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TDEC COVID-19 Response and Resources

Solid Waste Management

How to Handle Household COVID-19 Waste 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that medical waste generated within households from COVID-19 patients can be managed in accordance with routine procedures for household generated medical waste and associated waste.  Generally, this waste, if generated by a household, should be placed in a segregated lined container and disposed of with normal municipal solid waste.  All other regulated medical waste generated from health care agencies are subject to normal State medical waste regulations


The mission of the Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) is to protect, improve, and promote health and environmental quality through the responsive, effective oversight of waste management activities and the beneficial use of recovered materials.

Solid waste may be defined as any useless, unused, unwanted, or discarded materials. Hazardous waste, problem waste, toxic substances, and recyclables may be distinguished from other solid waste. DSWM has established focused programs to address each of these. 

You may contact DSWM at Solid.Waste@tn.gov or 615-532-0780. If you need to reach a particular staff member, please see our contact list and be sure to consult our organization chart

If you are looking for the former Tenneesse Environmental Show of the South, please visit The Tennessee Environmental Network Show of the South for more information.


Solid Waste Management

The Solid Waste Program regulates material recovery facilities, transfer stations, and landfills for non-hazardous solid waste.

Hazardous Waste Management

The Hazardous Waste Management Program regulates hazardous waste generation, transportation, storage, treatment, and disposal. 

Materials Management

The Materials Management Program deploys strategies of waste reduction, recycling, composting, and the diversion of materials, including problem waste.

Toxic Substances

The Toxic Substances Program works to mitigate health impacts from the release of lead-based paint, asbestos, and PCBs to the environment.

SPILS

TDEC's SPILS program tracks incidents where petroleum products are released along our roads.

Waste Permits

Learn more about the permits required for landfills, hazardous waste generators, treatment, storage and disposal facilities, etc.

Household Hazardous Waste

The Household Hazardous Waste program helps ensure your waste is disposed of safely through mobile collection events and other services.

Training Opportunities

DSWM offers opportunities for professional development and certification throughout the year.

Maps

Use our interactive maps to see where solid waste facilities are located in the state of Tennessee

Regulations and Policies/Guidance

Tennessee's Secretary of State website hosts the effective regulations governing our programs. Policies & guidance documents are posted on the TDEC site.

PFAS

PFAS are found in many products, like cookware, pizza boxes and stain repellants. However, there is evidence PFAS may adversely affect your health.

Former EWS Landfill

TDEC took over operations at the former EWS Class II landfill in Camden and has closed this landfill. 

Waste Notices & Hearings

These notices advise the public about solid waste permitting actions in the state of Tennessee.

Solid Waste Dataviewer

The dataviewer allows you to search for facility information, inspection reports, complaints, and forms from the convenience of your computer.

Environmental Consultation Requests

This webpage has been created by TDEC to help inform Tennesseans about environmental consultation requests.

Hazardous Waste Determination Matrix

A person who generates a solid waste must determine if that waste is a hazardous waste. The Hazardous Waste Determination Matrix is a tool to assist generators with the hazardous waste determination process.

If it is hard for you to read, speak, or understand English, please see our Language Assistance webpage for more information about our free language assistance services.

This Page Last Updated: March 30, 2020 at 10:40 AM