Industrial Waste

Industrial Waste Control Section

The Industrial Waste Control Section is responsible for protecting the department’s employees, collection system, treatment plants, public and environment from harmful discharges to the sewer system. Protection is accomplished, in part, with wastewater discharge limits set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through its Pretreatment Program and set by the County for additional pollutants of concern. Monroe County’s environmental laws and limits are written in the Sewer Use Law (231k PDF). The purposes of the Sewer Use Law are as follows:

  • Control and regulate discharges into the county sanitary, storm and/or combined sewers and their tributaries;
  • Prohibit excessive volumes of flow and the discharge of various listed substances/materials;
  • Prohibit and/or regulate discharges (industrial or other) that would cost more to treat than normal sewage;
  • Require the pretreatment of discharges if they could harm the sewer system, interfere with the treatment process or pass through the system untreated or partially treated thereby exceeding discharge limits;
  • Protect public health and prevent nuisances;
  • Provide cooperation between involved government agencies; and,
  • Give the county the authority and procedure to make regulations, issue permits, conduct investigations, hold hearings, issue decisions, orders and opinions.

The Section also operates the Household Hazardous Waste collection program to further protect the environment from hazardous wastes. Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators can utilize the facility to dispose of hazardous waste.

Download the Monroe County Sewer Use Law (231k PDF).

Download the Pure Waters Districts Rules and Regulations (224k PDF).


The following applications for permits issued by the Industrial Waste Control Section are available on-line.

Proposed Amendments to the Sewer Use Law Of Monroe County

The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (MCDES) has proposed amendments to Local Law No. 3 of 1988, entitled "Sewer Use Law of Monroe County" (the Law) to reflect recent changes to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) general pretreatment regulations, New York Department of Environmental Conservation regulations, and Monroe County regulations and procedures that have occurred since the Law was last enacted. The purpose of the Law is listed above.

Monroe County relies on the Law for establishing authority to administer the MCDES Pretreatment Program.

The EPA has requested an update of the Law to conform to federal requirements and has provided approval of the proposed amendments. The modifications will not change the pollutant loadings accepted at Monroe County Wastewater Treatment Facilities.

Highlights of the proposed Law include:

  • All sections have been reorganized to closely follow the EPA Model Pretreatment Ordinance.
  • The current Law and separate Rules and Regulations will be repealed and consolidated into one proposed Law.
  • The proposed Law describes specific process for obtaining permits including: application, renewal, modification, closure and revocation.
  • The proposed Law clarifies all reporting and signatory requirements for permittees.
  • The Stormwater Ordinance is now one Article in the proposed Law and the previous separate ordinance will be repealed.
  • Maximum administrative fines have been increased from $10,000 to $25,000 to be consistent with federal guidelines with added language to allow the Director to recover operation and maintenance costs incurred due to negligent or accidental actions of any User.
  • The calculation and computation of the sewer surcharge fee has been removed and placed in the scale of charges to allow future updates to the computation without modifying the proposed Law. The scale of charges is reviewed and approved annually by the Monroe County Legislature.

The proposed amendments to the Law have been submitted to the Monroe County Legislature for approval and adoption. It is anticipated that the changes to the Law will become effective January 1, 2016.

To review a copy of the proposed amendments to the Law, click here.

Pretreatment Program staff will be available to discuss the proposed amendments and answer questions at an open house held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Pretreatment Office (145 Paul Road 14624, Bldg. 1). Advance questions may be directed to Sean Keenan, Pretreatment Coordinator, at or by calling (585) 753-7658.

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