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 oversees Recovered Materials Permitting, which includes scrap tire processors, recovered materials processors, composting and anaerobic digestor operations, and materials recovery facilities. The unit reviews permits-by-rule for community composting operations and applications for beneficial reuse projects. Its staff members respond to inquiries about recovered materials processing facilities.
The unit administers the Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF), which is funded by a fee on the sale of new tires in Georgia. The SWTF is used to support statewide recycling initiatives, ensure the safe management of abandoned landfills, and abate illegal scrap tire piles. The Solid Waste Trust Fund Grant Program furthers the goals of the SWTF by providing financial support for projects that meet the requirements described in O.C.G.A. § 12-8-27.1 and O.C.G.A. § 12-8-37.1 of the Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act (Act), and Rule 391-3-21.17 of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (Rules).