Ohio State Solid Waste Management Plan
The State Solid Waste Management Plan (state plan) is a law-based solid waste planning tool. Ohio’s landmark solid waste legislation, House Bill 592, established a comprehensive solid waste regulatory and planning program for Ohio. The plan contains Ohio's strategy to reduce reliance upon landfills in order to manage solid waste. Moreover, efforts are being put towards disposing of solid waste in ways that are protective of human health and the environment.
Ohio’s solid waste law requires the director of the Ohio EPA working with the Solid Waste Management Advisory Council (“SWAC”) to prepare and adopt the state plan. Ohio’s law further requires SWAC and Ohio EPA to review the state plan every three years and prepare an update if conditions warrant an update.
All of the requirements within the plan are to reduce how much solid waste is disposed of in solid waste landfills and to ensure that solid waste is managed properly. The primary function of Ohio’s solid waste planning program is to encourage waste reduction and recycling among neighbors and businesses. To do this, the state plan establishes Ohio’s reduction and recycling goals. In addition to establishing recycling and reduction goals for Ohio’s SWMDs, the state plan establishes recycling and reduction strategies to be implemented at the state government level. These strategies are focused on efforts that Ohio’s state agencies can take to further recycling and waste reduction efforts.
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