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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.
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 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 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.
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.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) is a nationally recognized leader in traditional and innovative waste materials management, demonstrated by
Quality and timely service to all customers
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 U.S. 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 U,S. EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste rule for hazardous waste (evaluate impact to Ohio)
Develop fee audit program
Plain language rewrite of template letters and documents
Provide tool for paying fees online
Provide tool for web-based licensing and registration (solid waste, C&DD and infectious waste)
Support the Director’s enforcement-related goals
By 2014, ensure that 95 percent of all cases referred for enforcement are resolved or referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s office within nine 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 U.S. EPA's development of a national hazardous waste e-manifest system
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 2011, 75 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.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has proposed the Research, Development, or Demonstration (RD&D) rules in OAC Chapter 3745-27 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the Proposed Rules Tab to view the rules and the public notice.
As of April 1, 2016, changes to Ohio law deleting the ground water fee charged on the disposal of construction and demolition debris became effective. New forms are available that reflect this change.
page. All Division of Management and Waste Management (DMWM) forms are listed alphabetically by the title of the form.
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 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.
A new, voluntary 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. See the “Certification Program” tab for more information.
Currently Approved / Licensed / Registered Facilities or Organizations
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.
All materials and wastes official forms are listed alphabetically by form title.
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).
Ohio’s infectious waste regulations contain approved treatment methods. Most commonly, autoclave and incineration technologies are used to treat infectious waste prior to disposal.
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.
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.
This page is intended as an information clearinghouse for solid waste management districts (SWMDs) and others with interest in solid waste management in Ohio.
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.
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.
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 and litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects.
Contact your local solid waste hauler or find an Ohio EPA licensed solid waste facility.
NOTE: The hazardous waste programs have transferred to the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR). We are in the process of updating and transferring the webpage content. If you have questions about any of the programs listed or cannot find the information you need, please call (614) 644-2924.
Fax: (614) 728-5315
Ohio EPA - DMWM
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio EPA - DMWM
Lazarus Government Center
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
NOTE: The hazardous waste programs have transferred to the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR). If you have questions about any of the programs listed or cannot find the information you need, please call (614) 644-2924.
District Office locations and contacts found here.
Division of Materials and Waste Management
Phone: (614) 644-2621 ~ Fax: (614) 728-5315 ~ Contact
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049
Street Address: 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, OH 43215
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