Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Facilities

A solid waste transfer facility is any site, location, tract of land, installation, or building that is used or intended to be used primarily for the purpose of transferring solid wastes that are generated off the premises of the facility from vehicles or containers into other vehicles or containers for transportation to a solid waste disposal facility.  A transfer facility is required to obtain an annual license to operate.  New transfer facilities and modifications to old transfer facilities are required to obtain a permit to install.

Ohio EPA does not require a permit or license for legitimate recycling facilities.

Solid waste transfer facilities are inspected quarterly by the licensing authority (either Ohio EPA or the approved local health department)

Upcoming Solid Waste Transfer Facility Rule Training

 The Ohio EPA is pleased to announce the Solid Waste Transfer Facility rule training for our health district partners and the regulated community. This training will cover the new rules, OAC Rule 3745-555 series, which will become effective on April 1, 2017. Updated guidance documents and checklists will also be provided. These trainings sessions will be held in each of the Ohio EPA District Offices around the state as well as in Columbus. 

The schedule for the training sessions is as follows:

•    February 7, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office (2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087)
•    February 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Gallia-Jackson-Meigs-Vinton Solid Waste Management District (1056 S New Hampshire Ave, Wellston, Ohio 45692).
•    February 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office (50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio 43215)
•    March 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office (347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402)
•    March 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Southwest District Office (401 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402)

Ohio EPA will provide partially completed CE2 forms and supporting documentation to request two (2) hours of continuing education credit from the Ohio Sanitarian Registration Board for the training. If you have any questions, please contact Ralph McGinnis regarding logistics or Annette DeHavilland regarding technical content.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the training!”


  • Ohio EPA Answer Place- Enables users to search frequently asked questions, or submit their own question/comment on a variety of Ohio EPA issues and topics. This link is filtered to provide responses specific to municipal solid waste transfer facility  requirements related questions.

What is the permit fee for a transfer facility permit to install?

The permit to install fee is established by  ORC 3734.05(A)(2)(c) and ORC 3745.11(Q):

Each application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of four hundred dollars that shall be credited to the general revenue fund. If a permit or license is issued, the amount of the application fee paid shall be deducted from the amount of the permit fee due.

■ Permit Fee for Solid Waste Transfer Facilities = $2,500.00.

■ Permit Fee Balance (due within 30 days of PTI issuance) =$2,500.00.

What are the general requirements for a transfer facility?

1. Facilities must comply with siting, design, operational, and closure requirements in the regulations.

2. Prior to PTI issuance, the owner/operator must submit a disclosure statement to the attorney’s general office.

3. Owner/operator must comply with the financial assurance regulations (execute and fund a final closure financial assurance instrument).

4. Applicant must conduct a public meeting in accordance with the requirements of ORC 3734.05(A)(2)(d).

5. Prior to commencing operations, the owner/operator must obtain an operating license from the local health district.

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Columbus, Ohio 43215

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