Arkansans generate millions of tons of solid waste each year, with nearly three-fourths going to landfills. DEQ's Solid Waste Management office
works to ensure that solid waste is handled, processed, recycled, or disposed of in ways that protect our environment and in accordance with
federal and state regulations.
Office staff provides technical review and assistance to solid waste facilities during the permitting process, monitors groundwater near landfills,
supervises landfill closures, and regulates composting facilities and transfer, waste recovery, and waste tire processing stations.
The Post-Closure Trust Fund administered by the office provides financing for corrective actions at
landfills that developed problems creating environmental threats after closure.
The office also takes the lead in updating the Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan every ten years. This plan, made in cooperation
with Arkansas's 18 solid waste management districts, anticipates future needs and addresses ways to reduce landfill disposal and provide appropriate
solid waste management service to all Arkansas residents.