Work Group formed for Revisions to the SC Solid Waste Management Act

August 19, 2016 7:47 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

The South Carolina Solid Waste Management Act has not been revised substantially since it became effective in 1991, despite the evolution of industry standards and practices, and other factors that impact the program. The SCDHEC solid waste program has identified several areas of the Act that should be considered for update or revision.


The areas for review include, but are not limited to:

  • discrepancies regarding landfill classes since the consolidated landfill regulation became effective;
  • the speculative accumulation of solid waste, resulting in unpermitted landfills;
  • the abandonment of solid waste sites;
  • local zoning determinations; and
  • a statutory requirement that all solid waste facilities, including facilities such as Class I landfills and transfer stations, secure demonstration-of-need determinations.

SCDHEC is initiating a short-term stakeholder group to discuss potential changes. The initial meeting was held on August 18, to introduce the initiative, and to solicit membership for a stakeholder workgroup. The workgroup will meet occasionally over a period of 30 to 60 days, to refine and finalize proposed changes.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Jana M. White
Section Manager
Solid Waste Planning, Grants and Regulation Development

Division of Mining and Solid Waste Management 
S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
Office: (803) 898-1346

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