City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 22-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
CROSS-REFERENCES
Public Health Code: see Ch. 6-309.

§ 9-301.1 Title.

This Part 3 of Title 9 shall be known and may be cited as the "Municipal Waste and Recycling Code" of the City.

§ 9-301.2 Definitions; word usage.

For the purposes of this Part 3, the following terms, phrases and words shall have the meanings given herein; other definitions may be found in Chapter 1-302, Glossary of Terms. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall," as used herein, is mandatory and not merely directory.
ACT 101
The Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988.[1]
ALUMINUM CAN
Containers which are comprised entirely of aluminum and which formerly contained only nonaerosol edible substances.
ASH
The residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke, and other combustible materials for residential heating.
BIMETAL CAN
An airtight, usually cylindrical container made of two metals in which foods or beverages are preserved.
CAN
A container, which formerly contained only nonaerosol edible substances, comprised of aluminum, tin, steel, or a combination thereof, or other substances as have been approved for recycling by the City. The term includes, but is not limited to, cans which once contained such substances as vegetables, meats, fruits, juices, or other similar food storage containers constructed of approved materials. The term does not include aerosol cans, hazardous cleaning substances, automotive supply cans (e.g., transmission fluids, motor oils, etc.), and other similar containers.
CARDBOARD
All corrugated or other cardboard normally used for packing, mailing, shipping, or containerizing goods, merchandise or other material, but excluding plastic-, foam- or wax-coated or soiled cardboard.
COMMERCIAL
Nonresidential, and shall include facilities which are partially residential and partially nonresidential.
COMMINGLED
Source-separated, nonputrescent recyclable materials that have been mixed at the source of generation (i.e., placed in the same container).
CONTRACTOR
A person or company approved by the City to collect, transport or market recyclables.
COUNTY
The County of Dauphin, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
COUNTY PLAN
The solid waste management plan for Dauphin County as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those recyclable materials to be source-separated in this City. The term includes but is not limited to glass, plastic containers, cans, corrugated and other cardboard, high-grade office paper or other materials.
DIRECTOR DPW
The Director of Public Works of the City.
DIRECTOR I&SG
The Director of Incineration and Steam Generation of the City.
DISPOSAL FACILITY
The Harrisburg Steam Generating Facility, also known as the "Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility," or an alternate municipal waste disposal facility as may be designated by the Director I&SG.
DISPOSITION or DISPOSITION OF DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
The transportation, placement or arrangement of designated recyclable materials for all possible end uses, except disposal as solid waste.
GENERATOR
The person who is responsible for the recyclable material or solid waste.
GLASS
All clear, green, and brown-colored glass food and/or beverage containers. "Glass" shall not include crystal, ceramics or light bulbs or plate, window, laminated, wired, or mirrored glass.
GROUND LEVEL
The level of the ground adjacent to the principal structure on the property, but this term does not mean the basement level unless the basement is the same level as the street, alley or walkway from which collection is made.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Any material or substance which, by reason of its composition or characteristics:
A. 
Is toxic or hazardous waste, as defined in any applicable law; the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq.; or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq., as the same may be amended, replaced or superseded, and any regulations, orders, guidelines and policies implementing the same;
B. 
Constitutes material regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., as the same may be amended, replaced or superseded, and any regulations, orders, guidelines and policies implementing the same;
C. 
Constitutes materials within the meaning of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, 42 U.S.C. § 2011 et seq., as the same may be amended, replaced or superseded, and any regulations, orders, guidelines and policies implementing the same; or
D. 
Under any other law of similar purpose or effect, or under regulations and policies implementing same, is not permitted to be processed at the disposal facility.
HIGH-GRADE OFFICE PAPER
Includes paper items generated by offices and/or commercial entities. This may include white computer paper, white copier paper, white typing paper, white letterhead paper, white note-pad paper, and other similar office paper.
IMPROVED PROPERTY
Any property upon which is located a building, mobile trailer unit or other structure, whether or not attached to the land. Parking lots with surface material construction, including crushed stone, concrete and asphalt, for the purpose of providing an area for the off-street parking of vehicles, shall be considered to be an improved property; provided, however, that land upon which no structures are located other than surface materials, and which is not used for any purpose, shall not be deemed to be improved property.
LEAF AND YARD WASTE FACILITY
A dropoff point or area designated by Director DPW where leaves, tree trimmings, brush and garden residue, and, if designated, grass clippings, can be delivered to the City for processing.
MUNICIPAL WASTE
Any garbage, refuse, industrial lunchroom or office waste, and other material, including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material, resulting from the operation of residential, municipal, commercial or institutional establishments and from community activities. This includes, but is not limited to, the following bulk items: file cabinets, chairs, tables, desks, stoves, water heaters, clothes washers, clothes dryers, sofas, box springs, mattresses, and entertainment units. The following items are also included when such items have had the refrigerant removed from them by an air conditioner and refrigeration technician certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and satisfactory evidence of such is provided to City personnel or other authorized persons responsible for waste collection: air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers. Satisfactory evidence shall consist of a signed statement of the disposer, which includes the name and address of the certified technician who recovered the refrigerant and the date the refrigerant was recovered, or a copy of a contract stating that the refrigerant will be removed prior to pickup. This term does not include hazardous waste, recyclable materials, sewage, sludge, batteries, tires, industrial fluids, automotive fluids, paints, or construction/demolition materials.
[Amended 7-9-2013 by Ord. No. 15-2013]
NONRESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Any structure or part of a structure in the City not used or designed to be used as a residential dwelling unit.
OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR
The operations supervisor at the disposal facility.
PICKUP POINT
A location(s) designated by the Director DPW where recyclables are to be placed for collection.
PLASTIC JUG
A rounded, pitcher-like container made of plastic, usually with a small mouth and a handle, which formerly contained only edible substances or such other substances as have been approved by the City.
PRIVATE HAULER
Any person, other than the City, who collects and disposes of municipal waste generated in the City.
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
A material, which would otherwise become municipal waste, which can be collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
RECYCLING
Any process by which materials, which would otherwise become solid waste, are collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
RECYCLING CONTAINER
The container provided by the City for the express purpose of storing recyclables for collection by the City or its agent(s).
RESIDENT
Any human being residing within the City on a temporary or permanent basis, but excluding persons residing in hotels or motels.
SOURCE-SEPARATE
To separate recyclable materials from the municipal waste stream at the point of waste generation.
TIN CAN
An airtight, usually cylindrical container made of tin-plated sheet steel in which foods or beverages are preserved.
YARD WASTE
Includes leaves, tree trimmings, brush and garden residue, excluding grass clippings.
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Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 4000.101 et seq.