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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.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) document for the Cessation of Regulated Operations (CRO) rules. Please see the Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) tab on the Hazardous Waste Rules page to view the document and for more information. Comments are due by the close of business on 8/3/2015.
DMWM has filed these 114 rules with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the Public Notice or Proposed Rules tab on the DMWM Hazardous Waste Rules Page for more information.
Recycling and litter prevention activities across the state are coordinated locally. Use our recycling and litter prevention map to quickly find information for your county.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed the professional engineer rule, OAC 3745-27-99. This rule will become effective on May 25, 2015. Please see the Public Notice and the Effective Rules tab on this page for more information.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released a draft of the beneficial use rules for interested party comment and review. Comments on the interested party draft will be accepted through June 22, 2015. Please see the Interested Party tab on the DMWM non-hazardous waste rules page for more information.
DMWM announces the Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) comment period beginning 5/13/2015 regarding the hazardous waste rules known as Definition of Solid Waste Rule (DoSW Rule) to be addressed in Ohio rulemaking. Note that these are hazardous waste program rules (RCRA Subtitle C) despite the term "solid waste" in the subject. Draft Ohio rules will be available for review in the future; there are no rules to review at this time. Please see the DoSW ESO fact sheet for more information. Comments are due by close of business on 8/13/2015.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed two solid waste fee rules, OAC 3745-502-01 and 3745-502-02. These rules will become effective on May 18, 2015. Please see the Public Notice and the Effective Rules tab on this page for more information.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed the Residual Solid Waste (RSW) rules. These rules will become effective on May 18, 2015. Please see the Public Notice and the Effective Rules tab on this page for more information.
Ohio EPA proposes an update to the Geotechnical and Slope Stability Analyses for Ohio Waste Containment Facilities policy, also known as the GeoRG Manual. Chapter 7 is being expanded to more thoroughly address seepage forces. Please see the Public Notice for more information.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed one construction and demolition debris (C&DD) rule, 3745-400-12. This rule will become effective on April 17, 2015. Please see the Public Notice and the Effective Rules tab on this page for more information.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final files six construction and demolition debris (C&DD) rules. These rules will become effective on April 17, 2015. Please see the Public Notice and the Effective Rules tab for more information.
A new, voluntary Construction and Demolition Debris (C&DD) recycling facility third-party certification program is now available in Ohio. The purpose of this new program is to encourage more recycling of C&DD material. It will also provide a clear path for recovered screen material (RSM) and smaller particles separated by certified C&DD recycling facilities to be disposed in Ohio landfills as C&DD, as that term is defined in Ohio law. Please see the Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling page for additional information.
Getting accurate information about recycling activities that take place at businesses throughout Ohio is challenging. As a result, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio EPA and Ohio’s local solid waste management districts have teamed up for a statewide initiative to encourage commercial, retail and industrial businesses to submit their recycling data.
Ohio EPA recently launched a collaborative website that includes contact information for each solid waste district in Ohio and access to the recycling survey. Recycling data from the previous year also is available. The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete.
As citizens of Ohio we all use many different 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 of—especially whether they have toxic or hazardous components—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 needs to be treated, landfilled or incinerated. These efforts can reduce disposal costs and make sure valuable, reusable materials don't go to waste.
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; and
quality and timely service to all customers.
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 and hazardous waste generators are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Adopt C&DD Landfill rules for existing and “new” facilities
Address groundwater impacts from landfills – Make improvements to solid waste ground water rules and issue assessment orders to C&DD Landfills
Initiate ground water monitoring at C&DD Landfills where the O/O is not obligated to do ground water monitoring
Target outreach and inspections in environmental justice areas
Develop tools for responding to landfill odor complaints
Address problems at closed, abandoned solid waste landfills and clean up scrap tire dumps
Evaluate need to update Ohio’s laws concerning scrap tires
Support Regulatory Reform included in SB 294
Engage stakeholders in a review of the state’s solid waste management system
Develop beneficial use rules – foundry sand and others; dredge is next
Redefine solid waste – to support US EPA alternative fuel rule and other recycling
Continue Food Scrap Initiative/Green Venues/Organics Diversion
Continue efforts to keep CESQG out of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills by promoting increased collection and management of CESQG wastes
Monitor US EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste rule (hazardous waste) – Evaluate impact to Ohio.
Develop fee audit program
Plain language rewrite of template letters and documents
Provide tool for paying fees on-line
Provide tool for web-based licensing & registration (solid waste, C&DD and Infectious Waste)
Support the Director’s enforcement-related goals
By 2014, ensure that 95% of all cases referred for enforcement are resolved or referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s office within 9 months
Evaluate and resolve consistency issues
Improve use of Answer Place for providing customer service
Continue using electronic listserv notifications to stakeholders
Support Director’s e-document management goals (i.e., by January 2012 have a web-based, searchable database of all non-compliance documents issued since 2007
Monitor US EPA's development of a national hazardous waste e-manifest system
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 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 OAC, the director may place it on the approved list(s).
In 2011, 75 of Ohio’s 127 local health districts were approved to administer and enforce Ohio’s solid waste, infectious waste, and construction and demolition debris 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.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) Division of Materials and Waste Management 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.
The instructions and a fillable version of the RCRA Subtitle C Site Identification form are located on the Notification of Regulated Waste Activity page.
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.
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, litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects. Read more..
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Ohio EPA - DMWM
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
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