As part of an ongoing statewide effort to ensure trash haulers comply with environmental and safety laws, inspectors for Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently wrote tickets for 14 violations on 442 trucks using two landfills in the south central part of the state. More surprise inspections are to come, warned DEP Regional Director Rachel Diamond.

“These inspections reinforce our message that safety and compliance with environmental regulations are a top priority in Pennsylvania, and that haulers need to operate responsibly or face consequences,” she said.

Diamond said DEP is conducting random, unannounced trash truck inspections to ensure compliance with state law. Inspectors look for sign violations, drivers not properly managing waste during transportation, fire extinguisher violations, leaking loads, and improper covers over the waste, overweight or overloaded trucks, and record-keeping violations.