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The purpose of the Waste Management Program is to ensure solid waste is managed in such a way that protects both public health and the environment. The Waste Management Program works hard to help all Missourians better manage their solid wastes. Through the cooperative efforts of citizens, businesses, industry and government, Missouri can continue to increase material reuse and recycling from all solid waste sources. Reducing the amount of solid wastes generated remains the program's primary goal.

Missouri homes, businesses and industry generate millions of tons of solid waste annually. While landfill disposal continues to be an option, new disposal facilities face strong public examination and are costly to site, build and operate. The department is constantly seeking alternatives to landfill disposal that are both environmentally protective and cost-effective for the consumer. Solid waste management permitting, monitoring and enforcement efforts can prevent illegal dumping and other factors that may cause long-term social, economic and environmental problems.

This home page will help you find how to properly manage solid waste with the services we can provide. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding solid waste management issues in Missouri.

Proposed 10 CSR 80-3.010 Solid Waste Disposal Area

As part of the red tape reduction initiative, we have combined Chapter’s 3 and 4 into Chapter 3 and renamed it as “Solid Waste Disposal Area.” In the spirit of the red tape reduction initiative, we also removed restrictions and worked to streamline the regulations.

Coal Combustion Residuals

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency published its final rule governing disposal of coal combustion residuals produced by electric utilities April 17, 2015. The rule became effective Oct. 19, 2015. This rule regulates CCR from electric utilities as a non-hazardous solid waste under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

CCR Rule Development

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources filed proposed state CCR regulations Dec. 31, 2018, and conducted a public hearing March 21, 2019. Numerous comments were received including comments from EPA. As a result of the uncertainty created by the ongoing federal litigation and the likelihood that the federal CCR regulations will be amended in the near future, the department withdrew the proposed state CCR regulations May 24, 2019. The department intends to pursue this rulemaking at a future date, with the exact location and timing to be determined based on the status of litigation concerning the federal CCR regulations, any additional amendments of those regulations, and stakeholder feedback.

The department welcomes your comments to help ensure the regulations provide required protections but do not add unneeded costs. Thank you for your interest. If you have questions, please call 573-526-3940.

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill – This inactive, sanitary landfill is experiencing a subsurface smoldering event. Information provided includes responses to regulatory requests including reports, monitoring data and work plans for corrective actions taken or pending by the facility owner to address the subsurface smoldering event and odor concerns.

Waste Management Program Forum - This forum is a stakeholder group open to representatives from industry, consultants, environmental groups and regulatory agencies. The mission of the forum is to continuously look for and evaluate issues related to solid waste management. Some issues will be very technical and may take weeks or months to resolve while others will be resolved in days or weeks. This site will be updated and expanded in the future.  

Construction and Demolition Waste - As Missouri communities continue to grow, older buildings are being renovated or demolished to make room for newer, more modern buildings. Properly managing the waste during the demolition will prevent threats to human health and the environment.

Household Hazardous Waste - Almost all Missourians use household hazardous products, which eventually have the potential to become household hazardous waste. Ordinary products, such as paint thinner, pesticides, gasoline and motor oil, can be dangerous if handled improperly. When these products are not used up completely or are no longer wanted by the consumers, and need to be discarded, they become a household hazardous waste.

Electronic Recycling - A list of e-cycling businesses that recycle or dispose electronic equipment in Missouri.



Recycle symbol Statewide Recycling Information - Reduce, reuse and recycle, the three R’s for waste management, are effective measures serving as alternatives to disposing waste in landfills. Today, we have several options available for handling the solid waste we produce. The department promotes an integrated approach to solid waste management, using a combination of alternatives.

Missouri Materials Management Directory

  • The Missouri Materials Management Directory allows users to find local contractors, vendors and drop-off locations offering recycling, reuse and disposal services.
  • If you are a business or other organization involved in materials or waste management in Missouri, the department encourages you to add your business and the services you provide in the directory.

Some household hazardous waste collection facilities will accept waste from outside their area for a fee. Please contact the closest collection facility for more information. 

For more information, contact the Waste Management Program at 573-751-5401.