Solid Waste Management Planning

The Planning Unit oversees Ohio’s multi-faceted, statutorily-based program for ensuring that Ohio’s solid waste is properly managed.  The overriding objectives are to ensure that Ohio has adequate disposal capacity and to reduce Ohio’s reliance on landfills for disposing of solid waste.  To achieve those objectives, Ohio EPA, working with the Materials Management Advisory Council, adopts a state solid waste management plan (state plan) that establishes goals for reduction and recycling.


In addition, the Planning Unit works closely with SWMDs on fulfilling their responsibilities.  In its regulatory role, the Planning Unit reviews solid waste management plans to ensure they meet the requirements in Ohio’s law and oversees how SWMDs implement those plans.  The Planning Unit also spends considerable time providing technical assistance to the SWMDs, and manages and provides available data regarding waste generated, recycled, and disposed in Ohio. 

Recycle Right

Take plastic bags to the store for recycling, don’t put them in your bin.

Break down cardboard boxes to provide more room in your recycling bin.

Annual District Reports (ADRs)

Each solid waste management district (SWMD) must submit a completed annual district report (ADR) no later than June 1st of each year.  Starting with the 2016 ADR, SWMDs now submit their ADRs online using Ohio EPA’s Re-TRAC platform.  A SWMD coordinator can access the SWMD’s account from the Re-TRAC Connect log in page.  For difficulties accessing an account or questions about completing the ADR, please contact the planner that is assigned to the SWMD.  Refer to the Planning Unit Assignments by County to find the appropriate contact information.

ADR Review Forms (SWMD Recycling and Disposal Data):

Data, Reports and Studies

Material Recovery Facility and Commercial Recycling Data

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011


Ohio's Material Recovery Facilities

Compost Facility Report Data

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2013 2012 2011              


Scrap Tire Data

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011


Ohio EPA Waste and Recycling Studies

Facility Data Reports (Waste Disposal Data)

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011


Solid Waste Imports and Exports

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

SWMD Fee Information

Quarterly Fee Report and Instructions

Completed quarterly fee report forms are to be submitted to Ohio EPA based on the following schedule:

  • 1st Quarter (January 1 March 31) due May 15th
  • 2nd Quarter (April 1 June 30) due August 15th
  • 3rd Quarter (July 1 September 30) due November 15th
  • 4th Quarter (October 1 December 31) due February 15th

SWMD Fee Summary Reports









SWMD Fee Structure

A summary of SWMD revenue sources is shown in the SWMD Fee Structure.

Fact Sheet


Solid Waste Management Planning Rules

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745 (Solid Waste and Infectious Waste Regulations)

Solid Waste Management Planning Statutes

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 343 (Solid Waste Management Districts)

This chapter of the Ohio Revised Code is part of the law that governs counties (i.e. Title 3).  Chapter 343 contains the statutory requirements that govern the county commissioners’ authorities and required protocols when the county is functioning as a solid waste management district or a solid waste management authority.

  • 343.011 Formation of regional solid waste management authority
  • 343.012 Initial proceedings to withdraw for joint county district
  • 343.01   Establishment and maintenance of county or joint SW management district
  • 343.013 Continuation of recovery & recycling activities while public debt outstanding
  • 343.014 Designating SW & recycling activities where no outstanding public debt
  • 343.015 Resolution of intent to continue designations after 1-1-94
  • 343.02  Contracts for SWaste collection, storage, transfer, disposal, recycling, processing, or resource recovery services
  • 343.022 Contracts to establish and collect on behalf of the district generation or disposal fees
  • 343.03   Prosecuting attorney to prosecute to termination or bring civil action
  • 343.04   Preparation of general facilities plan
  • 343.07   Issuing bonds
  • 343.08   Fixing reasonable rates or charges
  • 343.99   Penalty

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3734 (Solid and Hazardous Wastes)

Chapter 3734 of the Ohio Revised Code is the law that governs solid and hazardous wastes.  Sections 3734.49 through 3734.577, listed below, establish Ohio’s solid waste planning program. 

  • 3734.01       Definitions
  • 3734.49       Materials management advisory council
  • 3734.50       State solid waste management plan
  • 3734.501     Annual review of solid waste management in Ohio
  • 3734.52       Establishing county or joint solid waste management districts
  • 3734.521     Change in district composition
  • 3734.53       Contents of a county or joint solid waste management district plan
  • 3734.531     Effect of failure of district to add members to policy committee or board of trustees
  • 3734.54       Preparing and submitting solid waste management plan
  • 3734.55       Preliminary review of draft plan
  • 3734.551     Reimbursement of director for expenses- Preparing & Ordering plan
  • 3734.56       Submission of amended plan and certification
  • 3734.57       Fees for waste disposal
  • 3734.571     Disposal fees where district has no facilities
  • 3734.572     Disposal fee to defray costs of initial plan of district without disposal facility
  • 3734.573     Fees for generation of solid wastes within district
  • 3734.574     Generation and disposal fees
  • 3734.575     Report of fees and accounts
  • 3734.576     Exemption of automotive shredder residue from generation fee
  • 3734.577     Exemption from fees prohibited

Other Useful Links

Disaster Debris Management Workshop

Ohio EPA/SWMD Workgroup

In 2021, the Ohio EPA/SWMD workgroup will meet in January, April, July and October on the second Thursday of the month.

Previous Meetings

Materials Management Advisory Council

The Materials Management Advisory Council (MMAC) was established in 2015 through Ohio House Bill 64. 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.  For more information, including scheduled and past meetings, please visit MMAC’s webpage.

Ohio EPA/Recycling Partnership Workshops

Training Material

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Planning Unit
Chet Chaney Manager (614) 728-5377
Ernest Stall Environmental Specialist 3, State Plan, SWMD Plans, MMAC, SWMD/Ohio EPA Workgroup (614) 728-5356
Kevin Zacharyasz Environmental Specialist 2, SWMD Plans (614) 728-5317
Matthew Hittle Environmental Specialist 2, SWMD Plans, Quarterly Fee Reports (614) 728-5369
Jeff Montavon Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5357
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