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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 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.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) is a nationally recognized leader in traditional and innovative waste materials management, demonstrated by
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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.
The The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an interested party draft of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-27-12. Please see the Interested Party tab on the non-hazardous waste rules page to view the rules.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released draft guidance for ending post-closure care at closed landfills. The guidance presents a flexible approach to evaluate the unique characteristics and current conditions of each landfill while considering available resources. It also presents a proactive communications protocol so all parties can discuss issues of concern in advance of completing the mandated post closure care period. DMWM is now seeking your comments and feedback about the guidance document. We would like to have your input by the close of business on July 27, 2019. Comments can be sent via email to Richard Carleski or hard copy to:
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
Lazarus Government Center
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Re: Post Closure Care
Your participation and feedback in helping us develop this important guidance is appreciated. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Rick Carleski at (614) 728-5346.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an interested party draft of eight municipal solid waste rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-27. Please see the Interested Party tab on the non-hazardous waste rules page to view the rules
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.
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.
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 license/registration applications.
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 Division of Materials and Waste Management official forms are listed alphabetically by Title
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) Geologist Group provides support for geologic and ground water issues related to the permitting, ground water monitoring, and, as necessary, assessment and corrective measures for solid waste landfills and construction & demolition debris (C&DD) facilities.
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.
Mosquito control grants are available annually to health departments or other governmental organizations to provide assistance with mosquito surveillance, control, source reduction and community outreach.
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
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.
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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.
Ohio's state disposal and environmental protection fee is currently $4.75 per ton of solid waste. The fee is collected at the first transfer facility or landfill facility that receives solid waste. Further, the fee is collected on all solid waste regardless of where the waste came from. When solid waste is taken to a transfer facility before being taken to a landfill, the State's fee is collected at the transfer facility. The fee is collected at a landfill only when solid waste is transported directly to the landfill.
Each county in Ohio is required to be in a SWMD, either individually or with one or more other counties The main purpose of the SWMD is to prepare and implement a solid waste management plan (plan). The plan is the SWMD’s strategy for achieving goals of the state solid waste management plan and requirements in Ohio law. As part of its plan, the SWMD is responsible for the safe and sanitary management of all solid waste generated within the SWMD or authority. Read this fact sheet for more information about SWMDs.
The requirements that you must comply with depend upon whether you are picking up and dropping off solid waste within Ohio (intrastate) or if you are transporting waste across state lines (interstate). Visit this link to learn more about those requirements.
The largest challenge to becoming a scrap tire transporter is obtaining the required $20,000 in financial assurance. Ohio EPA recommends securing financial assurance prior to submitting an application since this will help prevent losing the non-refundable application fee which ranges from $50 to $300 in case financial assurance can’t be secured.
Here is an overview of financial assurance general requirements.
Here is information more specific to scrap tire transporter financial assurance.
Start with these sources and please contact Matt Boyer if you have any financial assurance-related questions at 614.728.5351 or Channon Cohen with all other questions about registering at 614.728.5353.
Currently, you would need to obtain a registration from either the approved board of health or Ohio EPA. To get a registration you need to submit an application, along with a registration fee of $100. Please visit DMWM’s C&DD Processing web site for more information. Ohio EPA is currently developing new C&DD Processing Facility rules. These rules will require C&DD Processing to become permitted and licensed.
A C&DD Processing Facility is a site that is to be used for the processing, transferring, or recycling of construction and demolition debris. Ohio EPA is in the process of developing rules to regulate C&DD processing facilities. DMWM’s C&DD Processing web site has information on how to register a facility, the rule-making process, and best management practices for these facilities
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
District Office locations and contacts found here.
Ohio EPA's spill hotline should be used to report release of any material that impacts public health or the environment, including chemicals and petroleum products.
For non-emergency calls, including complaints, questions or concerns about environmental issues, please use the toll-free numbers listed for the nearest district office or contact the public involvement coordinator for your region. The regulated community should use the main division number for routine business.
When reporting a spill, release or environmental crime through the spill hotline, be prepared with as much of the following information as possible:
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
Report a Spill, Release or Environmental Crime
(800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946
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