Town of Rock Hall, MD
Kent County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Rock Hall during codification 8-10-1979 by Ord. No. 79-12 (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 102.
Burning regulations — See Ch. 110.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 133.
Littering — See Ch. 147.
Destruction of trash receptacles — See Ch. 159.
Deposit of refuse on streets — See Ch. 196.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 212.
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
ASHES
The solid residue of the combustion of fuel used in heating and cooking operations as occurring in households, apartments or business places.
BULK TRASH
Bulky items such as furniture, white goods, tires, etc., not suitable for weekly residential/commercial trash collection, picked up upon request, for a fee,[1] on the first Monday of each month.
[Added 12-3-1992 by Ord. No. 92-12]
GARBAGE
Waste foodstuffs or table wastes of vegetable or animal origin.
REFUSE
Garden, lawn and tree trimmings, leaves and weeds.
RUBBISH
The waste materials from normal household living conditions and business operations other than garbage, refuse, waste or ashes. "Rubbish" shall include such items as paper, plastics, rags, bottles, tin cans, crockery, excelsior and similar materials.
WASTE
Any leftover material or nondesirable by-product created or left in any industrial or manufacturing process.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 102, Fees.
A. 
Receptacles.
(1) 
Receptacles for garbage collection or the collection of a mixture of garbage, rubbish and refuse shall be made of metal and shall be watertight, fitted with handles and provided with a tight-fitting metal cover. Garbage receptacles shall have a capacity of not less than five gallons nor more than 20 gallons and shall be so constructed that the contents can be removed easily and without delay.
(2) 
Ash receptacles shall be of the same character, size and description as garbage receptacles. However, when twenty-gallon containers are used for ashes, they shall not be filled more than half full.
(3) 
Wooden or metal baskets and boxes without lids may be used for rubbish and refuse only, but such baskets or boxes must be perforated or pierced so that water or other liquids may not collect in them.
(4) 
Paper, cardboard and paperboard containers are hereby expressly prohibited.
(5) 
These provisions concerning receptacles shall apply to all municipal collections and to collections made by private collectors where the material to be collected is placed in the sidewalk area or near any street or public alley.
B. 
Placing and number of receptacles.
(1) 
All receptacles for municipal collection shall be placed at the sidewalk area near the edge of the street, or near the edge of the alley if collection is effected in an alley, on the day or days designated for garbage, rubbish, refuse and ash collection, as the case may be. No receptacles shall be permitted on any street, alley or lane except on the days designated for their collection, and receptacles must be removed by nightfall of the day of collection.
(2) 
Any private collector making collections of garbage, rubbish, refuse, waste or ashes within the corporate limits of Rock Hall who shall require the material to be collected by him to be placed at the sidewalk area or near any street or alley shall first file with the Clerk of the Town of Rock Hall a schedule of his collections and shall make collections only in accordance therewith, and the receptacles placed near the sidewalk area shall likewise be removed by nightfall of the day of collection.
(3) 
Not more than a total of four receptacles shall be collected from any single dwelling or apartment house, except that apartment houses containing more than two apartments shall be entitled to have collected two receptacles for each unit in excess of two units.
C. 
Preparation of garbage, rubbish, refuse and ashes, etc., for municipal collection.
(1) 
All wet garbage shall be drained and wrapped in paper or placed in a bag or similar container before being placed in the garbage receptacle.
(2) 
If garbage, rubbish and refuse as defined by this chapter are all collected by municipal collection, they may be mingled in the same receptacle, provided that it is the type described in § 125-2A(1) hereof.
(3) 
Bricks, masonry, large metal objects and dirt shall not be mingled with garbage, rubbish or refuse but shall be placed in ash containers and may be mingled with ashes. Such large noncombustible objects shall be collected at the same time as ash collections are made.
(4) 
Tree limbs and other large wooden objects will be collected, provided that such material is cut in lengths not exceeding three feet and tied in compact bundles. Such material need not be placed inside containers.
D. 
Schedule of collections.
(1) 
Collection of such items of garbage, rubbish, refuse and ashes as may hereafter be collected by the Mayor and Council of Rock Hall shall be made at least once each week, and, when the regular collection day falls on a holiday, collection shall be made on the day preceding the regular collection day if the regular collection day is Saturday or the day after the holiday if the regular collection day is other than Saturday.
(2) 
No municipal collection shall be made by the Mayor and Council or their agents and employees from any industrial establishment, commercial establishment or any other establishment operating for a profit, other than apartment houses, boardinghouses or rooming houses.
All establishments not served by municipal collection shall have their garbage, rubbish, refuse, waste or ashes removed from their premises as frequently as may be necessary in order to avoid the creation of a nuisance to the public or to adjoining property owners and to prevent the creation of an unsanitary condition dangerous to the public health.
[1]
Editor's Note: On 6-6-1985, the town passed Emergency Ordinance No. 85-1, which permitted commercial trash pickup in the Town of Rock Hall.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for anyone to disturb any garbage, rubbish, refuse or ash containers or to remove their covers or any contents thereof, except the tenants or occupants of the premises on which such refuse containers are placed or their duly authorized agents or the duly authorized agents, employees or licensees of the Mayor and Council.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation desiring to engage in the business of collection of garbage and/or refuse matter within the corporate limits of the Town of Rock Hall shall first obtain a license from the Mayor and Council. Such person, firm or corporation shall make application in writing, setting forth the name and address of the applicant and a description of the vehicle or vehicles to be used in the collection of garbage, refuse or waste materials. Said application shall contain a statement that the applicant will exercise reasonable care to prevent the escape or leakage of garbage, refuse or waste materials upon the streets of Rock Hall from the vehicles used by applicant.
C. 
A fee as provided in Chapter 102, Fees, shall be collected by the Mayor and Council of Rock Hall for each license issued hereunder, and all such licenses shall expire on June 30 next following the date of issuance.
D. 
The Mayor and Council of Rock Hall may revoke the collector's license of any holder who fails to exercise reasonable care in preventing the escape or leakage of garbage, waste or refuse materials from vehicles used by the licensee or who fails to obey any lawful regulation hereafter adopted by the Mayor and Council of Rock Hall relating to the private collection of garbage, waste or refuse materials.
A. 
The removal of wearing apparel, bedclothing or other refuse from homes or other places where highly infectious or contagious diseases have prevailed shall be performed under the direction of the Kent County Health Department. Such refuse shall not be placed in containers for regular collection.
B. 
Each person who places a receptacle in the sidewalk area or near the line of any street or alley within the corporate limits of Rock Hall shall be responsible for the condition of the receptacle, and, if the contents of the receptacle shall be spilled because of the poor condition of the receptacle, the person placing the refuse for collection shall be required to clean up and remove the spilled contents of the receptacle prior to nightfall of the day in which such spillage occurs.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both, for each separate violation.