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Summary of the RPHF Solid Waste District

As a result of House Bill 592, each Ohio county is required to establish or join other counties to form a "solid waste management district." The Ross, Pickaway, Highland, Fayette Joint Solid Waste Management District (RPHF SWMD) was established in 1989. The District began the necessary process to comply with regulations and goals set by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Ohio EPA requires that six waste reduction strategies be implemented that will enable the district to meet the goals established in the 1995 State Plan. In general, these goals are as follows:

Solid Waste Management Goals

Goal #1

Ensure the availability of reduction and recycling programs and opportunities for residential and commercial waste.

Goal #2

Reduce and/or recycle at least 50 percent of the total waste generation by the year 2000.

Goal #3

Provide informational and technical assistance on source reduction.

Goal #4

Provide informational and technical assistance on recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities.

Goal #5

Develop strategies managing scrap tires and household hazardous wastes.

Goal #6

Provide a solid waste management plan.

Goal #7

Prepare a market development strategy (optional).

In order to meet the above goals the district must document an array of measurements, evaluations and inventories. There is a great deal of information gathered, analysis and projections made to be written in a Plan (Goal #6). This Plan, covering at least 15 years, is updated and approved by Ohio EPA every five years. Ohio EPA approved the Fifth Revision of the RPHF Solid Waste Plan on July 12, 2018. Work on the next revision will have Ohio EPA approval by January 12, 2024. 

The 15 year projections include population, waste generation, composition of the waste stream, landfill capacities and waste reduction percentages. The Plan must also include detailed strategies demonstrating compliances with the goals listed above and the mechanism(s) to fund implementation of the Plan once approved. 

This Plan Update demonstrates compliance with Goal #1.  This requires the District to provide infrastructure access for at least 90% of its residents, evaluate its waste recycling rate, and ensure commercial/institutional generators have access to recycling opportunities.  Infrastructure access for residents is achieved through curbside and drop-off recycling programs. The drop-off recycling program utilizes single-stream multi-material containers generally available 24/7. The drop-off program requires costly transportation while traveling all four counties, with processing in Columbus. Unfortunately, the drop-off recycling program is plagued by misuse and surges of materials. Best practices indicate curbside recycling programs achieve more materials and a cleaner stream. The drop-off recycling opportunities should remain constant throughout the planning period, but this Plan Update is increasing the effort to add new curbside recycling services within the District.

Board Members

Ross County Commissioners
Dwight Garrett
Doug Corcoran
Steve Neal
Pickaway County Commissioners
Harold Henson
Brian Stewart
Jay Wippel
Highland County Commissioners
Terry Britton
Jeff Duncan
Gary Abernathy
Fayette County Commissioners
Tony Anderson
Daniel Dean
Jack DeWeese
District Director
Erica Tucker
Assistant Director / Secretary to the Board
Lauren Grooms

Policy Committee

District
Judi Mannion – 29th Public Member
Ross County
Doug Corcoran – Ross County Commissioner
Jeff Carman – Municipal
Ben Avery – Health Commissioner
Jim Hatfield – Township Trustee
Katherine Weiderman – Industry
Ray Wells – Citizen
Ronald Fields – Public
Pickaway County

Harold Henson - County Commissioner
Don Sherman - Municipal
Kelly Dennis - Health Commissioner
Kenny Davis - Township Trustee
Jackie Landau - Industry
Eugene Dowler - Citizen
Paul Flory – Public

Highland County

Terry Britton - County Commissioner
Debbie Sansome - Municipal
Kyle Arn - Health Commissioner
Jay Duncan -   Township Trustee
Keith Sowell - Industry
Chuck Williams - Citizen
Heidi Devine – Public

Fayette County

Tony Anderson - County Commissioner
Tim Mitchel - Municipal
Rick Garrison - Health Commissioner
Brian Longberry - Industry
James Garland - Township Trustee
Rose Fisher-Merkowitz - Citizen
Steve Luebbe - Public