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
Dumping refuse on streets: see Ch. 3-357.
Garbage, rubbish and ashes: see Ch. 6-309.
Littering: see Ch. 6-307.

§ 9-303.1 Administration; collection by City.

A. 
Collection of municipal waste shall be supervised by the Director of the Bureau of Sanitation under the direction of the Director DPW. Authority is hereby conferred upon the Director DPW to promulgate rules and regulations concerning the days of collection, pickup points, routes, and the type of conveyance as is found reasonably suited to the prompt, effective and efficient collection of municipal waste in the City, and to promulgate rules and regulations with respect to those other specific matters for which such authority is herein granted, and to change and modify any and all such rules and regulations from time to time in the manner provided by law, provided that such rules and regulations shall not be inconsistent with the provisions herewith.
B. 
All municipal waste generated in the City shall be collected by the City, except for municipal waste from nonresidential property when, because of the type, nature or quantity of such waste or the necessity of more frequent collection than provided by the City, permission is granted by the Director DPW, either by general rule or regulation, or, in specific cases, for such municipal waste to be collected by private haulers or by the occupiers of such nonresidential property.

§ 9-303.2 Collection by private haulers.

A. 
Private haulers may collect municipal waste from nonresidential properties in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Director DPW under this chapter. Individual agreements may be entered into between private haulers and the owners or occupiers of nonresidential properties, and the fees and charges therefor shall be determined solely by private agreement between the parties. Private haulers collecting municipal waste generated within the City shall dispose of such waste in accordance with and under the provisions of Chapter 9-305.
B. 
All vehicles utilized by private haulers under this section shall be provided with a tight cover and shall be so operated as to prevent offensive odors escaping therefrom or any refuse from being blown, dropped or spilled therefrom within the City.

§ 9-303.3 Precollection procedures.

A. 
Ash shall be placed and maintained in a separate container(s).
B. 
Provided all other provisions of this chapter are complied with, all other municipal waste shall be placed in a separate container(s).
C. 
Recyclable material shall be placed in a separate container in accordance with and under the provisions of this chapter.
D. 
All municipal waste, before being placed in containers for collection, shall have drained therefrom all free liquids.
E. 
Tree trimmings, hedge clippings and similar material shall be cut in lengths not exceeding four feet and securely tied in bundles not more than two feet thick before being deposited for collection.

§ 9-303.4 Municipal waste containers.

A. 
Municipal waste containers shall be provided by the owner or occupier of the premises and shall be maintained in good condition. Any container which does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, or which may have ragged or sharp edges or any other defect liable to hamper or injure the person collecting the contents thereof, shall be promptly replaced. The Director DPW shall have the authority to refuse to collect municipal waste for failure to comply with this provision.
B. 
Municipal waste containers shall be made of metal, heavy-duty plastic or other material approved by the Director DPW, equipped with suitable handles and tight-fitting covers, securely fastened and watertight, and of a size and weight which can be handled conveniently by one person; provided, however, that leaf and yard waste, not tree trimmings, may be placed in heavy-duty plastic bags for collection, and municipal waste may be placed in heavy-duty plastic bags prior to such waste being placed in approved containers.
[Amended 11-10-1998 by Ord. No. 14-1998]
C. 
Ash containers shall be of metal and have a capacity of not more than 1.5 bushels each.

§ 9-303.5 Deposit of waste in containers required; excessive accumulation.

A. 
No person shall place any municipal waste in any street, alley or other public place, or upon any private property within the City, whether owned by such person or not, unless it is placed in proper containers for collection as provided herein. No person shall throw, drop, deposit or otherwise disburse any municipal waste in any stream, other body of water, public street, alley, or other public place in the City.
B. 
Municipal waste shall be prepared and placed for collection as herein provided regularly and periodically on the days designated by the Director DPW as provided herein, and it shall be unlawful for any person to accumulate any municipal waste in the City in quantities which exceed those which can be regularly and conveniently collected as herein provided. In the event of any such excessive accumulation, failure to remove the same within five days after notice thereof from the Director DPW shall be unlawful and shall be deemed to be a violation of the provisions of this chapter.
C. 
Municipal waste collection shall be limited to six trash bags per residential unit, properly secured in approved waste containers, and it shall be a violation of this chapter to place for collection more than six trash bags per residential unit.
[Added 7-9-2013 by Ord. No. 15-2013]

§ 9-303.6 Scattering of municipal waste.

No person shall cast, place, sweep or deposit anywhere in the City any municipal waste in such manner that it may be carried or deposited by the elements to or upon any street, sidewalk, alley, sewer, parkway or other public place, or any stream or body of water, or into any private premises within the City.

§ 9-303.7 Points of collection.

At the times designated for collection by the Director of Public Works, containers shall be placed for collection as follows:
A. 
Where there are walkways, streets, or alleys in the rear of structures, the containers shall be placed at the rear of the property nearest such street, alley or walkway, but not in the right-of-way of such street, alley or walkway.
B. 
Where there are no streets, alleys or walkways in the rear of structures, and there are no areaways or walkways between structures, the containers shall be placed at the front of the structures, at ground level.

