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Find resources for solid waste generators, haulers and facility operators, including regulatory authority, administrative procedures, applications and renewal forms.
Metro is responsible for managing the region's solid waste system in an effective, economical and environmentally sound manner, including protecting human health and welfare. To carry out its responsibility, Metro regulates private solid waste facilities to ensure that they operate in compliance with Metro's solid waste code, administrative procedures and performance standards and that they pay appropriate Metro fees and taxes that fund programs that benefit the citizens in the region.
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Find administrative procedures for Metro Code Title V Solid Waste which includes the authority to regulate the solid waste generated and disposed and all solid waste facilities located within the region...More
Download application forms for solid waste facility franchises...More
Find application forms for solid waste facility, generator and hauler licenses...More
Find supplemental forms needed for solid waste franchise and license applications, changes and reports...More
If you generate or collect mixed waste and deliver it to a processing or disposal facility not licensed or franchised by Metro you must have a non-system license...More
Download forms to renew an existing franchise or license for a local transfer station, material recovery facility or yard debris composting or reload facility...More
The purpose of Metro's solid waste regulatory affairs division is to assure that private solid waste facilities are in compliance with Metro’s Code, administrative procedures, performance standards and Metro-granted authorizations. Specific responsibilities include facility franchising and licensing (solid waste and compost operations); facility inspections; cleanup and investigation of illegal dump sites; investigations of potential violators; and, when necessary, enforcement, including assessment of monetary penalties. The division includes three major programs:
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SWAC develops policy options for the Metro Council that would reduce the amount and toxicity of waste generated and disposed by the region, and enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the region's solid waste system.