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Solid Waste Compliance & Enforcement

Lead Acid Batteries | Used Oil | Waste Tire Haulers | Open Dumping | Structural Fill

Compliance Reviews

The Compliance Group is charged with upholding the requirements in the Solid Waste Policy and Management Act, which states that at least once every five years, the Department shall review the environmental compliance history of each permitted facility.  This consists of a thorough file review, a facility inspection, addressing any outstanding issues that are compliance related and addressing any additional items that the Department feels would be in the best interest of the health of the people and the environment of SC.

This group also handles any consistent problems with a facility as referred by the District Solid Waste Inspectors.  If a facility fails to address any outstanding issues noted during regular inspections, a District Inspector may then refer the problem to this group to handle.

  • Disclosure Statements

Solid Waste Policy and Management Act requires that  Disclosure Statements be submitted as a part of the permit application package.  These statements are reviewed by the compliance group to assure they are consistent with the requirements of the Act.  For more information, contact Rob McDaniel in the Solid and Hazardous Compliance Section at (803) 896-4206

Lead Acid Batteries R.61-107.8

This regulation applies to the proper disposal, collection, and recycling of lead-acid batteries and small sealed lead-acid batteries. The regulation requires collection, recycling and recovered material processing facilities accepting lead-acid batteries to register with the Department. This registration requirement does not apply to persons selling lead-acid batteries or offering lead-acid batteries for retail sale or wholesale who at the point of transfer accept lead-acid batteries only from the customers.

Used Oil R.61-107.279

  • Subpart D: Collection Centers and Aggregation Points

This section applies to owners and operators of all used oil collection centers including  Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY) collection centers. A DIY used oil collection center is any site or facility that accepts/aggregates and stores used oil collected only from household Do-It-Yourselfers.  A used oil collection center is any site or facility that accepts/aggregates and stores used oil collected from used oil generators who bring used oil to the collection center in shipments of no more than 55 gallons at a time.  Collection centers may also accept oil from Do-It-Yourselfers.  A used oil aggregation point is any site or facility that accepts, aggregates and/or stores used oil collected only from other used oil generation sites owned or operated by the owner operator of the aggregation point.

  • Subpart E: Transporters and Transfer Facilities

This subpart applies to all used oil transporters and transfer facilities.  Used oil transporters are persons or facilities who transport used oil, collect used oil from more than one generator and transport the collected used oil, and owners and operators of used oil transfers facilities.  This does not apply to generators or Do-It-Yourselfers who transport 55 gallons or less.   Used oil transfer facilities are transportation related facilities including loading docks, parking areas, and other areas where shipments of used oil are held for more than twenty (24) hours during the normal course of transportation and not longer than  thirty-five (35) days..

Waste Tire Haulers R.61-107.3, Subpart F 

This section applies to haulers of waste tires and processed tires. Any waste tire hauler (based in or outside of SC) engaged in transporting waste tires or processed tires in South Carolina for the purpose of storage, disposal or processing shall register with this Department.  For more information, contact Michaela Kraus in the Solid and Hazardous Compliance Section at (803) 896-4137.

Open Dumping

Open dumping of solid waste is prohibited by the Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 and Regulation 61-107.19.  Solid waste commonly found in open dumps is garbage, land clearing debris, tires, yard trash, appliances, and construction and demolition debris.

How does SCDHEC get an open dump cleaned up?

Typically, the Solid Waste Compliance group learns about open dumps through a complaint referral made to their local environmental quality control office.  After receiving the complaint, the district inspector will investigate the matter and initiate appropriate action on the local level. Usually, the property owner is held responsible but there are other factors that may allow us to work with the person or company who actually disposed of the waste.  Civil enforcement actions may be taken against the responsible party.  Call your district environmental quality office to register a complaint about an open dump.  You may remain anonymous.

For more information on open dumping, contact Marty Lindler at (803) 896-4205 or your local Region EQC Office.

Solid Waste Landfills and Structural Fill Regulation

How can I find out whether a landfill in my area is meeting the regulation requirements?

Your local environmental quality control office has an inspector who routinely inspects landfills in your area. The inspector has the most current knowledge of a landfill’s compliance status.  Every 5 years staff from the central office in Columbia review a landfill’s file to include these inspection reports, as well as the facility’s operation plan.  Permits may be modified to accommodate needed changes in operation to bring the facility up to date with new regulations or to operate in accordance with the regulation.  Facility file information is available to the public through SCDHEC's Freedom of Information Office.  They can be reached by calling (803) 898-3882.


For more information please contact the Bureau of Land & Waste Management at (803) 898-2000 or visit our offices (note new location).