[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-12-1988 by Ord. No. 501, approved 1-12-1988 (Ch. 78, Art. I, of the 1975 Code)]
[Amended 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988]
From and after February 1, 1988, the Borough Council shall impose the annual sum for each residential household unit within the Borough of Bridgeport as set forth in the current fee resolution, per year, per household unit, to provide the service of residential trash, garbage and refuse collection and disposal within the Borough of Bridgeport. For households with more than one residential unit, the annual sum will be calculated by multiplying the number of units by the annual fee or charge per unit.
Editor's Note: The current fee resolution is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary and may be inspected during regular business hours.
Any unpaid fees and charges established herein which remain unpaid for a period in excess of 30 days after billed shall be subject to collection procedures as established by law for all other municipal claims and may result in a lien being placed upon the premises, as well as the suspension of the service provided.
[Amended 7-12-1994 by Ord. No. 528, approved 7-12-1994]
[Adopted6-26-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-004, approved 6-26-2018]
The Borough of Bridgeport hereby establishes a program for the reduction of the amount of solid waste and the conservation of certain recyclable material, as defined herein, by the separation and collection thereof in the Borough of Bridgeport pursuant to 53 P.S. § 4000.1501, et seq.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The governmental jurisdiction and legal entity of the Borough of Bridgeport, County of Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
- BULK WASTE
- All waste materials too large for collection in ordinary containers. Examples of bulk waste include: furniture, appliances, carpeting and similar items. Bulk waste shall not consist of electronics, hazardous waste, or any items that may be packaged and disposed of using regular trash collection procedures.
- Containers comprised of aluminum, tin, steel, or a combination thereof which contain or formerly contained only nonaerosol substances.
- 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.
- Printed material soliciting products for sale to the reader.
- Any establishment engaged in a nonmanufacturing or nonprocessing business including, but not limited to, stores, markets, office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters. Multifamily dwellings, town homes, mobile home parks, hotels, motels, mixed-use properties (combined business/residential on a single parcel) and farms which use commercial dumpsters shall be considered commercial establishments. Does not include properties where primary permitted use is residential and accessory use is commercial (i.e., home occupations). Multiple-dwelling residential buildings, including residential units over store front commercial business, containing more than three dwelling units, shall be treated as commercial properties.
- COMMINGLED RECYCLING
- Commingling of several recyclable materials into one container for processing and pickup, also referred to as single-stream recycling.
- COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
- Church, school, civic, service group, municipal functions, and all other such functions conducted within Bridgeport Borough and sponsored privately, which include, but are not limited to, fairs, bazaars, socials, picnics, and organized sporting events that will be attended by 25 or more individuals per day.
- A process involving the microbial decomposition of organic matter.
- CORRUGATED PAPER
- Structural paper material with an inner core shaped in rigid parallel furrows and ridges (i.e., cardboard).
- CURBSIDE RECYCLING COLLECTION
- The scheduled collection and transportation of recyclable materials placed at the curbline or other area designated by the collector.
- DISPOSAL FACILITY
- A state-permitted facility which processes or acts upon solid waste so as to dispose of the material, such as a composting facility, an incinerator, a resource recovery plant, a recycling processing facility, a waste-to-energy facility or a sanitary landfill.
- DROPOFF SITES
- Those specified, permitted, locations, staffed or unstaffed, where recyclable materials may be taken at specified times.
- DWELLING UNIT
- An occupied single- or multifamily structure having up to, and including, three dwelling units per structure, or each unit in a multifamily structure if the units are individually owned with a separate entrance onto a public or approved private street.
- ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- The official designated herein or otherwise charged with the responsibilities of administering this article, or the official authorized representative.
- Any number of continuous lots comprising, in the aggregate, five or more acres under common control by way of ownership or lease, used in whole or in part for agricultural purposes including, without limitation, the growing of crops or the keeping of farm animals, including, without limitation, cattle, horses, goats, sheep, alpacas, or maintained in anticipation of farm use as set forth herein.
- GLASS CONTAINERS
- Bottles and jars made of clear or colored glass. Expressly excluded are noncontainer glass, mirrors, automobile glass, dishware, plate glass, crystal, light bulbs and porcelain and ceramic products.
