Pennsylvania Solid Waste Transporters regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Solid Waste Transporters: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Municipal and residual waste transporters: Waste Transportation Safety Act (Act 90), 27 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6201 to 6209

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Municipal waste transporters: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 285.201 to 285.225

Residual waste transporters: 25 Pa. Code 287.1, 25 Pa. Code 299.211 to 299.221, 25 Pa. Code 299.231, and 25 Pa. Code 299.232

Prohibitions: 25 Pa. Code 285.211 and 25 Pa. Code 285.219

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Air, Recycling, and Radiation Protection Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania has specific requirements for municipal, residual, and medical waste transporters. See the state section SOLID WASTE for the definitions of solid wastes in Pennsylvania.

Administration and enforcement. DEP administers and enforces Pennsylvania's rules for waste transporters.

State Requirements


27 Pa. Stat. 6201-6209

All waste transportation vehicles (trucks and truck tractors with a registered gross vehicle weight greater than 17,000 pounds (lb), and trailers with a registered gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 lb) transporting municipal or residual waste to waste processing or disposal facilities in Pennsylvania must have a valid Waste Transporter Authorization issued by DEP. The law prohibits processing and disposal facilities from accepting waste from waste transportation vehicles that do not have a valid authorization.

Authorizations have a month and ...

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