As we've seen, solid waste is a matter of public health, safety, well-being, and the environment, according to Georgia state law. Whose responsibility is it to protect the environment and the public health, safety, and well-being from solid waste?
Many health and safety issues are handled through the health department, including the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the South Health District (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties). Particularly, water quality (septic tanks, well water), food safety, cleanliness of hotels, motels, restaurants, swimming pools and so on are the responsibility of the local health department, such as the Lowndes County Health Department.
However, disposal of solid waste (trash/garbage) is handled by the local municipality or governmental body (county).
- Valdosta Residential Sanitation Services
- Hahira Water, Sewer, Sanitation and Utility Provider Information
- Lowndes County
The EPA has a variety of documents available about solid waste.
So does the state EPD, as enabled through Georgia Legislation: Existing Rules and Corresponding Laws.
So, where does this leave us? See next post.