Georgia Recycling regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste recycling: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-11-.07 and GRR 391-3-11-.10(3)

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Nonhazardous waste recycling:

Definitions: Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-8-22

Solid waste plans: CGA 12-8-31.1

Lead-acid batteries: CGA 12-8-28

Plastics labeling: CGA 12-8-34

Scrap tires: GRR 391-3-4-.19(8) and GRR 391-3-21-.08

Yard trimmings: CGA 12-8-40.2

Grant program: GRR 267-2-.01

Secondary metals recyclers; Georgia Regulated Metals recycling Law, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 10-1-350 to 10-1-359.5

Regulatory Agencies

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

Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA)

Georgia County Sheriffs' Offices

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia has adopted the federal rules for hazardous waste recycling. Annual fees are substantially reduced for recycling hazardous materials under GRR 391-3-19-.03. See the national section RECYCLING to review the federal rules.

Georgia's nonhazardous recycling rules include requirements for plastics labeling, spent lead-acid batteries, procurement, scrap tires, and source separation by state agencies and the General Assembly.

Administration and enforcement. DNR administers and enforces the hazardous and nonhazardous waste recycling rules in Georgia. GEFA administers the Recycling and Waste Reduction Grant Program with funds from the Solid Waste Trust Fund. County Sheriffs' offices administer and enforce ...

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