Division of Materials and Waste Management

The division ensures hazardous and non-hazardous wastes are managed in accordance with the applicable regulations.

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In addition to a traditional regulatory program, the division’s responsibilities include establishing and implementing statewide waste reduction, recycling, recycling market development and litter prevention programs for non-hazardous wastes.

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.


News


The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM), has filed proposed the Standards for solid waste management district rule (3745-27-90) with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

Ohio EPA held a public comment period for these rules from January 3, 2014 to February 3, 2014.
Please see the “Proposed Rules” tab on the Non-hazardous Rules webpage to view the Public Notice and Response to Comments from the interested party period.
The inflation factor to be used for operating year 2014 is 1.4%.
Green Ribbon Exhibits: A Manual for Implementing a Green Exhibit Recognition Program at Conferences and Events is available for viewing and downloading. The manual was a collaborative effort between the Ohio EPA, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).
We anticipate the release of two draft sample general permits, and will host another stakeholder meeting in order to allow interested parties to comment on the permits and ask related questions.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is working on a statewide initiative to recover more recycled glass from bars and restaurants. To help obtain glass from these establishments, the Ohio EPA and local solid waste management districts/authorities are in the process of establishing a voluntary bar and restaurant recycling program in certain regions of the state. Although the target material is glass, the bar and restaurant recycling program would provide business owners with the opportunity to recycle other materials, too, including papers, plastics and metal. Providing the opportunity for business owners to recycle all recyclable materials at their establishments will also result in the collection of more glass.

Ohio EPA has formed a partnership with Miami University in Oxford to assist with this initiative. A graduate student at Miami has developed an online survey for bar and restaurant owners to complete. The survey aims to identify barriers, obstacles and needs that bar and restaurant owners face while attempting to recycle at their establishments. By collecting this data, the Ohio EPA hopes to create a “toolkit” for restaurant and bar owners to make the process of recycling as easy and as cost-effective as possible.

To access the statewide bar and restaurant recycling survey, please CLICK HERE. The survey includes instructions on how to complete it. The survey typically takes 10 minutes or so to complete and all results will remain anonymous.

The success of the survey and, ultimately, the toolkit relies heavily on bar and restaurant owners willingness to complete the survey. While the Ohio EPA has a good understanding of some of the obstacles that bars and restaurants face when implementing a recycling program, the survey data will provide a much more detailed understanding of the challenges faced and help the Ohio EPA in identifying possible solutions to overcome them. 

Those with questions, comments or suggestions should contact Adam Cummins at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency via e-mail: adam.cummins@epa.ohio.gov or phone: (614)728-5328.
House Bill 59 was passed by the 130th General Assembly on July 1, 2013. This bill amended several sections of Ohio law to provide for greater oversight and coordination between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) in ensuring the safe management of oil and gas waste. It is anticipated more of this waste will need to be disposed of in Ohio landfills due to increased oil and gas drilling.
 
Effective Sept. 29, 2013, solid waste landfills and transfer facilities accepting waste substances resulting from unconventional oil and gas wells that are TENORM must first obtain representative analytical results to ensure compliance with applicable law. Facility operators must ensure that representative analytical results adhere to sampling and analytical methods approved by ODH and combined radium 226 and 228 concentrations are less than the regulatory limit of 5 picocuries per gram above natural background. Facility operators must identify waste substances from unconventional oil and gas wells, and copies of analytical results for TENORM must be retained and made available for inspection to the licensing authority.
 
Ohio EPA's Division of Materials and Waste Management has prepared documents to support industry’s compliance with this new requirement.  These documents are posted on Ohio EPA’s website at the following links:

The daily logs of operations are draft, and the Division of Materials and Waste Management is seeking comments from facility operators on the proposed changes. Specifically, waste types have been included that represent oil and gas wastes that are expected to be received at solid waste facilities. Please submit comments by Nov. 1, 2013. If you have any questions regarding impacts of HB 59 on solid waste facilities or would like to submit comments on the draft daily log forms, please contact Aaron Shear at aaron.shear@epa.ohio.gov.
 
House Bill 59 also provided Ohio EPA authority to promulgate rules regarding the receipt, acceptance, processing, handling, management and disposal of material that contains or is contaminated with radioactive material, including technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) from oil and gas drilling operations. Ohio EPA's Division of Materials and Waste Management has prepared an Early Stakeholder Outreach document outlining concepts for the development of rules related to the acceptance of TENORM at landfills and transfer facilities for public comment.
DMWM's Updates and Clarifications Regarding 2014 C&DD License Applications announces the availability of updated 2014 licensing forms and other important information for those submitting 2014 C&DD license applications and the licensing authorities reviewing 2014 C&DD license applications.
Did you miss the webinar or do you have further questions about how to use eBusiness Center to enter your 2014 license application? Here is the link to view the training webinar given on August 22, 2013, for all licensed facilities. If you are already familiar with who should have an eBusiness Center account and PIN and the processes to get these, you can fast forward to the information explaining how to complete and submit your license application. Here is the link to the webinar:

https://ohioepa.webex.com/ohioepa/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=23846812&rKey=eb55f05c27695941
Do you need to submit waste information to Ohio EPA and can't find the form? Check out our Official Forms page. All DMWM forms are listed alphabetically by the title of the form.

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.


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.

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, litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects. Read more..

Dispose...

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

DMWM has proposed Multi-Program Composting Rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR - Friday, April 18, 2014

Please see the "Proposed Rules" tab on the DMWM Rules Page or the Public Notice  for more information. 

Tentative draft of variance for Worthington Steel – Delta - Monday, April 14, 2014

Tentative draft of variance for Worthington Steel - Delta - Comments accepted through Monday, May 19, 2014

 

Tentative draft

Application
 

 

Draft Hazardous Waste Permit Renewal for Envirite of Ohio - Friday, April 04, 2014

Draft Hazardous Waste Permit Renewal for Envirite of Ohio. Comment Period on May 19, 2014.  

June 30, 2014: DMWM Releases Interested Party Draft for Transfer Facility Rules - Friday, March 28, 2014

DMWM has posted a draft rules package document regarding the transfer facility rules for interested party review. Comments will be accepted through June 30, 2014.

 

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Administration
Environmental Administrators
Allen, Pamela S. Chief (614) 644-2980
Gbur, Sharon Assistant Chief (614) 728-5346
Harris, Dan Environmental Administrator (614) 728-5377
TerMeer, Terrie Asst. Environmental Administrator (614) 728-0017
  
Fiscal and Office Administration
Crawford, Kelly Fiscal Officer (614) 644-3570
Guyer, Deb Account Clerk (614) 728-5316
Kerr, Cindy Administrative Officer (614) 728-5319
Milner, Valeria Receptionist (614) 644-2621
Watkins, Sharon Office Assistant (614) 728-5321
  

     
Heidenreich, Scott Manager (614) 728-5333
Canter, Paula Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste System Administrator (614) 644-2923
Wolfe, Devan Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Annual Reports, Solid Waste Reporting Activities (614) 728-5332
Dearth, Brian Supervisor, Processing/Records Management (614) 728-5366
Phillips, Kathleen Licensing, Authorizing Actions Processing (614) 728-5364
Nichols, Greg Records Management (614) 728-5327
Macklin, Marilyn Records Management (614) 644-2943
Long, Jim Infectious Waste and Composting Registrations (614) 728-5324
Frakes, Georgia Scrap Tire Registrations, Authorizing Actions Processing (614) 728-5363
Shockley, Alison Supervisor, Information Technology Support (614) 728-5335
D’Amato, Nick Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Solid Waste Reporting Activities (614) 728-5358
Kumar, Geetha Internet and Intranet Design and Operation (614) 644-2667
     
     
Harris, Dan Environmental Administrator (614) 728-5377
Rule Development
Arthur, Kit Rules Coordinator - Hazardous Waste
(614) 644-2932
Braun, Michelle Rules Coordinator - Solid Waste, Infectious Waste and Construction and Demolition Debris (614) 728-5372
Program Development
Sarvis, Harry Environmental Manager (614) 644-3519
Hale, Karen Hazardous Waste Management and Regulatory Program Development (614) 644-2927
Schierberl, John Supervisor, Regulatory Program Development (614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera Scrap Tire and Composting Reports, Solid Waste Reporting Activities, Regulatory Program Developments (614) 728-5338
Hauser, Brad Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste IDs, RCRA Information Events/Data, Solid Waste Reporting Activities, Regulatory Program Development (614) 644-1694
     



