Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM)

The division ensures solid waste, infectious waste, scrap tires and construction & demolition debris (C&DD) are managed in accordance with applicable regulations.

In addition to a traditional regulatory program, regulations are under development to encourage the use of beneficial use byproducts to preserve resources, conserve energy and reduce the need for additional landfills. The division also oversees state and local planning for long-term solid waste management.

What We Do

As citizens of Ohio, we all use many materials in our daily lives. How we handle materials and products when they are no longer useful to us or become a waste depends on what they are made and whether there are economically feasible opportunities for reuse or recycling. Ohio EPA staff, citizens and the regulated community are working together to minimize the amount of waste that must be treated, deposited in a landfill or incinerated. These efforts can reduce disposal costs and make sure valuable, reusable materials don't go to waste. 

Mission Statement

To protect public health and the environment by promoting alternative waste materials management options that reduce reliance on landfills and ensuring that waste management facilities are constructed and operated in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Vision Statement

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) is a nationally recognized leader in traditional and innovative waste materials management, demonstrated by

  • Common sense regulations that remain protective of public health and the environment while emphasizing recycling, energy recovery and alternatives to disposal
  • Effective working relationships with regulatory partners
  • Quality and timely service to all customers

Health District Partnerships

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) provides for Ohio EPA to administer and enforce the provisions of Chapters 3714. and 3734., in particular with regard to solid waste facilities, infectious waste treatment facilities and construction and demolition debris (C&DD) facilities. In addition to Ohio EPA administering and enforcing the statute, Ohio law specifies that if the Director determines that a local health district is both capable of and willing to enforce all applicable requirements of ORC Chapters 3734. and 3714. and the corresponding sections of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), the Director may place it on the approved list(s).

In 2016, 66 of Ohio’s 127 local health districts were approved to administer and enforce Ohio’s solid waste, infectious waste and C&DD laws and regulations. These approved health districts that are responsible for issuing licenses to facilities, as well as performing inspections of facilities and initiating enforcement actions against owners and operators failing to comply with Ohio’s environmental rules; Ohio EPA provides these same services in unapproved health districts.

Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) conducts a survey of each approved health district on an annual basis. The purpose of the annual survey is to determine whether the health district that the Director has authorized to implement the Agency’s programs has been meeting program obligations throughout the survey period.


October 25, 2017: Contract Award to Complete Closure of Central Waste Disposal Facility

The contract to complete closure of the Central Waste Disposal Facility has been awarded to SDS Earthmoving, Inc. Work at the facility will begin in November and continue until the end of 2018. The closure activities at the landfill are funded through a financial assurance trust. No state funds are being used for this project.


C&DD Processing Facilities Webinar – September 29, 2017

September 6, 2017: C&DD Processing Facilities will be required to submit an Application for Registration beginning October 6, 2017

On October 6, 2017, The Ohio Legislature 132nd General Assembly’s Senate Bill 2 will become effective.  In part, Senate Bill 2 states the director shall adopt rules governing C&DD Processing Facilities.  A C&DD Processing Facility is a site, location, tract of land, installation, or building that is used or intended to be used for the purpose of processing, transferring, or recycling construction and demolition debris that was generated off the premises of the facility.  Please visit the Ohio EPA’s Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) Construction and Demolition Debris Processing webpage for additional information.  DMWM will be providing the Application for Registration prior to the October 6, 2017 effective date of Senate Bill 2.

Contact DMWM’s Kelly Smith with questions.

Ohio EPA’s Beneficial Use Draft General Permits

Ohio EPA’s Division of Materials and Waste Management is making available for interested party comment four draft general permits to be used in conjunction with recently finalized Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-599 for beneficial use;

1)    Foundry Sand used in soil blends and bioretention soils;
2)    Foundry Sand used as sub-bedding and structural fill;
3)    Drinking Water Treatment Material used as a soil amendment, and
4)    Biosoilds Incinerator Ash.

In addition, we’ve posted for comment draft guidance for seeking coverage under these general permits and a draft Notice of Intent to seek coverage. OAC Chapter 3745-599 will become effective on March 31, 2017, at which time these general permits will become available for use.

Please see our webpage for the new rules and more information on Ohio EPA’s beneficial use program.  

New 2017 Financial Assurance Inflation Factor

The inflation factor to be used for operating year 2017 is 1.3%. For more information please visit Financial Assurance for Non-Hazardous Waste Facilities

Need a Form?

