inspections per year on behalf of the FDEP and also provide follow-up of inquiries, experienced feedback, compliance assistance and training services to all registered tank owners in the county. 

Interdepartmental Tanks Program

SHWMD works closely with Collier County's Risk Management and other county government departments that manage storage tanks, to ensure that all county-owned storage tanks are properly managed, registered as required, and are adequately insured. Currently there are over 300 county-owned tanks. The team also works closely with county representatives in the preparation and implementation of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans to comply with EPA rules, as well as providing the required annual training to the operators of county facilities. Spill Response Plans and instructions have also been individually created for each county-owned facility with storage tanks and these plans are designed to enhance the county’s capability to respond to, and efficiently clean up, any pollutant spills in a quick and effective manner.

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