[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Eastampton 4-30-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-02 (Ch. 84 of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The residue from the burning of coal or other fuel, and includes accumulations of dirt and such other noncombustible material as are not included in the definitions herein of refuse, garbage and offal.
- AUTHORIZED BUILDING
- Residential dwellings, schools, recreational areas owned by the Township, small stores, and gas stations. The term "authorized building" does not include industrial buildings, large commercial buildings and multifamily dwelling units, such as apartments and condominiums.
- The placement of yard waste in a trash can, bucket, bag or other vessel, as provided in § 444-2B of the Township Code, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
- GARBAGE OR OFFAL
- Kitchen wastes, the refuse of animal or vegetable matter, carrion, entrails of chickens, animals or fish and matter of a similar nature.
- HEAVY TRASH
- Large bulky items, such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, freezers, hot-water heaters, bedsprings and mattresses, sofas and any other bulky items of a household nature. The term "heavy trash" does not include automobiles, trees, garbage or loose leaves and branches.
- HE or HIS
- Includes the singular and plural, and the male, female and neuter genders.
- MINOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL
- Earth, sand, brick, stone, plaster or debris of similar substance the accumulation of which is incidental to minor remodeling or alteration of buildings and which does not exceed the weight and size limitations hereinafter required. The term "minor construction material" does not include debris resulting from the demolition of a building, concrete steps and walks or pools or from the installation of a roof or the construction of a new building.
- Includes one or more individuals, male or female, and partnership or partnerships, corporation or corporations.
- A domesticated animal (other than a disability assistance
animal) kept for amusement or companionship.[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
- PET SOLID WASTE
- Waste matter expelled from the bowels of the pet; excrement.[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
- PROPER DISPOSAL
- Placement in a designated waste receptacle, or other suitable
container, and discarded in a refuse container which is regularly
emptied by the municipality or some other refuse collector; or disposal
into a system designed to convey domestic sewage for proper treatment
and disposal.[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
- Combustible debris, such as paper, cardboard, rags, mattresses, discarded wearing apparel, furniture, carpets, rubber, yard cuttings and plant trimmings, wood and tree limbs and branches. The term "refuse" does not include minor or major construction material.
- SOLID WASTE
- Ashes, garbage or offal, refuse, and minor construction materials.
- SOLID WASTE COLLECTION CONTRACTOR
- The entity who is awarded a contract by the Township Council to collect solid waste from authorized buildings in the Township.
- Any street, avenue, boulevard, road, parkway, viaduct, drive,
or other way, which is an existing state, county or municipal roadway,
and includes the land between the street lines, whether improved or
unimproved, and may comprise pavement, shoulders, gutters, curbs,
sidewalks, parking areas, and other areas within the street lines.[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
- YARD WASTE
- Leaves and grass clippings.[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
Generally. It shall be unlawful for any person to place or to cause or suffer to be placed upon any vacant lot, street, alley, driveway, sidewalk, areaway or public place any solid waste or heavy trash or to disturb such material when properly placed or to remove such material, except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
Containers and bundles. Generally solid waste shall be placed in metal, rubber or plastic watertight containers not exceeding 34 gallons' capacity. Disposable polyethylene or paper bags designed to be used as containers for garbage or rubbish may be used. Filled bags are to be sealed or closed at the top. Metal tubs or disposable boxes may be used as containers for solid waste. Containers must be of suitable strength to support the contents when the containers are wet. Trimmings, cardboard, paper, wood, tree limbs and branches may be tied in a bundle. Each bundle shall be securely tied and shall not exceed three feet in length and two feet in diameter nor weigh more than 50 pounds.
Time and location. Solid waste and heavy trash shall be placed, by the property owner, at the curb of the premises no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day before the regular day of collection and shall be removed by 9:00 p.m. of the regular day of collection. In the event solid waste and heavy trash shall not be collected on the regular day of collection, the property owner shall notify the Township of the fact of noncollection and may leave the solid waste and heavy trash at the curb of the premises without penalties being assessed for the violation of the 9:00 p.m. deadline. No person shall place containers of solid waste or heavy trash to be collected in the street or on the sidewalks in such a manner which would block the use of the sidewalk or place said solid waste in front of a property occupied by another without the consent of such other occupant.
[Amended 6-25-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-04]
The governing body is hereby authorized to promulgate, by resolution, such rules and regulations governing the collection and efficient removal of garbage, refuse and ashes in the Township as shall be deemed necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the residents.
Copies of such rules and regulations shall be made generally available to all residents of the Township.
No person shall break into, disturb, untie, or unbundle or remove or otherwise engage in ragpicking or scavenging practices with respect to any container, bundle, package or box of solid waste that has been placed at the proper location for collection or removal, except the following solid waste collectors and except in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and state law and any contract not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter and state law:
[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
Yard waste collection. The Township shall provide a yard waste collection and disposal program which shall include monthly pickups from October through December, one spring pickup and additional pickups through the remainder of the year as determined by the Township Manager. The Township Council shall establish the days for collection and shall cause an announcement of the same to be published in a newspaper at least two weeks prior to said collection. Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing yard waste that is not containerized at the curb or along the street is only allowed during the seven days prior to a scheduled and announced collection, and shall not be placed closer than 10 feet from any storm drain inlet. Placement of such yard waste at the curb or along the street at any other time or in any other manner is a violation of this chapter. If such placement of yard waste occurs, the party responsible for placement of the yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
Disposal of yard waste. The owner or occupant of any property, or any employee or contractor of such owner or occupant engaged to provide lawn care or landscaping services, shall not sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste, unless the yard waste is containerized, in the street, except as otherwise provided in § 444-5A. If yard waste that is not containerized is placed in the street, the party responsible for placement of yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
Enforcement. The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the Police Department, the Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Public Works Director of the Township of Eastampton.
[Added 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
Requirements for disposal. All pet owners and keepers are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person.
Exemptions. Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section while such animal is being used for that purpose.
[Amended 3-25-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-04; 3-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalty set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalties for Violations, of the Township Code. Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.