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Solid Waste Program

The Solid Waste Program is part of the Water & Waste Management Division of the Environmental Services Department of Maricopa County and is responsible for issuing permits and regulating refusenon-hazardous solid waste, non-hazardous liquid waste and 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, non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facilities and construction debris landfills.

The Environmental Services Department is a regulatory agency and does not provide any collection, removal or cleanup services for solid or liquid waste. Solid waste transfer and waste tire recycling services within Maricopa County are administered by the Maricopa County Waste Resources and Recycling Management Department . Solid waste and sanitation collection, bulk trash collection, household hazardous waste collection and recycling in incorporated areas of the county are administered by the local municipality that has jurisdiction.

The Solid Waste Program’s activities include:

  • Permitting - Inspect new waste transportation vehicles, refuse containers, chemical toilets, portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks or construction debris landfills for regulatory compliance and issue a new operating permit or amend an existing operating permit as required.
  • Plan Approvals - Review and approval of refuse collection frequency variance plans and non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facility plans if the plans are acceptable.
  • Inspections - Conduct regulatory compliance reviews and inspect non-hazardous solid waste, non-hazardous liquid waste and bio-hazardous medical waste transportation vehicles, refuse containers, chemical toilets, portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks or construction debris landfills operating within the county to assure proper operation and maintenance and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Investigations - Analyze problems affecting the proper operation and maintenance of waste transportation vehicles, refuse containers, chemical toilets portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks, non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facilities or construction debris landfills and perform odor, noise and nuisance complaint investigations.
  • Enforcement - Enforce the provisions of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code and other relevant rules and regulations pertaining to waste transportation vehicles, refuse containers, chemical toilets, portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks, non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facilities or construction debris landfills.
  • Technical Support - Provide technical support to other programs within the Water and Waste Management Division and act as a technical liaison to other governmental agencies.
  • Regulatory Review - Develop revisions to the rules and regulations within Maricopa County government pertaining to waste transportation vehicles, refuse containers, chemical toilets, portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks, non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facilities or construction debris landfills and provide input to other governmental agencies for proposed changes to rules and regulations.

In addition to the above activities, Solid Waste Program staff routinely offers outreach, instruction, and advice regarding the rules and regulations applicable to waste transportation vehicles, refuse containers, chemical toilets, portable restroom units, portable waste holding tanks, non-hazardous liquid waste transfer facilities or construction debris landfills operating within Maricopa County.