Do you need to submit waste information to Ohio EPA and can't find the form? Check out our Official Forms

page. All Division of Management and Waste Management (DMWM) forms are listed alphabetically by the title of the form.

Beneficial Use

The beneficial use program exists to address the increasing interest in using beneficial use byproducts that are otherwise disposed of in landfills. Currently materials regulated as "solid wastes" under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3734 may be beneficially used through the Integrated Alternative Waste Management Program (IAWMP).


The solid waste composting regulations require that a facility obtain a registration, license and/or permit, as applicable. Other requirements established by the program include: types of wastes that can be accepted for composting; operational requirements of the facility; and testing requirements for the finished product prior to distribution. 

Construction & Demolition Debris (C&DD)

Construction and Demolition Debris (C&DD) is material resulting from the construction or demolition of man-made structures. C&DD does not include any material that is a hazardous waste, infectious waste or material removed from the structure prior to demolition. C&DD does not include any solid wastes other than specifically allowed in law and rule.

C&DD Processing is the receipt or storage of construction and demolition debris, or the movement of construction and demolition debris from vehicles or containers to a working surface, for purposes of separating the debris into individual types of materials as a commodity for use in a beneficial manner that does not constitute disposal.

A voluntary third party certification program is available. The purpose of this program is to encourage more recycling of C&DD material and allow facilities to demonstrate recycling rates. See the “Certification Program” tab for more information.

eBusiness Center (Electronic Reporting)

Ohio EPA's eBusiness Center is a secure portal for the regulated community and consultants to electronically complete and file Ohio EPA-related reports and permit applications 

Facility Lists and Other General Documents

Financial Assurance

FA is intended to ensure that resources are available to pay for the cost of closure, post-closure care, and corrective measures if the owner or operator of a regulated facility is unable or unwilling to pay. FA instruments ensures that the State will be able to draw on the funds the instruments provide to pay for the cost of closing a facility properly and in a timely manner.


Health District Partners

The Ohio Revised Code provides for Ohio EPA to administer and enforce the provisions of Chapters 3714. and 3734., in particular with regard to solid waste, infectious waste treatment facilities, and C&DD facilities.  In addition to Ohio EPA administering and enforcing the statute, Ohio law specifies that if the director determines that a local health district is both capable of and willing to enforce all applicable requirements of ORC Chapters 3734. and 3714. and the corresponding sections of the OAC, the director may place it on the approved list(s).  

Infectious Waste

Ohio’s infectious waste regulations contain approved treatment methods.  Most commonly, autoclave and incineration technologies are used to treat infectious waste prior to disposal. 

Materials Management Advisory Council (MMAC)

The primary purpose of the council is to provide advice and guidance to the Director of Ohio EPA on solid waste issues, including updates to the State Solid Waste Management Plan and Ohio EPA’s recycling and litter prevention grant programs. The council is also tasked with facilitating partnerships that expand markets for recycled commodities.

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSW Landfills) are engineered facilities designed with liner systems, leachate collection, surface water management and ground water monitoring.  MSW Landfills accept solid waste generated from community, commercial, and agricultural operations, including waste from households.

Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Facilities

Scrap Tires

The Division of Materials and Waste Management regulates the generation, transportation, storage, collection and recovery of scrap tires.A scrap tire is defined as any unwanted or discarded tire, regardless of size, that has been removed from its original use. 

Solid Waste Management Planning

This page is intended as an information clearinghouse for solid waste management districts (SWMDs) and others with interest in solid waste management in Ohio. 

Solid Waste Rules and Laws

This page provides information about and access to current and pending rules regarding Ohio’s non-hazardous waste programs like solid waste, infectious waste and C&DD program rules.

Waste Conversion

Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management does not regulate thermal or biological solid waste-to-fuel conversion facilities as solid waste facilities under the State’s solid waste laws unless such facilities are also operating as solid waste transfer facilities. The facilities are subject to existing applicable air and water pollution control laws.

How do I recycle?

Your local solid waste management district (SWMD) is your first source of disposal and recycling information. If something is still useable, donate it to a friend, neighbor or non-profit organization. See our recycling page for more information.

How do I obtain a recycling grant?

Ohio EPA's competitive grant funding is targeted at local governments, colleges and universities, solid waste management districts/authorities, health districts, soil and water conservation districts and private sector businesses for a variety of recycling and litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects.