Sarvis, Harry Manager (614) 644-3519
McGinnis, Ralph Supervisor, Reporting, Analysis and Data Management (614) 644-3065
Babb, Thomas 
Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports
(614) 914-2527
Cherosky, Phil Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports, Solid Waste Reporting Activities (614) 644-3249
Woods, Laura
Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports, Solid Waste Reporting Activities
(614) 728-5371
     
     
McCoy, Bruce Manager (614) 728-5345
Mussenden, Carl Non-Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistance, Inspection Support and Enforcement Support (614) 728-5341
Mathews, Mitch Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistance, Inspection Support and Enforcement Support (614) 644-2953

Solid Waste Compliance and Inspection Support
Chapman, Barry Solid Waste; Infectious Waste; Construction and Demolition Debris and Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 728-5344
Shear, Aaron Solid Waste; Infectious Waste; Construction and Demolition Debris and Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 728-5350
Hagar, Jen Solid Waste; Infectious Waste; Construction and Demolition Debris and Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 728-5325
Hillyer, Holly Solid Waste; Infectious Waste; Construction and Demolition Debris and Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 728-5348
Jeter, Kelly Supervisor, Enforcement Unit (614) 728-5337
Smith, Kelly Hazardous Waste Enforcement (614) 644-3174
Heffelfinger, Tammy Hazardous Waste Enforcement (614) 644-2954
Berry, Melinda Solid Waste; Infectious Waste; Construction and Demolition Debris Enforcement (614) 728-5339
Boyer, Matt Solid Waste; Infectious Waste; Construction and Demolition Debris Enforcement (614) 728-5351
Mayhugh, Jeff Supervisor, Hazardous Waste Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 644-2950
Mcconnell, Tammy Hazardous Waste Regulatory Assistance For Hazardous Waste Compliance and Inspection Support
(614) 644-2922
Ferron, Pete Hazardous Waste Regulatory Assistance For Hazardous Waste Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 728-5367
Killeen, Tim
Hazardous Waste Regulatory Assistance For Hazardous Waste Compliance and Inspection Support (614) 728-8961
     
     
Carroll, Jeremy Manager (614) 644-2830
Hester, Scott Supervisor, Authorizing Actions and Engineering (614) 728-5359
Dehavilland, Annette Solid Waste, Infectious Waste, and Construction and Demolition Debris Rules, Guidance, Policy, Authorizing Actions, and Engineering (614) 728-5373
Mitchell, Brad
Solid Waste Authorizing Actions
(614) 728-5361
Nyers, John Hazardous Waste Authorizing Actions and Engineering (614) 644-2822
Livchak, Connie Supervisor, Financial Assurance and Remediation (614) 644-2966
Haritos, Fanny Solid Waste Financial Assurance (614) 728-5343
Hernandez, Katie CLOSER and Scrap Tire Remediation and Contracting (614) 914-4341
Smail, Harry CLOSER and Scrap Tire Remediation and Contracting (614) 728-5323
Sellers, Shawn Hazardous Waste Financial Assurance (614) 644-2933
Cheung, Melissa Hazardous Waste Financial Assurance (614) 644-3067
     

TerMeer, Terrie Environmental Administrator (614) 728-0017 
Arroyo-Rodriguez, Angel Organics Management, Sustainability and Materials Management, Solid Waste Management District Plans (614) 728-5336
Hoffman, Deb Solid Waste Management District Plans, Pharmaceutical Waste (614) 728-5353
Booker, Andrew Supervisor, Solid Waste Management District Unit (614) 728-5355
Cohen, Channon Solid Waste Management District Plans, Solid Waste Management District Fees (614) 728-5357
Cummins, Adam
Solid Waste Management District Plans (614) 728-5328
Germain, Christopher Solid Waste Management District Plans, Solid Waste Management District Workgroup, House Bill 592 Review (614) 728-5317
Hittle, Matthew Solid Waste Management District Plans, Solid Waste Management Advisory Council (SWAC) (614) 728-5369
Stall, Ernest Solid Waste Management Districts, Solid Waste Management District Plans (614) 728-5356