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About this Program

Charles Johnson, Solid Waste and Materials Management Program Manager


The Solid Waste and Materials Management Program is a sub-unit of the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. This program ensures compliance with State regulations for the proper handling and disposal of solid wastes.


Permitting of solid waste sites and facilities is a joint effort between the Permitting Unit and the local governing body with jurisdiction. The Solid Waste Permitting Unit conducts a comprehensive technical review of applications for a Certificate of Designation as a solid waste site or facility to determine if the location, design and operating criteria of the proposed facility are protective of human health and the environment. Any technical conditions of approval made by the Unit in its final report will be incorporated as requirements in the Certificate of Designation as issued by the local governing body with jurisdiction.


Roger Doak, Permitting Unit Leader



The Solid Waste Compliance Assurance Unit conducts compliance inspections at facilities that manage, treat, recycle, reuse and/or dispose of solid wastes. During each inspection, compliance with the Colorado Solid Waste Regulations is evaluated through a site tour where waste management activities are observed, followed by a review of pertinent documents. Enforcement actions are taken when appropriate. This unit also routinely investigates complaints alleging mismanagement of solid waste and oversees cleanup of asbestos-contaminated soil to assure the proper characterization, management and disposal of wastes.


Jerry Henderson, Compliance Assurance Unit Leader



Materials management includes alternative forms of management such as recycling, composting and beneficial reuse of solid waste. The Solid Waste Materials Management Group not only oversees current materials management activities, but also facilitates future innovation in the recycling and beneficial reuse arenas. In addition, this work group implements the waste tire and waste grease management and recycling programs.


The Compliance Coordination and Assistance Unit provides technical and regulatory assistance in unusual or time-critical projects that are not otherwise overseen by other Division programs. Compliance assistance aids the regulated community, local governments, and the public in understanding the importance of the requirements and the advantages to all by promoting lower operating costs, lower contamination clean-up costs, lower penalties, and increased community acceptance. It also fosters communication between industry and regulators and provides a means for establishing common-sense approaches to regulation. This is accomplished by providing technical workshops, developing fact sheets and other educational materials, and providing technical assistance to the regulated community and the general public through oral and written communications. 


Ed Smith, Compliance Coordination and Assistance Unit Leader