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Solid Waste Management

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 consult our organization chart


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 Program

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 protect people from environmental and health hazards caused by Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, and PCBs.

SPILS

SPILS will track 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.

2015-2025 Solid Waste Management Plan

Tennessee’s guidance document for solid waste and materials management into the next decade and a description of the process used to develop this plan.

Training Opportunities

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

Environmental Show of the South

The Environmental Show of the South conference and exhibition provides technical, environmental presentations and opportunities for networking.

Regulations

Tennessee's Secretary of State's website hosts the effective regulations governing our programs.

Environmental Consultation Requests

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

Former EWS Landfill

TDEC has taken on operations at the former EWS Class II landfill and is preparing it for closure. 

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.