Utah Administrative Code

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R315. Environmental Quality, Waste Management and Radiation Control, Waste Management.

Rule R315-313. Transfer Stations and Drop Box Facilities.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R315-313-1. Applicability.

Any transfer station or drop box facility receiving solid waste from off-site shall meet the requirements of Rule R315-313.

R315-313-2. Transfer Station Standards.

(1) Each transfer station shall meet the requirements of Subsection R315-302-1(2)(f).

(2) Each transfer station shall meet the requirements of Section R315-302-2 and shall submit a plan of operation and such other information as requested by the Director for approval prior to construction and operation.

(3) Each transfer station shall submit, to the Director, by March 1 of each year, a report that meets the applicable requirements of Subsection R315-302-2(4) and a certification that the facility has, during the past year, operated according to the submitted plan of operation.

(4) Each transfer station shall be designed, constructed, and operated to:

(a) be surrounded by a fence, trees, shrubbery, or natural features so as to control access and to screen the station from the view of immediately adjacent neighbors, unless the tipping floor is fully enclosed by a building;

(b) be sturdy and constructed of easily cleanable materials;

(c) be free of potential rat harborage, and provide effective means to control rodents, insects, birds, and other vermin;

(d) be adequately screened to prevent blowing of litter and to provide effective means to control litter;

(e) provide protection of the tipping floor from wind, rain, or snow;

(f) have an adequate buffer zone around the active area to minimize noise and dust nuisances, and a buffer zone of 50 feet from the active area to the nearest property line in areas zoned residential;

(g) provide pollution control measures to protect surface and ground waters by the construction of:

(i) a run-off collection and treatment system, if required, must be designed and operated to collect and treat a 25-year storm and equipment cleaning and washdown water; and

(ii) a run-on prevention system to divert a 25-year storm event;

(h) provide all-weather access in all vehicular areas;

(i) provide pollution control measures to protect air quality including a prohibition against all burning and the development of odor and dust control plans to be made part of the plan of operation;

(j) prohibit scavenging;

(k) provide attendants on-site during hours of operation;

(l) have a sign that identifies the facility and shows at least the name of the site, hours during which the site is open for public use, materials not accepted at the facility, and other necessary information posted at the site entrance;

(m) prevent the acceptance of prohibited waste by meeting the requirements of Subsection R315-303-4(7);

(n) have communication capabilities, if available in the facility area, to immediately summon fire, police, or emergency service personnel in the event of an emergency; and

(o) remove all wastes at final closure from the facility to another permitted facility.

R315-313-3. Drop Box Facility Standards.

(1) Each drop box facility shall be constructed of durable watertight materials with a lid or screen on top that prevents both the loss of materials during transport and access by rats and other vermin.

(2) Each drop box facility shall be located in an easily identifiable place accessible by all-weather roads.

(3) Each drop box facility shall be designed and serviced as often as necessary to ensure adequate storage capacity at all times. Storage of solid waste outside the drop boxes is prohibited.

(4) Each drop box facility shall have a sign at the entrance that complies with Subsection R315-313-2(2)(l).

(5) The owner or operator of each drop box facility shall remove all remaining wastes at final closure, to a permitted facility and remove the drop box.


solid waste management

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

April 25, 2013

Notice of Continuation

January 12, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

19-6-104; 19-6-105; 19-6-108

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R315, please contact the promulgating agency (Environmental Quality, Waste Management and Radiation Control, Waste Management). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.