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.