State Compost Regulations

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STATE: ALABAMA

Regulatory Agency: Alabama Department of Environmental Management Land Division

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Alabama State Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Alabama State Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-13-x-.xx

Chapter 335-13-14- 14-1,14-11

Permit Requirements: Chapter 335-13-14-.04: No person may receive, store or process solid waste for composting without being properly permitted by the Department of Environmental Management Land Division.

Permit Exemptions: Chapter 335-13-14-.03 (3a – d): On-site composting as defined by Rule 335-13-14-.02. However, if any on-site compost is used for revenue generation, then the generator is not exempt. (“On-site composting” means the composting of materials including solid waste generated at a residential, commercial, or industrial property by the owner or tenant.)

Legislation Last Updated: April 3, 2012

Primary State Contact:

Scott Story, Chief
Solid Waste Engineering Section
Solid Waste Branch
Land Division
(334) 271-7764
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: ALASKA

Regulatory Agency: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Alaska State Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Alaska State Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code:18 AAC 60

Permit Requirements: Contact Office For More Information. “18 AAC 60.007 -Except for the materials and actions allowed under 18 AAC 60.005(c)(11) and (13), and the use of coal ash in a mine reclamation project or a roadway project, the beneficial use of solid waste is allowable only with prior approval of the department. If a person wants to beneficially use a solid waste, the person must submit a proposal that meets the requirements set out in this section for the appropriate beneficial use as set out under (b) of this section. The proposed beneficial use may not begin until the department approves the proposal.”

Permit Exemptions: 18 AAC 60.005.(d) A treatment works designed to treat less than five tons of waste daily or 10 tons in a single batch is exempt from the requirements of this chapter unless it causes or contributes to a threat to public health, safety, or welfare, or the environment or unless the works is operated in a manner that causes or contributes to a nuisance.

Legislation Last Updated: April 12, 2013

Primary State Contact:

Rebecca Colvin, Program Coordinator
Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Solid Waste Program
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-7802
Fax: (907) 269-7600
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources:

http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/sw/permitapps.htm

https://www.uaf.edu/ces/ah/soils/

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: ARIZONA

Regulatory Agency: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF):

Arizona State Regulations

State Regulations (Website):

Arizona State Regulations

Arizona State Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code:

Title 49, Chapter 4, Article 4, ARS 49-762.07

Title 18, Chapter 13, Article 3, R18-13-312(3)

Permit Requirements: 49-762.07(a): Owners or operators of composting facilities shall notify ADEQ of composting operations, as they relate to solid waste. The notification should be provided no later than 30 days prior to operation for new facilities. The notification is valid for the life of the facility, but should be amended as needed.

In addition, composting facilities may be subject to Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) requirements, if there is potential for discharge of pollutants to the groundwater.

Permit Exemptions: 49-762.07(b): A solid waste facility that has obtained a plan approval or that has filed an application for plan approval before September 1, 1996 is exempt from the notice requirement of subsection A of this section.

Legislation Last Updated: September 30, 2014

Primary State Contact:

J.B.Shaw
Recycling Coordinator
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 771-5613
Fax: (602) 771-2234
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: http://www.azrecycles.gov/

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: ARKANASAS

Regulatory Agency: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF):  Arkansas State Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Arkansas State Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Regulations of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission: Regulation 22 Chapter 8: Composting Facilities

Permit Requirements: Composting permit applications are classified according to the type of waste authorized for composting.

The Solid Waste Division collects permit fees on regulated compost facilities.

Permit Exemptions: Reg.22.801(e) The composting of less than 50 (fifty) tons or 500 (five hundred) cubic yards per year of incoming yard waste, silvacultural activities such as tree prunings and land clearing debris, and agricultural waste or other approved wastes not subject to the limitations of paragraph (c). See Reg.22.801(e) for more information.

Legislation Last Updated: 3/28/2007; updated: June, 2009

Primary State Contact:

Benjamin T. Jones
Chief of the Solid Waste Division
Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-5317
(501) 682-0600
[email protected]

OR

Bryan Leamons, P.E.
Engineer Supervisor
ADEQ – Solid Waste Management Division
(501) 682-0601
[email protected]

NEW CONTACT: Gene Little
Solid Waste Licensing Program Manager
(501) 682- 0997

OR

Annette Cusher, P.E.- Facility Permits – (501) 682- 0831

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: The Composting Process, Education Resources, Resource Exchange Network, Composting Fact Sheets

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: CALIFORNIA

Regulatory Agency: California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

