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SOLID and INFECTIOUS WASTE INSPECTIONS

Image_LandfillAs an Ohio EPA-approved health district, Summit County Public Health (SCPH) performs inspections of solid waste landfills, construction and demolition debris landfills, composting facilities, scrap tire facilities and generators of infectious waste.

In addition, SCPH has established a D.U.M.P (Dispose of Unused Medications Properly) Program in Summit County.  The improper disposal of medications is a growing concern which can lead to environmental problems and contribute to prescription drug abuse, especially among teens and young adults.  Please see the “More Information” link for additional information.

SCPH has also implemented a Sharps Disposal Program for residents in Summit County to safely collect and dispose of used and unwanted sharps.  Sharps by definition are used medical needles and other sharp medical instruments, such as IV catheters or needle/syringe units.  Please see the “More Information” link for additional information. 

For more information, please call 330-926-5600.

 

Environmental Health Code Chapter 1030 - Solid and Infectious Wastes

 

 

Closed Solid Waste Landfills

SCPH inspects several closed and historic solid waste landfills.  These inspections are conducted quarterly for a period of 30 years from the date the landfill is closed.  Any violations are noted during the inspections and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame.  If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health. 

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for closed solid waste landfills can be found here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27 and http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-37

Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA at http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/MunicipalSWLandfills.aspx.

Compost Facilities

Ohio rules define composting as a method of solid waste disposal using controlled biological decomposition. Composting activities occurring at a residence and those activities using less than 300 square feet at a non-residential location are not subject to Ohio’s composting regulations. 

SCPH currently inspects all of the registered compost facilities in Summit County.  These facilities are permitted to receive source-separated yard waste which may consist of leaves, grass, brush, garden waste, tree trunks, shrubs, branches, etc.

These facilities are inspected bi-annually, with additional inspections conducted as necessary.  Violations to the OAC are noted during the inspection, and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame.  If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health. 

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for compost facilities can be found here:
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-560

Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA at http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/Composting.aspx.

Construction and Demolition Debris Landfills 

SCPH currently inspects three active construction & demolition debris (C&DD) landfills.  These facilities accept material resulting from the alteration, construction, destruction, rehabilitation, or repair of any manmade physical structure.  These facilities are inspected monthly, with full inspections occurring quarterly.  Violations to the OAC are noted during the inspection, and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame.  If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health. 

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for C&DD landfills can be found here:
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-400

Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA at http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/CDD.aspx

D.U.M.P (Dispose of Unused Medications Properly)

Improper disposal of medication is a growing concern which can lead to environmental problems and contribute to prescription drug abuse, especially among teens and young adults.

The D.U.M.P. program is designed to provide Summit County residents with a safe and easy option for disposing of unwanted medications. Simply take the medicine to one of the D.U.M.P. box locations in the county, and it will be safely destroyed, no questions asked.  The locations are permanent and are accessible seven days a week.

Just be sure to keep the medicines in their containers and mark out any identifying information.  Please note that the D.U.M.P. boxes are for pills, capsules, or liquids only;
NO AEROSOLS or SYRINGES can be accepted at the D.U.M.P. boxes
.  For syringe disposal, call 330-926-5625.

Infectious Waste Facilities

SCPH currently inspects one infectious waste treatment facility.  The inspections are conducted quarterly.  Any violations are noted during the inspections and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame.  If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health. 

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for infectious waste treatment facilities can be found here: 

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27-32
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27-33
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27-35
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-37

Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA at: http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/InfectiousWaste.aspx

Mercury Spills

SCPH offers guidance on small mercury spills that may occur in residences.  Large spills should always be reported immediately to the Ohio EPA Spill Hotline at 800-282-9378.  SCPH responds to small mercury spills that occur at schools. 

For more information see the guidance documents below or call SCPH at (330) 923-4891.

Guidelines for Handling a Small Mercury Spill
Guidelines for Handling a Large Mercury Spill

Scrap Tires

SCPH currently inspects all scrap tire generating facilities in Summit County.  These are facilities that accept scrap tires, such as tire dealers, car repair shops, auto dealerships, etc.  These facilities are inspected annually, with additional inspections conducted as necessary.  Violations to the OAC are noted during the inspections, and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame.  If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health. 

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for scrap tire generator facilities can be found here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27.

Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/ScrapTires.aspx.

Sharps Disposal

Summit County residents can participate in this program by bringing in full sharps containers for disposal to Summit County Public Health at our Fairway Center location (Building C, 1867 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44313 - behind Acme #1).  Residents can also purchase new empty sharps containers at this location. There is a cost of $5.00 to dispose of full sharps containers and an additional charge of $5.00 to purchase a new 1-gallon sharps container. Summit County Public Health is open from 8:00am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  For more information about this program, please call 330-926-5600.  The Sharps Program is also available through our Graham Road Clinic as well.  Please call the central scheduling line (330-375-2772) ahead of time to make sure someone is available to accept the sharps.

Solid Waste Transfer Facilities

SCPH currently inspects three active solid waste transfer facilities.  These facilities are used for transferring solid waste from smaller trucks to larger, semi-trailers for transport to active solid waste landfills.  These facilities are inspected quarterly, with additional inspections conducted as necessary. Violations to the OAC are noted during the inspections, and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame.  If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health. 

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for solid waste transfer stations can be found here:
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27-23, and http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-27-01.

Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA at http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/MunicipalSWTransferFacilities1.aspx.

SCPH Environmental Health Code Chapter 1030 – Solid and Infectious Wastes



 

Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management: http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home.aspx

U.S. EPA Region 5: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-5

Ohio EPA Emergency Response Program: http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/ersis/er/er.aspx

Litter Prevention: http://epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/litter.aspx

Summit ReWorks: http://www.summitreworks.com/

Summit Soil and Water Conservation District: http://www.summitswcd.org/

Keep Ohio Beautiful: http://keepohiobeautiful.org/

 

 

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