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Per 403.7186, F.S., MCLs are prohibited from being disposed of at solid waste incineration facilities (i.e. waste-to-energy facilities or municipal waste combustors) in Florida. There are thirteen of these facilities operating in nine counties and three municipalities in Florida (Bay, Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Palm Beach, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties; and the cities of Tampa and Lakeland). Some other counties send part or all of their solid waste to solid waste incineration facilities operating in another county. The counties that do so may change from year to year. As of 2006, the other counties that incinerate part or all of their waste include Polk, Gulf and Calhoun.

Also per the law above, all MCDs, including those from households and other residential buildings, are prohibited by law from being disposed of at any municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal facility in Florida such as a landfill or solid waste incinerator.

These prohibitions are not dependent on whether the MCLs or MCDs are hazardous wastes, but apply to lamps (e.g., even to the low mercury fluorescent lamps currently on the market) and devices containing added mercury in any amount. Guidance to MSW disposal facilities on complying with these disposal prohibitions is available for both MCLs and MCDs.

Last updated: November 04, 2016

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