State Composting Regulations (PDF): California Regulations

State Regulations (Website): N/A

State Law/Legislation Code: California Code of Regulations: Title 14, Natural Resources–Division 7, Ch. 3.1, Articles 1-3, 5-9

Permit Requirements: Article 2, Section 17854.1: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used

Permit Exemptions: Article 2, Section 17855: An activity is excluded if it handles agricultural material derived from an agricultural site, and returns a similar amount of the material produced to that same agricultural site, or an agricultural site owned or leased by the owner, parent, or subsidiary of the composting activity. No more than an incidental amount of up to 1,000 cubic yards of compost product may be given away or sold annually. More permit exemptions in Article 2, Section 17855

Legislation Last Updated: CalRecycle regulations are updated continuously as changes are made and approved by the Office of Administrative Law

Primary State Contact:

Ken Decio
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 341-6313
[email protected]

Composting Programs:Organic Materials Management

Resources: Compost Permit Flowchart, Permit Tier Placement Chart

State Chapter or Committee: *Association of Compost Producers, Contact: Dan Noble, [email protected], http://www.healthysoil.org/

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? YES

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STATE: COLORADO

Regulatory Agency: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Colorado Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Colorado Solid Waste Regulations 6 CCR 1007-2 Section 14

Permit Requirements: Anyone operating a Class I or II facility must obtain a certificate of designation

Permit Exemptions: Class III, IV and V composting facilities, (A Class III facility must submit a design and operations plan for review and approval by the Division and local governing body. A design and operations plan is not required for a Class IV or V composting facility.) And those outlined in Section 14.1.2 Exemptions

Legislation Last Updated: 11/19/2013- Updated: 4/14/18

Primary State Contact:

David Snapp
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Materials Management Unit Leader
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Colorado Composting

Resources: Compost Guidance Stakeholder Meetings, Map of Registered Commercial Composters, Composting Facility Annual Report

State Chapter or Committee: Colorado Composting Council State Chapter, Contact: Bob Yost, [email protected]

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: CONNECTICUT

Regulatory Agency: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Connecticut State Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Solid Waste Management CGS Chapter 446d Sec. 22a-208d

Permit Requirements: Sec. 22a-208d (a):The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection must make a written determination that such a facility or disposal area is necessary to meet the solid waste disposal needs of the state and will not result in substantial excess capacity of resources recovery facilities, disposal areas or mixed municipal solid waste composting facilities. See Sec.22a-208d for more information.

Also varies depending on size, feedstock, location and composting process used. See Permitting Resources

Permit Exemptions: N/A—— Sec. 22a-208i b) The commissioner may, by regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54, exempt categories or classes of recycling facilities from the requirements of said section 22a-208a or 22a-430 provided such exemption would not adversely affect the environment and would advance the objectives of the solid waste management plan adopted and revised under sections 22a-228 and 22a-241a and the municipal solid waste recycling plan adopted under section 22a-241.

Legislation Last Updated:  July 1, 2012—— June 6, 2014

Primary State Contact:

Chris Nelson
Supervising Environmental Analyst
(860) 424-3454
[email protected]

Composting Programs:

Composting and Organics Recycling

Food Residual and Compost Site Database & Map

Resources: Operator Training & Educational Resources , Commercial & Institutional Food Scrap Pilot Projects , Composting Resources

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? YES

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STATE: DELAWARE

Regulatory Agency: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Delaware Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Delaware Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Delaware Regulations : Administrative Code : Title 7 : 1000 : 1300 : 1301 : 2.0

Permit Requirements: Section 2.5: To obtain an approval, a person must submit a written plan of operation demonstrating to the DNREC that the composting facility owner and operators understand and will apply the principles and proper methods of composting. The plan also must demonstrate that the composting facility will be operated in a manner that will not pose a threat to human health and the environment. The plan must include a written statement explaining the intended use of the compost.

Permit Exemptions: Section 2.3.2: Individual Household Composting

Legislation Last Updated: October 2, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Mindy Anthony
DNREC-Solid & Hazardous Waste Mgmt Section
89 Kings Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-9403 ext. 8
Fax: (302) 739-5060
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Composting University , REPLENISH Project

Resources:

Solid Waste Management Alternatives For Delaware

Delaware Solid Waste Authority

Delaware offers a competitive recycling grant and loan program. Composting assistance may be available in future grant and loan offerings.

