Tips For Businesses

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SQG Businesses 

The Small Quantity Generator Program (SQG) is a program that is designed to help businesses maintain the hazardous substances that are used or produced while performing services for residents and other businesses in accordance with numerous Federal and State rules and regulations. This allows hazardous wastes to still be used but requires proper storage and disposal of these wastes to protect public health and safety, water quality, and the overall health of the environment.

 Collier County's Solid and Hazardous Waste Department (SHWMD) can assist you with any questions, inspections, or education about this program.


Washing vehicles can be a source of pollution to the storm sewer system and surface water in general. Oil, grease asbestos, coolant, brake fluid, trace metals and grit are carried in the wash water, especially in mechanized carwashes that rinse the undercarriage.

To reduce water pollution from your carwash, implement these Best Management Practices from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection: BMPs for Mobile Vehicle Washing

Mechanic and Auto Shops

Just like a carwash, mechanic and auto body shops may contribute oil, grease, trace metals, and more to the stormwater system. Prevent this through applying the Best Management Practices (BMP's) of the trade as part of the regular routine.

Sweeping the floor rather than hosing it down, having spill kits on hand, and proper disposal of used items will all help minimize stormwater pollution!


Become a designated 'Florida Clean Marina' to ensure that both your facility and guests are not contributing to stormwater pollution.

List of current Designated Clean Marinas

Pool Contractors

Use proper pool dewatering practices to prevent chemicals from the pool entering our waterways. If there is an area that is tricky, please call 239-252-2502 for extra assistance with creating a best management plan for dewatering in that area.

Golf Courses

Although the greens are regulated under different fertilizer and irrigation requirements, make sure the rest of the property is following current fertilizer and irrigation ordinances. Also, consider using Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) to minimize operating costs and reduce impact on local waterways. Commercial Checklist for FFL

Don't see the information you're looking for? Contact Pollution Control's Education and Outreach team by calling 239-252-2502 or by e-mailing

Updated July 17, 2017