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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DEP Can Tweet Your Events
Since February, 2013, DEP has been tweeting HHW cooperative collection
events in cooperation with the host counties (Alachua and Okaloosa) and the counties where the collections have been held.
We usually tweet Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a Saturday event. Based on 3 events (Gilchrist, Nassau and Columbia)
in which Kurt Seaburg’s team (Alachua County HHW) surveyed participants, between 10 and 15% of the participants surveyed heard
about the events via Twitter. Our Press Office calls these results from the tweets "great." DEP has also tweeted collection
events for Alachua, Leon and Pinellas County HHW collection events.
This is DEP’s first use of Twitter to promote HHW collection events and it seems to have
gone pretty well. And you can’t beat the price of a DEP event tweet - $0 (not counting DEP Press Office staff time of – maybe –
5, 10 minutes). DEP could help promote your collection events with a tweet similar to this one for a recent Pinellas County Home
Chemical Collection event.
Just give us event details (when and where is pretty much all we need) plus a link to
any event information and a PDF of the event flyer. Our tweets, like everybody else’s tweets, can link to web sites and pictures
to add that all important visual element to the tweet. Please send the event information to Mara Burger via email
a week or so prior to your event. Our Press Office will coordinate with your county’s press office or media group as needed.