Solid Waste

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

  • The Environmental Monitoring Unit is responsible for reviewing groundwater, surface water, methane monitoring, remediation, and corrective action plans and site suitability reports; analyzing groundwater, surface water, and methane monitoring data; and conducting compliance inspections for methane and groundwater monitoring at publicly and privately owned solid waste handling facilities, petroleum pipelines, aboveground storage tanks and unregulated underground storage tanks. 

  • The Solid Waste Permitting Unit is responsible for overseeing the permitting, financial assurance, construction, and closure of solid waste handling facilities; acknowledging permit-by-rule operations (e.g., collection operations, transfer stations, yard trimmings landfills, and on-site processing operations); reviewing and approving biomedical waste processors; and conducting compliance inspections of private industrial solid waste handling facilities.

  • The Tire Management Unit is responsible for enforcing state regulations for scrap tire generators, tire carriers and scrap tire processors; conducting compliance inspections; and issuing scrap tire generator identification numbers, used tire dealer identification numbers, and tire carrier permits. 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 is responsible for reviewing applications and approving surface mining land use plans; issuing surface mining permits; conducting compliance evaluations of surface mining operations; reviewing and approving bonding requirements for surface mining operations; and ensuring reclamation of completed mining operations.

  • The Recovered Materials Unit is responsible for issuing permits to facilities where the materials have been diverted or removed from the solid waste stream for reuse or recycling, including scrap tire processors, sorters, and balers; material recovery facilities (MRFs); and composting facilities. The unit also reviews and issues permits by rule for class 2 composting operations and beneficial reuse approvals. The RMU administers the Solid Waste Trust Fund and coordinates the abatement of scrap tires throughout the state via state-contracted cleanups and the Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement (STAR) program. The unit also manages EEinGeorgia.org, 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.