Town of Belchertown, MA
Hampshire County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Belchertown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Junk dealers and collectors — See Ch. 58.
Dumping — See Ch. 212.
Transfer station and recycling center — See Ch. 265.
[Adopted 5-14-1990 STM by Art. 5]

§ 109-1 Program established.

There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of certain recyclable material from garbage or rubbish by all those who are permitted to use the Town of Belchertown transfer station/landfill facility.

§ 109-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
RECYCLABLES
Clean, discarded materials which may be reclaimed and which are considered potentially salable and recyclable by the Town of Belchertown. For the purpose of this article, they are defined in the following categories:
A. 
Cans made from aluminum, aluminum foil and wrappers and aluminum trays (tins) or containers used in packaging or food preparation.
B. 
All unbroken bottles or jars made from standard bottle glass. Glass bottle colors may be clear, green or brown.
C. 
Cans commonly used for all types of household food packaging (including coffee, soup, cat food and other various types of kitchen cans). This category includes both tin and bimetal cans. No aerosol or paint cans of any type are acceptable.
D. 
All types of newspaper, supplements, advertisements, magazines, soft-cover books and office and computer paper. Paper must be nonsoiled. Paper will be considered noncontaminated if it has not been exposed to substances which render it unrecyclable (paint, oil, food contamination, etc.).
E. 
All forms of corrugated boxes used in packaging, small cardboard (cereal and small kitchen-type boxes) cartons and kraft (brown) paper bags. Cardboard is subject to the same contamination provisions as paper. No waxed cardboard containers for frozen foods or liquids are acceptable.
F. 
Plastic jugs, bottles and containers currently used for water, milk, juice, detergent and soap (no oil or other such containers).

§ 109-3 Preparation of recyclables.

A. 
All bottles and cans and other containers (all types metal, glass and plastic) must be rinsed, labels are acceptable, lids and caps removed.
B. 
All metal and plastic containers should be flattened (if possible) to conserve space in the hauling container. The flattening of containers is voluntary.
C. 
Glass bottles must be placed in the hauling container whole. Breakage which occurs during placement in the hauling container is acceptable, but residents must not pre-break or crush the glass before placement in the proper hauling container.
D. 
All paper and cardboard must be kept flat or flattened upon placement in the properly marked container.
E. 
All material, when brought to the transfer station, must be correctly placed in the properly marked container.
F. 
All users of the Belchertown transfer station/landfill facility, residential and commercial, must separate and prepare their recyclables in the fashion prescribed in Subsections A through E above.

§ 109-4 Ownership of recyclables.

Once deposited in the correct container at the Town of Belchertown's transfer station, all recyclable material becomes the property of the Town of Belchertown.

§ 109-5 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

A. 
The Board of Selectmen will be charged with the enforcement of this article.
B. 
The Board of Selectmen shall establish rules and regulations for the operation of the recycling center and transfer station and shall establish specific fines for violations thereof which shall be $25 per offense.[1]
[Added 10-2-1995 STM by Art. 10]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 265, Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center.
C. 
In addition to enforcement by complaint brought in the District Court, this article may also be enforced by noncriminal disposition pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 21D and shall be enforced by the Director of Public Works or any police officer. Each day on which a violation exists shall be deemed to be a separate offense.
[Added 10-2-1995 STM by Art. 10]

§ 109-6 Effective date.

These regulations shall take effect July 1, 1990.