Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM)

The division ensures solid waste, infectious waste, scrap tires and construction & demolition debris (C&DD) are managed in accordance with applicable regulations.

In addition to a traditional regulatory program, regulations are under development to encourage the use of beneficial use byproducts to preserve resources, conserve energy and reduce the need for additional landfills. The division also oversees state and local planning for long-term solid waste management.

What We Do

As citizens of Ohio, we all use many materials in our daily lives. How we handle materials and products when they are no longer useful to us or become a waste depends on what they are made and whether there are economically feasible opportunities for reuse or recycling. Ohio EPA staff, citizens and the regulated community are working together to minimize the amount of waste that must be treated, deposited in a landfill or incinerated. These efforts can reduce disposal costs and make sure valuable, reusable materials don't go to waste. 

Mission Statement

To protect public health and the environment by promoting alternative waste materials management options that reduce reliance on landfills and ensuring that waste management facilities are constructed and operated in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Vision Statement

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) is a nationally recognized leader in traditional and innovative waste materials management, demonstrated by

  • Common sense regulations that remain protective of public health and the environment while emphasizing recycling, energy recovery and alternatives to disposal
  • Effective working relationships with regulatory partners
  • Quality and timely service to all customers

Health District Partnerships

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) provides for Ohio EPA to administer and enforce the provisions of Chapters 3714. and 3734., in particular with regard to solid waste facilities, infectious waste treatment facilities and construction and demolition debris (C&DD) facilities. In addition to Ohio EPA administering and enforcing the statute, Ohio law specifies that if the Director determines that a local health district is both capable of and willing to enforce all applicable requirements of ORC Chapters 3734. and 3714. and the corresponding sections of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), the Director may place it on the approved list(s).

In 2016, 66 of Ohio’s 127 local health districts were approved to administer and enforce Ohio’s solid waste, infectious waste and C&DD laws and regulations. These approved health districts that are responsible for issuing licenses to facilities, as well as performing inspections of facilities and initiating enforcement actions against owners and operators failing to comply with Ohio’s environmental rules; Ohio EPA provides these same services in unapproved health districts.

Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) conducts a survey of each approved health district on an annual basis. The purpose of the annual survey is to determine whether the health district that the Director has authorized to implement the Agency’s programs has been meeting program obligations throughout the survey period.


July 27, 2018: Incinerator Rules ESO

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) fact sheet for the solid waste incinerator rules. Please see the Early Stakeholder Outreach tab on the non-hazardous waste rules page to view the document.

July 26, 2018: DMWM releases beneficial use of dredge rules for comment

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released rules regarding the beneficial use of dredge for public comment. Please see the Interested Party tab on our DMWM rules page for more information.

July 16, 2018: DMWM Refiles Composting and Associated Multi-Program Rules with JCARR

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has refiled the composting and associated multi-program rules in OAC Chapter 3745-500, 3745-501, 3745-503, and 3745-560 with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the Proposed Rules tab on our non-hazardous waste rules page to view the rules.

C&DD Operator Certification Program

Pursuant to ORC Section 3714.062, Ohio EPA has created an operator certification program for construction and demolition debris landfill operators.  Effective July 1, 2019, Construction and Demolition Debris Landfills are required to have a certified operator on site, or reasonably available every day during disposal operations.  To become a certified operator, a person needs at least twelve months of work experience at landfill operations and ten hours of approved education training pursuant to OAC Rule 3745-400-26-(B)(2).  Once the operator meets those criteria, they can apply to become a certified operator.  The certified operator must renew the certification before December 31 of each year

New 2018 Financial Assurance Inflation Factor

The inflation factor to be used for operating year 2018 is 1.8%. For more information please visit Financial Assurance for Non-Hazardous Waste Facilities

February 16, 2018: 2018 Mosquito Control Grant Application Release

February 16, 2018: The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has posted the 2018 MCG Application Form, the 2018 Online MCG Application and the 2018 MCG Instruction Manual. Please see the 2018 MCG Program tab on the Mosquito Control Grant webpage to view the documents.

