Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Program

What is the SQG Inspection Program?

All counties in the State of Florida are required by the Legislature to establish and implement a small quantity generator (SQG) notification and verification program in accordance with Section 403.7234, Florida Statutes (FS).  The Pasco County SQG Program is managed by the Environmental Compliance section of the Solid Waste department. The goal of the Program is to protect the environment by helping businesses understand and comply with the regulations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Does the SQG Program apply to your business?

The Pasco County SQG Program is required to identify and verify all businesses in Pasco County that have the potential to generate hazardous waste and notify them of their legal responsibilities with regards to waste management. The SQG Program is required to inspect at least 20% of identified businesses annually by performing unannounced on-site visits to evaluate waste management practices. The on-site visits include an evaluation of the waste(s) generated along with compliance assistance on the management and disposal requirements.

How do you know if you generate hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste can come in many different forms and the first step to managing waste is to follow the steps of a hazardous waste identification process. A solid waste is a hazardous waste if it is specifically listed as a known hazardous waste or if it meets the characteristics of hazardous waste. Listed wastes are wastes that come from common manufacturing and industrial processes as well as discarded commercial products. Characteristic wastes are wastes that exhibit any one or more of the following characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity.

Examples of commonly generated commercial hazardous waste:

AbsorbentsAcids & BasesAerosol CansAntifreeze
Cyanide Heat-Treating WastesDental AmalgamElectronicsFertilizers
FormaldehydeFungicidesParts Washer WasteLead-Acid Batteries
PesticidesPCB-Containing BallastsSludgesPoisons
Spent SolventsSpent FixerUsed Oil & Fuel FiltersUsed Oil
Waste InksWaste FuelsWood Preserving AgentsWaste Solvents


If you generate hazardous waste, what regulations apply to your business?

There are three categories of waste generators established by the EPA. The volume of hazardous waste generated in a calendar month determines which regulations apply to the generator.

Very Small Quantity Generators
  • Generate 220 lbs. or less per month of hazardous waste or 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste.
  • May not accumulate more than 2,200 lbs. of hazardous waste at any time.
  • Must ensure hazardous waste is delivered to a person or facility who is authorized to handle it
Small Quantity Generators (SOG)
  • Generate more than 220 lbs. but less than 2,200 lbs of hazardous waste per month.
SQG's must comply with applicable regulations including but not limited to:
  • EPA ID Number Required
  • Accumulation Limits
  • Hazardous Waste Manifests
  • Hazardous Waste in Tanks or Containers
  • Land Disposal Requirements
Large Quantity Generators (LOG)
  • Generate 2,200 lbs. or more of hazardous waste per month.
LOG's must comply with applicable regulations including but not limited to:
  • EPA Number Required
  • Accumulation Limits
  • Hazardous Waste Manifests
  • Hazardous Waste in Tanks or Containers
  • Land Disposal Requirements


What if your business doesn’t generate hazardous waste?

Pasco County Business Tax Receipts include a $20.00 fee for standard industrial codes (SIC) that have the potential to generate hazardous waste. If your business does not generate hazardous, please contact Public Infrastructure, Environmental Compliance at 727-847-2411 ext. 2046 to schedule an inspection.

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding one or more of the programs, brochures, data, fliers, or facility visits, please call the Public Infrastructure, Environmental Compliance at 727-847-2411 ext. 2046.