Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM)

The division ensures hazardous and non-hazardous wastes 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 of—especially whether they have toxic or hazardous components—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 and hazardous waste generators are 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

Priority Areas

Protect Ohio's Citizens and the Environment from Waste Management Activities

  • Adopt C&DD landfill rules for existing and “new” facilities

  • Address groundwater impacts from landfills (make improvements to solid waste ground water rules and issue assessment orders to C&DD landfills)

  • Initiate ground water monitoring at C&DD landfills where the O/O is not obligated to do ground water monitoring

  • Target outreach and inspections in environmental justice areas

  • Develop tools for responding to landfill odor complaints

  • Address problems at closed, abandoned solid waste landfills and clean up scrap tire dumps

  • Evaluate need to update Ohio’s laws concerning scrap tires

  • Support Regulatory Reform included in SB 294

  • Engage stakeholders in a review of the state’s solid waste management system

Encourage Sustainable Practices and Increase Ohio's Reuse and Recycling of Waste Materials to Stimulate Economic Growth

  • Develop beneficial use rules (foundry sand and others; dredge is next)

  • Redefine solid waste, to support U.S. EPA alternative fuel rule and other recycling

  • Continue Food Scrap Initiative/Green Venues/Organics Diversion

  • Continue efforts to keep CESQG out of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills by promoting increased collection and management of CESQG wastes

  • Monitor U,S. EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste rule for hazardous waste (evaluate impact to Ohio)

Operate Innovatively, Collaboratively, Efficiently and Effectively

  • Develop fee audit program

  • Plain language rewrite of template letters and documents

  • Provide tool for paying fees online

  • Provide tool for web-based licensing and registration (solid waste, C&DD and infectious waste)

Maintain a Level Regulatory Playing Field that Supports Responsible Owners Doing Business in Ohio

  • Support the Director’s enforcement-related goals

  • By 2014, ensure that 95 percent of all cases referred for enforcement are resolved or referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s office within nine months

  • Evaluate and resolve consistency issues

Ensure the Regulated Community and the Public have easy Access to Program Information

  • Improve use of 'Answer Place' for providing customer service

  • Continue using electronic listserv notifications to stakeholders

  • Support Director’s e-document management goals (i.e., by January 2012 have a web-based, searchable database of all non-compliance documents issued since 2007)

  • Monitor U.S. EPA's development of a national hazardous waste e-manifest system

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 2011, 75 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.


September 19, 2016: DMWM Releases Early Stakeholder Outreach for Composting Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) regarding the five-year review of the composting rules in OAC 3745-560. Please see the Early Stakeholder Outreach tab on our non-hazardous waste rules page to view the fact sheet.

August 1, 2016: DMWM Proposes MSW Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has proposed eight overdue municipal solid waste (MSW) rules in OAC Chapter 3745-27 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the Proposed Rules tab to view the rules and the public notice.

July 27, 2016: DMWM Releases Draft RD&D Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released a draft of the research, design, and demonstration (RD&D) rules for interested party comment and review. Comments on the interested party draft will be accepted through August 29, 2016. Please see the 'Interested Party' tab for more information. 

July 25, 2016: DMWM Proposes Beneficial Use Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has proposed the beneficial use rules in OAC Chapter 3745-599 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the Proposed Rules tab to view the rules and the public notice


July 15, 2016: Interested Parties Draft CRO rules

Ohio EPA has released the Interested Parties Draft CRO rules for review.  Please see the "Interested Party" tab on this page for more information.

July 13, 2016: DMWM Final Files C&DD Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has final filed five construction and demolition debris (C&DD) rules. The effective date will be January 1, 2017. Please see the public notice for more information.


May 11, 2016: DMWM Releases Revised CDD Fee Forms

As of April 1, 2016, changes to Ohio law deleting the ground water fee charged on the disposal of construction and demolition debris became effective. New forms are available that reflect this change.   

May 4, 2016: DMWM Proposes Transfer Facility Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has proposed the rescission of the four transfer facility rules in OAC 3745-27 and the promulgation of new transfer facility rules in OAC 3745-555 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Please see the Proposed Rules tab to view the rules and public notice


April 30, 2016: DMWM Releases Application for Mosquito Control Grants

The Division of Materials and Waste Management, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, will make $250,000 available to fund grants for mosquito control activities. These grants are available to local health departments and related public entities to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile, or La Cross Encephalitis. These grants will be made available on a first come, first serve basis.

Two short webinars will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, to provide detailed information on the grant application process, where to locate grant resources, and how to obtain assistance with completing your grant application. The Mosquito Control Grant factsheet, Mosquito Control Grant Application, webinar information, and contact information are posted on the Ohio EPA website.

