Environmental Permits Handbook
Special Waste Approval
Persons who wish to dispose of special waste in a permitted landfill or have the special waste processed in a permitted processing facility require a special waste approval from the Tennessee Division of Solid Waste Management (SWM). Examples of special wastes are sludges, metal finishing particles, incinerator ash, process filters, medical wastes, sandblast grind media and paint chips.
Homeowners who generate a household special waste do not have to obtain an approval and pay the approval fee.
Persons applying for a special waste approval must:
Based on the nature of the special waste and the design and operation of the disposal facility, the Division will determine if the facility can safely and effectively manage the special waste. If so, a letter of approval is sent to the disposal facility and to the applicant. A decision is made within 30 days of submitting a completed application.
There is an application fee of $250. In addition, a tipping fee is to be paid to the receiving landfill. The amount of the tipping fee depends on the waste characteristics, amounts and frequencies.
Following the Division of SWM's approval, the applicant may dispose of the special waste at the designated facility. Final authority for disposal lies with the permitted facility. It has the right to refuse the special waste even though approval has been granted by the Division of SWM.
The applicant must notify the Division of SWM in writing of any significant changes in the process that generates the waste or any significant changes in the amounts of and frequencies of the solid waste.
The Division of SWM has the responsibility to give a notice of violation if the applicant has violated the conditions of the approval or has significantly changed the characteristics, amounts or frequencies of the special waste without notifying the Division. The Division has the right to revise and amend the regulations pertaining to special wastes when it is deemed necessary.
It is the responsibility of the Division to regulate the disposal of solid wastes to protect public health and the environment. The Division of SWM will notify the applicant and the facility of a denial if the Division determines that the facility cannot safely and effectively manage the special waste.
Whom Do I Contact For Applications, Assistance And Other Sources Of Information? Applications and assistance can be obtained by contacting the appropriate Tennessee Division of SWM field office. In addition, the UT Center for Industrial Services field office is available for assistance with applications and procedures for all environmental permits.
Applicants may refer to TDEC Rule Chapter 1200-1-7-.01(2) for further information.