A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Management Program is organized into the following units:

  • The Environmental Monitoring Compliance Unit is responsible for the review of groundwater, surface water, and methane monitoring plans; review of remediation plans and analyses of groundwater, surface water, and methane monitoring data; review of corrective action plans, compliance for methane and groundwater monitoring at all publicly and privately owned solid waste handling facilities.
  • The Industrial and Municipal Solid Waste Unit is responsible for the permitting, financial assurance, construction, and closure of all private industry solid waste handling facilities; review and acknowledgement of all Permit by Rule operations (yard trimmings landfills, collection operations, transfer stations, and on-site processing operations); review and approval of biomedical waste handling and petroleum contaminated soil processors; and compliance inspections of private industrial solid waste handling facilities. It is also responsible for the permitting, including review of site suitability reports, financial assurance, construction, closure of all publicly and privately owned solid waste handling facilities, and the review of spill investigations and corrective action plans for ASTs, petroleum pipelines, and unregulated USTs.
  • The Scrap Tire Compliance Unit conducts compliance inspections and enforces state regulations for scrap tire generators, carriers and processors. It also responds to citizen complaints regarding scrap tire piles and takes enforcement action to ensure illegally dumped tires are removed.
  • The Surface Mining Unit reviews applications and approves Surface Mining Land Use plans; issues surface mining permits; conducts compliance evaluations of surface mining operations; and reviews and approves bonding requirements for surface mining operations and ensures reclamation of completed mining operations.
  • The Waste Reduction Unit is responsible for issuing generator identification numbers, carrier permits, and processor approvals for scrap tire handlers; cleaning up scrap tire piles using state contractors and grants; assisting local communities with solid waste planning and education; and administering the Solid Waste Trust Fund.

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