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Division of Solid Waste Management

2015-2025 Statewide Comprehensive Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan

Waste Tire Program Transition

Solid Waste Management Dataviewer

Information about Mercury Product Disposal Act

The mission of the Division of Solid Waste Management is to protect health and improve environmental quality for all Tennesseans through responsive and effective oversight of waste management activities.

Division activities are land-based, regulating both solid waste and hazardous waste through specialized programs and functions. These include landfill permits, hazardous waste permits, state remediation program, used oil management, lead-based paint abatement, special waste, universal waste, and annual waste reporting. More detailed information is available through the links in the sidebar or in the text.implemented in 1971, with the promulgation of the Regulations

Governing Solid Waste Processing and Disposal.

Facilities that perform solid waste processing activities are registered through a Permit by Rule process. Permits are issued to disposal facilities for handling the following categories of waste:

  • Class I landfills - municipal solid waste, household waste, shredded/waste tires, etc.
  • Class II landfills - industrial waste
  • Class III landfills - farming wastes, landscaping and land clearing wastes, etc.
  • Class IV landfills - construction and demolition waste

Certain other wastes (such as medical/infectious waste, dead animals, sludges, pesticides wastes, asbestos, etc.) require special waste approval prior to disposal. See the The Environmental Permitting Handbook for more information.

Implementation of Tennessee's Hazardous Waste Management Program began in 1980. In addition to oversight of hazardous waste facilities, the program includes the State Remediation Program for sites that are not permitted but need clean up, and the Used Oil Management Program, which operates under regulations established to encourage recycling of used oils.

Information on hazardous waste permitting is found in The Environmental Permitting Handbook, and a current list of hazardous waste transporters is provided. The Solid Waste Assistance Section has more information about recycling and disposal of household hazardous wastes. The 2013-2014 Annual Report to Governor from the Solid Waste Assistance Section is now available for download.

You can apply to be on the Division of Solid Waste Management mailing list for information concerning Solid and Hazardous Waste Regulatory and Permitting Activities in the State of Tennessee and/or information concerning the Annual Solid/Hazardous Waste Conference & Exhibition.

Division Regulations

Tennessee Code Anotated (TCA)

0400-12-01 - Hazardous Waste Management Regulations – Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Office

0400-12-02 - Commercial Hazardous Waste Management Facilities Siting Regulations – Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Office

0400-11-01 - Solid Waste Processing and Disposal Regulations – Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Office

1200-1-18 - Lead Based-Paint Abatement Regulations – Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Office

Staff Notes on Hazardous Waste Revisions

Tennessee Hazardous Waste Regulations, Revision 2011

Notice of Effective Date & Revision Summary for Tennessee’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations, Revision 2012.

Notes on Solid Waste Program Revisions

Waste Reduction and Planning Rules Rulemaking Filing Effective May 27th, 2015 and Revision Summary

Rule Renumbering: Rulemaking Filing Effective September 17, 2012 and Revision Summary.

Waste Reduction and Planning & County Public Collection Receptacles: Rulemaking Filing Effective January 8, 2013 and Revision Summary

Local Approval and Jackson Law, Rulemaking Filing Effective March 18, 2013 and Revision Summary.

Mailing List

You may choose to have the notices mailed to you or sent via e-mail. It is important to note that if you choose e-mail, you will receive all notices sent from the Division of Solid Waste Management. If you have any questions concerning this form, you may contact the Division of Solid Waste Management at (615) 532-0798 or

Mailing List Form (CN-0837)