Solid Waste & Materials Management Program
Did you ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck picks it up from your home?
Some of the material goes to landfills and some is recycled. The goal of the Materials Management Program is to ensure that the waste going to landfills is handled in a safe and responsible manner. Another focus of the program is to encourage recycling by businesses, communities and individual homeowners. By recycling more and placing less in our landfills, we can help extend the life of the landfill and help protect the environment.
Things We Do:
- License waste disposal facilities
- Regularly inspect waste disposal facilities
- Enforce Ohio EPA rules and regulations
- Educate facility operators on regulations
- Monitor landfills for methane gas
- Respond to complaints
- Promote recycling
- Maintain an active role in statewide rule development
The CCBH Materials Management Program routinely licenses and inspects solid waste facilities to assure compliance with Ohio Revised Code Section 3734 and Ohio Revised Code Section 3714 for Construction & Demolition Debris (C&DD) facilities. The program is annually surveyed and approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), which allows CCBH to conduct solid waste programs in Cuyahoga County.
On a routine basis, sanitarians inspect active and closed landfills, transfer stations, infectious waste treatment facilities, large generators of infectious waste, scrap tire generators, and compost sites. Complaints regarding any of these facilities, along with open dumping complaints, are investigated in a timely fashion. Monitoring activities ensure that the environment and the health of the general public are not negatively impacted from solid waste facilities within our jurisdiction.
At the state level, the Board of Health participates in new rule development through participation with government agencies and professional associations. On the local level, the Board of Health promotes new and innovative programs which exceed any program mandates.
For detailed information on specific waste disposal and handling facilities, including landfills, transfer stations, composting sites, infectious waste facilities, scrap tire facilities, and construction & demolition debris landfills, click on this link to the Ohio EPA.
The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District offers a wide variety of programs for communites, businesses and the general public. Some of these include:
- Backyard Composting
- Community Recycling Programs
- Fluorescent Bulb Disposal
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Latex Paint Disposal
- Medicine & Needle Disposal
- Recycling in the Workplace
Dane Tussel, RS
(216)201-2000 ext 1247
Colin Johnson, RS, MPH
(216)201-2000 ext 1212