The Land Protection Branch's Recovered Materials Unit (RMU) encourages the reduction, reuse, and recycling of materials and provides technical assistance on recycling and related technologies that use recovered materials and industrial by-products. The unit also oversees the permitting of scrap tire processors and sorters, compost facilities, and materials recovery facilities and reviews permits-by-rule for community composting operations and applications for beneficial reuse projects. Its staff members respond to inquiries about and perform compliance visits at recovered materials processing facilities.
The unit administers the Solid Waste Trust Fund, which is funded by a fee on the sale of new tires in Georgia and has been used to support statewide recycling initiatives, ensure the safe management of abandoned landfills, and clean up scrap tire dumps. The cleanup of scrap tires is accomplished through the use of state contracts and the Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement (STAR) program.
RMU staff members also manage EEinGeorgia, an online guide to environmental education (EE) that provides teachers, non-formal educators, and parents with the tools and resources they need to help children learn about the environment and develop skills that will enable them to make responsible decisions to maintain, restore, and protect it.