Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM)

The division ensures solid waste, infectious waste, scrap tires and construction & demolition debris (C&DD) are managed in accordance with applicable regulations.

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.

What We Do

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. 

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (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
  • Quality and timely service to all customers

Health District Partnerships

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.

News

July 25, 2019 Explosive Gas Rule 12 Interested Party

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.

June 27, 2019: DMWM Releases Draft Guidance for Ending Post-Closure Care

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:

Ohio EPA/DMWM
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.

June 7, 2019: MSW Landfill Interested Party

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

May 31, 2019: Rule 13 Interested Party

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an interested party draft of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-27-13, which has been reorganized into OAC 3745-513. Please see the Interested Party tab on the non-hazardous waste rules page to view the rules

April 10, 2019: DMWM Final Files Solid Waste Administration Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed the solid waste administration rules in OAC Chapter 3745-27. These rules have an effective date of April 22, 2019. DMWM has published a final public notice on the Register of Ohio. Please see the “Effective Rules” tab to view the rules.

February 25, 2019: DMWM Revise-Files Solid Waste Administration Rule with JCARR

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has revise-filed the solid waste definitions rule, OAC 3745-27-01, with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The public hearing will be on February 26, 2019. Please see the “Proposed Rules” tab to view the rule and the public notice.

February 13, 2019: DMWM Final Files Beneficial Use Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed the beneficial use rules in OAC Chapter 3745-599. These rules have an effective date of February 25, 2019. DMWM has published a final public notice on the Register of Ohio. Please see the “Effective Rules” tab to view the rules.

January 22, 2019: DMWM Files Solid Waste Administration Rules with JCARR

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has filed the solid waste administration rules in OAC Chapter 3745-27 with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The public hearing will be on February 26, 2019. Please see the “Proposed Rules” tab to view the rules and the public notice.

January 4, 2019: C&DD Permits ESO

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) fact sheet for Construction and Demolition Debris (C&DD) Permit Rules. Please see the Early Stakeholder Outreach tab on the non-hazardous waste rules page to view the document.

Beneficial Use

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).

Composting

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 & Demolition Debris (C&DD)

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.

eBusiness Center ((Web-based License/Registration Portal))

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.

Facility Lists and Other General Documents

Financial Assurance

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.

FORMS

Geology-GWSupport

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.

Health District Partners

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).  

Infectious Waste

Ohio’s infectious waste regulations contain approved treatment methods.  Most commonly, autoclave and incineration technologies are used to treat infectious waste prior to disposal. 
 

Materials Management Advisory Council (MMAC)

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

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

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

Scrap Tires

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. 
 

Solid Waste Management Planning

This page is intended as an information clearinghouse for solid waste management districts (SWMDs) and others with interest in solid waste management in Ohio. 

Solid Waste Rules and Laws

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.
 

Waste Conversion

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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How do I 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. 

How do I 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 and litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects. 

How do I dispose of waste?

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

 

How much is Ohio’s solid waste disposal fee?

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.

What is a solid waste management district (SWMD)?

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.

What requirements do I need to know about to transport solid waste in Ohio?

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.
 

What is the largest challenge that new businesses face when they apply to become registered scrap tire transporters?

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.

What authorization do I currently need to be a C&DD Processing facility?

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.
 

What is a C&DD Processing Facility?

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
 

   
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Fax: (614) 728-5315

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Physical address:
Ohio EPA - DMWM
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

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Lazarus Government Center
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Columbus, OH 43216-1049 

   

Administration and Fiscal Support

Administration
Vlad Cica Chief (614) 728-0017
Carleski, Richard Assistant Chief (614) 728-5346
Vacant  Administrative Officer  (614) 728-5366
Greenlee, Leanne Program Administrator 2, Health Department Liaison (614) 705-1012
Scott Sutliff Geologist (614)-644-2739
Mountjoy, Michelle Environmental Specialist 3, Rules Coordinator - Solid Waste, Infectious Waste and Construction and Demolition Debris (614) 728-5372
Dieterich, Emily
 
Environmental Specialist 2, Rules Coordinator (614)-728-5323
Turner, Jacquelin Receptionist, Office Assistant 2

