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Solid Waste Management Program

The Solid Waste Management Program is organized into the following units:

  • The Industrial and Municipal Solid Waste Unit is responsible for the permitting, financial assurance, construction, and closure of all private industry solid waste handling facilities; review and acknowledgement of all Permit by Rule operations (inert landfills, collection operations, transfer stations, and on-site processing operations); review and approval of biomedical waste handling and petroleum contaminated soil processors; and compliance inspections of private industrial solid waste handling facilities. It is also responsible for the permitting, including review of site suitability reports, financial assurance, construction, closure of all publicly and privately owned solid waste handling facilities, and the review of spill investigations and corrective action plans for ASTs, petroleum pipelines, and unregulated USTs.
  • The Environmental Monitoring Compliance Unit is responsible for the review of groundwater, surface water, and methane monitoring plans; review of remediation plans and analyses of groundwater, surface water, and methane monitoring data; review of corrective action plans, compliance for methane and groundwater monitoring at all publicly and privately owned solid waste handling facilities.
  • The Surface Mining Unit reviews applications and approves Surface Mining Land Use plans; issues surface mining permits; conducts compliance evaluations of surface mining operations; and reviews and approves bonding requirements for surface mining operations and ensures reclamation of completed mining operations.
  • The Waste Reduction Unit is responsible for issuing generator identification numbers, carrier permits, and processor approvals for scrap tire handlers; cleaning up scrap tire piles using state contractors and grants; assisting local communities with solid waste planning and education; and administering the Solid Waste Trust Fund.
  • The Closed & Abandoned Landfill Unit is responsible for handling technical assistance to local governments, contract management for the closure and maintenance of abandoned landfills, and emergency situations at closed or abandoned landfills.

Solid Waste Management Program Links of Interest:

Surface Mining Unit Information


Technical Guidance
Contact Person Contact Phone
Technical Assistance Duty Officer


Technical Assistance Duty Officer

Permitted Facilities

Technical Assistance Duty Officer
Solid Waste Trust Fund
Stephanie Busch


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Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
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Atlanta, GA 30334
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