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: FLORIDA

Regulatory Agency: Florida Department of Environmental Conservation

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Florida Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Rule Chapter: 62-709

Permit Requirements: Registration process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used as outlined in Chapter 62-709.3

Permit Exemptions: Backyard composting, and those outlined in Chapter 62-709.305 Exemptions

Legislation Last Updated: February 15, 2010

Primary State Contact:
Karen Moore
Environmental Administrator
Composting & Organics- Recycling Program
(850) 245-8864
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Composting/Organics Recycling Program Main Menu

Resources: FORCE, Compost Use in Florida, Registration of a SOPF

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: GEORGIA

Regulatory Agency: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, State Parks and Historic Sites Division

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Georgia Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 391-3-4-.16 Composting

Permit Requirements: Permit type (or exempted status) is dependent on the type, amount, and origin of the materials composted.

Permit Exemptions: Backyard composting and operations outlined in 391-3-4-.16(3)

Legislation Last Updated: May 30, 2018

Primary State Contact:

Jeff Cown
EPD Land Management Branch Director
4244 International Parkway
Suite 104
Atlanta, GA 30354
(404) 463-8509
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Food Residuals Diversion

Resources: Composting At Home In Georgia

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: HAWAII

Regulatory Agency: Hawaii Department Of Health Solid Waste Section

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Hawaii Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Hawaii Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Department of Health Chapter 58.1 Title 11 Subchapter 4 – Solid Waste Reclamation Facilities

Permit Requirements: State of Hawaii Department of Health Environmental Management Division Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch Permit Application for Solid Waste Management Facility . Also outlined in §11-58.1-41(b).

Permit Exemptions: §11-58.1-41: Composting facilities processing less than three thousand tons of green wastes (yard wastes) per year are permitted by rule (in accordance with §11-58.1-04(i))

A single family or duplex residential property reusing by composting only green or vegetative solid wastes generated on its premises as outlined in §11-58.1-04(b).

Legislation Last Updated: January 13, 1994

Primary State Contact:

Lene Ichinotsubo
Environmental Engineer
Hawaii Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Blvd. #210
Honolulu, HI  96814
(808) 586-4226
Fax: (808) 586-7509
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Department of Health Fact Sheet

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: IDAHO

Regulatory Agency: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Idaho Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Idaho Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 58.01.06 – Solid Waste Management Rules

Permit Requirements: Depending on site specific facility classifications, the owner and operator of a new facility shall comply with applicable requirements prior to accepting waste, as outlined in 58.01.06. An owner or operator of a facility classified as a Tier I, Tier II or Tier III facility can also request to be regulated pursuant to the requirements of a lower classification.

Permit Exemptions: Below regulatory concern (BRC) facilities manage a cumulative volume of 300 cubic yards or less and do not manage petroleum-contaminated soils or pumpable waste. BRCs must meet basic operating requirements to prevent/reduce nuisance conditions. No approval or notification is required. Documentation to support BRC status is required, however. Backyard composting sites are exempt under 58.01.06.001.04.c.

Legislation Last Updated: N/A

Primary State Contact:

Dean Ehlert
Solid Waste Program Coordinator
Idaho Dept of Environmental Quality
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0416
Fax: (208) 373-0154
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Processing (Composting) Facility Guidance and Checklists for Tier II and Tier III Processing Facilities

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: ILLINOIS

Regulatory Agency: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Illinois Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Illinois Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Title 35: Subtitle G: Chapter I: Subchapter i: Part 830

Permit Requirements:

An Illinois EPA permit is required for composting activities conducted in Illinois at a facility that accepts waste from off-site and manages that waste in a manner where composting occurs. The type of environmental regulations and laws applicable to composting depend on the waste type, the source of the waste and the location of the composting facility

Permit Exemptions: Operations with no more than 25 cubic yards of landscape waste, composting material or end-product compost on-site at any one time and is not engaging in commercial activity, OR those outlined in Section 830.105 and Section 830.104

Legislation Last Updated: Summary Updated: Feb 2016

Primary State Contact:

Hope Wright
(312) 785-2361
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Waste Management Information

State Chapter or Committee: Illinois Composting Committee- State Committee Contact: John Lardner, [email protected], www.illinoiscomposts.org

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: INDIANA

Regulatory Agency: Indiana Department of Environmental Management

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Indiana Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Indiana Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Indiana Code 13-20-10

Permit Requirements: https://www.in.gov/idem/landquality/2408.htm

Permit Exemptions: Residences and farming operations where materials generated remain on-site, operations that processes less than two thousand (2,000) pounds of vegetative matter during a year, and the temporary storage of vegetative matter where only an incidental amount of composing will occur

Legislation Last Updated: 2016

Primary State Contact:

Peggy Dorsey
(317) 234-0351
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: https://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2341.htm

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: IOWA

Regulatory Agency: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Iowa Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Iowa Regulations Website

State Law/Legislation Code: Iowa Administrative Code 567 Chapter 105 Organic Materials Composting Facilities

Permit Requirements: General and specific requirements and (permit requirements for Solid Waste Facilities) outlined in 567—105.

