Waste Management Program
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The Waste Management Program is responsible for the department’s regulatory efforts in the areas of solid waste, hazardous waste, and asbestos. The office is also responsible for coordination of the state’s solid waste recycling efforts.
The Solid Waste staff regulate the disposal of solid wastes such as municipal garbage, tires, yard waste, construction and demolition debris, contaminated soil, and sludge. The staff also issue solid waste disposal permits, reviews and approves plans and specifications, performs inspections of disposal sites, and investigates complaints pertaining to the improper disposal of solid waste.
The Hazardous Waste staff is responsible for enforcing the state's hazardous waste rules and regulations. These management standards apply to generators and transporters of hazardous waste, used oil, and universal waste. The staff also enforces permitting requirements for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. Hazardous Waste staff provide technical assistance to regulated businesses and to state and local government to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.Special topics addressed by the hazardous waste staff include the management of spent fluorescent bulbs, used oil, electronic wastes, and clandestine meth labs.
The Asbestos Coordinator regulates the removal, storage, and handling of asbestos containing construction, renovation, and demolition debris. The Asbestos Coordinator also certifies asbestos workers and audits asbestos worker training courses.
Information regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed new federal regulations for the management and disposal of coal ash.
Medical care for someone infected with the Ebola virus results in the generation of infectious medical waste that requires specialized handling, treatment, and disposal. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is coordinating with the state Department of Health on waste management issues. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing valuable information relating to all aspects of the Ebola virus. Click here to review information from the Department of Health and CDC about dealing with Ebola.
If you have specific questions about the management of infectious medical waste, please feel free to contact the DENR Waste Management Program at (605) 773-3153 or by email.
Floodwater Sandbag Reuse and Disposal Guidance from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.