(614) 644-2621

     

 

Fiscal Support
Crawford, Kelly Financial Manager, Fiscal Support (614) 644-3570
Langston, Joiner Senior Budget Analyst, Fiscal Support (614) 644-2934
     

Permitting, Authorizations and Info Management

Permitting, Authorizations & Info Management    
Carroll, Jeremy Environmental Manager (614) 644-2830
Hirashima, Jessica Environmental Specialist 2, Permitting and Authorizing Actions
 
614-728-5359
Olien, Elisa Environmental Specialist 3, Info Management Lead Worker, eBiz services & Data Analytics (614) 728-5371
D’Amato, Nick Environmental Specialist 2, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Data Analytics (614) 728-5358
Kumar, Getha Web Services & Data Analytics (614) 644-2667
Dearth, Brian Supervisor,
Administrative Processing Unit
(614) 728-5366
Kellough, Deborah  Administrative Professional 3, Solid Waste Licenses & Scrap Tire Transporter Registration Processing (614) 728-5316
Nichols, Greg  Administrative Professional 3, Composting & Infectious Waste Registration Processing (614) 728-5327
Main, Jeri Administrative Professional 3, Records Management (614) 728-5364
     

Enforcement, Financial Assurance and Scrap Tires

Enforcement, Financial Assurance & Scrap Tires    
McCoy, Bruce Environmental Manager (614) 728-5345
Jeter, Kelly Supervisor (614) 728-5337
Vacant Environmental Specialist 2, Enforcement Case Coordinator (614) 728-5339
Mussenden, Carl  Environmental Specialist 3, Enforcement Case Coordinator (614) 728-5341
Cohen, Channon Environmental Specialist 3, Scrap Tires (614) 728-5353
Vacant  Environmental Specialist 2, Scrap Tires (614) 728-5323
Smith, Kelly Environmental Specialist 2, Financial Assurance (614) 728-5351 
     

Field Services and Inspector Support

Field Services and Inspector Support    
Shockley, Alison Environmental Manager (614) 728-5335
McGinnis, Ralph Supervisor, Inspector Support & Training
 
(614) 644-3065
 
Hillyer, Holly Supervisor, Land Management & CLOSER Program (614) 728-5348
Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez Environmental Specialist 3,  Infectious Waste, Composting (614) 728-5336
Dehavilland, Annette  Environmental Specialist 3, Land Management & CLOSER Program 614) 728-5373
Anthony Blevins Environmental Specialist 2, Infectious Waste and Composting (614) 728-5328
     

Materials Management and Community Outreach

Materials Management and Community Outreach
Sarvis, Harry Environmental Manager
(614) 644-3519
Vacant Environmental Specialist 2, Reporting Coordinator  
Schierberl, John Supervisor, Beneficial Use (614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera
 
Environmental Specialist 3, Beneficial Use  (614) 728-5338
Cherosky, Phil Environmental Specialist 2, Beneficial Use (614) 644-3249
Ujvari, Megan Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-2967
Shear, Aaron Supervisor, Oil and Gas / C & DD (614) 728-5350
Fair, Alexandria Environmental Specialist 2, Oil & Gas / C & DD (614) 644-3174
Joanna Asuncion Environmental Specialist 2, Oil and Gas/C&DD (614) 728-5349
Chapman, Barry Environmental Specialist 2, Oil and Gas/C&DD (614) 728-5344
     

Planning, Grants, and Community Outreach

Planning, Grants, and Community Outreach    
Chet Chaney Environmental Manager (614) 728-5377
Stall, Ernest Environmental Specialist 3, State Plan, SWMD Plans,
MMAC, SWMD/Ohio EPA Workgroup
(614) 728-5356
Kevin Zacharyasz Environmental Specialist 2,  SWMD Plans (614) 728-5317
Hittle, Matthew Environmental Specialist 2, SWMD Plans,
Quarterly Fee Reports
614) 728-5373
Jeff Montavon Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5328
Greenlee, Leanne Program Administrator 2, Health Department Liaison (614) 705-1012
     

District Offices


 
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