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A. All commercial users of City solid waste disposal facilities must have a City solid waste disposal permit. Permits for charge commercial users must be obtained after the applicant successfully completes a landfill user’s agreement and posts a surety bond or cash deposit with the Department. Permits for each commercial user will be obtained from the weigh station clerks upon submission of a certified tare weight and successful completion of a facility use application. The permit sticker for commercial users must be affixed to the front of the vehicle in such a manner that the sticker can be easily read by weigh station clerks. A new permit must be obtained if it becomes damaged or illegible, if the vehicle’s tare weight or ownership changes or if required periodically for administrative or operational purposes. At such time as the permit holder transfers ownership of the vehicle, the permit holder must return the permit to the Department. Until the Department receives the permit or written notification of transfer of ownership, all charges incurred by that vehicle will be the responsibility of the original permit holder, even though the original permit holder no longer owns the vehicle. It is also the responsibility of the disposal facility user to notify the Department immediately of changes in the company’s ownership. All charges will accrue to the current owner on file until written notification of a change is received by the Department.

B. Commercial users must pay a disposal fee of $55.00 per ton at the time of disposal or establish a charge account. To establish a charge account, the commercial user must file with the Department a bond or cash deposit for the benefit of the City in the sum of not less than $1,000.00. The amount may be adjusted according to the user’s average usage so that the bond or deposit will be the equivalent of up to three months’ charges to protect the City, but not be less than $1,000.00. Payment history will be considered when setting the bond or deposit amount. The bond must be executed by said commercial user or firm and by a surety company maintaining an agency in the City. All bonds or deposits must be conditioned to require that the commercial user or firm named therein will pay the disposal fees by the last day of the billing month. If not paid by the last day of the billing month, the Director may refuse to allow the commercial user or firm to charge any further disposal fees and will deduct all outstanding charges (including delinquent fees) from the bond or deposit established. If the outstanding debt is not satisfied through the bond or deposit, the Director may deny future eligibility for a charge account and use of City disposal facilities to the debtor. A reinstatement fee will be charged to reestablish the disposal account.

C. The Director may require any user to return to the scales for verification of the tare weight of any vehicle.

D. To prevent the spilling or blowing of solid waste from vehicles in transit to solid waste facilities, vehicles must have their loads enclosed, covered or secured from point of origin. If the user does not comply, each vehicle will be charged a $20.00 uncovered load fee in addition to the applicable disposal fee.

E. For Class 1 solid waste, the following fee schedule will apply:

1. A residential customer paying full monthly solid waste fees may receive disposal of one load, of up to one ton of solid waste, each calendar month at no charge upon complying with the following:

a. Present a copy of their City services bill showing they have an active account paying solid waste service fees that are current and not delinquent;

b. Present photo identification matching the name or address on the City services bill or account;

c. The load must be properly enclosed, covered, or secured from point of origin to prevent the spilling or blowing of solid waste from vehicles in transit to the solid waste facilities; and

d. The customer is responsible for all fees should the load exceed the one-ton limit. Only one ton of solid waste generated from the customer’s dwelling unit is eligible for the monthly fee waiver.

2. The fee will be rounded to the nearest dollar and will be charged the greater of $10.00 or:

Disposal Site (Base Fee)

Fee Effective May 22, 2023

27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility

$55.00 per ton

North Gateway Transfer Station

$55.00 per ton

3. If the City solid waste disposal facility user cannot verify the vehicle’s tare weight, the user will be required to deposit a disposal fee that will be determined by the weigh station clerk on the basis of a reasonable estimated weight. After the load has been dumped, the user is required to return to the scales so that the tare weight and actual disposal fees may be determined. If a user does not return to the scales immediately after the load has been dumped the fee in question will be forfeited to the City.

4. Loads may be estimated on the basis of tare weight in accordance with the table in this subsection, when scales are inoperative. If the computerized system is not operational the option to use average weights from past history, when available, may be used.

Tare Weight (Pounds)

Estimated Types of Vehicles

Weight (Tons)


One-ton dump truck



2—2 1/2 ton dump trucks, solid waste collection trucks



Bin trucks, automated solid waste collection trucks


30,000 and over

Large bin trucks


30,000 and over



F. For Class 2 solid waste, the fee will be the same as for Class 1 solid waste except for the following:

1. A fee will be charged in addition to the base Class 1 fee for any special arrangements or processing necessary for proper disposal, recycling, diversion processing, sorting, disposal monitoring, or record handling. This fee will be charged at the City’s discretion under a fee structure approved by the Director and published by the Department.

2. City solid waste disposal facilities will accept up to five used motor vehicle tires free per year per City residential user. Tires from any other source including commercial, industrial, and institutional entities may be accepted at the City’s discretion under a fee structure approved by the Director and published by the Department.

G. Class 3 solid waste is not accepted at any City solid waste disposal facility except as provided under Sections 27-42 and 27-44. A minimum $50.00 fee will be charged, in addition to the base fee, to recover the City’s costs for additional waste handling, disposal monitoring, records handling, or other special arrangements.

H. A special handling fee will be charged in addition to the base fee to recover the City’s cost for additional waste handling, recycling, diversion processing, sorting, disposal monitoring, records handling, account reinstatement, or any other special arrangements, such as:

1. Proof of destruction of materials;

2. Styrofoam in excess of one cubic yard or wire, food waste, beverages, and oversized materials in excess of 200 pounds;

3. Loads that do not have their solid waste segregated or any solid waste that requires special handling.

I. For private, nonprofit organizations operating in the City that assist the City in the collection of bulk manmade items and operate their own identifiable fleet of trucks, an annual disposal license fee will be assessed. This annual disposal license may be obtained from the Director for a fee of $180.00 payable for the fiscal year commencing July 1, and ending June 30. The annual disposal license provides approved organizations discounted disposal at City disposal facilities for items collected from City of Phoenix residents that cannot be reused or recycled. Materials collected from businesses and commercial operations or outside the City of Phoenix do not receive discounted disposal. Other nonprofit organizations benefitting City solid waste operations may be eligible for discounted disposal fees as approved by the Director. (Ord. No. G-4623, § 1, 2004; Ord. No. G-4757, § 1, 2005; Ord. No. G-5046, §§ 2, 3, 2007; Ord. No. G-5315, §§ 2, 3, 2009; Ord. No. G-5756, 2012; Ord. No. G-5920, 2014; Ord. No. G-6673, § 2, 2020; Ord. No. G-7100, § 1, 2023)