§ 9-303.8 Accessibility of containers.

All containers shall be placed together at the same location on each property, as provided in § 9-303.7, easily accessible to the street, alley or walkway from which collection is made. At no time shall containers, except recyclable material containers, be placed in the front of any property if it is possible to place the same at locations to the side or rear of the property pursuant to the foregoing regulations.

§ 9-303.9 Hardship exceptions.

In cases in which a property owner is unable to comply with the foregoing requirements of this section due to age or continuing illness or physical handicap, the same shall be reported promptly to the Director DPW, and special arrangements for collection shall be made to accommodate such property owner without additional charge where possible. If special arrangements cannot be made without unusual expense to the City, the Director DPW shall establish a reasonable additional charge for such special arrangements and shall publish a schedule of such additional charges as may be applicable to the different types of special arrangements which may be needed from time to time.

§ 9-303.10 Collection practices.

A. 
Collections will be made at times and pursuant to a schedule designated by the Director DPW.
B. 
The responsibility of the City to make periodic collections of municipal waste from residential and nonresidential properties shall be limited to the collection of reasonable accumulations thereof from each such property during each collection period. A reasonable accumulation of municipal waste shall be such accumulation as can be conveniently collected and handled periodically by the persons responsible therefor. In the event unreasonable accumulations are placed for collection, the Director DPW shall have the option either to refuse to make the collection and to direct the owner or occupier of such property to remove the same as authorized in this chapter or to make special arrangements for the collection thereof and impose additional charges on the owner or occupier of such premises in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Director DPW.
C. 
No material shall be placed at the roadside earlier than 7:00 p.m. the evening of the day preceding a scheduled collection day. Material must be placed at the roadside by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
D. 
Following the collection of municipal waste, the municipal waste containers must be removed from any right-of-way (including streets, alleys, sidewalks and common walkways) prior to 9:00 p.m. of the night following collection. All municipal waste containers must then be properly secured on the property.
[Added 7-9-2013 by Ord. No. 15-2013]
E. 
All reasonable effort shall be made by City personnel or other authorized persons responsible for waste collection to pick up any trash dropped out of a municipal waste container which conforms to the requirements of this chapter. Any municipal waste which remains after the collection, however, is the responsibility of the person(s) who placed the waste, and it must be properly bagged and placed for collection at the next scheduled municipal waste collection day.
[Added 7-9-2013 by Ord. No. 15-2013]

§ 9-303.11 Point of origin.

Only municipal waste generated in the City shall be stored or placed for collection at the designated property site.

§ 9-303.12 Special refuse problems.

A. 
The removal of wearing apparel, bedding or other items from homes or other places where highly infectious or contagious diseases have occurred shall be performed under the supervision and direction of the City Health Officer, and such wastes shall not be placed in containers for regular collections.
B. 
Under no circumstances shall hazardous waste be placed in containers for regular collection. Such waste shall be disposed of as directed by the Director DPW at the expense of the owner, generator or possessor thereof.
C. 
Highly flammable, explosive or other dangerous substances, such as acids and similar materials, shall not be placed in containers for regular collection but shall be disposed of as directed by the Director DPW at the expense of the owner or possessor thereof.

§ 9-303.13 Placement of bulk items.

[Added 7-9-2013 by Ord. No. 15-2013]
Each residential unit is permitted to place one bulk item per week at the point of collection required by § 9-303.7, provided that such item is not otherwise prohibited from municipal waste collection and such item is of a size that can be handled by the persons responsible for waste collection. If such item cannot be collected by the persons responsible for waste collection, the person(s) who placed such item must remove it within 24 hours. Failure to remove such item within 24 hours is a violation of this chapter by the person(s) who placed such item. Any bulk item(s) placed for collection in excess of the alotted one per week per residential unit will be collected for disposal, and the residential unit will be charged accordingly for such service.

§ 9-303.99 Penalty.

[Amended 4-28-2015 by Ord. No. 3-2015]
A. 
Any person, whether individually or as a member or employee of a partnership or limited liability company, or any officer, agent or employee of a corporation or trust, who directs or knowingly permits any violation of any of the provisions of the sections of this code, or who aids or assists therein, either on his or her own behalf or in the interests of his or her employer or principal, and fails to comply with any order made thereunder from which no appeal has been taken, or fails to comply with such order as affirmed or modified by the City shall, upon conviction thereof, severally and for each violation and noncompliance, respectively, be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for the first two continual and uncorrected violations, and not exceeding $5,000 for the third and any subsequent continual and uncorrected violation, and, in default of payment thereof, shall be imprisoned in the Dauphin County Prison for not more than 90 days for each separate violation, or both. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue; and all persons required to do so shall correct and remedy violations or defects within a reasonable time; and, when not otherwise specified, each day that the prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
B. 
Nothing set forth in this section may limit the pursuit of other appropriate actions or proceedings at law or in equity available to the City.