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Dumpster License - Private

All private dumpsters required a lifetime license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. (Dumpsters are defined as all containers used for the collection and disposal of trash and recyclable materials.) Previously, the license requirement was a lifetime license that only applied to dumpsters larger than one cubic yard. There is a separate fee for each dumpster; however, only one license will be issued that covers all the dumpsters at a property. Fees vary depending upon the size and use of the dumpster.

Dumpster Size Dumpster Use Annual Fee
Less than 1 Cu. Yd. Trash $80
Less than 1 Cu. Yd. Recycling      $40
Greater than or equal to 1 Cu. Yd.      Trash $150
Greater than or equal to 1 Cu. Yd. Recycling $75

The legislation also requires technological enforcement. Each dumpster is now required to have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFI) medallion attached to it. Medallions can be picked up for a limited time at the Department of Licenses & Inspections District Offices. The medallions will always be available at the Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK Boulevard, concourse level). The ordinance requires the Department of Licenses & Inspections to issue medallions that electronically transmit:

  1. the license number;
  2. the name and telephone number of the licensee;
  3. the name and telephone number of the provider;
  4. the approved location of the dumpster; and
  5. such other information as the Department requires.

Any changes to the above contact or location information after the license has been issued must be immediately reported the License Issuance Unit in the Department of Licenses and Inspections. You can reach the staff by calling 311 or 215-686-8686 or by email. Failure to report changes may result in fines or other penalties.

Please note that Phila Code Sections 9-604(10)(a)(viii), 10-722(1)(k), 10-722(2) prohibits collection overnight.

License Application

Below are guides to help answer your questions on the new regulations:

Guide to the New Sanitation Regulations for Businesses

This guide will help you determine what the appropriate license and fee is for your business. Medallion pick-up locations are also listed here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to attach the RFI Medallion

In addition to a Dumpster License and Medallions for your waste and recycling containers, all businesses are required to have a Waste and Recycling Plan in place. This plan must be registered with the Streets Department, posted at your business and distributed to all employees/tenants. Plans are easy to complete and may be submitted to the Streets Department via an online form. Learn more about Waste and Recycling Plan Requirements.

RETURNED CHECKS: Licenses and Inspections uses eCollect, LLC to collect returned checks. If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize eCollect, LLC to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) eCollect, LLC may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment. For inquiries about charges to your account please call (888) 569-9001 or email admin@ecollectpayments.com

Contact Information

Mail completed license to:

Department of Licenses and Inspections - License Issuance Unit - PSC

1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Concourse Level

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am- 3:30pm (except for the last Wednesday of each month when the hours are 8:00am- 12:00 Noon)

Phone: 311 or 215-686-8686 (outside of the City of Philadelphia)

Email