The inflation factor to be used for operating year 2016 is 1.0%

January 29, 2016: Supplementary Annual Ground Water Monitoring Report Deadline Approaching

The Supplemental Annual Ground Water Monitoring Report for the 2015 calendar year is due on March 1, 2016. This report must cover all of the hazardous waste facility’s ground water monitoring activities including, but not limited to, well installation and abandonment, well sampling and analysis results in the required database format, statistics, maps, and any ground water corrective action activities carried out during 2015. For details about who should be filing this report and detailed instructions on submittal format and requirements, please refer to the Hazardous Waste Reporting page.

November 06, 2015: DMWM Set N rules and support documents are available

2015 Licensing and Registrations

Did you miss the webinar or do you have further questions about how to use eBusiness Center to enter your license application? Here is the link to view the training webinar for all licensed facilities. If you are already familiar with who should have an eBusiness Center account and PIN and the processes to get these, you can fast forward to the information explaining how to complete and submit your license application. Access the webinar here.

How do I obtain a hazardous waste ID number?

The instructions and a fillable version of the RCRA Subtitle C Site Identification form are located on the Notification of Regulated Waste Activity page.

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.

Answer Place

  • Ohio EPA Publications Catalog - Enables users to search for forms, guidance documents, publications, newsletters, checklists, etc. on a variety of Ohio EPA issues and topics
  • Ohio EPA Answer Place - Enables users to search frequently asked questions, or submit their own question/comment on a variety of Ohio EPA issues and topics

How do I dispose of waste?

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

Phone: (614) 644-2621

Fax: (614) 728-5315

Email Webmaster

Physical address:
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

Mailing address:
Lazarus Government Center
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049 

List of contacts for the DERR Website


Administration, Environmental Administrators
TerMeer, Terrie Chief (614) 728-0017
Carleski, Richard Assistant Chief (614) 728-5346


Fiscal and Office Administration
Crawford, Kelly Fiscal Officer (614) 644-3570
Young, Matt  External Auditor 3
(614) 728-5357
Kerr, Cindy  Administrative Officer
(614) 728-5366
Turner, Jacquelin

(614) 644-2621

Business Operation Center

Business Operation Center     
Carroll, Jeremy Environmental Manager, Authorizing Actions,
IT Support and Processing
(614) 644-2830
D’Amato, Nick
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (614) 728-5358
Kumar, Geetha
Electronic Design Specialist
(614) 644-2667
Hester, Scott Supervisor, Authorizing Actions (614) 728-5359
Ujvari, Megan
Authorizing Actions
(614) 644-2967
Dearth, Brian
Supervisor, Processing/Records Management
(614) 728-5366
Kelloug, Deborah 
Administrative Professional 3
(614) 644-2944
Nichols, Greg 
Administrative Professional 3
(614) 728-5327

Emerging Technologies, Research and Rules

Emerging Technologies, Research and Rules     
Harris, Dan Environmental Administrator (614) 728-5377
Mountjoy, Michelle Rules Coordinator - Solid Waste, Infectious Waste and Construction and Demolition Debris (614) 728-5372
Booker, Andrew
Supervisor, Emerging Technologies & Research
(614) 728-5355
Chapman, Barry
Emerging Technologies & Research
(614) 728-5344

Enforcement and Regulatory Support

Enforcement and Regulatory Support
McCoy, Bruce Environmental Manager (614) 728-5345
Jeter, Kelly
Supervisor, Enforcement Unit - Solid Waste
(614) 728-5337
Berry, Melinda
Enforcement Case Coordinator
(614) 728-5339
Mussenden, Carl 
Enforcement Case Coordinator – Lead Worker
(614) 728-5341
Church, Janice
Scrap Tire
(614) 728-5323
Boyer, Matt
Financial Assurance
(614) 728-5351 

Field Services, Health Department and Inspector Support

Field Services, Health Dept 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
Land Management & CLOSER Programs
(614) 728-5348
Dehavilland, Annette 
Land Management & CLOSER Programs
614) 728-5373
Cummins, Adam
Infectious Waste; Composting (614) 728-5328
Greenlee, Leanne
Health Department Liaison (614) 705-1012

Materials Management and Community Outreach

Materials Management and Community Outreach
Sarvis, Harry
Environmental Manager
(614) 644-3519
Hill, Sharon
Administrative Professional 1
(614) 728-5316
Vacant Solid Waste Management District Plans, Solid Waste Management District Workgroup, House Bill 592 Review (614) 728-5317
Hittle, Matthew Solid Waste Management District Plans, Solid Waste Management Advisory Council (SWAC) (614) 728-5369
Schramm, Cassandra
Reporting Coordinator
(614) 728-5325
Stall, Ernest Solid Waste Management Districts, Solid Waste Management District Plans (614) 728-5356
Schierberl, John
Supervisor, Beneficial Use
(614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera
Scrap Tire and Composting Reports, Solid Waste Reporting Activities, Regulatory Program Developments
(614) 728-5338
Cherosky, Phil
Beneficial Use
(614) 644-3249
Shear, Aaron
Supervisor, Oil and Gas/C&DD
(614) 728-5350
Smith, Kelly
Oil and Gas/C&DD
(614) 644-3174

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