Georgia Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-8-60 to 12-8-83

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Pollution prevention assistance division rules: CGA 12-8-180 to 12-8-189

Waste reduction definition: CGA 12-8-62.24

Large quantity generator (LQG) waste reduction plans: CGA 12-8-65.1 to 12-8-65.4

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD

Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia refers to pollution prevention as waste reduction. There are both state and federal waste reduction requirements in Georgia.

Georgia requires large quantity generators (LQGs) of hazardous waste to develop and implement a waste reduction plan. Generators must report on the progress of their waste minimization efforts every 2 years.

In addition, the federal hazardous waste pollution prevention rules are effective in Georgia. These federal rules are described in the national section POLLUTION PREVENTION.

Administration and enforcement. The EPD oversees regulatory issues related to solid waste management. The DCA is responsible for waste reduction assistance programs related to residentially generated solid waste.

State Requirements


CGA 12-8-62.24

Georgia defines waste reduction as:

  • Changes in production, technology, materials, processes, operations, or procedures
  • Use of in-process, in-line, or closed-loop recycling

The state also clarifies what is not reduction. Reduction is not:

  • Dewatering, dilution, or evaporation (concentration) before handling, release, storage, transport, treatment, ...

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