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How do I dispose of waste?

Contact your local solid waste hauler or find an Ohio EPA licensed solid waste facility.

Phone: (614) 644-2621

Fax: (614) 728-5315

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Physical address:
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50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

Mailing address:
Lazarus Government Center
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049 


Administration and Fiscal Support

Administration & Fiscal Support
Chief (614) 728-0017
Carleski, Richard Acting Chief (614) 728-5346


Fiscal and Office Administration
Crawford, Kelly Financial Manager, Fiscal Support
(614) 644-3570
External Auditor 3, Fiscal Support
(614) 728-5357
Administrative Officer
(614) 728-5366
Mountjoy, Michelle
Environmental Specialist 2, Rules Coordinator - Solid Waste, Infectious Waste and Construction and Demolition Debris
(614) 728-5372 
Turner, Jacquelin
Receptionist, Office Assistant 2

(614) 644-2621

Business Operation Center

Business Operation Center     
Carroll, Jeremy Environmental Manager, Authorizing Actions,
IT Support and Processing
(614) 644-2830
D’Amato, Nick
Environmental Specialist 2, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (614) 728-5358
Kumar, Geetha
Electronic Design Specialist, Business Operation Center  (614) 644-2667
Hester, Scott Supervisor, Permitting & Authorizing Actions (614) 728-5359
Ujvari, Megan
Environmental Specialist 2, Permitting & Authorizing Actions
(614) 644-2967
Dearth, Brian
Supervisor, Processing/Records Management
(614) 728-5366
Kellough, Deborah 
Administrative Professional 3, Processing  
(614) 728-5316
Nichols, Greg 
Administrative Professional 3, Processing
(614) 728-5327
Andrews, Tonya
Administrative Professional 3, Records Management
(614) 728-5364

Enforcement, Financial Assurance and Scrap Tires

Enforcement, Financial Assurance & Scrap Tires
McCoy, Bruce Environmental Manager (614) 728-5345
Jeter, Kelly
(614) 728-5337
Environmental Specialist 2, Enforcement Case Coordinator
(614) 728-5339
Mussenden, Carl 
Environmental Specialist 3, Enforcement Case Coordinator
(614) 728-5341
Cohen, Channon
Environmental Specialist 3, Scrap Tires
(614) 728-5353
Schramm, Cassandra
Environmental Specialist 2, Scrap Tires
(614) 728-5325 
Vacant  Environmental Specialist 2, Scrap Tires
(614) 728-5323
Boyer, Matt
Environmental Specialist 2, Financial Assurance
(614) 728-5351 

Field Services, Health Department and Inspector Support

Field Services, Health Dept and Inspector Support

Shockley, Alison
Environmental Manager (614) 728-5335
Milner, Valeria
Administrative Professional 1
(614) 644-3136
McGinnis, Ralph
Supervisor, Inspector Support & Training

(614) 644-3065
Hillyer, Holly
Supervisor, Land Management & CLOSER Program
(614) 728-5348
Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez
Environmental Specialist 3,  Infectious Waste, Composting (614) 728-5336
Dehavilland, Annette 
Environmental Specialist 3, Land Management & CLOSER Program
614) 728-5373
Cummins, Adam
Environmental Specialist 2, Infectious Waste, Composting, Mosquito Control Grant Program and Health Department Annual Surveys
(614) 728-5328
Greenlee, Leanne
Program Administrator 2, Health Department Liaison (614) 705-1012

Materials Management and Community Outreach

Materials Management and Community Outreach
Sarvis, Harry
Environmental Manager
(614) 644-3519
Stall, Ernest
Environmental Specialist 3, Planning (614) 728-5356 
Applegate, Susan
Environmental Specialist 2, Planning (614) 728-5317
Hittle, Matthew Environmental Specialist 2, Planning (614) 728-5369
Environmental Specialist 2, Reporting Coordinator

Schierberl, John
Supervisor, Beneficial Use
(614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera
Environmental Specialist 3, Beneficial Use 
(614) 728-5338
Cherosky, Phil
Environmental Specialist 2, Beneficial Use
(614) 644-3249
Shear, Aaron
Supervisor, Oil and Gas / C & DD
(614) 728-5350
Smith, Kelly
Environmental Specialist 2, Oil & Gas / C & DD
(614) 644-3174

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