Health & Safety Code Section 361.091
Enclosed Containers or Vehicles; Permits; Inspections
(a)A municipal solid waste site or operation permitted as a Type IV landfill may not accept solid waste that is in a completely enclosed container or enclosed vehicle unless:
(1)the solid waste is transported on a route approved by the commission and designed to eliminate putrescible, hazardous, or infectious waste;
(2)the solid waste is delivered to the site or operation on a date and time designated and approved by the commission to eliminate putrescible, hazardous, or infectious waste;
(3)the transporter possesses a special permit issued by the commission that includes the approved route, date, and time; and
(4)a commission inspector is present to verify that the solid waste is free of putrescible, hazardous, or infectious waste.
(b)The commission may issue the special permit under this section and charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of the permit. The commission may adopt rules of procedure necessary to carry out the permit program.
(c)The commission may employ one or more inspectors and other employees necessary to inspect and determine if Type IV landfills are free of putrescible, hazardous, or infectious waste. The commission shall pay the compensation and expenses of inspectors and other necessary employees employed under this subsection, but the holders of Type IV landfill permits shall reimburse the commission for the compensation and expenses as provided by this section.
(d)The commission shall notify each holder of a Type IV landfill permit of the compensation and expenses that are required annually for the inspection of the landfills.
(e)The commission shall hold a public hearing to determine the apportionment of the administration costs of the inspection program among the holders of Type IV landfill permits. After the hearing, the commission shall equitably apportion the costs of the inspection program and issue an order assessing the annual costs against each permit holder. The commission may provide for payments in installments and shall specify the date by which each payment must be made to the commission.
(f)A holder of a permit issued under this section may not accept solid waste if the permit holder is delinquent in the payment of costs assessed under Subsection (e).
(g)The commission’s order assessing costs is effective until the commission:
(1)modifies, revokes, or supersedes an order assessing costs with a subsequent order; or
(2)issues supplementary orders applicable to new Type IV landfill permits.
(h)The commission may adopt rules necessary to carry out this section.
(i)This section does not apply to:
(1)a stationary compactor that is at a specific location and that has an annual permit under this section issued by the commission, on certification to the commission by the generator that the contents of the compactor are free of putrescible, hazardous, or infectious waste; or
(2)an enclosed vehicle of a municipality if the vehicle has a permit issued by the commission to transport brush or construction-demolition waste and rubbish on designated dates, on certification by the municipality to the commission that the contents of the vehicle are free of putrescible, hazardous, or infectious waste.
(j)In this section, “putrescible waste” means organic waste, such as garbage, wastewater treatment plant sludge, and grease trap waste, that may:
(1)be decomposed by microorganisms with sufficient rapidity as to cause odors or gases; or
(2)provide food for or attract birds, animals, or disease vectors.
Section 361.091 — Enclosed Containers or Vehicles; Permits; Inspections,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.091 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).