Village of Lancaster, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lancaster 1-12-1959 as Chapter XV of the Ordinances of the Village of Lancaster (Ch. 85 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dumpsters — See Ch. 126.
Littering — See Ch. 205.
Nuisances — See Ch. 221.

§ 283-1 Applicability.

[Amended 8-26-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996; 4-28-2008 by L.L. No. 3-2008]
This chapter does not apply to those businesses and residences which dispose of garbage, rubbish and refuse through the utilization of a dumpster pursuant to a permit issued by the Village of Lancaster. Utilization of dumpsters shall be governed by Chapter 126 of the Code of the Village of Lancaster, New York.

§ 283-2 Containment of garbage, rubbish and refuse.

[Added 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
A. 
Section 11 and Section 12 of Town of Lancaster Local Law No. 3-1992 (recyclable materials) as adopted August 17, 1992, by the Town of Lancaster shall be incorporated within the Code of the Village of Lancaster, New York as if fully stated herein.
B. 
All municipal solid waste, except recyclable materials and those of the type referenced within § 283-4A, B, D and E of this chapter, shall at all time be contained within containers of the type specified within § 283-3 of this chapter.
[Amended 4-14-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008]

§ 283-3 Container requirements.

[Amended 9-14-1970]
A. 
All cans and containers used for the purposes indicated in this chapter shall be a plastic, rubber or metal container of a style designed and marketed for the holding of waste material, trash and/or garbage. Such container shall not exceed 30 gallons in capacity or, including contents, 50 pounds in weight.
[Amended 11-13-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
B. 
All cans and containers used for the purpose indicated in this chapter shall be cleaned often enough to prevent the spread of disease, foul smell or attraction of flies or other insects.
C. 
All cans and containers shall be equipped with handles and a top or lid which shall be applied tightly on the container to secure the contents.
[Amended 11-13-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
D. 
The owner or owners of a building that is occupied as the residence of more than six families, as the term "family" is defined in the Multiple Dwelling Law, living independent of each other, shall provide a centrally located refuse container or containers in which to store refuse and garbage in a safe manner between collections.
[Amended 8-26-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996]

§ 283-4 Preparation for collection.

[Amended 9-14-1970; 1-8-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007; 4-14-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008]
A. 
Old clothes and carpets shall be segregated from other matter and secured tightly in compact bundles or packages and placed upon the sidewalk near the curb.
B. 
Cartons, boxes and other containers shall be broken up, flattened or taken apart, and tied in bundles not exceeding five feet in length, one foot in thickness and 50 pounds in weight.
C. 
Trimmings, shavings, sawdust and other loose materials shall be taken care of in such manner that they shall not be blown and scattered about.
D. 
Large cardboard boxes shall be reduced to three feet in length and tied.
E. 
Tree limbs shall be tied and cut into lengths no longer than four feet.
F. 
No person shall put out for collection building materials or refuse material caused by the work of contractors, carpenters, plumbers, paperhangers or other tradesmen or workmen.

§ 283-5 Collection regulations.

[Amended 9-14-1970]
A. 
All garbage, ashes, refuse and other materials covered by this chapter shall be kept off the streets until 12 hours prior to the day of collection in specific areas, but placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
B. 
On applicable garbage collection dates all cans, containers and refuse encompassed by this chapter shall be placed at the curb to be emptied.
[Amended 11-13-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
C. 
All cans or containers must be removed within 12 hours after they are emptied.
D. 
Whenever one location shall require the removal of more than 1/2 a truckload of garbage, refuse, or any other material included within this chapter, a charge shall be levied, which shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees.[1]
[Amended 6-11-1979 by L.L. No. 3-1979; 9-8-1980 by L.L. No. 11-1980]
[1]
Editor's Note: Pursuant to a resolution passed 10-27-1980, truck spot fees shall be raised from $25 to $30.

§ 283-6 Powers of Superintendent and Code Enforcement Officer.

[Amended 9-14-1970]
A. 
The Superintendent of Public Works shall schedule separate collections for materials which will decay and for refuse and shall cause notification of the dates of collection thereof to be published in the official newspaper.
B. 
The Code Enforcement Officer shall be empowered to establish administrative rules and regulations to ensure compliance with this chapter and may prohibit the collection and disposition of chemicals, compounds and explosives to ensure the health and safety of the populace.
[Amended 8-26-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996]

§ 283-7 Disturbing of rubbish placed for collection.

No person other than an authorized employee or agent of the Village shall disturb or remove any ashes, garbage or other rubbish or refuse placed, by owners or their tenants or by occupants or their servants, within the stoop or area line or in front of houses or lots for removal, unless requested by residents or by a person having the proper authority.

§ 283-8 Dumping restrictions.

No ashes, vegetables, garbage, cinders, shells, straw, shavings, paper, dirt, filth, broken glassware, crockery, bottles or rubbish or refuse of any kind whatever shall be carted to, dumped or deposited upon any property of the Village, except under the supervision and direction of the Superintendent of Public Works of the Village.

§ 283-9 Penalties for offenses.

[Added 6-29-1976 by L.L. No. 10-1976; amended 4-11-2016 by L.L. No. 4-2016]
Any violation by a person, firm or corporation of any provision of this article shall be deemed a violation and shall be subject to the following penalties:
A. 
First offense: written warning.
B. 
Second offense within twelve-month period: a fine of $50 to $100.
C. 
Third offense within twelve-month period: a fine of $100 to $150.
D. 
Fourth offense within twelve-month period: a fine of $150 to $300.
E. 
Any additional offense within twelve-month period: a fine of $300 to $500.