Wastewater and Citrus Residuals Landspreading

  • Jan 6, 2010
  • Greg Blanchard
Landspreading Site Inspection

Manatee County Ordinance 97-26 provides for local regulation of the land application of wastewater residuals and citrus processing residuals. This ordinance sets site, hauler, and application criteria to reduce environmental impact and abate off-site nuisances. A permit from the County is required for most residual landspreading operations. Our local regulations do not exempt haulers, site owners, or residuals generators from state permit requirements.

Land applications of wastewater and citrus processing residuals are a widely used practice to obtain free fertilizer and soil amendment by agricultural operations. Land application is the most common method of beneficial reuse of these materials. A residuals generator, such as a wastewater treatment plant, contracts with a hauling/disposal company for the service.


In addition to the permits required by the State of Florida, a permit issued by the Manatee County Natural Resources Department is required for landspreading operations within Manatee County for residuals less than AA grade.


The local regulation of landspreading operations is intended to minimize off-site environmental impacts and abate nuisance impacts from the operation.  Ordinance 97-26 does the following:

  • makes the hauler responsible for compliance
  • limits hours and conditions for landspreading operations
  • requires landspreading sites to obtain an approved Conservation Plan
  • waterbody and wetland setbacks
  • property line setbacks

The County supports the oversight of landspreading operations by charging permit review and operating fees (Resolution 97-34).


For more information on residuals landspreading permits or to learn more about the practice in Manatee County contact this office at 941-742-5980.