[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Warwick 10-17-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 95.
Graffiti — See Ch. 98.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 145.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 159.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 111, Littering, adopted 9-27-1984 by Ord. No. 84-1 as Part 6:200 of the 1984 Warwick Township Code, as amended.
It is the intent, purpose, and scope of this chapter to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community by prohibiting the deposit or dumping of garbage, litter, refuse or rubbish on properties owned by the Township, on roads and road rights-of-way within the Township and on private property owned by others.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
- Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any piece of furniture, bottle, jar or can or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material, or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, vehicle part, including tires, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but not including political literature.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- PRIVATE PROPERTY
- Any dwelling, house, building or other structure used either wholly or in any part for private residential purposes, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant, and shall include any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps, vestibule or mailbox belonging to or appurtenant to such dwelling, house, building or other structure.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any and all roads, streets, road rights-of-way, sidewalks, parking areas open to the public, alleys and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and public buildings.
- All solid wastes, including ashes, street cleanings, abandoned automobiles, dismantled vehicles, other abandoned personal property and solid market and industrial wastes.
- Solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as circulars, leaflets, pamphlets, wrappers, handbills, newspapers and any and all other printed material, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, building materials and other like materials, but not including political literature.
- The Township of Warwick.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place garbage, refuse, lifter or rubbish of any nature upon any public place or private property other than in a receptacle provided by the Township or the owner of the private property.
No person, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle on a public or private street, road or highway, shall throw litter, refuse, garbage or rubbish of any nature or allow litter, refuse, garbage or rubbish of any nature to be thrown from the vehicle.
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle onto any street, road, highway or public place unless the vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of the contents thereof from being blown or deposited from the vehicle upon any street, alley or other public place.
The Township Manager, Code Enforcement Officer or any member of the Warwick Township Police Force (or other authorized Police Department) shall be authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter. Any individual or entity authorized to enforce this chapter shall be authorized to file a complaint for the violation of this chapter with a District Justice. Police officers shall further have the authority to arrest and detain an individual or individuals in violation of this chapter.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished, upon conviction thereof, by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the Bucks County Prison for not more than 90 days, or by both fine and imprisonment. In the event of the imposition of a fine only, default in payment of such fine and costs of prosecution shall subject the violator to imprisonment in the Bucks County Prison for not more than 90 days.