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Waste Haulers

In accordance with authority  delegated to the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and pursuant to applicable provisions of Title 7 of the Pima County Code, PDEQ annually inspects septic tank cleaners  (septage haulers, liquid waste haulers, pumper trucks) and solid waste haulers.
All septic tank cleaners and solid waste haulers shall apply for and obtain PDEQ licenses for their business, and for each vehicle used for liquid and solid waste collection and transportation prior to initiation of waste collection activity.

Liquid Waste Haulers

A prospective liquid waste hauler shall submit the completed PDEQ Liquid Waste Hauler Business Application to:

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

Once received, the liquid waste hauler 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: $90.00 for the annual liquid waste transporter business permit and $46.00 per vehicle (annual) for the liquid waste vehicle permit.

An Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Application for a Septic Tank Cleaner (Pumper) License will be provided to the business owner prior to or during the first routine inspection. PDEQ will forward the completed application to ADEQ for issuance of a permanent, non-transferable vehicle license number. Once received, this ADEQ license number needs to be posted on the rear face of the tank and both side door panels in three-inch high numbers.

Pima County DEQ
Liquid Waste Hauler Fees
Liquid Waste Transporter Business Permit $90
Liquid Waste Vehicle Permit $46 per vehicle
Late Fee $30
Liquid Waste Haulers Permitted with Pima County DEQ
Liquid Waste Hauler Business Application
Liquid Waste Hauler Permit Fees
Liquid Waste Hauler Vehicle Inspection Form
List of Approved Dump Sites for Liquid Waste Haulers
ADEQ Liquid Waste Hauler License Application
Closure Notification Form (to lawfully abandon a septic tank/system)

Solid Waste Haulers

A prospective solid waste hauler 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.

Pima County DEQ
Solid Waste Hauler Fees
Solid Waste Transporter Business Permit $162.00, plus $1.00 per residential
customer (paid quarterly as $0.25 per
residential customer)
Solid Waste Vehicle Permit $79 per vehicle
Late Fee $30

Solid Waste Haulers Permitted with Pima County DEQ
Solid Waste Hauler Business Application
Solid Waste Hauler Permit Fees
Solid Waste Vehicle Inspection Form
PDEQ Quarterly Recycling Service Report

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33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700
Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone: (520) 724-7400
Fax: (520) 838-7432


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