Town of Wales, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wales 7-11-1991 by L.L. No. 1-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Junk and junkyards — See Ch. 120.

§ 166-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Recycling Law of the Town of Wales."

§ 166-2 Statutory authority.

This chapter is enacted pursuant to the authority granted under the New York Town Law and the New York Environmental Conservation Law regarding solid waste reduction.

§ 166-3 Policy objectives.

It is hereby declared the policy of the Town to reduce the volume of solid wastes. To achieve such volume reductions, the Town shall by resolution, rule or regulation provide for the implementation of programs to separate recyclable materials from solid wastes and to require solid waste haulers to comply with this chapter.

§ 166-4 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALUMINUM CANS
Empty all-aluminum beverage and food containers.
BIMETALLIC CANS
Empty food or beverage containers consisting of ferrous sides and bottoms and an aluminum top.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Those properties used primarily for commercial or industrial uses as perceived herein and as may be so identified in Chapter 200, Zoning, of the Code of the Town of Wales.
CORRUGATED PAPER
That material consisting of two or more pieces of Kraft liner separated by corrugated (fluted) liner board. Excluded are materials without a corrugated interliner and those materials with a corrugated liner made from rice or other non-wood-based materials.
CURBSIDE COLLECTION
The collection by the municipality or its authorized agent(s) of recyclable materials placed at the curbside or other designated locations.
FERROUS CANS
Empty steel or tin food or beverage containers.
GLASS CONTAINERS
Bottles and jars made of clear, green or brown glass. Expressly excluded are noncontainer glass, plate glass, blue glass and porcelain or ceramic products.
HIGH-GRADE OFFICE PAPER
That paper collected from commercial, institutional and municipal establishments that was discarded from xerographic copiers, from nonthermal computer printers, from general office use forms, memos and correspondence and from print shops and other commercial printing processes. Material sorting and classification grades will be specified in the regulations specific to this chapter. Expressly excluded are papers with self-carbons, carbon paper, envelopes and all other grades of paper not meeting the specifications in the regulations.
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those facilities that house or serve groups of people, e.g., hospitals, schools and nursing homes.
LEAF WASTE
Leaves, garden residues and similar material, but not including grass clippings.
MAGAZINES and PERIODICALS
Printed matter containing miscellaneous written pieces published at fixed or varying intervals and printed on glossy or slick paper. Expressly excluded, however, are all other paper products of any nature whatsoever.
NEWSPAPERS
Paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at fixed intervals, having printed thereon news and opinions, containing advertisements and other matters of public interest. Expressly excluded, however, are newspapers which have been soiled.
PERSONS
Owners, lessees and occupants of residences or commercial or institutional establishments, individuals, partnerships or corporations.
PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Empty plastic food and beverage containers. Due to the large variety of types of plastics, the recycling regulations shall stipulate the specific types of plastic which may be recycled as determined by the Town Board from time to time.
RECYCLABLE CONTAINERS
Any type containers approved by the Town Board.
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials which may be processed at a recycling facility and specified by the Town Board to be recycled. The list of materials shall be specified in the recycling regulations resulting from this chapter and may be revised from time to time as deemed necessary by the Town Board.
RESIDENCE
Any occupied single-family or multifamily dwelling from which a municipal or private waste hauler collects solid waste.
SOLID WASTE
All refuse (garbage and rubbish) and other discarded solid material normally collected by a municipal or private hauler. Hazardous or toxic waste, as defined by the Department of Environmental Conservation, is not included in this definition.
TOWN BOARD
The duly elected and constituted legislative body of the Town of Wales.
YARD WASTE
Prunings, grass clippings, weeds, leaves and garden waste.

§ 166-5 Establishment of program.

There is hereby established by the Town of Wales, herein referred to as the "Town," a program that mandates the recyclable materials which shall be kept separate from solid waste by all persons within the municipality.

§ 166-6 Separation of recyclables; placement for collection.

Recyclable materials shall be placed at the curb or in areas designated by the Town separate from solid waste for collection at such times and dates as may be hereinafter established by regulations or by contract with private collectors.

§ 166-7 Collection permits required.

All persons or firms engaged in the collection or disposal of solid waste are required to obtain an annual permit upon application and approval of the Town Board. The Town Board shall determine by resolution the cost of the permit and any requirements to be met by the applicant. By this provision, the Town Board specifically reserves the discretion to determine the requirements for said permit, which shall include but not be limited to the type of vehicles used for collection, hours of collection, frequency of collection and provisions against spillage and littering. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any persons unauthorized by the Town to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such recyclable material. Each such collection in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.

§ 166-8 Report of violation.

[Amended 5-11-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993]
All persons or firms licensed to collect and dispose of solid waste within the Town of Wales shall file a quarterly report no later than the 10th day of the month subsequent to the period of the report, setting forth the names and addresses of any persons or firms which have failed to separate recyclable materials from solid wastes. The defining of recyclable materials shall be as set forth in this chapter and as may be determined from time to time by resolution of the Town Board.

§ 166-9 Administration and enforcement.

The Town by its designated officer is authorized to enforce this chapter. The same is hereby authorized and directed to establish and promulgate reasonable regulations as to the manner, days and times for the collection of recyclable materials in accordance with the terms hereof and any other matters required to implement this chapter. This shall include the licensing of solid waste collectors. The Town may change, modify, repeal or amend any portion of said rules and regulations at any time.

§ 166-10 Penalties for offenses.

Any action by any person, firm, corporation or other entity which violates or does not comply with any provision of this chapter or any regulation thereof shall be given a notice to remedy upon the first violation and thereafter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 upon the first conviction, not more than $300 upon the second conviction and not more than $1,000 upon each subsequent conviction. Any person, firm, corporation or other entity which collects such recyclable materials without authorization of the owner or of the Town of Wales shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $300 upon the first conviction, not more than $500 upon the second conviction and not more than $1,000 upon each subsequent conviction. This chapter may be enforced in the Town of Wales Justice Court.

§ 166-11 Agreements for collection.

The Town may negotiate and enter into agreements with public or private agencies or firms to authorize them to collect all or part of solid waste and recyclable materials from curbside or elsewhere as designated by the Town. The agreement with the private or public agencies or firms may provide for the sharing of revenues generated from the collection and sale of recyclable materials.

§ 166-12 Alternative collection procedures.

Any person may donate or sell recyclable materials to individuals or organizations authorized or licensed by the municipality in its recycling regulations. These materials must either be delivered to the individual's or organization's site or they may be placed at the curb for collection by said individual or organization on days not indicated as recyclable material collection days by the municipality. Said individuals or organizations may not collect recyclable materials on or immediately preceding (within 24 hours) a regularly scheduled curbside collection day.