Permit Exemptions: Permit by Rule as outlined in 105.1(2). Yard waste or household organic waste composted and used on the same premises where it originated, and those outlined in IAC 567—105.2.

Legislation Last Updated: October 5, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Susan Johnson
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319
phone: (515) 725- 8317
Fax: (515) 725- 8202

Composting Programs: Iowa DNR Composting Information

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: KANSAS

Regulatory Agency: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Kansas Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Kansas Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Chapter 65 Article 29 (28-29-25(a-f))

Permit Requirements: Sites under 1/2 acre in composting area are required to register and sites that are 1/2 acre and over in composting area must obtain a permit. Permit requirements vary based on feedstock (yard waste, manure, livestock, source-separated organic waste, & solid waste).

Permit Exemptions: N/A

Legislation Last Updated: April 1, 2015

Primary State Contact:

Ken Powell
Public Service Exec, Section Chief
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Waste Management
Solid Waste Permits Section
SW Processing and Planning Facilities Unit 1000
SW Jackson, Suite 320
Topeka, KS 66612-1366
(785) 296-1121
Fax: (785) 296-1592
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Kansas Composting Program

Resources: Basic Composting

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: KENTUCKY

Regulatory Agency: Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Kentucky Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 401 KAR 48:200. Land farming and composting

Permit Requirements: Solid wastes shall be composted under a registered permitby-rule as allowed by 401 KAR 47:110. Special waste composting facilities who compost special waste for distribution must obtain a full operating permit by submitting forms DEP 7021A, DEP 7094D, and form DEP 7094J

Permit Exemptions: N/A

Legislation Last Updated: June 14, 2018

Primary State Contact:

Bob Bickner
Division of Waste Management
Solid Waste Branch
Registered Permit-By-Rule Section – Supervisor
200 Fair Oaks Ln., 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 782-6318
[email protected]

OR

Robin Green
Division of Waste Management
Solid Waste Branch
Permit Administration Section- Supervisor
(502) 782-6369
[email protected]
Composting Programs:

Resources: Compost Operator Manual

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: LOUISIANA

Regulatory Agency: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Lousiana Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Louisana Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Title 33 Environmental Quality

Part VII. Solid Waste Subpart 1. Solid Waste Regulations. Chapter 7.

Permit Requirements: http://deq.louisiana.gov/resources/category/solid-waste?y=1900

§723 (A): Facility plans, specifications, and operations represented and described in the permit application or permit modifications for all facilities shall be prepared under the supervision of and certified by a professional engineer, licensed in the state of Louisiana. More information outlined in §723.

Permit Exemptions: N/A

Legislation Last Updated: February 2016

Primary State Contact:

Joey Breaux
Agri. Enviro. Specialist/Admin. Coord.
LDAF/Office of Soil and Water Conservation
(225) 922-1269

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MAINE

Regulatory Agency: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Composting Facilities Applications and Forms: Please note, Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

State Regulations (Website): Maine Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Maine Solid Waste Management Rules:

CHAPTER 410: Composting Facilities

Permit Requirements: Composting Facilities Applications and Forms: Please note, Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Chapter 410- 1(B): Facilities that, in any thirty (30) consecutive day period, receive for composting less than: (a) Ten (10) cubic yards of Type IA residuals; or Five (5) cubic yards of either Type IB or IC residuals. More information outlined in Chapter 410- 1(B).

Legislation Last Updated: May 26, 2015

Primary State Contact:

Jim Pollock
Environmental Specialist IV
Division of Solid Waste Management
Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
#17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017
(207) 215-3314
[email protected]

OR

Mark A. King
207-592-0455
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Maine Residuals, Sludge and Composting

Resources: Guide to Recovering and Composting Organics in Maine

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MARYLAND

Regulatory Agency: Maryland Department of Environment

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Maryland Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/chapters_noln/Ch_374_hb1349T.pdf

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used—- this link is correct, needs to be corrected on website

Permit Exemptions:Composting Exemptions

Legislation Last Updated: May 4, 2017

Primary State Contact:

Edward M. Dexter, P.G.,
Solid Waste Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 537-3315
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee: *Maryland DC Composting Committee State Chapter, Contact: [email protected]

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MASSACHUSETTS

Regulatory Agency: Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Massachusetts Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Massachusetts Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 310 CMR 16.00: Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities

Permit Requirements: 310 CMR 16.04: General Permit for Recycling, Composting or Aerobic and Anaerobic Digestion Operations

Permit Exemptions: 310 CMR 16.03:8(c):  Activities located at an agricultural unit as defined in 330 CMR 25.02, small composting operations not at a residence, a municipally owned collection center for residents to drop off food materials, provided that, land application of manure, residential composting.

