2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 12 - CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
CHAPTER 8 - WASTE MANAGEMENT
ARTICLE 2 - SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
PART 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 12-8-31.1 - Local, multijurisdictional, or regional solid waste plans
. Local, multijurisdictional, or regional solid waste plans
(a) Each city and county in Georgia shall develop or be included in a comprehensive solid waste management plan not later than July 1, 1993. Said plan may be developed independently as a local plan or jointly with other jurisdictions as a multijurisdictional or regional solid waste plan and shall conform to the plan development procedures developed and promulgated by the Department of Community Affairs under the provisions of Chapter 13 of Title 50.
(b) The local, multijurisdictional, or regional solid waste plan shall, at a minimum, provide for the assurance of adequate solid waste handling capability and capacity within the planning area for at least ten years from the date of completion of the plan which shall specifically include an adequate collection and disposal capability; shall enumerate the solid waste handling facilities as to size and type; and shall identify those sites which are not suitable for solid waste handling facilities based on environmental and land use factors.
(c) The review process for local, multijurisdictional, and regional solid waste management plans shall be in such form as developed and promulgated by the Department of Community Affairs under the provisions of Chapter 13 of Title 50. The regional commission for each geographical location in which a local, multijurisdictional, or regional plan applies shall confirm that the local, multijurisdictional, or regional plan is consistent with the state solid waste management plan.
(d) Effective January 1, 1992, each city and county shall report annually to the Department of Community Affairs on the status of solid waste management in the jurisdiction. Such reports may be individual or collective in nature or, in lieu of local reports, a regional report may be filed by any of the several regional commissions for political jurisdictions within their region. The annual report shall include but not be limited to:
(1) The amount of solid waste collected, processed, and disposed of in the area;
(2) The progress on the reduction in solid waste, as evidenced by the solid waste received at disposal facilities, which are not exempt from subsection (c) of Code Section 12-8-21
, in the planning area since the previous reporting period and total cumulative progress made toward meeting the 25 percent reduction goal;
(3) The remaining permitted capacity of disposal facilities;
(4) Recycling and composting activities in existence;
(5) Public information and education activities during the reporting period; and
(6) Any other pertinent information as may be required.
(e) After July 1, 1992, no permit, grant, or loan shall be issued for any municipal solid waste disposal facility or any solid waste handling equipment or recycling equipment used in conjunction therewith in a county or region which is not consistent with a local, multijurisdictional, or regional solid waste management plan. Each application for a permit, grant, or loan issued after July 1, 1992, shall include the following:
(1) Certification that the facility for which a permit is sought complies with local land use and zoning requirements, if any;
(2) Verification that the facility for which a permit is sought meets the ten-year capacity needs identified in the local, multijurisdictional, or regional solid waste management plan; and
(3) Demonstration that the host jurisdiction and all jurisdictions generating solid waste destined for the applicant's facility are part of an approved solid waste management plan developed in accordance with standards promulgated pursuant to this part, and are actively involved in, and have a strategy for, meeting the state-wide goal for reduction of solid waste disposal by July 1, 1996.
(f) This Code section shall not apply to:
(1) Any solid waste disposal facility which is operated exclusively by a private solid waste generator on property owned by the private solid waste generator for the purpose of accepting solid waste exclusively from the private solid waste generator so long as the operation of the solid waste disposal facility does not adversely affect the public health or the environment. After commencement of operation by a private solid waste generator of a solid waste disposal facility which is permitted but not included in a local or regional solid waste management plan, an amendment into a local or regional solid waste management plan shall be required for any solid waste which is to be no longer disposed of by the private solid waste generator in its own solid waste disposal facility prior to any substantial reduction in the amount of solid waste accepted by the solid waste disposal facility or its closure; or
(2) Effective September 1, 1994, any privately owned solid waste handling facility seeking a permit or major modification of an existing permit where the host local governing authority has failed either to submit or make a good faith effort, as determined by the Department of Community Affairs, to submit a local solid waste management plan or to be included in a multijurisdictional or regional solid waste management plan; provided, however, that the permit applicant continues to be obligated to demonstrate that all generating jurisdictions from which waste will be received are part of an approved solid waste management plan developed in accordance with standards promulgated pursuant to this part and have a strategy to meet and are actively engaged in meeting the state-wide goal of reducing waste by 25 percent by July 1, 1996.
(g) Effective July 1, 1991, it shall be the responsibility of the owner or operator of each municipal solid waste disposal facility to keep an accurate written record of all amounts of solid waste measured in tons received at the facility. Measurement in tons of solid waste received shall be accomplished by one or more of the following methods:
(1) The provision of stationary or portable scales at the disposal facility for weighing incoming waste;
(2) Implementation of contractual or other arrangements for the use of scales at a location other than the disposal facility for weighing all waste destined for disposal at the facility; or
(3) Implementation of contractual or other arrangements for the use of scales at a location other than the disposal facility to weigh representative samples of the solid waste received at the disposal facility on a basis which is sufficiently frequent to estimate accurately the amount of solid waste received at the disposal facility.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer