Township of Upper Providence, PA
Delaware County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
GENERAL REFERENCES
Safety, sanitation and health — See Ch. 680.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
This chapter shall be known as the "Upper Providence Township Recycling Ordinance."
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation and collection of recyclable materials from solid waste, as set forth herein, from residential and commercial premises within the Township.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990; Ord. No. 248, passed 7-8-1993]
As used in this chapter:
(a) 
ALUMINUM CANS — Means empty all-aluminum beverage and food containers.
(b) 
BIMETALLIC CANS — Means empty food or beverage containers consisting of ferrous sides and bottom and an aluminum top.
(c) 
CLEAR GLASS — Means all empty bottles and jars made of clear or transparent glass, except noncontainer glass or plate glass.
(d) 
COLORED GLASS — Means all empty bottles and jars made of green or brown glass, except noncontainer glass, plate glass, blue glass and porcelain and ceramic products.
(e) 
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS — Means those premises used primarily for commercial and/or industrial purposes, as such terms are commonly defined and as defined by the Zoning Code of the Township.
(f) 
CORRUGATED PAPER — Means cardboard or paperboard such as is used in the manufacture of folding paper cartons, set-up boxes and similar boxboard products, as further defined or limited by regulation.
(g) 
CURBSIDE RECYCLING COLLECTION — Means the scheduled collection and transport of recyclable material placed at curbside, subject to this chapter.
(h) 
HIGHGRADE OFFICE PAPER — Means a sorted mixture of various qualities of papers containing less than 10% of groundwood stock, coated or uncoated, as further defined or limited by regulation.
(i) 
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS — Means those facilities that house or serve groups of people, such as hospitals, schools and nursing homes.
(j) 
MULTIFAMILY DWELLINGS — Means any premises having four or more separate dwelling units per structure.
(k) 
MUNICIPAL ESTABLISHMENT — Means any establishment operated or used by a city, borough, incorporated town, township or county, or any authority created by any one or more of the foregoing.
(l) 
NEWSPAPERS — Means paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at fixed intervals, usually daily or weekly, having printed thereon news and other matters of public interest, but not including glossy advertising, inserts or magazines.
(m) 
PERSON(S) — Means any individual, partnership, corporation, association, institution, cooperative enterprise, municipal authority or any other legal entity whatsoever, owning, leasing or occupying a residential dwelling or commercial or institutional establishment.
(n) 
PLASTIC BOTTLES — Means empty plastic bottles graded as #1 and #2 previously containing potable liquids or laundry products.
(o) 
PLASTICS — Means empty plastic food and beverage containers and/or such other items as are made with plastic.
(p) 
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS or RECYCLABLES — Means those materials specified by ordinance of Council to be recycled. Council hereby designates clear glass, green glass, brown glass, bimetallic cans, aluminum cans, newspapers and plastic bottles as recyclable materials and recyclables.
(q) 
RESIDENTIAL DWELLING — Means any occupied dwelling having three or fewer dwelling units per structure.
(r) 
SOLID WASTE — Means all garbage, refuse and other materials defined as "Municipal solid waste" pursuant to Chapter 1064.
(s) 
STEEL CANS — Means empty all-steel or ferrous beverage and food containers.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
Recyclable materials from residential dwellings shall be placed at the curb, separate from solid waste, for collection at such times and on such days as may be herein or hereafter established by Township resolution. Such resolutions shall schedule a minimum of one day per month for the pick-up of recyclables from residential dwellings. Recyclables shall be placed at the curbside in containers of such design and in such manner as required by Township resolution. In the event that the Township provides containers to owners, lessees and occupiers of residential dwellings, such persons shall use such containers and separate recyclables within such containers as required by Township resolution. Newspapers shall be tied both across and lengthwise in manageable bundles or placed in paper kraft (shopping) bags, and shall be kept dry.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
(a) 
The owner, landlord or an agent of the owner or landlord of multifamily dwellings, the solid waste of which is not collected by the Township, shall establish a collection system for recyclable materials at each property. The particular collection system established for a multifamily dwelling must contain suitable containers for collecting and sorting recyclable materials, easily accessible locations for such containers and written instructions provided to the occupants of the multifamily dwelling concerning the use and availability of the collection system. Owners, landlords and agents of owners and landlords who comply with this chapter shall not be liable for the compliance herewith by occupants of their buildings.
(b) 
Owners, landlords or agents of owners of multifamily dwellings shall make separate arrangements for the collection and transfer of recyclables to a recycling system. All collectors must comply with Chapter 1060 (Licensing of Solid Waste Collectors). The owner or landlord of a multifamily dwelling, or the agent thereof, shall provide written documentation to the Township, annually, in accordance with Township resolution, including, but not limited to, a summary of the separation, collection and transfer systems for recyclables used during the year and the total number of tons recycled.
[Ord. No. 219, passed 11-8-1990]
Commercial, industrial and Municipal establishments shall separate and store, until collection, high-grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper, newspapers, clear glass and colored glass. These establishments must arrange for the transfer of these materials to a recycling system. Such establishments shall provide annually to the Township written documentation, in accordance with Township resolution, including, but not limited to, a summary of the separation, collection and transfer systems of recyclables used during the year and the total number of tons recycled.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
(a) 
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person(s), unauthorized to do so by the Township pursuant to this chapter, to collect or pick-up, or cause to be collected or picked-up, any recyclable material or any waste or refuse. Each such collection in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable under Section 1066.99.
(b) 
From the time of placement of recyclables at the curb for collection in accordance with the provisions hereof and/or of Township resolution, such recyclables shall be the property of the Township or its designee. As set forth above, it shall be a violation of this chapter for any unauthorized person to collect, remove or dispose of, or to cause to be collected, removed or disposed of, any recyclables.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent, penalize or otherwise make illegal the donation or sale of recyclables to any person, partnership, corporation or charitable entity, provided, however, that such donated or sold recyclables shall be placed at curbside for pick-up by the donee or vendee.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
The Township Manager and his or her designee is hereby authorized and directed to enforce this chapter. The Township Manager is hereby authorized and directed to establish and promulgate reasonable regulations as to the manner, materials, days and times for the collection of recyclable materials in accordance with the terms hereof, and any other matters required to implement this chapter. The Township Manager or his or her designee may change, modify, repeal or amend any portion of said rules and regulations at any time.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990; Ord. No. 248, passed 7-8-1993]
The Township may enter into an agreement or agreements with public or private agencies or firms to authorize them to collect all or part of recyclable materials from the curbside. The Township is hereby authorized to enter into a single agreement, if it deems doing so advisable, for the collection of recyclables and solid waste by one collector. The fees for the collection of recyclables shall be billed, paid, collected and liened as provided in Section 1062.09.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
This chapter shall become and be effective October 1, 1990.
[Ord. No. 207, passed 5-10-1990]
Whenever the requirements of this chapter are in conflict with other requirements of the ordinances of the Township, those imposing the highest standard shall govern.
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Editor's Note: See Section 202.99 for general Code penalty.