In 1985 the Florida Legislature initiated the Hazardous Waste Collection Center Grant Program to encourage the establishment and operation of a statewide network of local hazardous waste collection centers. These facilities provide collections of non-regulated hazardous waste from households and as well as short-term storage of potentially hazardous waste generated by small businesses. Many of these household hazardous waste programs provide collection events at different locations for the convenience of the public.
The public awareness component of these programs and collections not only helps citizens to better understand and manage their household hazardous waste, but may help them to learn to reduce the amount of hazardous products they use in their homes and small businesses.
Now that every county in the state has a household hazardous waste program of some sort, the grant program funds cooperative collections in smaller counties and unique or innovative household hazardous waste projects.
Hazardous Waste Collection Center Grant - Up to $100,000 per county, for constructing one or more safe, secure, operational hazardous waste collection centers.
Cooperative Collection Center Arrangement Grant - Up to $35,000 per grant, to reimburse 75% (with a $25,000 limit) of a smaller county's collection event. The host county, experienced in hazardous waste collections, is reimbursed up to $10,000 for assisting the neighboring county in holding its collection.
Unique or Innovative Project Grant - Up to $50,000 per grant, with the county providing a 25% match. Funding is available only to counties that are operating permanent hazardous waste collection centers and is in addition to Hazardous Waste Collection Center and Cooperative Collection Center Arrangement Grants.
Grants to reimburse expenses associated with local hazardous waste management - Available to counties that have established operational permanent facilities under the Hazardous Waste Collection Center Grant but have received funding less than their $100,000 limit.
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.