Rhode Island Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.030.022

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Hazardous waste landfill rules: RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A, RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A.46 to 12.030.003-8.1A.59, and RI Rule 12.030.003-2.2G (interim status)

Classifications and location: RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A.46 and RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A.52 to 12.030.003-8.1A.54

Unacceptable wastes: RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A.56 to 12.030.003-8.1A.58

Design standards: RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A.47 to 12.030.003-8.1A.51 and RI Rule 12.030.003-8.1A.55

Regulatory Agency

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Compliance and Inspection Waste Management Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. At present, Rhode Island has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste program retains hazardous waste landfill regulations that are more stringent than the federal requirements. The state's hazardous waste landfill requirements include the federal rules and the state's own additional and more stringent provisions. Rhode Island designates a landfill into one of three classifications and provides for each classification location standards, design standards, and a list of wastes that may not be disposed of in a particular landfill. The state also has additional disposal facility permit standards, including a permit application fee, for hazardous waste landfills. See the state section TSDF PERMITS for additional guidance.

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