- HIGH-GRADE OFFICE PAPER
- All white paper, bond paper, and computer paper used in commercial, industrial, institutional and municipal establishments.
- Any establishment engaging in manufacturing or processing including, but not limited, to factories, foundries, mills, processing plants and refineries.
- Any establishment engaged in service to persons including, but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, schools and universities.
- JUNK MAIL/ENVELOPES
- Mail received but not for a specific purpose and the container that mail is mailed in.
- LEAD ACID BATTERIES
- Shall include, but not be limited to, automotive, truck and industrial batteries that contain lead.
- LEAF WASTE
- Leaves from trees, bushes, and other plants, garden residue, chipped shrubbery and tree trimmings, but not including grass clippings or branches.
- MAGAZINES AND CATALOGS
- Glossy publications including catalogs.
- MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
- Any garbage, refuse, industrial lunchroom, or office waste and any other material including solid waste, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous materials resulting from the operation of residential, municipal, commercial, industrial, or institutional establishments and from community activities, and any sludge not meeting the definition of residual or hazardous waste in the Solid Waste Management Act from a municipal, commercial, industrial, or institutional water supply treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, or air pollution control facilities (Pennsylvania Act 101, Section 103), but excluding human body waste, debris from household renovations, whether interior or exterior, dirt, rock, lead pipes, leaf waste, hazardous wastes, and recyclable items as defined herein.
- MUNICIPAL WASTE COLLECTOR
- Any person collecting or transporting municipal waste or recyclable materials for owners or occupants of property in Bridgeport Borough, and any business or institution within Bridgeport Borough which generates municipal waste or recyclable materials and uses its own employees and equipment for the collection or transportation of municipal waste or recyclable materials. Municipal waste collectors must be authorized by the State of Pennsylvania.
- The Borough of Bridgeport.
- All paper of the type commonly referred to as newsprint and distributed at fixed intervals having printed thereon news and opinions, containing advertisements and other matters of public interest including glossy inserts. Expressly excluded is junk mail included with newspapers.
- PAPER (ANY GRADE)
- Printing and writing papers not considered newspaper, including, without limitation, printed white ledger and computer print and notebook paper.
- A heavier and thicker paper used as cereal boxes and beer and soda carriers.
- An individual, partnership, corporation, association, institution, cooperative enterprise, municipal authority, federal government or agency, state institution or agency or any other legal entity whatsoever which is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
- Bottle, jar, and food containers only (i.e., milk, water, soda, detergent, shampoo) labeled with a SPI Code Numbers 1, 2, 3, and 5, excluding plastic bags and plastic film. Excluded are motor oil bottles, flowers, pens, plastic wrap and Styrofoam.
- RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
- Source-separated recyclable materials, including materials listed in Section 1501 of Act 101 and materials identified by the Borough to be recycled. Any materials established by the Borough Council from time to time by resolution, which may include: cans, cardboard, catalogs, glass bottles/jars, junk mail/envelopes, magazines, newspaper, paper (any grade), paperboard, plastic bottles, telephone/soft-covered books, leaf waste and/or yard waste and any other materials which the Borough Council may deem by resolution to be recyclable.
- Any process by which material that would otherwise become solid waste is collected, separated, or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
- RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICES
- Those services to be performed as follows:
- RECYCLING CONTAINERS
- A container designated by the property owner or resident for the storage of recyclable materials.
- RECYCLING DROPOFF
- Any facility designed and operated solely for the receiving and storing of materials that are to be returned to the economic mainstream instead of becoming part of the solid waste stream.
- See "dwelling unit."
- SOLID WASTE
- Waste, including but not limited to municipal, commercial, institutional, or industrial waste.
- SOURCE SEPARATION
- The separation of recyclable materials from municipal waste at the points of origin for the purpose of recycling.
- TELEPHONE/SOFT-COVER BOOKS
- Printed material with nonhardbound covers used for reading or listing of phone numbers.
- YARD WASTE
- Tree limbs and branches may not exceed four inches in diameter or four feet in length; the term does not include leaves or grass clippings.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 4000.103.
The Borough Council shall have the authority to adopt, modify, and amend recycling regulations from time to time by resolution, including, without limitation, regulations regarding which recyclable materials must be recycled and regulations requiring residents to source-separate recyclable materials and/or place recyclable materials for collection through single-stream recycling. Any regulations so adopted by the Borough Council shall be published at least one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the Borough and posted on the Borough's website. Violations of any such regulations shall be deemed to be violations of this article and subject to the same penalties hereunder.
There is hereby established, starting upon enactment of this article, and until modified or amended by resolution as permitted herein, a program for the mandatory source-separation and collection of recyclable materials from municipal waste, as set forth herein, from residential, commercial, institutional, and municipal premises within the municipality. The occupant or owner of a home, apartment, or other residential establishment shall separate recyclable materials, leaf waste, and yard waste from other municipal solid waste. In addition, commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal establishments and community events shall separate the materials described in this section from other municipal solid waste.
Items to be recycled by dwelling units, mobile home parks, commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal facilities, and community activities shall be clean and free of residue to the extent possible, and shall include, at a minimum:
Glass containers (excluding mirrors, window glass, and crystal).
Cans: Aluminum, tin, bimetallic, steel.
Plastics: No. 1, 2, 3, and 5.
Paper: Newspaper, books, phone books, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, paper, envelopes, high-grade office paper.
Cardboard boxes and containers: Corrugated and paperboard (excluding styrofoam, take out and pizza boxes, and containers with food residue).
Except as otherwise herein provided, all persons owning or occupying residential property in the Borough of Bridgeport shall recycle all recyclable materials (as determined by the Council by resolution from time to time) generated at their homes, apartments, and other residential establishments in the Borough of Bridgeport and place such materials at locations designated by the Borough Council for collection by the Borough of Bridgeport or its agents, servants, or contractors.
Collections by the Borough of Bridgeport of recyclable materials shall be made in accordance with a schedule of areas and dates to be publicly advertised by the Borough of Bridgeport.
All recyclable materials placed by residents for collection pursuant to the program established under this article shall be prepared for collection in a secure manner so as to prevent such recyclable materials from being blown about or otherwise scattered upon the streets or private property within the Borough. When placed at the curb for collection in accordance with the provisions of this article, recyclable materials shall be placed in separate, reusable containers, not to exceed 65 gallons, that clearly identify the contents as recyclables. No person shall place municipal solid waste in containers designated for the separation and collection of recyclables. No person shall place recyclable materials in containers used for the separation and collection of municipal solid waste.
Containers for municipal solid waste, recyclable materials, bulk waste, and leaf waste set out for collection shall be placed at the street curb or at the end of the driveway of the property from which collected, but in no case within the paved cartway of the street. It is the responsibility of the individual residents to place their containers at curbside in time for collection by the municipal waste collector. Containers shall not be placed in a location that obstructs a public sidewalk or that impedes clear vision for motorists traveling on the adjacent street or at intersections. Containers shall be placed at the curb no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the collection day. Containers shall be taken inside or removed from the curbside no later than 11:59 p.m. of the collection day.
Multifamily residential properties with no more than three units shall be served by the collection system operated by the Borough of Bridgeport.
The owners and occupiers of multifamily housing properties with more than three units will not be served by the collection system operated by the Borough of Bridgeport but such owners must establish a system for source separation, collection, transportation, and recycling of the materials designated by this article at each property within 30 days of the date of enactment of this article. Arrangement for collection of designated recyclables for disposition herein shall be the responsibility of the owner of the property in which the recyclables were generated and/or the person (occupier or property manager) contractually obligated to the owner to arrange for collection and disposal of its solid waste and recycling. Such arrangements may include, without limitation, direct marketing of recyclables, delivery to a drop-off, contracts with solid waste collectors/haulers for separate or commingled collection of any or all designated recyclables, or contracts with other persons for separate or commingled collection of any or all designated recyclables. The owner of a multifamily housing property containing more than three units shall provide an appropriate number of recycling containers at a sufficient number of dropoff points to accommodate the amount of recycling generated by the property. The Borough reserves the right to require the owner to provide additional containers if the number of containers in place is not adequate. The owner of a business or multifamily housing property containing more than three units must provide the Borough of Bridgeport, before January 30 of each year, a written report stating the name of the hauling contractor (if the property owner used one), the total weight of each kind of material recycled during the previous calendar year, and any other relevant information required by the Borough of Bridgeport.
