Solid Waste Collection Vehicle Rule

What's New Archive

This page last reviewed February 23, 2011

All documents are provided in PDF unless otherwise indicated.
1-year blanket compliance extension for certain Group 3 vehicles (May 14, 2009)
  • The Air Resources Board is granting a 1-year blanket compliance extension for certain Group 3 vehicles subject to the Fleet Rule for Solid Waste Collection Vehicles. This compliance extension is limited to Group 3 vehicles where a verified diesel emission control strategy (DECS) is not available and a fleet has applied a verified DECS to all remaining Group 3 vehicles where one is available. To qualify for an extension for the remaining Group 3 vehicles, the vehicle must be powered by:
    • any dual or bi-fuel engine not currently retrofitted, or
    • an engine with a displacement of over 15 liters and equipped with exhaust gas recirculation.

DECS Installation/Maintenance Page
 (April 6, 2009) 
  • The ARB's DECS Installation/Maintenance page is now available. This page is intended to provide guidance to end users of diesel vehicles or equipment who are interested in purchasing verified diesel emission control strategies (DECS) or (VDECs) (aka retrofit devices) to comply with ARB diesel regulations. This DECS installs page contains links to documents and general information that will assist owners of diesel vehicles or equipment in this effort.

Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategy (DECS) Failure
(October 16, 2008) 
  • Mail-Out #MSC 08-30is now available- What do I do when my verified diesel emission control strategy (DECS) fails outside the warranty period? The advisory outlines what to do if a failure occurs outside of the warranty period.

Importance of Following Good Engine Maintenance Practices (October 9, 2008) 
  • Mail-Out #MSC 08-28 is now available- ARB issued this advisory to provide guidance to owners and operators of diesel vehicles and equipment on the importance of following good engine maintenance practices, in particular, engines that are equipped with retrofit devices. More information, including information on the use of alternative diesel fuels and fuel additives in engines equipped with diesel emissions control strategies may be found in the advisory.

Deadline for installation of diesel retrofits that do not comply with the 2009 NO2 limit (September 29, 2008)
  • Mail-Out #MSC 08-26 is now available- ARB issued this advisory regarding the deadline for installation of diesel retrofits that do not comply with the 2009 NO2 limit. 
  • As of January 1, 2009, all verified diesel retrofits sold and installed must comply with the 2009 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions limit as defined in the Verification Procedure, Warranty and In-Use Compliance Requirements for In-Use Strategies to Control Emissions from Diesel Engines (the Procedure), title 13, California Code of Regulations, sections 2700-2710. More information, including the conditional grace period for installation, can be found in the advisory.

Definition of Residential and Commercial Solid Waste as it Relates to Hazardous Waste/Hazardous Waste Haulers (September 17, 2008)
  • Mailout MSC 08-24 is now available- ARB issued this advisory to clarify the definition of residential and commercial solid waste as it relates to hazardous waste and hazardous waste haulers. ARB has determined that waste haulers operating exclusively as a hazardous waste hauler are not subject to the SWCV Rule, but will be subject to ARB's proposed Statewide Truck and Bus Regulation. The Truck and Bus regulation is scheduled to be presented to the Board in December 2008 for approval. To be excluded from the SWCV Fleet Rule as a hazardous waste hauler, the owner or operator must possess a Hazardous Waste Transporter Registration Certificate and submit a copy to ARB upon request.

Use of Alternative Diesel Fuels and Fuel Additives in Engines Equipped with DECS (September 3, 2008)
  • Enforcement Advisory Number 379 is now available- Diesel emissions control strategies (DECS) are used to control exhaust from diesel fleets. The ARB’s verification procedure requires that a DECS manufacturer specify the fuel necessary for proper functioning of the DECS. Use of any alternative diesel fuels and/or fuel additives not specifically listed in the DECS verification Executive Order is illegal and strictly prohibited. Please read Enforcement Advisory Number 379 which details the use of alternative diesel fuels and fuel additives in engines equipped with DECS.
  • For further information please contact Ms. Shawn Daley at (626) 575-6972 or sdaley@arb.ca.gov or Mr. Tajinder Gill at (626) 459-4304 or tgill@arb.ca.gov

VIN Stop Request Application (August 4, 2008)
  • VIN Stop Request Application is now available as an online form- ARB's process to stop vehicle re-registration has been made available online. SWCV fleet owners and operators can complete the request for VIN Stop prior to selling a vehicle out of state or scrapping it, using the Online VIN Stop Application Form to prevent a buyer from re-registering the vehicle in California. ARB recommends the VIN Stop request be submitted at least one month prior to the sell of the vehicle. For more information regarding retirement of a vehicle, visit the SWCV retirement page.

