Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington 5-10-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 45.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 88.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
BONFIRE
An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes.
[Added 7-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
FURNACE
Any enclosed device specifically designed for burning any material for the production of heat.
GARBAGE
All putrescible animal and vegetable matter resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
INCINERATOR
Any device specifically designed for the destruction by burning of refuse, sewage sludge or any other combustible material.
OPEN FIRE
A fire in which any material is burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace or incinerator.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, association, corporation, department, bureau, agency or other legal entity.
REFUSE
Garbage, rubbish and trade waste.
RUBBISH
Solids not considered to be highly flammable or explosive, including but not limited to rags, old clothes, leather, rubber, carpets, wood, excelsior, paper, ashes, tree branches, tree leaves, yard trimmings, furniture, tin cans, glass, crockery, masonry and other similar materials.
SALVAGE OPERATION
Any business, trade or industry engaged in whole or in part in salvaging or reclaiming any product or material, including but not limited to metals, chemicals, shipping containers or drums.
TRADE WASTE
All solid or liquid material or rubbish resulting from construction, building operations or the prosecution of any business, trade or industry, including but not limited to plastic products, cartons, paint, grease, oil and other petroleum products, chemicals, cinders and other forms of solid or liquid waste materials, provided that trade waste shall not include any coal refuse associated with the mining or preparation of coal.
The Board of Supervisors of Washington Township shall have the power and duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
A. 
Within the boundaries of Washington Township, no person shall:
(1) 
Ignite or feed an open fire for the destruction of refuse or in the conduct of a salvage operation in any public or private place outside any building; or
(2) 
Cause, suffer, allow or permit the maintenance of any open fire for the destruction of refuse or in the conduct of a salvage operation on any property under his control outside of any building.
B. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
Open fires may be set in the performance of an official duty of any public officer if the fire is necessary for:
(a) 
The prevention of a fire hazard which cannot be abated by other means; or
(b) 
The protection of public health.
(2) 
Open fires may be set, provided that:
(a) 
Leaves, branches and other nonputrescible vegetable matter only are burned;
(b) 
There is no practical available alternative method for disposal of the material to be burned;
(c) 
No hazardous or other objectionable condition will be created by such burning;
(d) 
No such burning is allowed on any street or sidewalk within Washington Township; and
(e) 
All such burning takes place between sunrise and sunset.
(f) 
Bonfires may occur after sunset, provided that permission is first obtained in writing from the Township Fire Marshal, which permission will not be unreasonably withheld. An application for a bonfire shall be submitted in writing to the Township Fire Marshal at least 10 days before the fire is set and shall be in such form and contain such information as required by the Township Fire Marshal. Such application shall contain, as a minimum, information regarding the purpose of the proposed burning, the nature and quantities of material to be burned, the date when such burning will occur, the location of the burning site and the on-site fire-extinguishing equipment to be provided.
[Added 7-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
(g) 
It shall be unlawful for residents of Washington Township to burn any recyclables that are included in the Township recycling program. Recyclables for purposes of this section include but are not limited to glass, crushed tin, newspapers, phone books, magazines, cardboard, plastic containers marked #1 and #2, and laser and ink jet cartridges. This list may be amended from time to time by resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors.
[Added 3-27-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-1]
[Amended 7-11-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4; 6-12-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-3]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this code continues shall constitute a separate offense. Enforcement shall be by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.