[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Canonsburg 11-1-1988 as Ch. 6, Part 4, of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The short title of this chapter shall be "The Anti-Litter Ordinance of the Borough of Canonsburg."
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein.
- AUTHORIZED PRIVATE RECEPTACLE
- A litter storage and collection receptacle, approved by the Borough Manager or other civil authority, as may be designated by the Council from time to time.
- Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
- Garbage, refuse and rubbish as defined in this section and all other material which is thrown or deposited as prohibited in this chapter and which tends to create a danger to public health, safety or welfare.
- All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles and solid market and industrial wastes.
- Nonputrescible solid waste consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the Borough except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection.
No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street, sidewalk or other public place within the Borough the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any park or playground within the Borough except in public receptacles and in such a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any part of the park, playground, street or other public place. Where public receptacles are not provided, all such litter shall be carried away by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any stream or in any other body of water within the Borough.
No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device calculated to attract the attention of the public to any public utility pole or shade tree or upon any public structure or building, except as may be authorized or required by law.
No person shall throw or deposit litter on any private property within the Borough, whether owned by such person or not, except that the owner or person in control of private property may maintain authorized private receptacles for collection in such a manner that litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon any private property.
The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises, including sidewalks, free of litter. This section shall not prohibit the storage of litter in authorized private receptacles for collection.
The Borough Manager or other civil authority designated by Council is hereby authorized to notify the owner of any 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 notice shall be by personal service or by registered or certified mail addressed to such owner at his last known address.
Upon the failure, neglect or refusal of any owner or agent notified pursuant to Subsection A to properly dispose of litter dangerous to the public health, safety or welfare within 10 days after receipt of such notice or within 10 days after the date such notice is returned to the Borough by the postal authorities because of its inability to make delivery thereof, provided that the same was properly addressed to the last known address of such owner or agent, the Borough Manager or other properly designated civil authority is hereby authorized and empowered to pay for the disposing of such litter or to order its disposal by the Borough.
When the Borough has effected the removal of dangerous litter or has paid for its removal under the provisions of Subsection B, the actual cost thereof, plus accrued interest at the rate of 6% per annum, together with any additional penalty or cost authorized by the law, may be collected by the Borough from such owner in the manner provided by law for liens and collection of municipal claims.
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Borough unless such vehicle is so constructed or covered as to prevent any load, contents or litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place, nor shall any person drive or move any vehicle or truck within the Borough, the wheels or tires of which carry onto or deposit in any street, alley or other public place mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or foreign matter of any kind.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not less than $100 and not more than $300 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.