[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Cornwall 7-10-1989 by L.L. No. 2-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Cornwall has been directed to enact a mandatory recycling program in order to comply with the directives of the County of Orange, which has been ordered to institute a recycling program by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The Town Board determines that conservation of recyclable materials is now a necessity in order to conserve our material resources and that the cost of solid waste disposal is ever increasing while landfill facilities are rapidly decreasing. The Town Board recognizes that the Town of Cornwall should participate in recycling as part of a nationwide recognition of the importance of conservation and good stewardship.
In this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively set forth below:
- CARDBOARD AND CORRUGATED
- Uncontaminated cardboard boxes, food containers and corrugated boxes.
- The solid waste hauler under contract with the town.
- All products made from silica or sand, soda, ash and limestone, the product being transparent or translucent and being used for the packaging or bottling of various materials, excluding blue glass, ceramic, plate glass, window glass and light bulbs.
- All paper of the type commonly referred to as newsprint and distributed at slated intervals, having printed thereon news, opinions, advertisements or other matters of public interest; expressly excluded from "newspapers" are all magazines which are not distributed as part of newspapers.
- Individuals, partnerships, corporations, owners, tenants, lessees or occupants residing, owning, operating, managing, leasing or occupying any premises, including residential, business, commercial or industrial, within the unincorporated area of the town.
- Any process by which materials which would otherwise become municipal solid waste and which may be collected, separated or processed.
- RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTER
- Any facility designed and operated solely for receiving, storing, processing and transferring source-separated recyclable materials as designated by the Town Board.
- The Town of Cornwall, Orange County, New York.
- TOWN BOARD
- The Town Board of the Town of Cornwall, Orange County, New York.
- WASTE STREAM
- Solid waste produced by residential, business, commercial and industrial generators within the town.
A program for the mandatory separation of the following components in the waste stream is hereby established in the town: newspaper and clear glass, cardboard and office paper.
Mandatory separation and collection for residential, business, commercial and industrial generators. It shall be mandatory for all persons generating a waste stream from any residence, business, commercial installation or industrial installation to separate the items set forth below in a manner described below:
Newspapers shall be bundled separately and secured by string or twine in bundles not more than 12 inches in height, which said bundles shall not be fastened by tape, wire or any other material. The newspaper bundles shall be placed at the curb fronting the location where the newspapers were generated for pickup by the town's contractor the first Wednesday of every calendar month, commencing on August 2, 1989, and continuing thereafter. When placed at curbside for pickup, the newspapers shall not be boxed or placed within any type of container.
Clear glass with all metal and plastic covers removed shall be placed in a container and placed at the curb fronting the location where the clear glass was generated the third Wednesday of every month, commencing on the 16th day of August 1989, and continuing thereafter.
Mandatory separation and collection for business, commercial and industrial generators. Cardboard and corrugated material and office paper shall be flattened and fastened with string or twine in bundles not to exceed 24 inches in height. The bundles shall not be fastened by tape, wire or any other material. The bundles shall be deposited in recycling drop-off centers at locations and at times established by Town Board resolution from time to time.
If the contractor determines that any person shall have failed to comply with the mandatory source separation of materials in accordance with this chapter, the contractor shall have the right to decline to pick up any solid waste from the person, including but not limited to the solid waste which is mandated by this chapter to be source-separated for recycling.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be deemed to have committed an offense against this chapter and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. In addition to the above penalty, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the town to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of the terms of this chapter.