Solid Waste Transporters regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Solid Waste Transporters: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of solid waste: 42 USC 6903(27), 40 CFR 261.2, and 40 CFR 261.4(a)

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Solid Waste Management Information and Guidelines, 42 USC 6907 and 40 CFR 243.100 to 243.204

Applicability: 40 CFR 243.100

Interstate transporters:

Regulatory applicability: 40 CFR 243.202-1

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations applicability: 49 CFR 390.5T and 49 CFR 390.200T

Noise: 40 CFR 202.10 to 202.23

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

State and local agencies


Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), wastes are separated into two broad categories: hazardous and nonhazardous. Hazardous wastes are regulated under Subtitle C, and nonhazardous (solid) wastes are regulated under Subtitle D. RCRA Subtitle D was designed to assist waste management officials in developing and encouraging environmentally sound methods for the disposal of nonhazardous solid waste (RCRA Section 4001). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have enforcement authority under RCRA Subtitle D; regulation of solid waste is the responsibility of the states. See the national section SOLID WASTE for more information about federal solid waste management requirements.

State and local agencies are responsible for developing, administering, and enforcing requirements for nonhazardous solid waste transporters. Certain solid waste transporters must follow requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This section discusses federal guidelines that apply to nonhazardous solid waste motor carrier ...

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