Legislation Last Updated: August 27, 2017

Primary State Contact:

Tom Adamczyk
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 574-6867
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Massachusetts Composting & Organics

Resources: Organics Subcommittee of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? YES

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STATE: MICHIGAN

Regulatory Agency: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Michigan Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Michigan Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Part 115, Solid Waste Management, 1994 PA 451

Permit Requirements: Composting Registration Requirements

Permit Exemptions: Facilities with less than 200 cubic yards and those outlined in article 115, Solid Waste Management, 1994 PA 451

Legislation Last Updated: December 8, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Aaron Hiday
Compost Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Michigan DEQ Composting

Resources: List of DEQ Registered Composting Facilities

State Chapter or Committee: Michigan Organics Council State Committee Contact: Kerrin O’Brien, [email protected], http://www.michiganrecycles.org/organics/

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MINNESOTA

Regulatory Agency: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Minnesota Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Minnesota Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Minnesota Administrative Rules 7035.2836 COMPOST FACILITIES.

Permit Requirements: Municipal Solid Waste Compost Permit Application Checklist

Permit Exemptions: 7035.2525

Legislation Last Updated: January 7, 2015

Primary State Contact:

Tim Farnan
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road North
St Paul, MN 55155
(651) 757-2348
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Commercial Composting

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee: *Minnesota Composting Council State Chapter Contact: [email protected], http://www.mncompostingcouncil.org/

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MISSISSIPPI

Regulatory Agency: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Mississippi Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Mississippi Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Nonhazardous Solid Waste Management
Administrative Procedures Act Rules Title 11: Part 4: Chapter 1: Rule 1.9

Permit Requirements: MDEQ Guidance for Pilot Composting Facility Operations

Permit Exemptions: N/A

Legislation Last Updated: July 25, 2013

Primary State Contact:

Jennifer Milner
Solid Waste Policy, Planning & Grants Branch
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2261
(601) 961-5739
[email protected]

AND

Lynn Bradshaw
Assistant State Recycling Coordinator
(601)-961-5504
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Composting Program

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MISSOURI

Regulatory Agency: Missouri Department of Natural Resources

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Missouri Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Missouri Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Missouri 10 CSR 80-2

Permit Requirements: A compost management plan must be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources. Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Exemptions detailed in 10 CSR 80-2.020

Legislation Last Updated: January 29, 2007

Primary State Contact:

John Boessen
Solid Waste Management Program
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
(573) 526-3842
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: MONTANA

Regulatory Agency: Montana Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Licensing and Operation Fees, Refuse Disposal

State Regulations (Website): Montana Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: ARM Title 17: Chapter 50 Solid Waste Management

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Backyard Composting

Legislation Last Updated: September 30, 2010

Primary State Contact:

Frederick Collings
Environmental Science Specialist
Department of Environmental Quality
1520 E. Sixth Avenue
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
(406) 444-9879
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Compost Resources

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NEBRASKA

Regulatory Agency: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Nebraska Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Nebraska Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Title 132 Chapter 6

Permit Requirements: Permitting and Operating Compost Sites

Permit Exemptions: Detailed in Title 132: Chapter 2: 002 & 003

Legislation Last Updated: May 17, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Peggy Berlowitz
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Management Section
1200 “N” Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-4210
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NEVADA

Regulatory Agency: Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Nevada Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Nevada Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: NAC 444.67

Permit Requirements: Compost Facility Permit Requirement Guidance

Permit Exemptions: NAC 444.6405 Subsection 2: Composting bins which are operated at a personal residence for personal use; and Municipal composting operations for yard wastes do not need to obtain permits.

Legislation Last Updated: October 18, 2002

Primary State Contact:

Paul Eckert
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, Nevada 89701–5249
(775) 687-9466
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Solid Waste Forms and Guidance Documents, Permitting a Solid Waste Facility, Solid Waste & Recycling Grants

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Regulatory Agency: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

State Composting Regulations (PDF): New Hampshire Regulations

State Regulations (Website): New Hampshire Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Env-Sw 600 Composting Facility Requirements

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: As specified in Env-Sw 608.03: Yard waste or farming crop residuals; (2) Food waste limited to vegetable matter, edible vegetable oils and bakery waste; (3) Animal manure; (4) An approved bulking agent as defined in Env-Sw 102. More information in Env-Sw 608.03.

