Solid waste can have properties that make it potentially harmful to human health and the environment. The regulatory definition of solid waste is broad and includes most discarded items and waste materials. Some solid wastes are considered hazardous by state and federal law and are regulated by DEQ’s Hazardous Waste Bureau.
The 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D regulates municipal solid waste management activities nationwide. In 1993 the Idaho Solid Waste Facilities Act, Idaho Code § 39-74, was passed by the legislature and incorporated minimum RCRA facility standards and procedures into Idaho law. DEQ, the counties, and Idaho’s public health districts all play a role in regulating and managing solid waste facilities in the state.
RCRA also requires states to regulate illegal dumping and the management of wastes that do not contain municipal waste as a component. The Idaho Legislature promulgated the “Solid Waste Management Rules” (IDAPA 58.01.06) to meet this requirement.
DEQ ensures compliance by authorizing and inspecting solid waste facilities and working with counties and public health districts to address open dumping concerns. For more information or assistance with an issue or question, contact your DEQ regional office.