Georgia Solid Waste Trust Fund
Report for Fiscal Year 2009: Executive Summary
An amendment to the Act in 1992 established a primarysource of funding for the SWTF in the form of a $1 feefor every new tire sold in the state. This amendmentreceived strong support from Georgia’s tire retailers.Each year, fees collected the previous year are availablefor appropriation by the Legislature, through the statebudget process, to the Georgia Environmental Protec-tion Division (EPD), whose director is authorized bythe Act to serve as trustee for the fund. The trust fundmay be used for:•scrap tire management and cleanup•emergency, preventative and corrective action atsolid waste facilities•closure of abandoned landfills•solid waste reduction and recycling•litter prevention and abatement•administrative costs associated with managingthe fundWhen available, EPD also disperses money from theSWTF to other state agencies and divisions within theDepartment of Natural Resources (DNR). Theseinclude the Department of Community Affairs (DCA),the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority(GEFA), the Georgia Department of Corrections(GDC), and the the Wildlife Resources (WRD) andSustainability (formerly the Pollution PreventionAssistance Division) divisions of DNR.These state agencies provide technical assistance tolocal governments and businesses and fund recyclinginfrastructure and public education on solid wastereduction, recycling and other solid waste issues. InFY 09, the Legislature appropriated $2.09 million fromthe tire fees collected in 2008 to the Solid Waste TrustFund. This money was used to:•manage and clean up scrap tires•implement three statewide waste reduction andrecycling initiatives•carry out litter prevention and abatement activitiesMore information on the activities carried out in FY 09is presented in the remainder of this report.
The Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF) was established in 1990 as part of the Georgia Comprehensive SolidWaste Management Act. The Act requires that EPD produce an annual report on the activities fundedby the SWTF; this report fulfills that requirement.