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.

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.


Priority Areas

Protect Ohio's Citizens and the Environment from Waste Management Activities

  • 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

Encourage Sustainable Practices and Increase Ohio's Reuse and Recycling of Waste Materials to Stimulate Economic Growth

  • 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)

Operate Innovatively, Collaboratively, Efficiently and Effectively

  • 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)

Maintain a Level Regulatory Playing Field that Supports Responsible Owners Doing Business in Ohio

  • 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

Ensure the Regulated Community and the Public have easy Access to Program Information

  • 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

News

July 29, 2021 C&DD Processing Rules Filed with JCARR

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has filed the C&DD Processing Facility rules in OAC Chapter 3745-400 with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the proposed rules tab to view the rules and the public notice.

July 16, 2021 Updating Outdated Modes of Communication

In a joint rulemaking effort, the Lieutenant Governor’s office and Ohio EPA have identified instances where outdated modes of communication, such as paper mail, facsimile, or newspaper, are required. Also identified were rules that contained the requirement for regulated entities to submit multiple copies of a document. To reduce adverse impacts to regulated entities and to provide modern options, Ohio EPA is releasing drafts containing only amendments to those instances. Please see the Interested Party Tab to view the rules and fact sheet.

May 20, 2021 Electrical Leak Location Virtual Training Session

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in collaboration with the Ohio Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and strategic partner – the Ohio EPA – have developed three electrical leak location (ELL) training sessions to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and information to prepare attendees for the planning and implementation of ELL during Ohio landfill liner construction. Each session is led by an ELL specialist and the topics have been chosen to give a complete view of the technology and the recently promulgated Ohio regulations. Sessions are May 20, June 10, and June 17.  More information on registration is available.

March 31, 2021 Regulatory Relief for Immunization Associated Infectious Waste Registration

Ohio EPA is receiving inquiries regarding the obligation to register as an infectious waste generator.  Health care providers and public health officials that generated little infectious waste before providing COVID-19 vaccinations are asking if they will be required to follow current rule and register if they generate fifty pounds or more of infectious wastes in a single month with the addition of the vaccination wastes. During this pandemic emergency, Ohio EPA will not require infectious waste registration of those generators whose status changed due solely to providing vaccination services.  

All generators must continue to ensure proper management of all infectious wastes generated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio EPA expects that all infectious wastes will be managed appropriately, and that no vaccine associated infectious wastes will be left at non-medical facilities.  

Please contact the appropriate Division of Materials and Waste Management district office or Central Office Infectious Waste Unit staff for questions.

March 19, 2021 New Industrial Manufacturing Waste Program

February 23, 2021 – The 2021 Inflation Factor is Now Available

On February 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis released the February issue of “Survey of Current Business.”  This publication contains the most recent Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product.  The inflation factor is the result of dividing the latest published annual Deflator by the Deflator for the previous year.  The Inflation Factor for operating year 2021 is 1.2%.

2020 C&DD Certified operator Deadline Extension

C&DD Certified Operators and Approved Health Departments, 

Ohio EPA's Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) recognizes the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on Ohio's Construction and Demolition Debris (C&DD) Facilities and their Certified Operators. DMWM continues to work closely with training providers to ensure Certified Operators have access to as many training options as possible. 

DMWM encourages all C&DD Certified Operators to make every effort to complete the required annual 10 education hours by December 31, 2020. However, DMWM acknowledges that some Certified Operators may need additional time to fulfill their training requirement this year. 

On November 22, 2020, Governor DeWine signed HB 404 that extends several broad provisions relating to the issuance and expiration of licenses, permits, and certifications. Ohio EPA determined this applies to C&DD Certified Operators. Consequently, Ohio EPA will extend the deadline for obtaining 2020 annual education hours to July 1, 2021 to align with HB 404. 

Please note this extended deadline only applies to the education hours needed during the 2020 calendar year. All certified operators will need to complete 10 education hours separately during calendar year 2021. When submitting certified operator applications for renewal, please note if the documented training hours apply for the 2020 or 2021 calendar year requirement. 

DMWM continues to work closely with training providers to expand training options and we will update you when these opportunities become available. As a reminder, you can view the list of currently approved training courses HERE

Feel free to contact either Barry Chapman at (614) 728-5344  or aaron.shear@epa.ohio.gov at (614) 728-5350 if you have any questions. 

 

November 1, 2020 - Accessing the eBusiness Center through the State of Ohio's OH|ID Portal

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.
 

Customer Support Center

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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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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
Vacant  Receptionist, Office Assistant 2

(614) 644-2621

     

 

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

Permitting, Authorizations and Info Management

Permitting, Authorizations & Info Management    
Carroll, Jeremy Environmental Manager (614) 644-2830
Vacant 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
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  
Vacant 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
Vacant 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
     

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