February 7, 2018: RSW and ISW Rules ESO

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) fact sheets for the Industrial Solid Waste (ISW) and Residual Solid Waste (RSW) rules. Please see the Early Stakeholder Outreach tab on the non-hazardous waste rules page to view the documents.

Annual Operational Report forms are now available

The 2017 Annual Operational Reports are now available.  They can also be found under the DMWM Site Links drop down box, select Forms, then open Annual Operational Report Forms.

Need a Form?

Do you need to submit waste information to Ohio EPA and can't find the form? Check out our Official Forms

page. All Division of Management and Waste Management (DMWM) forms are listed alphabetically by the title of the form.

Beneficial Use

The beneficial use program exists to address the increasing interest in using beneficial use byproducts that are otherwise disposed of in landfills. Currently materials regulated as "solid wastes" under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3734 may be beneficially used through the Integrated Alternative Waste Management Program (IAWMP).


The solid waste composting regulations require that a facility obtain a registration, license and/or permit, as applicable. Other requirements established by the program include: types of wastes that can be accepted for composting; operational requirements of the facility; and testing requirements for the finished product prior to distribution. 

Construction & Demolition Debris (C&DD)

Construction and Demolition Debris (C&DD) is material resulting from the construction or demolition of man-made structures. C&DD does not include any material that is a hazardous waste, infectious waste or material removed from the structure prior to demolition. C&DD does not include any solid wastes other than specifically allowed in law and rule.

C&DD Processing is the receipt or storage of construction and demolition debris, or the movement of construction and demolition debris from vehicles or containers to a working surface, for purposes of separating the debris into individual types of materials as a commodity for use in a beneficial manner that does not constitute disposal.

A voluntary third party certification program is available. The purpose of this program is to encourage more recycling of C&DD material and allow facilities to demonstrate recycling rates. See the “Certification Program” tab for more information.

eBusiness Center (Electronic Reporting)

Ohio EPA's eBusiness Center is a secure portal for the regulated community and consultants to electronically complete and file Ohio EPA-related reports and permit applications 

Facility Lists and Other General Documents

Financial Assurance

FA is intended to ensure that resources are available to pay for the cost of closure, post-closure care, and corrective measures if the owner or operator of a regulated facility is unable or unwilling to pay. FA instruments ensures that the State will be able to draw on the funds the instruments provide to pay for the cost of closing a facility properly and in a timely manner.


Health District Partners

The Ohio Revised Code provides for Ohio EPA to administer and enforce the provisions of Chapters 3714. and 3734., in particular with regard to solid waste, infectious waste treatment facilities, and C&DD facilities.  In addition to Ohio EPA administering and enforcing the statute, Ohio law specifies that if the director determines that a local health district is both capable of and willing to enforce all applicable requirements of ORC Chapters 3734. and 3714. and the corresponding sections of the OAC, the director may place it on the approved list(s).  

Infectious Waste

Ohio’s infectious waste regulations contain approved treatment methods.  Most commonly, autoclave and incineration technologies are used to treat infectious waste prior to disposal. 

Materials Management Advisory Council (MMAC)

The primary purpose of the council is to provide advice and guidance to the Director of Ohio EPA on solid waste issues, including updates to the State Solid Waste Management Plan and Ohio EPA’s recycling and litter prevention grant programs. The council is also tasked with facilitating partnerships that expand markets for recycled commodities.

Mosquito Control Grants

Mosquito control grants are available annually to health departments or other governmental organizations to provide assistance with mosquito surveillance, control, source reduction and community outreach.

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSW Landfills) are engineered facilities designed with liner systems, leachate collection, surface water management and ground water monitoring.  MSW Landfills accept solid waste generated from community, commercial, and agricultural operations, including waste from households.

Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Facilities

Scrap Tires

The Division of Materials and Waste Management regulates the generation, transportation, storage, collection and recovery of scrap tires.A scrap tire is defined as any unwanted or discarded tire, regardless of size, that has been removed from its original use. 

Solid Waste Management Planning

This page is intended as an information clearinghouse for solid waste management districts (SWMDs) and others with interest in solid waste management in Ohio. 

Solid Waste Rules and Laws

This page provides information about and access to current and pending rules regarding Ohio’s non-hazardous waste programs like solid waste, infectious waste and C&DD program rules.

Waste Conversion

Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management does not regulate thermal or biological solid waste-to-fuel conversion facilities as solid waste facilities under the State’s solid waste laws unless such facilities are also operating as solid waste transfer facilities. The facilities are subject to existing applicable air and water pollution control laws.

Customer Support Center

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How do I recycle?

Your local solid waste management district (SWMD) is your first source of disposal and recycling information. If something is still useable, donate it to a friend, neighbor or non-profit organization. See our recycling page for more information. 

How do I obtain a recycling grant?

Ohio EPA's competitive grant funding is targeted at local governments, colleges and universities, solid waste management districts/authorities, health districts, soil and water conservation districts and private sector businesses for a variety of recycling and litter cleanup and scrap tire management projects. 

How do I dispose of waste?

Contact your local solid waste hauler or find an Ohio EPA licensed solid waste facility.


How much is Ohio’s solid waste disposal fee?

Ohio's state disposal and environmental protection fee is currently $4.75 per ton of solid waste. The fee is collected at the first transfer facility or landfill facility that receives solid waste. Further, the fee is collected on all solid waste regardless of where the waste came from.  When solid waste is taken to a transfer facility before being taken to a landfill, the State's fee is collected at the transfer facility. The fee is collected at a landfill only when solid waste is transported directly to the landfill.

What is a solid waste management district (SWMD)?

Each county in Ohio is required to be in a SWMD, either individually or with one or more other counties  The main purpose of the SWMD is to prepare and implement a solid waste management plan (plan). The plan is the SWMD’s strategy for achieving goals of the state solid waste management plan and requirements in Ohio law.  As part of its plan, the SWMD is responsible for the safe and sanitary management of all solid waste generated within the SWMD or authority.  Read this fact sheet for more information about SWMDs.

What requirements do I need to know about to transport solid waste in Ohio?

The requirements that you must comply with depend upon whether you are picking up and dropping off solid waste within Ohio (intrastate) or if you are transporting waste across state lines (interstate). Visit this link to learn more about those requirements.

What is the largest challenge that new businesses face when they apply to become registered scrap tire transporters?

The largest challenge to becoming a scrap tire transporter is obtaining the required $20,000 in financial assurance.  Ohio EPA recommends securing financial assurance prior to submitting an application since this will help prevent losing the non-refundable application fee which ranges from $50 to $300 in case financial assurance can’t be secured. 

Here is an overview of financial assurance general requirements.
Here is information more specific to scrap tire transporter financial assurance.

Start with these sources and please contact Matt Boyer if you have any financial assurance-related questions at 614.728.5351 or Channon Cohen with all other questions about registering at 614.728.5353.

What authorization do I currently need to be a C&DD Processing facility?

Currently, you would need to obtain a registration from either the approved board of health or Ohio EPA.  To get a registration you need to submit an application, along with a registration fee of $100.  Please visit DMWM’s C&DD Processing web site for more information.  Ohio EPA is currently developing new C&DD Processing Facility rules.  These rules will require C&DD Processing to become permitted and licensed.

What is a C&DD Processing Facility?

