Regulatory Assistance for Transporters

 
What you need to know if you are a Transporter

Transportation of hazardous waste without the proper authorizations is a serious violation subject to fines and penalties.  DTSC enforcement staff operate “stings” to capture illegal transporters.



 
Getting Started

In general, if you want to transport hazardous waste for hire in California, you need to be registered as a hazardous waste transporter with DTSC. Here’s the link to the Web page dedicated to registering Hazardous Waste Transporters.  Very helpful staff at the DTSC Transportation Registration Program may be reached at (916) 440-7145.  Their fax number is (916) 255-4703.  You can also e-mail questions to transporter@dtsc.ca.gov.

In many cases, you will also need to register with the California Highway Patrol as a hazardous materials transporter.  Please contact the CHP at (916) 445-1865 and ask for the hazardous materials transportation program.  Staff at the HazMat program can give you information on any required licensing, training, packaging, placarding, etc.

You do not need to be a registered hazardous waste transporter to transport:


Universal waste to another universal waste handler or recycler (22CCR 66273.50 et seq.) Keep in mind transportation of any wet cell batteries or liquid mercury have stringent DOT hazardous materials transportation requirements;

  • Latex paint to another latex paint handler or recycler (HSC 25217 et seq.);
  • Transport automotive batteries to a battery collector or recycler;
  • Non-PCB ballasts
  • PCB-containing light ballasts.
  • Mobil maintenance


 
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