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Contra Costa County’s Non-Franchise Waste Hauler Ordinance

Jun 11, 2018 07:51AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff

By Supervisor Karen Mitchoff 

I would like to provide you with an update regarding the county’s efforts to spread the word about the new non-franchise solid waste collection and transport permit. The waste hauler ordinance was adopted by the board of supervisors earlier this year and is a tool our county can utilize to help crack down on illegal dumping. This is an issue our office hears about regularly from the public. Our Environmental Health Division has taken a three faceted approach to target consumers, waste haulers, and enforcement partners.


A website has been created (see bottom) that specifically targets waste haulers affected by the new permit requirement. An informational brochure has also been developed for waste haulers and the public. Brochures will be distributed by:

·              Environmental Health staff to waste haulers encountered out in the field during regular work activities (e.g. leaving them on a windshield or parked truck filled with solid waste).

·              Republic Services to haulers by hand when they come to the Keller Canyon Landfill or transfer stations they operate in the county.

·              Board of supervisors’ offices to the public at various community meetings.

·              Mt. Diablo Resource and Recovery to haulers at their Pittsburg location.


In addition, Environmental Health staff has met with the treasurer/tax collector’s office that issues business licenses and obtained a list of businesses that operate “junk haul” services. These businesses have been sent the brochure notifying them of this new permit system. We have also added language to the business license application that will direct new haulers to Environmental Health for the permit.


In February, Environmental Health held a meeting with Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies that represent patrol divisions throughout the county. They updated the deputies on the permit and vehicle requirements for non-franchise solid waste haulers. The Office of the Sheriff is a key partner in the enforcement of the non-franchise solid waste collection and transport permit.

In March, we partnered with the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (Recycle Smart), Rodeo Sanitary District, Mt. View Sanitary District, and the Kensington Police & Community Services District to inform residents in these service areas about the new permit requirement. Environmental Health is continuing to work with other waste authorities on sharing this information with their customers as well. We hope that by informing our constituents about this new permit it will encourage customers seeking private waste hauling services to inquire with the business on whether or not they have a permit to operate in the county.


If you have any questions about this permit or illegal dumping, I encourage you to visit this website,, or reach out to my office. We can be reached at (925) 521-7100.



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