Town of Denton, MD
Caroline County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Denton 1-6-1997 by Ord. No. 357. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 94.

§ 64-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Refuse Collection Ordinance."

§ 64-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARBAGE
The animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
REFUSE
A combination of garbage and rubbish to form a composite residential-type solid waste material which are not excluded in § 64-3F.
RUBBISH
Combustible and noncombustible waste materials, except garbage; the term shall include the residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible materials, paper, rags, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tree branches, yard trimmings, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, crockery and dust and other similar materials.

§ 64-3 Service standards for residential properties.

A. 
It shall be the responsibility of the Department of Public Works or its agent to provide collection of residential refuse, except when official legal holidays or inclement weather may occur.
B. 
Collection shall be rendered at the curb, roadside or alley abutting the residential property. Under no circumstances shall Public Works employees or agents enter private property to collect refuse. Refuse left for collection shall not inhibit public thoroughfare, including sidewalks, in any manner.
C. 
The Town may, at its option, provide bulk collection service where residences are concentrated in high-density situations, such as apartment complexes. In the event the Town elects to provide this level of service, the following restrictions shall apply:
[Amended 4-5-2004 by Ord. No. 444]
(1) 
Bulk collection service shall be established at a rate not to exceed 1/4 cubic yard per residential unit for units with two or less bedrooms and ½ cubic yard per residential unit for units with three or more bedrooms.
(2) 
Collection will be made once a week. Facilities requiring additional collection service must contract for these services independent of the Town's contract.
(3) 
Coordination of the bulk collection service shall be handled by the Town of Denton, and only upon the written request of the multifamily complex owner, manager and/or owner's association.
(4) 
Rental of the individual containers, if applicable, will be at the expense of the owner and/or owners' association.
D. 
Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the provision of contractual collection services as opposed to collection by municipal employees and equipment.
E. 
All trash, rubbish or waste material resulting from building, renovation or repair work requiring a building permit on buildings in Town shall be removed by the contractor, builder or property owner and shall not be placed on the sidewalks or streets for collection by the Town. Collection and/or removal of these items must be done on a regular basis and shall not create a property maintenance violation.
F. 
Items excluded from weekly refuse collection include lawn cuttings, hedge and garden trimmings, tree limbs, leaves, appliances, separately bundled newspaper and cardboard, demolition materials such as shingles, bricks, cement blocks and plaster, hot or cold ashes, explosives, poisons, acids, any caustic substance, automobiles/vehicles, tree stumps, tires and Christmas trees. The Town may provide for a special collection program to dispose of such refuse.

§ 64-4 Service standards for nonresidential properties.

A. 
The Town shall extend refuse collection to nonresidential properties, provided that said refuse collection meets the requirements set forth in § 64-6 herein. Any business which cannot meet the requirements shall make arrangements for private refuse removal and shall provide appropriate containers for collection.
B. 
All nonresidential establishments shall have all refuse and nonresidential-type waste materials removed from the premises no fewer than one time per week.
C. 
All nonresidential establishments shall have containers properly screened in accordance with Chapter 128, Zoning.
D. 
No private dumpster may be placed on public property and/or parking lots, without written permission from the Denton Town Council.

§ 64-5 Applicable regulations for private collection.

Private individuals or firms engaged in the business of refuse collection in the Town of Denton or who may use the streets of Denton for the transport of these materials shall be subject to all federal, state or local laws, ordinances, codes or regulations applicable to the operation and maintenance of motor vehicles, including air and noise pollution. All trash collection vehicles shall be maintained watertight and litter-free.

§ 64-6 Collection rules and regulations.

All refuse must be stored and offered for collection in an approved container unless exempted herein. The regulations are as follows:
A. 
Approved refuse containers shall be watertight cans made of metal or heavy-duty rubberized or plastic material, with handles and tight-fitting covers. Cans shall not exceed 32 gallons capacity, and not more than four cans will be permitted for each residential or business unit.
B. 
Residents leasing collection containers and/or "waste wheelers" from the contractor must limit the capacity of all receptacles used to no more than 128 gallons in total.
C. 
No fifty-gallon drums will be permitted for use.
D. 
All receptacles and lids shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. They shall not be set out for collection containing free liquids or rainwater. They shall be kept free of dead animals, vermin, lice, maggots or the like and unreasonably offensive odors resulting from the lack of cleanliness, animal feces or items which may be infectious or disease-bearing. Receptacles which have become excessively worn or corroded shall be promptly replaced.
E. 
Refuse receptacles and/or containers shall be placed at the curb or roadside or alley by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection but shall not be so placed prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day before collection, and empty receptacles/containers shall be removed from the curb, roadside or alley by 11:00 p.m. of the day of collection. Receptacles/containers shall not be kept at the curb or roadside between scheduled collections, and they shall be stored on the premises at such locations to be unseen from the public streets or roads or from the front yards of immediate neighboring property.
F. 
Where collection service is provided in high-density dwelling areas, the individual residents or the management, community or condominium organization shall be responsible for the transporting of refuse to the containers and for the maintenance and cleanliness of the areas adjacent to the containers. The property owner or legally responsible management organization shall further be responsible for provision of containers and accessible space of bulk containers, placed on pavement and screened from public view. Such provisions shall be approved by the Town. Material acceptable for containerized collection service shall, in all respects, be compatible with the definitions for refuse as defined in this chapter.
G. 
Items too bulky for placement in an approved container may be offered for special collection on a schedule as set from time to time by the Department of Public Works.

§ 64-7 Special collection program.

As scheduled by the Department of Public Works, the Town may offer special collection for the following items: leaves, grass, brush, newspapers, cardboard/fiber boxes, and appliances and furniture. Rules and regulations for the collection of such items shall be prescribed by the Department of Public Works.

§ 64-8 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 64-8, Eviction refuse, was repealed 3-7-2011 by Ord. No. 622. See now Ch. 94, Property Maintenance.

§ 64-9 Special sanitary provisions.

The removal of apparel, bedding, furniture or other refuse from any premises where infectious or contagious disease prevails or has prevailed shall be specially arranged and performed under the direction of the responsible local health authority.

§ 64-10 Unlawful activities.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb any refuse containers or to remove their covers or any contents thereof, except the occupants of the premises on which the containers are placed or their duly authorized agents or the duly authorized employees or agents of the Town of Denton.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place refuse, garbage, trash or rubbish on the property of another.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for a person who is neither a Town resident or a Town business owner to place their trash for collection in the Town incorporated limits.

§ 64-11 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be guilty of a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of $200.
[Amended 6-16-2003 by Ord. No. 424]
B. 
In the event of a violation of this chapter, notice of the violation shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the property.