All owners/agents of multifamily residential properties (regardless of the number of units) in the Borough shall be required to provide to tenants notice of the Borough's mandatory recycling program and to provide such notice, in writing, either by including language in the lease notifying the tenant of the recycling obligation at time of tenant change or lease renewal with the tenant, or by prominently posting written notice of the recycling obligation in the common area of the building. This written notice shall be kept accessible for inspection by the Borough official, if requested.
Except as specifically provided in this article, all persons occupying commercial, industrial, or institutional establishments or conducting community activities in the Borough of Bridgeport shall be subject to the same duties and requirements of this article as owners and occupiers of multifamily residential properties containing more than three units.
The Borough of Bridgeport shall not be responsible for the collection, transportation, processing, or marketing of materials or contracting for the collection, transportation, processing, or marketing of materials from commercial, industrial, or institutional establishments or from community activities; provided, however, that the owners or occupiers of commercial office buildings may request to have the Borough collect recycling materials from such properties on the same basis as residential properties for which the Borough collects recycling materials for an annual fee set by the Borough Council by resolution from time to time. The Borough may elect to reject any such request if the Borough, in its sole discretion, determines that the amount of recyclable materials generated from such commercial office building is excessive or burdensome to the Borough.
All persons owning or occupying commercial, industrial, or institutional establishments or conducting community activities within the Borough of Bridgeport and all other persons not served by the collection system operated by the Borough of Bridgeport must establish a system for source separation, collection, and transportation of designated recyclables at each property within 30 days of the date of enactment of this article. Arrangement for collection of designated recyclables for disposition herein shall be the responsibility of the person who generated the recyclables and/or the person contractually obligated to the generator to arrange for collection and disposal of its solid waste. Such arrangements may include, without limitation, direct marketing of recyclables, delivery to a drop-off, contracts with solid waste collectors/haulers for separate or commingled collection of any or all designated recyclables, or contracts with other persons for separate or commingled collection of any or all designated recyclables. The system must include suitable containers for collecting and sorting materials at an easily accessible location and written instructions to the occupants concerning the use and availability of the system. All persons not served by the collection system operated by the Borough of Bridgeport must provide the Borough of Bridgeport, before January 30 of each year, a written report stating the name of the hauling contractor (if the property owner used one), the total weight of each kind of material recycled during the previous calendar year, and any other relevant information required by the Borough of Bridgeport.
All community activities or events sponsored within the municipality shall separate aluminum, glass, plastics, and corrugated cardboard, store materials until collected by a registered municipal waste collector, and provide written documentation, before January 30 of the following year, to the municipality of the total weight of each kind of material recycled.
All municipal solid waste generated by persons throughout the municipality shall be collected by a state-authorized municipal waste collector.
Commercial, industrial and institutional establishments may be required to provide proof of a contract with a registered hauler or proof of proper self-disposal at a state-permitted disposal facility.
Containers for municipal solid waste, recyclable materials, bulk waste and yard waste set out for collection shall be placed at the street curb or at the end of the driveway of the property from which collected, but in no case within the paved cartway of the street. It is the responsibility of the individual residents to place their containers at curbside in time for collection by the municipal waste collector. Containers shall not be placed in a location which obstructs a public sidewalk or which impedes clear vision for motorists traveling on the adjacent street or at intersections. Containers shall be taken inside or removed from the curbside no later than 12:00 midnight of the collection day.
Bulk containers (such as dumpsters) shall not be permitted to overflow or to have municipal waste strewn of left about them on the ground. A violation of this provision shall be deemed a violation of this article by the person on whose property the bulk container is located, if it is located on private property.
Nothing herein shall prevent any person from utilizing leaves for compost, mulch, or other agricultural, horticultural, silvicultural, gardening, or landscaping purpose.
