Business Programs / SQG

What is the SQG Inspection Program?

The Pasco County SQG Program inspects businesses and helps them make sure that their hazardous waste is handled according to federal and state regulations. The SQG Program partners with the Compliance Assistance Program Sector of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) specifically focusing on businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) and Small Quantity Generators of hazardous waste. Large Quantity Generators should contact FDEP for assistance with hazardous waste disposal.

  • Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month and less than 2.2 pounds of acute hazardous waste (such as some pesticides, toxins or arsenic and cyanide compounds) per month.
  • Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) generate 220-2,200 pounds of hazardous waste per month.
  • Large Quantity Generators (LQGs) generate 2,200 pounds or more of hazardous waste per month or 2.2 pounds or more of acute hazardous waste per month.

What It Means For Your Business:

As a business owner/operator, it is your responsibility to ensure that all waste generated by your operations is disposed of in compliance with the Federal and State solid and hazardous waste regulations.

What Is Hazardous Waste:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines hazardous waste as waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous waste can be liquid, solid, gas, or sludge. Specifically, hazardous waste is considered to be any waste that is listed in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 261, or is flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic.

Examples of Commonly Generated Commercial Hazardous Waste:

Acids and Bases
Aerosol Cans
Cyanide Heat-Treating Wastes
Dental Amalgam
Lead-Acid Batteries
Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices
Mercury-Containing lamps

PCB-Containing Ballasts
Rechargeable Batteries
Shop Rags
Spent Fixer
Spent Solvents
Used Oil
Used Oil and Fuel Filters
Waste Fuels
Waste Inks
Waste Paints
Wood Preserving Agents


CESQG and SQG Standards 2016

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the county conducting these assessments?

Florida Statute 403.7225 & 403.7234 requires Local/County governments to conduct SQG Assessments and Verification/Notification visits at each SQG site a minimum of once every five years, for a total of 20% of the SQG classified sites in the County each year. Currently, there are approximately 3,500 sites in Pasco County that are potential hazardous waste generators.

What is the purpose of these assessments and verification/notification visits?

The purpose of these visits is to determine if a business has hazardous waste, how their waste is managed and disposed of, and most importantly, to inform businesses of current Florida Rules and Regulations regarding hazardous waste generators. The SQG Program will assist businesses in complying with State/Federal laws to protect the surface and ground waters of Pasco County.

What if my 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 (813) 929-2755 ext. 2046 to schedule an inspection.

Reducing the Cost

We, as a county staff, have been able to reduce this cost to business owners by providing them with proper information, tips, workshops, conducting site audits and working in a partnership to comply with regulations and thereby saving money in the process. We have some outstanding business owners in Pasco County that have received recognition awards under the Small Quantity Generator program for their achievement in environmental protection at their shops.

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 (813) 929-2755 ext. 2046.