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Broward County Household Hazardous Waste Program
– A Quarter Century of Service
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Broward County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program originated from the “Amnesty Days” initiated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the 1980s. Annual collection events were held throughout the state to provide residents with a free, environmentally friendly option for disposing of hazardous waste items such as batteries, chemicals and household cleaners. By the early 1990s, Broward County began hosting its own collection events and developed a program that would soon become an integral part of the County’s overall system for managing solid waste.
The new HHW program grew in leaps and bounds after a state grant facilitated the construction of a collection center in Pompano Beach. Monthly drop-offs soon grew to weekly service on Saturdays, and expanded to include additional collection stations in the City of West Park and the Town of Davie. A “remote” concept was added whereby cities hosted special events to provide residents with an additional option for dropping off household hazardous items.
In 2001, the HHW program further expanded with the added option of electronics recycling. The “e-waste” program allowed residents to drop off outdated or unwanted televisions, computers and other electronic equipment for recycling and safe disposal. The combined HHW and e-waste program experienced significant growth, averaging 2.8 million pounds of waste being safely disposed of and diverted from the waste stream per year from 2007-2013.
The interlocal agreement that included the HHW program as part of the services provided to cities by the County expired in 2013. Some cities opted to continue services through a fee-for-services arrangement with the County, and others established cooperative arrangements for shared events or pursued other contracts for disposal of these materials.
Beginning with a single annual event in 1989, the HHW program has provided an important environmental service for over a quarter of a century! Through this program, Broward County residents have become far more aware of the need to correctly dispose of hazardous materials, contributing to a healthier local environment.