Ohio EPA Adopts New Universal Waste Rules


Ohio EPA has adopted new Ohio-specific Universal Waste Rules, adding three new types of universal waste to the existing rules. The new rules allow hazardous non-empty aerosol containers, hazardous paint and paint-related wastes, and hazardous antifreeze to be classified and managed as universal waste under OAC Chapter 3745-273. The new rules became effective on December 21, 2017. Read More

US EPA Withdraws "Once In, Always In" Policy


In a guidance memorandum dated January 25, 2018, US EPA withdrew its “once in, always in” policy for the classification of “major sources” of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. Read More

Ohio SARA 312 Tier 2 Reporting Update


Effective January 15, 2018, Ohio EPA has adopted amendments to OAC rule 2750-30-25, which changes the definition of “hazardous chemicals.” Read More

Katie Milk Becomes Certified Hazardous Materials Manager

Katie Milk Becomes Certified Hazardous Materials Manager


Congratulations to Katie Milk for becoming a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)! Read More

10-5-17 Presentations from Materials Management Advisory Council Meeting


If you missed the Ohio Materials Management Advisory Committee meeting on 10/5/17, you can still catch the presentations on the following link. The presentations given by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and the Recycling Partnership describe their efforts to reduce contaminants in material collected through residential recycling programs. Click here to access the presentations.  Read More

Impact of Chinese Waste Ban on State & Local Recycling Programs


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) prepared the following letter regarding important and recent recycling market developments that have implications for the movement of recyclables worldwide, and that may impact recycling programs in Ohio:

In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intention to prohibit the import of certain solid wastes and scrap into their country, including mixed paper and mixed plastics, beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, China announced a new, and exceedingly stringent, contamination standard applicable to recyclable imports (0.3 percent). This proposal is inconsistent with the global standards followed by the recycling community and its industrial consumers, and if adopted, will effectively result in a ban on the importation of virtually all waste and scrap commodities, as the standard is nearly impossible to achieve.
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GT Environmental, Inc developed a Zero Waste Plan for the City of Bexley, Ohio.


GT Environmental, Inc (GT) developed a Zero Waste Plan for the City of Bexley, Ohio.  The project was made possible through a grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).  GT facilitated the planning process for a Bexley Green Team, which lays out strategies for achieving a 90 percent reduction of materials sent to landfills by 2040. Read More

Ashtabula County Port Authority Implements Abandoned Gas Station Fund Grant; Wins Another


The Ashtabula County Port Authority implemented their $99,000 Ohio Development Service Agency (ODSA) Abandoned Gas Station assessment/clean up grant at a former gas station located at a key intersection in Austinburg, Ohio. Read More

Solid Waste Disposal in Ohio: An Update


In 2016, GT published on its website an analysis of solid waste disposal and recycling in Ohio based upon ten years of data – 2005 through 2014. Data for 2015 has been available for several months, and we have reviewed this data looking for any changes in the management of solid waste in Ohio. Read More

Ohio EPA’s Draft Startup, Shutdown or Malfunction and Scheduled Maintenance Rules


Ohio EPA is soliciting comments on the draft Startup, Shutdown or Malfunction and Scheduled Maintenance (SSM & SM) Rules contained in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rules 3745-14-11, 3745-15-01, 3745-15-06, and 3745-17-07. Read More