Legislation Last Updated: July 1, 2014

Primary State Contact:

Douglas Kemp
NH Dept. of Environmental Services
Waste Management Division
Solid Waste Management Bureau.
(603) 271-0674 or (603) 217-2925
Fax: (603) 271-2456
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Municipal Composting of Yard Waste

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NEW JERSEY

Regulatory Agency: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): N/A

State Law/Legislation Code: N.J.A.C. 7:26A-1

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: 7:26A-1.1(e): No more than 5,000 cubic yards of feedstocks are composted per year. More information outlined in 7:26A-1.4

Legislation Last Updated: February 2009

Primary State Contact:

Frank Piliere
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Mail Code 401-02C
401 East State Street
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
(609)984-3438
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Class C Compost Facilities

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NEW MEXICO

Regulatory Agency: New Mexico Environment Department

State Composting Regulations (PDF):

New Mexico Regulations

State Regulations (Website): New Mexico Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: NMAC Title 20 Chapter 9

Permit Requirements: A Ground Water Quality Bureau Notice of Intent AND Composting Facility Registration Form must be completed

Permit Exemptions: 20.9.2.11: On-site disposal of domestic solid waste, construction/ demolition debris or yard refuse by a homeowner, residential lessee or tenant, or agricultural enterprise, on the property she or he owns, rents or leases.

Legislation Last Updated: August 2, 2007

Primary State Contact:

Joan M Snider
1190 St. Francis Drive
P.0. Box 5469
Santa Fe, 87502-5469
(505) 827-2780
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Organic Recycling and Reuse

Resources: Grant and Loan Programs

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NEW YORK

Regulatory Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

State Composting Regulations (PDF): New York Regulations

State Regulations (Website): New York Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 6NYCRR Part 360

Permit Requirements: Permit and registration process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Compost facilities that collect less than 3,000 cubic yards a year

Legislation Last Updated: March 15, 2018

Primary State Contact:

Sally Rowland
Organic Reduction and Recycling
625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7253
[email protected]
518-402-8706

Composting Programs: Composting of Organic Waste

Resources: State Assistance Programs (GRANTS)

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NORTH CAROLINA

Regulatory Agency: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

State Composting Regulations (PDF): North Carolina Regulations

State Regulations (Website): North Carolina Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code 13B .1401-.1409

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Backyard composting and those outlined .1402 (g) and .1409(d).

Legislation Last Updated: May 1, 1996

Primary State Contact:

M.A. (Tony) Gallagher, Supervisor
Composting & Land Application Branch
Solid Waste Section, Division of Waste Management
phone/fax (919)707-8280
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Composting: Organics Recycling

Resources: North Carolina Composting Council

State Chapter or Committee: NC Composting Council State Chapter Contact: [email protected], https://carolinacompost.com/

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: NORTH DAKOTA

Regulatory Agency: North Dakota Department of Health

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): North Dakota Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Article 33-20 Solid Waste Management and Land Protection

Permit Requirements: See Article 33-20

Permit Exemptions: Backyard composting of leaves, grass clippings, or wood chips and those outlined in 33-20-02.1-01 (2)

Legislation Last Updated: January 1, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Division Of Waste Management
Solid Waste Program
918 East Divide Avenue, 3rd Floor
Bismarck, ND 58501-1947
Telephone: 701.328.5166
Fax: 701.328.5200

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: OHIO

Regulatory Agency: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Ohio Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Ohio Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: OAC Chapter 3745

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: See 3745-560-01 (E)

Legislation Last Updated: April 2, 2012

Primary State Contact:

Angel Arroyo-Rodríguez
Environmental Planner & Sustainability Coordinator
Recycling and Litter Prevention Program
Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention, Ohio EPA
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-5336
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Ohio Composting

Resources: Ohio Food Scraps Recovery Initiative

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: OKLAHOMA

Regulatory Agency: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Oklahoma Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Oklahoma Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Title 252. Department Of Environmental Quality Chapter 515

Permit Requirements: See 252:515-3-36 and 252:515-3-38

Permit Exemptions: 252:515-43-31. Exempt- Non-commercial composting facilities that receive less than fifty (50) tons or one hundred (100) cubic yards of Type 1 and/or Type 2 feedstock per year, generated on-site, are considered exempt from the permitting and plan requirements of OAC 252:515-3-1, but may be subject to other DEQ permits or requirements. Examples of these types of facilities include, but are not limited to household or backyard composting, neighborhood composting, nurseries, greenhouses, and garden stores composting

