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 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 scrap tire processor permits, tire sorter permits, and beneficial reuse approvals; cleaning up scrap tire piles using state contractors; assisting local communities with solid waste planning and education; and administering the Solid Waste Trust Fund.

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