The Delaware General Health District performs inspections of the solid waste facilities within our jurisdiction for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). Our staff ensure that the operators meet the requirements related to closed landfills, large generators of infectious waste, solid waste transfer stations, scrap tire collection facilities and compost facilities. This is done through a combination of inspection, education and enforcement. Staff also investigates all reports of solid waste nuisances.
The DGHD Recycling and Litter Program is an affiliate of Keep American Beautiful. Staff provides recycling and litter prevention education to residents and also organizes clean-up activities. Recycling, reuse, litter prevention and disposal of wastes are all essential topics we address in our programming.
The OEPA audits DGHD on a yearly basis to assure that the proper regulations are being enforced, the proper facilities are being registered or licensed, and that we inspect public complaints. The OEPA provides guidance for interpretation of regulations, and sets fees for licenses.
On June 24, 1988 HB 592 was signed into law. The law dramatically revised the solid waste regulations. It established solid waste management plans, allowed for solid waste management districts, and emphasized the need to reduce Ohio’s reliance on landfills for disposal by increasing reuse, recycling and minimization efforts.
In 1989 Delaware County joined efforts with Knox, Marion and Morrow Counties to form the DKMM Solid Waste District. The DKMM Solid Waste District is required to formulate a plan for the solid waste that is produced within its boundary. Currently the District has a fifteen (15) year plan that is updated every five (5) years; the Policy Committee is the committee charged with this task.