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Solid waste is defined in Idaho's Solid Waste Management Rules (IDAPA 58.01.06) as any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations and from community activities. It does not include solid or dissolved materials in domestic sewage, or solid or dissolved material in irrigation return flows or industrial discharges which are point sources subject to certain permits, or source, special nuclear, or by-product material.
Under the Idaho Solid Waste Facilities Act and solid waste rules, DEQ is designated as the state agency responsible for regulating most solid waste management facilities in Idaho, including landfills, incinerators, transfer stations, processing facilities, and wood or mill yard debris facilities. Excluded from DEQ's regulation under the solid waste rules are recycling centers and backyard composting sites. Other rules regulate disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste, petroleum-contaminated soils, agricultural, and certain other wastes.
Landfills are areas of land or excavations in which wastes are placed for permanent disposal. Certain regulations apply to all Municipal Solid Waste Landfills in the state, while others such as ground water monitoring requirements are based on volume of waste managed. All Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfills are regulated on the basis of volume and characteristics of waste managed and classified as Tier I, II, or III facilities. Responsibility for regulating Municipal and Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfills in the state is shared between DEQ and the seven Public Health Districts in Idaho. Learn more.
Incineration is one alternative to landfilling solid waste. Incinerators burn solid waste in a furnace and are regulated according to the volume and type of waste managed. Learn more.
Transfer stations are facilities where solid wastes are transferred from a vehicle or container and then transported off-site to another facility. Similar to Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, they are regulated as Tier II solid waste facilities in Idaho. Learn more.
Processing facilities are facilities that use biological or chemical decomposition to prepare solid waste for reuse. Regulations vary based on whether they are classified as Tier I, II, or III facilities. Learn more.
Conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) management facilities are facilities where household hazardous wastes or wastes from conditionally exempt small quantity generators are transferred from a vehicle or container and then transported to another facility.They are regulated as either Tier II or Tier II facilities, depending on potential risk to human health or the environment. Learn more.
Wood or mill yard debris facilities manage exclusively solid wood, bark or wood fiber generated from wood products manufacturing. DEQ has developed a technical guidance manual to assist owners and operators in managing these facilities. Wood or mill yard debris facilities that operate under the provisions of the manual are exempt from state waste management rules; otherwise, they are regulated as Tier I facilities. Learn more.
Idaho's Waste Tire Disposal Act ensures waste tires are properly stored, disposed of, and transported in Idaho. Learn what's required and how to prolong the life of your tires here.
Solid Waste & Emergency Response Program CoordinatorDean EhlertDEQ State OfficeWaste Management and Remediation Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) firstname.lastname@example.org