Montana Solid Waste Transporters regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Montana Solid Waste Transporters: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Montana Solid Waste Management Act, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 75-10-201 to 75-10-250

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Montana Motor Carrier Act, MCA 69-12-101 to 69-12-612

Vehicle spills: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.50.523

Municipal solid waste transporters:

Certificates: MCA 69-12-101, MCA 69-12-314, ARM 38.3.1203 and ARM 38.3.1204

Reports: ARM 38.3.1205

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau

Montana Public Service Commission (PSC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Montana has state-specific rules for regulating the disposal of solid waste and the operation of solid waste management systems. For more information on solid waste regulations as a whole, see the state section SOLID WASTE.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau administers and enforces the solid waste rules in Montana. PSC regulates the transportation of municipal solid waste.

State Requirements


ARM 17.50.523

Montana requires that solid waste be transported in a manner that will prevent its discharge, dumping, spilling, or leaking from the vehicle.



MCA 69-12-101, MCA 69-12-314, ARM 38.3.1203 and ARM 38.3.1204

Anyone who transports garbage in Montana must obtain a Class D motor carrier certificate from PSC. Garbage is defined as "ashes, trash, waste, refuse rubbish, organic or inorganic matter that is transported to a licensed transfer station, licensed landfill, licensed municipal solid waste ...

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