Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 68: Health, Safety and Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection

Chapter 211: Solid Waste Disposal

Part 1: Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act

TCA 68-211-102: Public policy.

(a)  In order to protect the public health, safety and welfare, prevent the spread of disease and creation of nuisances, conserve our natural resources, enhance the beauty and quality of our environment and provide a coordinated statewide solid waste disposal program, it is declared to be the public policy of the state of Tennessee to regulate solid waste disposal to:

     (1)  Provide for safe and sanitary processing and disposal of solid wastes;

     (2)  Develop long-range plans for adequate solid waste disposal systems to meet future demands;

     (3)  Provide a coordinated statewide program of control of solid waste processing and disposal in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the prevention, control, or abatement of air, water, and land pollution; and

     (4)  Encourage efficient and economical solid waste disposal systems.

(b)  The general assembly declares that it is the policy of this state to ensure that no hazardous waste, as regulated under chapter 212 of this title, is disposed of in a solid waste disposal facility. Therefore, subject to the appropriation of funds in the general appropriations act for such purposes, the department shall develop an inspection program for all permitted facilities, including landfills and processing facilities, that provides for frequent, thorough and regular inspections. Further, subject to the appropriation of funds in the general appropriations act for such purposes, the department shall inspect waste streams, baled waste and special waste generators and transporters to prevent the introduction of hazardous waste into solid waste disposal facilities.

History: [Acts 1969, ch. 295, § 2; T.C.A., § 53-4302; Acts 1991, ch. 451, § 5; T.C.A., § 68-31-102.]