Section 403.7265, Florida Statutes 2004
403.7265 Local hazardous waste collection program.--
(1) The Legislature recognizes the need for local governments to establish local hazardous waste management programs and local collection centers throughout the state. Local hazardous waste management programs are to educate and assist small businesses and households in properly managing the hazardous waste they generate. Local collection centers are to serve a purpose similar to the collection locations used in the amnesty days program described in s. 403.7264. Such collection centers are to be operated to provide a service to homeowners, farmers, and conditionally exempt small quantity generators to encourage proper hazardous waste management. Local collection centers will allow local governments the opportunity to provide a location for collection and temporary storage of small quantities of hazardous waste. A private hazardous waste management company should be responsible for collecting the waste within 90 days for transfer to a permitted recycling, disposal, or treatment facility. In time, local collection centers are to become privately operated businesses in order to reduce the burden of hazardous waste collection on local government.
(2) The department shall develop a statewide local hazardous waste management plan which will ensure comprehensive collection and proper management of hazardous waste from small quantity generators and household hazardous waste in Florida. The plan shall address, at a minimum, a network of local collection centers, transfer stations, and expanded hazardous waste collection route services. The plan shall assess the need for additional compliance verification inspections, enforcement, and penalties. The plan shall include a strategy, timetable, and budget for implementation.
(3) For the purposes of this section, the phrase:
(a) "Collection center" means a secured site approved by the department to be used as a base for a hazardous waste collection facility.
(b) "Regional collection center" means a facility permitted by the department for the storage of hazardous wastes.
(4) The department shall establish a grant program for local governments which desire to provide a local or regional hazardous waste collection center. Grants shall be authorized to cover collection center costs associated with capital outlay for preparing a facility or site to safely serve as a collection center and to cover costs of administration, public awareness, and local amnesty days programs. The total cost for administration and public awareness shall not exceed 10 percent of the grant award. Grants shall be available on a competitive basis to local governments which:
(a) Comply with the provisions of ss. 403.7225 and 403.7264;
(b) Design a collection center which is approved by the department; and
(c) Provide up to 33 percent of the capital outlay money needed for the facility as matching money.
(5) The maximum amount of a grant for any local government participating in the development of a collection center shall be $100,000. If a regional collection facility is designed, each participating county shall be eligible for up to $100,000. The department is authorized to use up to 1 percent of the funds appropriated for the local hazardous waste collection center grant program for administrative costs and public education relating to proper hazardous waste management.
(6) The department shall establish a cooperative collection center arrangement grant program enabling a local hazardous waste collection center grantee to receive a financial incentive for hosting an amnesty days program in a neighboring county that is currently unable to establish a permanent collection center, but desires a local hazardous waste collection. The grant may reimburse up to 75 percent of the neighboring county's amnesty days. Grants shall be available, on a competitive basis, to local governments which:
(a) Have established operational hazardous waste collection centers and are willing to assume a host role, similar to that of the state in the amnesty days program described in s. 403.7264, in organizing a local hazardous waste collection in the neighboring county.
(b) Enter into, and jointly submit, an interlocal agreement outlining department-established duties for both the host local government and neighboring county.
(7) The maximum amount for the cooperative collection center arrangement grant is $35,000, with a maximum amnesty days reimbursement of $25,000, and a limit of $10,000 for the host local government. The host local government may receive up to $10,000 per cooperative collection center arrangement in addition to its maximum local hazardous waste collection center grant.
(8) The department has the authority to establish an additional local project grant program enabling a local hazardous waste collection center grantee to receive funding for unique projects that improve the collection and lower the incidence of improper management of conditionally exempt or household hazardous waste. Eligible local governments may receive up to $50,000 in grant funds for these unique and innovative projects, provided they match the grant amount. This grant will not count toward the $100,000 maximum grant amount for development of a collection center.
(9) The department has the authority to use grant funds authorized under this section to assist local governments in carrying out the responsibilities and programs specified in ss. 403.7225, 403.7226, 403.7234, 403.7236, and 403.7238.
History.--s. 9, ch. 85-269; s. 40, ch. 86-186; s. 13, ch. 87-374; s. 8, ch. 88-393; s. 45, ch. 93-207; s. 29, ch. 2000-211.