Private PropertyAll dumpsters placed on Private Property are required to obtain a one-time license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Fees vary depending upon the size and use of the dumpster. For dumpsters on private property, the following fees shall apply, effective as of July 2014.
On-line Dumpster License Application (www.phila.gov/li)
DUMPSTER SIZE/DUMPSTER/ONE-TIME FEE
Less than 1 Cu. Yd. Trash $80 Less than 1 Cu. Yd. Recycling $40 Greater than or equal to 1 Cu. Yd. Trash $150 Greater than or equal to 1 Cu. Yd. Recycling $75
All dumpsters placed in the public right-of-way are required to obtain an annual, renewable license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The license applicant must also continue to obtain placement approval from the Department of Streets for any dumpster in the public right-of-way. Fees vary depending upon the size and use of the dumpster. For public right-of-way dumpsters, the following fees shall apply, effective January 1, 2010.
To obtain the license application on-line, please visit: www.phila.gov/li
DUMPSTER SIZE DUMPSTER/USE/ANNUAL FEE
Less than 1 Cu. Yd. Trash $200 Less than 1 Cu. Yd. Recycling $100 Greater than or equal to 1 Cu. Yd. Trash $500 Greater than or equal to 1 Cu. Yd. Recycling $250
Temporary Construction DumpstersTemporary Construction Dumpsters that are placed in the public right-of-way require a special permit. For additional information, contact:
Dumpster IdentificationEvery dumpster should have the hauler's name or company logo, telephone number, and a unique identification number. The user is required to be identified on the dumpster.
Medallion IdenficationThe legislation also requires significant changes to technological enforcement. The ordinance provides (Sec. 10-722(3)(c)) that the Department shall issue a medallion that uses UHF radio frequency technology, or such other technology approved by the Department by regulation, to electronically transmit: (1) the license number; (2) the name and telephone number of the licensee; (3) the name and telephone number of the provider; (4) the approved location of the dumpster; and (5)such other information as the Department requires. Information describing the new technology planned for implementation should be available mid-summer 2010.
EmptyingAll dumpsters are required to be emptied at least once a week. If they contain "non-grindable" food waste, they should be emptied every three days. [Additional collection(s) may be required by the City.]
CleaningDumpsters should be kept clean, in good repair, and free of offensive odors. They should be cleaned a minimum of two times a year. (Additional cleaning may be required by the City.) Cleaning dumpsters on the street or sidewalk is not permitted.
Grindable Food WasteDumpsters may not be used for the disposal of grindable garbage. All food-handling establishments are required to install garbage disposals for disposal of grindable garbage.
Litter FreeThe area surrounding each dumpster should be maintained free of litter, lids should be kept tightly secured when not in use, and dumpsters should not be overflowing with debris.
ScreeningDumpsters located on private property should be screened from public view by shrubbery, an opaque fence, a shed or other such device.
Dumpster users who do not comply with the Dumpster Code Provisions may be fined and may have their Business Privilege License revoked. Dumpsters placed on the public right-of-way without a license will be presumed to be abandoned and subject to removal.
As the use of dumpsters increased, citizens and businesses expressed a concern to the City about the public hazard and litter created by dumpsters. In response to this situation, City Council passed an ordinance in June 1989, requiring the licensing of dumpsters and regulating their use. Now, every dumpster user in the City requires approval to use and place a dumpster. Dumpster haulers need to meet a number of performance standards.
If you still have questions regarding the dumpster code, call:
If you require a license application, call:
The Department of Licenses and Inspections
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