Electronic equipment is everywhere in modern life. Both per capita ownership and discards of TVs, computers, tablets, smart phones and other electronics will likely increase rapidly for the foreseeable future.
Under Florida law, it is illegal to discard nickel-cadmium or small sealed lead acid rechargeable batteries or products containing such rechargeable batteries in the trash. The batteries must be recycled or sent to a facility permitted to dispose of those batteries. This prohibition applies to every resident as well as every business, institutional, government, industrial, commercial, communications or medical facility in the state.
Ensuring that hazardous wastes (HW) are handled in accordance with federal and state rules and laws is the responsibility of the Compliance and Enforcement staff at DEP. This group interacts with the public and with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) branch of the federal EPA to develop policies and guidance, to provide compliance assistance to the public and the regulated community, and to enforce laws regulating the handling of hazardous waste.
On February 12, 1985, Florida received authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer its own hazardous waste management and regulatory program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976. Florida received final authorization on November 17, 2000, to implement the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA).
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.