Compliance Requirements by December 31, 2008 (May 13, 2008)
  • Mailout MSC 08-14 is now available- ARB issued an advisory to remind owners and operators of solid waste collection vehicle (SWCV) fleets that 80 percent of their Group 2a (15 or more SWCV in the total fleet) or 50 percent of Group 2b (4 to 14 SWCV in the total fleet) vehicles need to meet the compliance requirements of the regulation by December 31, 2008.

Differentiating Solid Waste Collection Vehicles (SWCV) from Transfer Trucks (February 29, 2008)
December 31, 2007 Compliance Deadline (November 19, 2007)
  • Mailout MSC 07-32 is now available - ARB issued an advisory notifying owners and operators of vehicles subject to the Solid Waste Collection Vehicle Rule December 31, 2007 compliance deadline for implementing best available control technology for Groups 1, 2a, and 2b. 

Municipalities Required to Submit an Annual Report (October 21, 2007)
  • Reminder Letter to Municipalities- Municipalities are required to submit an annual report to the Air Resources Board listing their contracted waste haulers information by January 31 of each year through 2010. 

"Retirement" of a Solid Waste Collection Vehicle (September 17, 2007)

Solid Waste Collection Vehicle Rule Vehicle Applicability (August 30, 2007)
  • Advisory number 368 is now available. The advisory clarifies the applicability of the rule based on the type of work the vehicle does. A "solid waste collection vehicle" includes both vehicles specifically-designed to collect residential and commercial solid waste for a fee, as well as those vehicles not specifically-designed to do so, if it is used to collect solid waste for a fee. 

California Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle and Engine Labeling Requirements (August 28, 2007)
  • Revised enforcement advisory number 354 is now available. Owners/operators of on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles should be aware of the engine, vehicle, and verified diesel emission control strategies labeling requirements of the Air Resources Board's programs and regulations.

Updated Municipal SWCV Company Reporting Form (June 4, 2007)

Compliance Requirements by December 31, 2007 (May 11, 2007)
  • A revised Enforcement Advisory number 331 is now available- Solid waste collection vehicle (SWCV) owners/operators must have 100% of all their 1988-2002 model year (MY) engines (Group 1) and 60% of all their 1960-1987 MY (Group 2a) engines compliant with the SWCV regulation by December 31, 2007. Compliance for multi-terminal solid waste collection fleets is determined at each terminal. In addition, the regulation is applicable to vehicles based on the type of work the vehicle performs (e.g. a dump truck that hauls waste for a fee is subject to the regulation), not the vehicle body type. 

Proper Selection of ARB Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategies (DECS) (May 10, 2007)
  • Mailout MSC 07-15 regarding the proper selection of ARB verified diesel emission control strategies (DECS), is now available- Before purchasing an ARB verified DECS, it is highly recommended that fleet operators read the applicable verification Executive Order for the DECS to be purchased. DECS installed on inappropriate engines, vehicles, and/or applications, or operated in a manner that is not compliant with the Executive Order are not verified configurations. Such configurations will not satisfy the BACT requirement of ARB fleet rules, and could expose owners of affected vehicles or equipment to potentially significant civil penalties and fines.

Advisory on Diesel Emission Control Strategies (March 29, 2007)
  • On March 6, 2007, ARB posted MSC 07-09, an advisory on Diesel Emission Control Strategies (DECS) is now available for Solid Waste Collection Group 2 Vehicles. In that posting, there was an error in the description of Group 2 vehicles.
    MSC 07-12 replaces MSC 07-09 that was canceled on March 9, 2007. 

DECS now available for Group 2 engines to meet BACT  (March 6, 2007)
  • Verified diesel emission control strategies are now available for Group 2 enginesto meet BACT. ARB has recently issued an advisory, MSC 07-09, concerning compliance extensions for Group 2 solid waste collection vehicle engines. ARB will not be providing a blanket compliance extension based on section 2021.1(d)(2)(A) of the Regulation, "no verified diesel emission control strategy available for the engines", as it has for the past two years for solid waste collection vehicles.


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