The occupant or owner of a home, apartment, or other residential establishment shall separate leaf and yard waste from other municipal solid waste. No leaf waste or yard waste shall be commingled with other waste collected by the Borough or its agents, servants, or contractors. The Borough, under regulations hereafter established, will collect leaf waste source-separated by the owners or occupiers of properties served by the Borough's trash collection program.
Residents have the option of disposing of leaf and yard waste by self-hauling to a state-permitted compost facility, such as the Heuser Park Compost Facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
All persons owning or occupying commercial, industrial, institutional, and/or municipal establishments within the Borough shall collect and separate leaf and yard waste in accordance with this article and store the leaf and yard waste until collected and recycled. All persons who are not served by the Borough's trash collection program shall arrange for the separate disposal and processing of leaf and yard waste at a composting facility or an agricultural, horticultural, silvicultural, or other facility that processes or utilizes leaf waste and/or yard waste for compost, mulch, or other beneficial uses.
Owners, landlords and agents of owners or landlords will be responsible for compliance with the collection of leaf waste and yard waste in accordance with this article.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place hazardous or residual waste, as defined in Act 101, in mixed municipal solid waste or to discard or otherwise dispose of hazardous or residual waste except by disposition in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. For specific material recycling and disposal requirements, refer to Montgomery County or Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection guidelines.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place a used lead acid battery in mixed municipal solid waste or to discard or otherwise dispose of a lead acid battery except by delivery to an automotive battery retailer or wholesaler, to a secondary lead smelter permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency, or to a collection or recycling facility authorized under the laws of this commonwealth.
In accordance with Act 108, no person or company may dispose of a covered device or any of its components with their municipal solid waste. This type of waste requires special collection and disposal arrangements. Information may be obtained from the county. Covered devices include:
Desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, and associated central processing units (CPUs);
Computer peripherals (keyboards, mouse, printers, scanners, and faxes);
Radios, stereo equipment, and speakers;
Televisions and television screens; and
Associated cables, batteries, and battery backups.
Companies recycling electronics in Pennsylvania must have R2 or similar certification that assures the public that any information contained in recycled devices is protected until the time the device is destroyed, and that human health and the environment are protected at all steps during the recycling process, whether the recycling occurs in the United States or abroad.
Large and small appliances containing Freon may not be combined with municipal waste. These appliances contain CFCs and Freon that must be removed by a certified professional, and these should be taken to a Freon-certified handler. Freon-containing appliances may include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, water coolers, and mini-fridges.
It shall be unlawful for:
Any person other than the municipality, or another person authorized by the municipality, to collect any designated recyclable that has been placed for collection pursuant to this article.
Any person to violate, or to cause or to assist in the violation of, any provision of this article.
Any person to hinder, to obstruct, to prevent, or to interfere with this municipality or its personnel in the performance of any duty under this article or in the enforcement of this article.
Any person to burn or cause to be burned outdoors for purposes of disposal any municipal waste, leaf waste, or recyclable materials that are required to be separated and collected pursuant to this article.
Any person to store, process or dispose of any regulated municipal waste or designated recyclable material except at a facility or in preparation for collection by a permitted collector as provided herein. Not withstanding the foregoing, leaf waste and yard waste may be composted.
Any person to accumulate, dump, or deposit trash, recyclables, garbage, ashes, rubbish, and/or other refuse on any private or public property or grounds within the Borough.
Any person on whose property a bulk container is located to allow bulk containers (such as dumpsters) to overflow or have municipal waste or recyclables strewn or left about them on the ground.
All unlawful conduct set forth in this section is hereby prohibited and shall constitute a public nuisance.
This municipality or any other person collecting solid waste generated within this municipality may refuse to collect solid waste from any person who has clearly failed to source-separate recyclables designated under an applicable section of this article. Similarly, this municipality or any other person collecting recyclables generated within this municipality may refuse to collect recyclables from any person who has contaminated recyclables with materials not designated as acceptable recyclable material under an applicable section of this article.
Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to interfere with or in any way modify the provisions of any existing contract that is in force in the municipality on the effective date of this article.
No renewal of any existing contract upon the expiration of the original term thereof and no new contract for the collection, transportation, processing or purchase of solid waste or recyclables shall be entered into after the effective date of this article, unless such renewal or such contract shall conform to the requirements of this article.
