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Solid Waste Haulers

Permitting, Compliance, Assistance & Enforcement Section

Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) is authorized to inspect refuse haulers on an annual basis. All waste collectors need to apply for, and obtain. PDEQ licenses for their business, and for each vehicle used for waste collection and transportation, before it is used in any waste collection activity.

A prospective waste collector shall submit the completed PDEQ Solid Waste Hauler Business Application to:

Pima County Department of Environmental Quality
33 North Stone, 7th floor
Tucson, AZ 85701

Once received, the waste collector will be contacted to schedule a mutually convenient inspection time. Once the vehicle(s) are inspected and approved, an invoice will be sent to the business owner. The yearly permit fees are as follows: $162.00 for the solid waste transporter business permit and $79.00 per vehicle (annually) for the solid waste vehicle permit.

In accordance with Title 7.25.140 of the Pima County Code (Title 7), all solid waste haulers are required to submit a recycling service report at the end of each quarter to PDEQ. A Quarterly Recycling Service Report will be sent to each solid waste hauler at the end of each quarter. It should be filled out, even if the business does not offer recycling. In addition to reporting recycling information on a quarterly basis, solid waste haulers are also required to pay a one-dollar per residential customer fee each year. Since this fee is paid quarterly, that equates to a $0.25 charge per residential customer, per quarter. To determine the amount that must be paid, multiply the total number of residential customers receiving refuse collection by 25 cents. This amount should be sent in with the Quarterly Recycling Service Report. The Quarterly Recycling Service Reports are mailed out at the end of each quarter. The due date is indicated on the cover letter that accompanies the Report.



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