A C&DD Processing Facility is a site that is to be used for the processing, transferring, or recycling of construction and demolition debris.  Ohio EPA is in the process of developing rules to regulate C&DD processing facilities.  DMWM’s C&DD Processing web site has information on how to register a facility, the rule-making process, and best management practices for these facilities

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Administration and Fiscal Support

Vlad Cica
Chief (614) 728-0017
Carleski, Richard Assistant Chief (614) 728-5346
Administrative Officer 
(614) 728-5366
Greenlee, Leanne
Program Administrator 2, Health Department Liaison
(614) 705-1012
Mountjoy, Michelle
Environmental Specialist 2, Rules Coordinator - Solid Waste, Infectious Waste and Construction and Demolition Debris
(614) 728-5372
Turner, Jacquelin
Receptionist, Office Assistant 2

(614) 644-2621


Fiscal Support
Crawford, Kelly Financial Manager, Fiscal Support
(614) 644-3570
External Auditor 3, Fiscal Support
(614) 728-5357

Business Operation Center

Business Operation Center     
Carroll, Jeremy Environmental Manager, Authorizing Actions,
IT Support and Processing
(614) 644-2830
D’Amato, Nick
Environmental Specialist 2, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (614) 728-5358
Kumar, Geetha
Electronic Design Specialist, Business Operation Center  (614) 644-2667
Hester, Scott Supervisor, Permitting & Authorizing Actions (614) 728-5359
Ujvari, Megan
Environmental Specialist 2, Permitting & Authorizing Actions
(614) 644-2967
Dearth, Brian
Supervisor, Processing/Records Management
(614) 728-5366
Kellough, Deborah 
Administrative Professional 3, Processing  
(614) 728-5316
Nichols, Greg 
Administrative Professional 3, Processing
(614) 728-5327
Andrews, Tonya
Administrative Professional 3, Records Management
(614) 728-5364

Enforcement, Financial Assurance and Scrap Tires

Enforcement, Financial Assurance & Scrap Tires
McCoy, Bruce Environmental Manager (614) 728-5345
Jeter, Kelly
(614) 728-5337
Environmental Specialist 2, Enforcement Case Coordinator
(614) 728-5339
Mussenden, Carl 
Environmental Specialist 3, Enforcement Case Coordinator
(614) 728-5341
Cohen, Channon
Environmental Specialist 3, Scrap Tires
(614) 728-5353
Schramm, Cassandra
Environmental Specialist 2, Scrap Tires
(614) 728-5325 
Vacant  Environmental Specialist 2, Scrap Tires
(614) 728-5323
Boyer, Matt
Environmental Specialist 2, Financial Assurance
(614) 728-5351 

Field Services and Inspector Support

Field Services and Inspector Support
Shockley, Alison
Environmental Manager (614) 728-5335
Milner, Valeria
Administrative Professional 1
(614) 644-3136
McGinnis, Ralph
Supervisor, Inspector Support & Training

(614) 644-3065
Hillyer, Holly
Supervisor, Land Management & CLOSER Program
(614) 728-5348
Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez
Environmental Specialist 3,  Infectious Waste, Composting (614) 728-5336
Dehavilland, Annette 
Environmental Specialist 3, Land Management & CLOSER Program
614) 728-5373
Environmental Specialist 2, Infectious Waste, Composting, Mosquito Control Grant Program and Health Department Annual Surveys
(614) 728-5328

Materials Management and Community Outreach

Materials Management and Community Outreach
Sarvis, Harry Environmental Manager
(614) 644-3519
Stall, Ernest Environmental Specialist 3, Planning (614) 728-5356 
Vacant Environmental Specialist 2, Planning (614) 728-5317
Hittle, Matthew Environmental Specialist 2, Planning (614) 728-5369
Vacant Environmental Specialist 2, Reporting Coordinator  
Schierberl, John Supervisor, Beneficial Use (614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera
Environmental Specialist 3, Beneficial Use  (614) 728-5338
Cherosky, Phil Environmental Specialist 2, Beneficial Use (614) 644-3249
Shear, Aaron Supervisor, Oil and Gas / C & DD (614) 728-5350
Smith, Kelly Environmental Specialist 2, Oil & Gas / C & DD (614) 644-3174

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