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 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.


March 16, 2017: DMWM Releases Early Stakeholder Outreach for Infectious Waste Rules

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) regarding the five year review of the infectious waste rules in OAC 3745-27 and 3745-28. Please see the "Early Stakeholder Outreach" tab on our non-hazardous waste rules page to view the fact sheet.

March 6, 2017: DMWM Releases Draft Composting Rules for Comment

The Division of Materials and Waste Management has released the draft composting and associated multi-program rules for interested party review. Comments may be submitted to Michelle Mountjoy and are due by the close of business Friday April 7, 2017. Please see the "Interested Party" tab on the DMWM Rules Page to view the rules and the Interested Party Letter

Ohio EPA’s Beneficial Use Draft General Permits

Ohio EPA’s Division of Materials and Waste Management is making available for interested party comment four draft general permits to be used in conjunction with recently finalized Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-599 for beneficial use;

1)    Foundry Sand used in soil blends and bioretention soils;
2)    Foundry Sand used as sub-bedding and structural fill;
3)    Drinking Water Treatment Material used as a soil amendment, and
4)    Biosoilds Incinerator Ash.

In addition, we’ve posted for comment draft guidance for seeking coverage under these general permits and a draft Notice of Intent to seek coverage. OAC Chapter 3745-599 will become effective on March 31, 2017, at which time these general permits will become available for use.

Please see our webpage for the new rules and more information on Ohio EPA’s beneficial use program.  

February 24, 2017: DMWM Releases Application for 2017 Mosquito Control Grants

The Division of Materials and Waste Management, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, is funding mosquito control grants again this year. 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. Grant applicants will use the Mosquito Control Grant Instruction Manual to complete the Mosquito Control Grant Application

A short webinar will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017, to provide detailed information on the grant application process and how to obtain assistance with completing your grant application. The grant instructions, Mosquito Control Grant Application, and webinar information are posted on the Ohio EPA website

February 22, 2017: MSW Ground Water Monitoring Rule Final Filed

The The Division of Materials and Waste Management has final filed the MSW ground water monitoring rule, OAC 3745-27-10. This rule will be effective on March 6, 2017. Please see the public notice and the "Effective Rules" tab to view the rules.

New 2017 Financial Assurance Inflation Factor

The inflation factor to be used for operating year 2017 is 1.3%. For more information please visit Financial Assurance for Non-Hazardous Waste Facilities

Ohio EPA's 2017 Regional Recycling Workshops

Attention all Solid Waste Districts and Communities, want to hear what your peers across the country are doing to improve local recycling?
Mark your calendars to join a Recycling Workshop.
Mon, March 13:  Columbus, OH (Solid Waste District Officials Only this day)
Tues, March 14:    Athens, OH
Wed, March 15:  Dayton, OH (Moraine)
Thu, March 16:    Lima, OH
Fri, March 17:   Akron, OH
For More Information, Contact Andrew Booker at (614) 728-5355

January 27, 2017: RD&D Rules Final Filed

The Division of Materials and Waste Management has final filed the Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-27. These rules will be effective on February 7, 2017. Please see the public notice and the "Effective Rules" tab to view the rules.

January 3, 2017: DMWM Refiles MSW Ground Water Monitoring Rule

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has refiled OAC rule 3745-27-10 "Ground water monitoring program for a sanitary landfill facility" to correct typographical errors. This affects the version of this rule set to become effective January 1, 2017. The August 15, 2003 version of 3745-27-10 will remain in effect until the revised rule is heard at JCARR, final filed, and a new effective date is established. Please see the Proposed Rules tab to view a copy of the refiled rule.

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 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.

Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

A new, voluntary C&DD recycling facility third party certification program is now available in Ohio. The purpose of this new program is to encourage more recycling of C&DD material. 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

Materials Management Advisory Council (MMAC)

Municipal Solid Waste Landfill

Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Facilities

Scrap Tires

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

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.

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 ask 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 



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
Environmental Specialist 2, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (614) 728-5358
Kumar, Geetha
Electronic Design Specialist
(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
Kelloug, Deborah 
Administrative Professional 3, Processing  
(614) 644-2944
Nichols, Greg 
Administrative Professional 3, Processing
(614) 728-5327
Andrews, Tonya
Administrative Professional 3, Records Management
(614) 728-0793

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
Cohen, Channon
Environmental Specialist 3
(614) 728-5353
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
Supervisor, Land Management Unit
(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
Applegate, Susan
Solid Waste Management District Plans (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

District Offices