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Program Description

Georgia's solid waste management has changed dramatically in the 1990s. Recycling and waste reduction efforts have increased, while unsafe disposal of waste has declined significantly. However, at the same time, the amount of waste Georgians send to landfills annually has increased. Our state clearly has more work to do in the area of solid waste management, but the accomplishments to date should not go unrecognized.

The Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act

In 1990, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act, which set a path toward improved solid waste management in the state. Some of the key provisions of the law are: More...

  • A statewide per capita solid waste reduction goal of 25 percent by July 1, 1996, with 1992 as the base year. The state did not meet this goal by the specified date, but efforts to reach it continue.
  • Solid waste management planning at the state and local levels.
  • A facility issues negotiation process designed to facilitate discussion among interested parties on conflicts related to the operation of solid waste management facilities, such as hours of operation, protection of property values and traffic routing.
  • Certification for all landfill operators.
  • Public education to be undertaken by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and its Georgia Clean and Beautiful program.
  • Recycling by State agencies in State owned buildings.
  • Ban on yard trimmings from lined and vertically expanded landfills (1992 amendment).
  • Ban on lead acid vehicle battery and tire disposal in all Georgia landfills.
  • Mechanism for regional ownership and operation of solid waste management facilities.
  • Local user fees ($1 per ton of solid waste, paid to host local government of solid waste management facility) to offset local government solid waste management costs.
  • Creation of a State Solid Waste Trust Fund, financed through a $1 fee collected on each new tire sold within the state.
  • Annual reporting of solid waste management activities and full costs by local governments, with a compilation of these reports to be prepared by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
  • Improved management and record keeping at solid waste handling facilities.

Downloads & Related Links


Open Burning Ban
Attention: Developers, Builders and Contractors (PDF)
Open Burning Ban Fact Sheet (PDF)

Publications Documenting Progress and Future Plans
Georgia Solid Waste Management Annual Report
Georgia Non-Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Report (PDF)
State of Solid Waste Management in Georgia, 2004 (PowerPoint presentation)
Georgia MSW Characterization Study (PDF)

Contact Information

For more information, email the Office of Environmental Management or call 404-276-5193..

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231

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