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Approvals and Permits

Approvals

Refuse collection frequency is prescribed in the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code (MCEHC). Chapter II, Section 5, Regulation 4.a of the MCEHC states:

  • The frequency of collection shall be in accordance with regulation of the collection agency but not less than that shown in the following schedules:
    1. Garbage only - twice weekly
    2. Refuse with garbage - twice weekly
    3. Rubbish and ashes - as often as necessary to prevent nuisances and fly breeding.

If a variance from this regulation is required, an approval must be obtained from the Department. A refuse collection frequency variance plan is submitted to the Solid Waste Program when a collection variance is requested.

A refuse collection variance plan must demonstrate that no public health hazard or nuisance will exist and that fly breeding will be controlled by biological, chemical or mechanical means. The plan must also contain provisions for random inspections by the Department of at least one percent of all refuse containers.

The Solid Waste Program reviews and approves proposed refuse collection variance plans. Each plan is also reviewed and approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The ADEQ grants the variance prior to implementation of the plan.

Non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facilities are prescribed in the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code (MCEHC), Chapter II, Section 1, Regulation 1.cc of the MCEHC states:

  • “Non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility” means a facility or any site owned, operated or utilized by any person where non-hazardous liquid waste is removed from containment and/or processed for the purpose of subsequent transfer or disposal of the waste.

Prior to building or performing activities described as a non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility, approval must be obtained from the Department. A non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility plan is submitted to the Solid Waste Program when a non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility approval is requested.

A non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility plan must demonstrate that no public health hazard or nuisance will exist and that proper management techniques of the non-hazardous liquid waste are used. If the non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility plan meets the requirements of the application and applicable regulations, the Solid Waste Program will review and approve the proposed plan.

Permits

An operating permit must be obtained from the Solid Waste Program for:

  • Non-hazardous Solid Waste (NHSW) Transportation Vehicles
  • Non-Hazardous Liquid Waste (NHLW) Transportation Vehicles
  • Bio-hazardous Medical Waste Transportation Vehicles
  • Refuse Containers included in a Refuse Collection Frequency Variance Plan
  • Chemical Toilets
  • Portable Restroom Units
  • Portable Waste Holding Tanks
  • Construction Debris Landfills
  • Potable Water Transportation (hauling)

Vehicles used for the collection and transportation of non-hazardous solid waste (NHSW) must obtain a permit to operate. In order to qualify for a permit, the vehicle must be inspected and comply with the regulations listed in Chapter II, Section 5 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.

Vehicles used for the collection and transportation of non-hazardous liquid waste (NHLW) must obtain a permit to operate. In order to qualify for a permit, the vehicle must be inspected and comply with the regulations listed in Chapter II, Section 7 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.

Vehicles used for the collection and transportation of bio-hazardous medical waste must obtain a permit to operate. In order to qualify for a permit, the vehicle must be inspected and comply with the regulations listed in Chapter II, Section 10 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code .

Refuse containers included in a refuse collection frequency variance plan must be permitted. In order to qualify for a permit, the container must be inspected and comply with the regulations listed in Chapter II, Section 5 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.

Chemical toilets, portable restroom units and portable waste holding tanks made available for use must be permitted. In order to qualify for a permit, the toilet must be inspected and comply with the regulations listed in Chapter II, Section 6 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.

Landfills used for the disposal of construction debris must obtain a permit to operate. In order to qualify for a permit, the landfill must be inspected and comply with the regulations listed in Chapter II, Section 4 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.

Vehicles hauling water for drinking or “potable” uses must be operated with a permit. In order to qualify for a permit, the vehicle must be inspected and must comply with all regulations listed in Chapter V, Section 2 of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code and Title 18, Chapter 4, Section 125 of the Arizona Administrative Code.

Additional information about operating permits can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Refuse Transportation, NHLW Transportation, Medical Waste Transportation, Refuse Containers, Chemical Toilets and Construction Debris Landfills pages.

Please contact the Solid Waste Program to obtain additional information about NHSW, NHLW or bio-hazardous medical waste transportation vehicle, refuse container, chemical toilet, portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks or construction debris landfill operating permits.

Issuance of Permits

Vehicles transporting non-hazardous solid waste (NHSW), non-hazardous liquid waste (NHLW) or biohazardous medical waste must be inspected and comply with all of the regulations listed in the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code. Permits are issued to an individual vehicle and are valid for a period of one year. On tractor/trailer combinations, only the trailer will be permitted.

Refuse container permits are issued in conjunction with a refuse collection frequency variance plan approval and are valid for a period of one year.

Chemical toilet, portable restroom unit and portable waste holding tank permits are issued after they have been inspected and approved and are valid for a period of one year.

Construction debris landfill permits are issued when the landfill's construction, operations and maintenance plan is approved and are valid for a period of one year.

Permit Fees and Renewals

The fees for operating permits are listed in the fee schedule in Chapter I of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code. The fee for a non-hazardous solid waste (NHSW), non-hazardous liquid waste (NHLW) or bio-hazardous medical waste transportation vehicle operating permit is assessed on a per vehicle basis. The fees for refuse containers or chemical toilets are assessed based on the number of containers, units or toilets being permitted. Construction debris landfills are charged a fixed fee amount for each individual landfill.

The Department’s Business Operations sends notices for operating permit renewal fees on an annual basis. Renewal eligibility is contingent on compliance with the rules and regulations.

Closure of a Permit

Please contact the Solid Waste Program to obtain additional information on how to close a non-hazardous solid waste (NHSW), non-hazardous liquid waste (NHLW) or bio-hazardous medical waste transportation vehicle, refuse collection frequency variance plan, chemical toilet or construction debris landfill operating permit.