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The government does not regulate hazardous wastes generated in the home. In Florida, household hazardous waste collection centers have been established in most communities. Visit your local household hazardous waste program website for advice and collection schedules.

Hazardous waste exhibits one or more characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity which make it dangerous. Paint products, pool chemicals, household cleaners and pesticides are typical examples. When disposed of in the municipal solid waste stream or otherwise improperly managed, these materials have the potential of contaminating the ground water - our drinking water supply.

The Florida Legislature initiated the Hazardous Waste Collection Center Grant Program to encourage the establishment of a statewide network of local hazardous waste collection centers. These facilities are intended to provide free collections of non-regulated hazardous waste from households and to provide short-term storage of potentially hazardous waste generated by small businesses. Also, the public awareness component of a collection not only helps citizens to better understand and manage their household hazardous waste, but may help them to learn to reduce the volume they generate.

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Last updated: December 11, 2015

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