Borough of Punxsutawney, PA
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Punxsutawney as Ch. 10, Art. III, of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 85.
Open burning — See Ch. 97.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 139.
Handbills and advertising — See Ch. 143.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 146.
Littering in Harmon Field and Patsy Dunmire Park — See Ch. 172.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 182.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Punxsutawney Anti-Litter Ordinance."
A. 
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
LITTER
Includes garbage, refuse and rubbish as defined herein and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as prohibited in this chapter, tends to create a danger to public health, safety and welfare.
PARK
Includes a park, reservation, playground, recreation center or any other public area in the Borough owned or used by the Borough and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PRIVATE PREMISES
Includes any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps or mailbox belonging or appurtenant to any dwelling, house, building or other structure.
PUBLIC PLACE
Includes any and all streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys or other public ways and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and buildings.
REFUSE
All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, except body wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals and solid market and industrial wastes.
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible waste, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and other similar materials.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
B. 
The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
No person shall deposit household rubbish or garbage in public litter receptacles.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sections 10-42 through 10-45, dealing with littering in public places and parks, littering from vehicles and littering in ponds, which immediately followed this section, were deleted 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943.
[Amended 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943]
No person shall throw or deposit litter on any private property within the Borough in such a manner that it tends to create a danger to the public health, safety and welfare, whether owned by such person or not. Litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements from any such occupied private property to the street, sidewalk or other public place or upon any private property.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 10-47, Deposit of litter on open or vacant private property, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943.
The owner or person in control of any private property shall, at all times, maintain his premises free of litter so that the same does not constitute a danger to the public health, safety and welfare. This section shall not prohibit the storage of litter in authorized private receptacles for collection.
The Mayor is hereby authorized and empowered to request the owner of any open or vacant private property within the Borough or the agent of such owner to properly dispose of litter located on such owner's property which is dangerous to public health, safety or welfare. Such request shall be by registered mail, addressed to the owner at his last known address.
Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free of litter.
[Amended 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction before the District Justice, shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to pay a fine not less than $100 nor to exceed the maximum fine of $300, plus costs of prosecution, or to undergo imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.