In Texas, the regulation of those who transport solid waste or recyclable materials is under the authority of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles or local counties/municipalities. The Waste Hauler Bonds are used as a safeguard against damages that occur as a result of hauling waste, such as roadway damage or spill occurrences.
Buying your Transportation of Waste Bond with Jet is easy and quick, letting you get the bonding you need to keep focused on hauling recyclable materials or solid waste.
Jet offers Waste Transportation Bonds for as low as $100 per year. Of course, the set bond limit will be a factor in actual cost. See the chart below for rates that are available at different bond limits.
Waste Hauler Bond
Solid Waste/Recyclable Material Bonds
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# of Vehicles
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Waste Transportation Permit Bond
Bond limits that are under $15,000 will be automatically approved at $100. Anything over will be subject to a soft credit check — don’t worry, this will not impact your credit score in any way.
As mentioned above, there are different government agencies that require some form of bonding for the transportation of waste in Texas. Here is a rundown of the various Waste Hauling Bonds.
TxDMV - Transportation of Solid Waste Bond
This requirement is set by the Department of Motor Vehicles as a way to protect public roadways in the State of Texas. The Transportation of Solid Waste (Form DMV-1575) has a bond limit that is based on how many waste hauling vehicles are used, with a value of $1,000 for each vehicle. The purpose of this bond is to account for any damage to state highways, county roads, or city streets that was caused by the vehicles that are hauling waste. Waste transporters will also need to have a Solid Waste Surety Bond Certification (Form DMV-1576) that must be kept in each truck.
TxDMV - Transportation of Recyclable Material Bond
The Transportation of Recyclable Material Bond (Form DMV-1575A) is very similar to the bond mentioned above but is for the hauling of recyclable materials. The TxDMV also requires this bond, at an amount of $1,000 per hauling vehicle to protect public roadways from damage that occurs from waste hauling vehicles. Recyclable material transporters are required to have a Recyclable Material Surety Bond Certification (DMV-1576A) in the cab of the hauling vehicle at all times.
Harrison County - Waste Hauler Bond
The County of Harrison requires waste haulers working within the county line to have a $1,000 Waste Hauler Bond as a license requirement. Waste haulers are bound to follow the obligations of their license and any applicable regulations from the county or state. With Jet, this bond will only cost $100 a year.
City of Houston - Waste Transportation Permit Bond
Waste haulers in the City of Houston must have a Waste Transportation Permit Bond filed along with their permit application. The limit for this bond far exceeds the previously mentioned bonds and must be in an amount of $150,000. The reason for this is that the purpose of the bond is shifted — where the other bonds cover damage to roadways, the Houston Waste Hauler Bond accounts for the cost of cleanup of spills that occur during operation.
If there is a spill, the waste hauler will be responsible for their actions and must reimburse the city for the cost of cleanup within 30 days. Only when the waste hauler fails to fulfill this obligation will the bond be tapped. The bond allocates $30,000 per spill occurrence. In lieu of the bond, the City of Houston will accept a $1 million Pollution Liability insurance policy. Regardless of whether the bond or liability insurance is used, the waste hauler must provide evidence of financial responsibility for each vehicle used for hauling waste.
With Jet, the City of Houston bond requirement will need to be reviewed by an underwriting specialist before eligibility and rate can be determined.
Applying for your Waste Hauler Bond is easy with Jet! Simply press the button above to get started, selecting the bond that is needed and answering the questions that follow. The application may require a soft credit check depending on your bond limit, which means that your social security number must be submitted. For the Houston Waste Hauler Bond, since the limit is much higher, a credit check and financial statements must be reviewed by a Jet underwriter in order to provide a rate.
After you receive your quote at the end of your application (or via email if your application was submitted), you can submit payment information to purchase the bond. Due to common bond expiration dates, you will most likely have to purchase the bond at a prorated rate or on monthly terms (that are currently only offered at Jet Insurance Company).
Jet will send you a digital copy of your Waste Transportation Bond and a receipt. The original copy will be sent to you to sign and submit with any other documents that may be needed. The Waste Hauler Bond for Harrison County must be signed in the presence of a notary.
Here are the addresses to send to:
Transportation of Solid Waste/Recyclable Material
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Motor Carrier Division
4000 Jackson Ave
Austin, TX 78731
Waste Hauler Bond (Harrison County)
Harrison County Courthouse
200 West Houston
Marshall, TX 75670
Waste Transportation Permit Bond
City of Houston
7427 Park Place
Houston, TX 77087
Waste Hauler Bonds are often congruent with the permit/license term. As such, they will have an expiration date and cannot be cancelled prior to the end of the term. The specific expiration dates are as follows:
TxDMV Transportation of Solid Waste: August 31
TxDMV Transportation of Recyclable Materials: August 31
Houston Waste Transportation Permit: January 31
Harrison County Waste Hauler Bond: no specified date
Since the bond will expire each year, the waste hauler must renew the bond annually as needed. Jet will send out renewal notices plenty of time before your bond expiration. The mailed and emailed notices only take a minute to verify the information and submit payment for the next year.
Since Waste Hauler Bonds have clearly defined coverages, it is easy to see what would cause a claim. Typically, the bonds help the State of Texas or other agencies recoup costs when haulers don’t pay for the repairs of damage caused by their waste hauling trucks. However, Houston’s Waste Transportation Bond compensates the City for spill cleanup costs if the waste hauler fails to do so.
Avoiding claims is as easy as following license or permit obligations to minimize the probability of damage and if damage occurs, make amends for damages caused. Once a claim is filed against the Waste Hauler Bond, Jet will check it out to make sure it’s not false. If it is legitimate, Jet will have to pay the claim up to the full limit of the bond (except for Houston bonds, which will be up to $30,000 per spill). However, you can’t just throw away your liability once Jet has paid for your mess; you will still be liable for the damage and will have to pay Jet back.
As you can see, there are Waste Hauler Bond specifications at the state level and local governments. It is possible that you may need to hold more than one bond, particularly if doing business in different areas. Purchase bonds as instructed by your permit or license.