Ohio rules define composting as a method of solid waste disposal using controlled biological decomposition. Composting activities occurring at a residence and those activities using less than 300 square feet at a non-residential location are not subject to Ohio’s composting regulations.
SCPH currently inspects all of the registered compost facilities in Summit County. These facilities are permitted to receive source-separated yard waste which may consist of leaves, grass, brush, garden waste, tree trunks, shrubs, branches, etc.
These facilities are inspected bi-annually, with additional inspections conducted as necessary. Violations to the OAC are noted during the inspection, and the responsible party is notified to correct the violations within a reasonable time frame. If the violations are not corrected, further enforcement action is taken to protect the environment and public health.
The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for compost facilities can be found here:
Information is also provided by the Ohio EPA at http://epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/Composting.aspx.