Pennsylvania DEP discovers violations on waste trucks
Forty-four operational and safety violations were discovered
on 36 trucks during recent inspections by the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) at four landfills and
one municipal waste transfer station in Pennsylvania’s
The inspections were conducted on June 24 at Lake View
Landfill in Erie County, Northwest Landfill in Butler
County, Seneca Landfill in Butler County, Veolia Greentree
Landfill in Elk County, and Tri-County Waste Transfer
Station in Mercer County.
“Our inspections underscore the priority we give to ensuring
that trash trucks on Pennsylvania highways are safe and
in compliance with environmental regulations,” said DEP
Regional Director Kelly Burch. “We have conducted thousands
of trash truck inspections over the past several years
because we want to get unsafe trash trucks off the highways.”
The DEP regional staff inspected a total of 519 trucks
and found the following:
•Lake View Landfill – 170 trucks inspected, 3 trucks
•Northwest Landfill – 40 trucks inspected, 6 trucks with
•Seneca Landfill – 115 trucks inspected, 14 trucks with
•Veolia Greentree Landfill – 161 trucks inspected, 11
trucks with violations; and
•Tri-County Waste Transfer Station – 33 trucks inspected,
2 trucks with violations.
Some trucks had more than one violation. All of the violations
were against haulers, not the landfills or transfer station.
Trash haulers must obtain authorization from DEP through
Act 90, the state’s Waste Transportation Safety Act,
to haul waste in Pennsylvania to in-state facilities.
DEP inspectors look at compliance history, and if outstanding
violations exist or there is an inability to comply with
Act 90 regulations, the state can revoke authorization.
In addition to checking the Act 90 authorization, DEP
inspectors look for fire extinguisher and sign violations;
drivers not properly managing waste during transportation;
leaking loads; improper covers over the waste; trucks
that are overweight or otherwise overloaded; and log
book or record-keeping violations.