Representatives from MACo, the Maryland Conference of Local Environmental Health Directors, and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) met with Delegate Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg and a constituent to discuss the creation of a uniform waste hauler vehicle inspection and licensing system on May 10. The meeting was based on proposed 2016 legislation (HB 189/SB 348) that would have required MDE to create such a system. The bills were withdrawn after MACo and MDE committed to discuss the issue with Rosenberg and the waste hauler who suggested the change over the 2016 interim.
Currently, MDE regulates the hauling of sewage while the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) regulates the hauling of trap grease and fryer oil. Counties take different approaches to vehicle inspection and licensing requirements, with some counties having reciprocity with other counties, meaning a waste hauler can operate in multiple jurisdictions with one license and inspection.
Washington County Environmental Health Director Sara Lou Trescott and MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp represented the counties. Trescott and Knapp stressed that any uniform inspection and licensing system must: (1) take into account specific county health and safety issues; and (2) keep counties reasonably whole with respect to revenue. Trescott had previously worked with county stakeholders to create a voluntary reciprocity agreement between counties that inspect and license waste hauler vehicles.
The meeting also highlighted the need to discuss waste hauler vehicle signage requirements and to bring MDA into the discussion. The county environmental health directors will discuss the issue at their upcoming May 19 affiliate meeting and the stakeholder group will then reconvene on June 1. For further information, please contact Les Knapp at 410.269.0043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.