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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 a rescission of the C&DD ground water monitoring fee rule, OAC 3745-520-50. Please see the "Proposed Rules" tab to view the rule and public notice.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released a draft of the municipal solid waste (MSW) rules for interested party comment and review. Comments on the interested party draft will be accepted through November 16, 2015. Please see the 'Interested Party' tab for more information.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) document for the Cessation of Regulated Operations (CRO) rules. Please see the Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) tab on the Hazardous Waste Rules page to view the document and for more information. Comments are due by the close of business on Aug. 3, 2015.
Recycling and litter prevention activities across the state are coordinated locally. Use our recycling and litter prevention map to quickly find information for your county.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released a draft of the beneficial use rules for interested party comment and review. Comments on the interested party draft will be accepted through June 22, 2015. Please see the Interested Party tab on the Non-hazardous Waste Rules page for more information.
The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) announces the Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) comment period beginning May 13, 2015, regarding the hazardous waste rules known as Definition of Solid Waste Rule (DoSW Rule) to be addressed in Ohio rule-making. Note that these are hazardous waste program rules (RCRA Subtitle C) despite the term "solid waste" in the subject. Draft Ohio rules will be available for review in the future; there are no rules to review at this time. Please see the DoSW ESO fact sheet for more information. Comments are due by close of business on Aug. 13, 2015.
Did you miss the webinar or do you have further questions about how to use eBusiness Center to enter your license application? Here is the link to view the training webinar for all licensed facilities. If you are already familiar with who should have an eBusiness Center account and PIN and the processes to get these, you can fast forward to the information explaining how to complete and submit your license application. Access the webinar here.
The instructions and a fillable version of the RCRA Subtitle C Site Identification form are located on the Notification of Regulated Waste Activity page.
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. Read more here.
Contact your local solid waste hauler or find an Ohio EPA licensed solid waste facility.
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.
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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