The Division of Waste Management works closely with the department's district offices to implement state and federal laws to protect the environment from the improper handling and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. This includes regulatory programs for waste facilities and pollutant storage systems, and non-regulatory activities such as financial and technical assistance for recycling and waste reduction. The division also oversees and contracts for the cleanup of sites contaminated with petroleum products, drycleaning solvents or other hazardous wastes. There are four program areas within the Division of Waste Management – Permitting and Compliance Assistance, District and Business Support, Waste Cleanup, and Petroleum Restoration.
F. Joseph Ullo Jr., Director, Division of Waste Management F. Joseph Ullo Jr. joined the department in 2015 to direct the Division of Waste Management and has resided in Florida since graduating from Georgia Tech. Joe is a registered professional engineer and is barred as an attorney to appear before all Florida courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For over a decade, Joe worked in the engineering, construction and environmental consulting field. As a consultant to the U.S. Navy, Joe designed remedies for complicated waste disposal sites on various naval installations throughout the Southeastern United States. While in this role, Joe returned to Florida State and completed a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University with a final thesis on the residual saturation values of JP-5 fuel in various soil types. In the late 1990s and the early 2000s, Joe continued advising government while working for one of the department’s hazardous waste contractors. In this role, Joe gained a great appreciation for the Division of Waste Management and its challenges. Joe also acted as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and private corporations where he gained experience in permitting, hydraulics, environmental compliance, contingency planning, and health and safety planning. Joe graduated from the Florida State College of Law in 2006 and practiced law for a decade before joining the department. He became a shareholder and represented local governments, federal agencies and private companies complex property transactions, redevelopment efforts, contaminated site cleanup, and litigation. As a former president and board member of the Florida Brownfield Association, Joe partnered and supported the department on various initiatives such as the Institutional Control Guidance development and memoranda of agreement for port facilities. Joe has a great passion for his alma mater and remains active in the Georgia Tech Alumni Association in his spare time. Joe also enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.
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.