Legislation Last Updated: February 17, 2017

Primary State Contact:

Kelly Dillow
Division Director
Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
Land Protection Division
(405) 702-5291
[email protected]
 
OR

Fenton Rood,
Assistant Division Director
Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
Post Office Box 1677
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73101-1677
(405) 702-5100
[email protected]
or David Cates

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Oklahoma Composting Council

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: OREGON

Regulatory Agency: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Oregon Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: OAR 340-096-0060 through 340-096-0150: “Special Rules Pertaining to Composting.”

Permit Requirements: The type and amount of feedstock composted is used to establish criteria for determining when a composting facility permit is required.

Environmental Screening and Registration/ Permit Process

Permit Exemptions: 340-096-0060-(3)(a)

Legislation Last Updated: April 9, 2018

Primary State Contact:

Bob Barrows
Waste Policy Analyst
Dept. of Environmental Quality
65 E. 7th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687.7354 | (800) 844.8467 x7354 (in Oregon only)
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Composting Program

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: PENNSYLVANIA

Regulatory Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Pennsylvania Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Pennsylvania Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: TITLE 25 PART I Article VIII. Chapter 281. Composting Facilities

Permit Requirements: Facility Permitting Requirements

Permit Exemptions: Individual backyard composting facility are exempt. Composting facilities less than 5 acres shall be deemed to have a municipal waste processing permit-by-rule.

Legislation Last Updated: September 14, 1991

Primary State Contact:

Christopher Solloway
Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building 14th Floor
P.O. Box 8472
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472
(717) 783- 2630
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Pennsylvania Compost

Resources: Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP), Composting Technical Assistance Program

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: RHODE ISLAND

Regulatory Agency: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Rhode Island Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Rhode Island Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Solid Waste Regulation No. 8

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Backyard composting EXCEPT composting of sewage sludge.

Legislation Last Updated: April 14, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Alyson Brunelli
Sanitary Engineer
(401) 222- 2797  ext 7134
[email protected]
Robert Schmidt
Sanitary Engineer
(401) 222- 2797 ext 7260
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources:

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? YES – Commercial

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STATE: SOUTH CAROLINA

Regulatory Agency: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

State Composting Regulations (PDF): South Carolina Regulations

State Regulations (Website): South Carolina Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Chapter 61-107.4

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used. See also Chapter 61-107.4 Part III – V

Permit Exemptions: Backyard Composting, see Chapter 61-107.4 Part II for more

Legislation Last Updated: June 27, 2014

Primary State Contact:

Jana White
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Solid Waste Regulations
(803) 898-1346
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Composting

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: SOUTH DAKOTA

Regulatory Agency: South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

State Composting Regulations (PDF): South Dakota Regulations

State Regulations (Website): South Dakota Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: ARTICLE 74:27 Solid Waste

Permit Requirements: A person may not construct or operate a facility until the person has applied for and obtained a valid permit from the board or secretary. Applications shall address the requirements of chapter 74:27:09

Permit Exemptions: N/A

Legislation Last Updated: October 10, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Jim Wendte
SD DENR – Waste Management Program
523 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-3182
(605) 773-3153
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Waste Management Program – Yard Waste

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: TENNESSEE

Regulatory Agency: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Tennessee Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Tennessee Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Chapter 0400-11-01 (Previously Chapter 1200-1-7.11)

Permit Requirements: Composting facilities processing over 400 cubic yards per year of yard trimmings or similar material may apply for a permit-by-rule. Composting facilities processing more than 100 cubic yards per year of food scraps or similar material using in-vessel composting methods (or more than 50 cubic yards per year using other methods) must apply for a full composting permit.

Permit Exemptions: Backyard composting, normal farming operations, 400 cubic yards or less per year of yard trimmings or similar material, and 100 cubic yards or less per year of food scraps or similar material using an in-vessel composting method or 50 cubic yards per year or less using other methods (windrows, aerated static piles, etc.).

