In accordance with Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations 330.400 -330.403 and Title 9 Code of Federal Regulations 94.5, regulated garbage is not allowed to be imported, except from Canada. Regulated garbage arriving on means of conveyances from foreign regions, other than Canada, is allowed entry under certain conditions. Garbage arriving from Hawaii, the US territories and/or US possessions is also allowed entry under certain conditions.
A compliance agreement is a signed, written, legal agreement issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) personnel to facilities that have been approved by APHIS to handle regulated garbage. A compliance agreement consists of PPQ Form 519 Compliance Agreement and all of the required addenda, including the company Operating Procedure (OP). Compliance agreements (and addenda) are used to formalize agreements with caterers, garbage haulers, garbage processors, and other entities responsible for handling or processing regulated garbage. The compliance agreement indicates the facility understands the methods, conditions, and procedures necessary for compliance with APHIS regulations.
Compliance agreements covering regulated garbage handling are valid from the Date of Agreement (Box #10 on PPQ Form 519) and are in effect indefinitely unless administrative or other changes occur. Compliance agreements must be reviewed at least once annually and during authorized government official enforcement visit with the establishment.
Below is the template to be used by establishments/companies interested in applying for APHIS approval of Compliance Agreement to handle the Regulated Garbage:
Attention APHIS stakeholders interested in requesting approval for APHIS compliance agreements to handle regulated garbage or for back-catering* services:
*IMPORTANT NOTE — Back-catering Procedures Update: The revised back-catering services procedure has not yet been finalized. APHIS expects to release the revised back-catering procedure this summer. This procedure will allow airlines to take unconsumed meals back on the return flight under specified safeguarding requirements. Until the new procedure is finalized, no new back-catering requests will be approved. Once APHIS releases the revised procedure, all airlines will need to use the new template above to request a back-catering compliance agreement. Please wait for the APHIS Stakeholder Registry announcement to submit requests for compliance agreement approval for back-catering services. To subscribe to the APHIS Stakeholder Registry, click here.
Send requests to handle Regulated Garbage: approvals, name changes, hauling route changes, status of application, etc., by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
c/o AQI VMO Director
USDA-APHIS-PPQ Field Operations
2150 Centre Ave, Bldg. B
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone number 970-494-7483 desk
Fax number (970) 494-7501
NOTE: Applicants must also contact local state, federal and Environmental Protection Agencies for their requirements to handle garbage.