Commercial Solid Waste Haulers

Commercial Solid Waste Haulers

As of June 2003, all commercial solid waste haulers who operate within San Marcos city limits must obtain and maintain a valid commercial hauler permit. 

There are two basic components of this ordinance: 

  • Establish minimum standards for commercial solid waste collection and transport activities in the city; 
  • Compensate the City for wear and tear on city streets resulting from commercial solid waste collection and transport activities 
  1. How To Comply

Any person desiring a new or renewed commercial hauler permit must submit a notarized permit application to the Department of Neighborhood Enhancement Resource Recovery Division. 

Once the application is approved, the manager will issue a permit to remain in effect for one year from the date of issuance or renewal to the applicant.

Additionally, permitted haulers are required to:

  • Submit a copy of the applicant’s sales tax permit issued by the comptroller of public accounts with their permit application
  • Submit a quarterly report of gross revenue from commercial solid waste hauling operations in the City. Reports must be received within 30 days of the end of the proceeding calendar quarter.
  • Maintain valid motor vehicle liability insurance at all times 
  1. Fee Details

Permit Fee: $100.00/year

Street Use Fee: 7% of the permit holder’s gross revenue from commercial solid waste hauling operations in the City. Payments of street use fees must accompany certified quarterly reports when submitted.

Administrative Fee: A $100 late fee will be assessed if reports and payment in full are not submitted on or before the due date

  1. Operation Regulations

A commercial hauler must ensure:

  • Its employees take all reasonable measures to prevent spilling or leaving solid waste when making pickups. In the event of a spill, the hauler’s employee must clean the spill before the vehicle leaves the premises. The hauler must clean up liquid and hydraulic spills with an absorbent.
  • Any damage caused to city property, facilities, or equipment in connection with the hauler’s provision of commercial hauling services must be reported immediately to the Neighborhood Enhancement Department Resource Recovery Division and promptly repaired.

Commercial containers must be:

  • Placed and maintained on the customer’s property
  • Equipped in a manner that prevents blowing or scattering of solid waste materials
  • In good repair, appearance, and sanitary condition
  • Clearly marked with the hauler’s name and telephone number
  • Serviced at minimum once a week

Any person who violates any provision of Article 3 of chapter 66 of the City Code commits a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $150.00 nor more than $2,000.00 for each violation.

Waste management is an essential public service. Thank you for providing a vital service .