American household generate approximately 1.6 million tons of waste per year including cleaners, pesticides and poisons. Hazardous materials placed in the waste stream can present dangers to solid waste workers, the public, the environment, and our facilities. The goal of the Household Hazardous Waste section is to reduce these risks by offering and promoting programs and managing various internal protection programs.
The Public Works Department has established various programs to assist residents with proper disposal. A Household Chemical Collection Center is located at the Lake County Landfill, County Road 561, in Tavares. In addition to this center, other locations provide recycling of certain hazardous items and residents are encouraged to separate hazardous materials from their household garbage and dispose of it appropriately through one of our Convenience Centers.
The Department offers programs for Lake County businesses. Businesses have legal obligations to manage hazardous materials properly and it is important to understand the various responsibilities and options. The Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator is for small businesses that produce no more than 220 pounds of chemical waste per month. Qualified businesses are urged to participate in this program. The program is located at the household Chemical Collection Center. Disposal fees are based on bid price with the contracted vendor. This service is available every Wednesday of each month. The business must pre-register to participate.
The Pollution Prevention Program also assists businesses with waste. This program allows businesses the opportunity to learn about proper disposal and waste reduction techniques. For more information, call 352-343-3776.