Legislation Last Updated: July 7, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Robert Wadley, S.C.
Environmental Specialist
Division of Solid Waste Management, TDEC
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L Parks Ave, 14th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-4907
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Organics

Resources: Pick Tennessee Products

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: TEXAS

Regulatory Agency: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Texas Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Title 30 Part 1 Chapter 332

Permit Requirements: A Notification, Registration or Permit is required based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Rule 332.3(d)

Legislation Last Updated: January 8, 2004

Primary State Contact:

Mario A. Pérez
Project Manager
Municipal Solid Waste Section Waste Permits Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-126
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
(512) 239-6681
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Texas Composting

Resources: State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: UTAH

Regulatory Agency: Utah Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): N/A

State Law/Legislation Code: R315-312. Recycling and Composting Facility Standards

Permit Requirements: A plan of operation must be submitted to the Director of the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste

Permit Exemptions: See R315-312-1(2): (a) Animal feeding operations, including dairies, that compost exclusively manure and vegetative material and meet the composting standards of a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan;

(b) other composting operations in which waste from on-site is composted and the finished compost is used on-site.

Legislation Last Updated: December 7, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Allan Moore
Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste
PO Box 144880
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4880
(801) 536-0211
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: VERMONT

Regulatory Agency: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Vermont Regulations

State Regulations (Website): N/A

State Law/Legislation Code: Rule Number: 11P-03: Subchapter 11

Permit Requirements: Registration or certification, depending on site specific facility specifications

Permit Exemptions: See § 6-1103 Organics Management Certification Exemptions

Legislation Last Updated: March 15, 2012

Primary State Contact:

Ben Gauthier

Composting Programs: Organic Materials

Resources: Composting Association of Vermont, Master Composter

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? YES

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STATE: VIRGINIA

Regulatory Agency: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Virginia Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Virginia Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: 9VAC20-81

Permit Requirements: Solid Waste Compost Facility Permit

Permit Exemptions: See 9 VAC 20-81-95 (7)

Legislation Last Updated: January 27, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Jenny L. Poland
Solid Waste Permit Writer
DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office (Roanoke)
3019 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
(540) 562.6890
[email protected]

OR

Kathryn Perszyk
Solid Waste Permit Coordinator
kathryn.perszyk.deq.virginia.gov

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee: *Virginia Composting Council State Chapter Contact: Ken Bannister, [email protected]

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: WASHINGTON

Regulatory Agency: State of Washington Department of Ecology

State Composting Regulations (PDF): N/A

State Regulations (Website): Washington Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Title 173, Chapter 173-350, Section 173-350-220
Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Exemptions are based on feedstock type and volume, and whether the material is distributed off-site or used on-site. See WAC 173-350-220 (1)(b)(i)-(x)

Legislation Last Updated: March 25, 2013

Primary State Contact:

Mary Harrington
Department of Ecology, HQ
Waste 2 Resources Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia WA 98504-7600
[email protected]
Tel: 360.407.6915
Fax: 360.407.6102

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Washington Organics Recycling Council (WORC)

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: WEST VIRGINIA

Regulatory Agency: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

State Composting Regulations (PDF): West Virginia Regulations

State Regulations (Website): West Virginia Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Chapter 22. Environmental Resources Article 15.

Permit Requirements: Solid Waste Facilities Permitting

Permit Exemptions: Residential Composting Activities

Legislation Last Updated: March 1, 2016

Primary State Contact:

Sudhir D. Patel
Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 926-0499 EXT.1295
Fax: (304) 926-0477
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: N/A

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: WISCONSIN

Regulatory Agency: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Wisconsin Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Wisconsin Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: NR 502.12

Permit Requirements: Permit process varies based on size of facility, type of material composted, and composting process used. See specific compost rules and regulation information

Permit Exemptions: Household Composting and those outlined in NR 502.12 (2)-(7)

Legislation Last Updated: July 1, 2015

Primary State Contact:

Casey Lamensky
Recycling and Solid Waste Section
Bureau of Waste and Materials Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 267-7574
[email protected]

Composting Programs: Wisconsin Composting Overview

Resources: Composting Publications

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? YES
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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STATE: WYOMING

Regulatory Agency: Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

State Composting Regulations (PDF): Wyoming Regulations

State Regulations (Website): Wyoming Regulations

State Law/Legislation Code: Chapter 10

Permit Requirements: A Chapter 6 permit may be required pending type of material composted and composting process used.

Permit Exemptions: Backyard Composting

Legislation Last Updated: July 24, 2015

Primary State Contact:

Richard Lemm
Solid Waste Permitting & Corrective Action Project Manager
(307) 473- 3463
[email protected]

Composting Programs: N/A

Resources: Plan of Operation Checklist for Compost Facilities

State Chapter or Committee:

Organics disposal banned or separate collection mandatory?
Yard Trimmings Disposal? NO
Food Waste Disposal? NO

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