With the exception of those persons who directly deliver (self-haul) their municipal waste and/or recyclables, it shall be unlawful for any municipal waste collector to collect and/or transport municipal waste or recyclable materials from any other person's property within the municipality without being duly authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Any and each such collection in violation hereof from each location shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, punishable as hereinafter provided.
Any municipal waste collector operating within the municipality shall provide for the collection of municipal solid waste, bulk waste, recyclable materials, and leaf waste, including annual written reports to the municipality of the materials collected. Such reports shall include separate tonnages of each type of recyclable material, including leaf waste, collected in the municipality for the past calendar year. Residential and commercial tonnages shall be reported separately and residue percentage shall be noted. A representative of the authorized collector shall sign the reports. Such reports shall be provided to the municipality within 30 days following the end of the calendar year.
Any municipal waste collector operating within the municipality shall provide the following information to the municipality.
The name of the municipal waste collector, the name of a contact person, an email address, the business address, fax, and telephone number of the business office and a twenty-four-hour emergency telephone number to receive calls from persons in the municipality who receive collection service.
Such other information as the municipality, in furtherance of this article, shall deem appropriate and necessary.
Any municipal waste collector operating within the municipality shall issue warning notices of violations to persons failing to comply with procedures for the separation, storage, and collection of bulk waste, recyclable materials, and leaf waste, and provide a copy of such warning to the municipality.
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for any municipal waste collector to:
Collect or transport any municipal solid waste, bulk waste, recyclable materials, leaf waste, or yard waste from any person failing to source-separate said materials in violation of this article.
Commingle recyclables, leaf waste, or yard waste collected within the municipality with municipal solid waste.
Fail to provide for the proper disposition of any municipal solid waste, bulk waste, recyclable materials, leaf waste, or yard waste collected or transported within the municipality.
Commence the collection of municipal waste, bulk waste, recyclable materials, and leaf waste for any property in the municipality prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.
Load or operate any vehicle within the municipality or transport municipal solid waste, bulk waste, recyclable materials, leaf waste, or yard waste within the municipality in such a manner as to allow municipal solid waste, bulk waste, recyclable materials, leaf waste, or yard waste to fall upon public roads or upon land abutting the public roads in the municipality.
Fail to replace the containers with their lids or covers in place at the location of collection in an orderly manner and off of the roadway.
Fail to accurately report the residential and commercial tonnages of recyclable materials collected in the municipality in accordance with this article.
Otherwise create a public nuisance.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof before a Magisterial District Judge, be fined not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the municipality and, in default of payment of such fine and costs be imprisoned for not more than 30 days. Each day that a violation of each article continues, or each section of this article, which shall be found to have been violated continues in effect shall be deemed a separate violation. No judgment shall be imposed until the District Justice imposes the date of determination of a violation. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the municipality may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable rules of civil procedure.
Private haulers that violate any provision of this article may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection by the municipality and may be subject to the revocation of the commonwealth's authorization to transport municipal waste, as described in the amended Waste Transportation Safety Program, 27 Pa.C.S.A. § 6201 et seq.
The Code Enforcement Official, the Property Maintenance Officers, Borough police officers, and other appointed Borough officials are hereby individually and severally empowered to enforce the provisions of this article. An inspection may consist of sorting through containers and opening of solid waste bags to detect, by sound or sight, the presence of any recyclable material. An inspection may also consist of sorting through containers and opening of recyclable material containers to detect, by sound or sight, the presence of any solid waste.
In addition to any other remedy provided in this article, the Borough of Bridgeport may institute a suit in equity where unlawful conduct or public nuisance exists as defined in this article for an injunction to restrain a violation of this article. In addition to an injunction, the court may impose penalties as authorized by other chapters hereof.
The penalties and remedies prescribed by this article shall be deemed concurrent. The existence or exercise of any remedy shall not prevent the Borough of Bridgeport from exercising any other remedy provided by this article or otherwise provided at law or equity.
The terms and provisions of this article are to be liberally construed so as best to achieve and to effectuate the goals and purposes hereof.