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2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan

Background

Public participation activities for this planning process began in March with a series of four special focus meetings and continued in May with four public input meetings and one Web-based conference. Together, more than 200 stakeholders attended meetings across the state, representing schools, business and industry, local solid waste management departments, development districts, city and county governments, and environmental advocacy groups. Through this process, submitted written comments and stakeholder surveys, valuable feedback was provided regarding preferred strategies for managing Tennessee’s waste that was given careful consideration in developing the draft plan. The presentation from the March meetings can be viewed here and a summary of the input received is available here. The presentation from May’s public input meetings can be viewed here and the webinar can be viewed here. Summary of the Spring public input meetings can be found here.

Three public hearings were held October 27-29, 2014, in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, with video conference participation available statewide on October 28. Each event included a 45-minute overview followed by the opportunity for comment from the public regarding the draft plan. The presentation can be viewed online here.

TDEC extended the public comment period in response to stakeholder requests. See the extension letter here.

A summary of public comments received during the public comment period are posted here.

Draft Documents

The draft document linked below is the most current version of the Plan. The Plan contains public comment recommendations and feedback. This Plan will be presented to the Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board on March 25th.

Next Steps

A final presentation to the Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board at the March 25, 2015 meeting. After this meeting, revisions will be made and the Plan will be adopted. This website will be used to continue to update stakeholders and citizens on the Plan process once it has been adopted. Major updates to the website will occur after the Plan has been adopted.

Questions about the process for developing the 2015-2025 Statewide Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan may also be submitted by email to TDEC's Division of Solid Waste Management at solid.waste@tn.gov or mailed to the department c/o Larry Christley, TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., 14th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243.