[Adopted 11-12-1968 by Ord. No. 971 (Ch. 65, Art. I, of the 1972 Code)]
For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The removal of garbage and rubbish separately or collectively (called "refuse") from premises in the Borough of Sharon Hill.
- The act of dumping or to dump, discard, throw, cast upon, place or put.
- DWELLING UNIT
- A single unit providing complete, independent living facilities
for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living,
sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.[Added 12-26-1984 by Ord. No. 1140]
- All vegetable and animal food wastes from the preparation, cooking and serving of food and market wastes and wastes from handling, storage and sale of produce.
- All waste composed of garbage and rubbish, exclusive of heavy noncombustibles.
- All solid waste, having combustibles and noncombustibles, such as cans and bottles, discarded materials, articles, debris, trash or rubbish, and including all broken-down, decayed, rusted, unused or discarded materials and articles, but not including garbage or refuse of any type or form.
No person shall dump any garbage, rubbish or refuse upon any street, highway or public right-of-way or upon any lot, property or premises in the Borough of Sharon Hill, except as may be authorized under this article, and except that rubbish, as defined herein and which is not collectible under § 184-3 of this article, may be left upon a property or premises by the owner or occupier thereof for a period not to exceed one week. The police, upon noting a violation of this type, shall promptly notify the owner or occupier of such property to have the same removed within one week or be in violation hereof.
The Borough Secretary or Highway Superintendent, as Council shall designate, shall have the power to post signs prohibiting dumping at places where dumping has been or may hereafter be habitually conducted or carried on, but failure to post signs shall not constitute a defense to any violation hereof.
The Borough Secretary is authorized to permit dumping at such places as he may designate in the Borough of Sharon Hill, at various times and from time to time, but only such refuse as will not constitute a health, sanitary or safety hazard; and for this purpose he shall issue a permit or authorization for a fixed period of time and only to the person requesting to dump and only upon premises or property where approval of the owner is obtained.
Contracts for collection of garbage and rubbish. The Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill shall provide for collection of garbage and rubbish or, collectively, refuse, either by the Borough or by contract with others. Award of such contracts shall be according to law, and upon the award of the same by the Borough Council, the proper officers of the Borough of Sharon Hill are authorized to sign said contracts.
Manner and method of collection.
Occupants of property in the Borough of Sharon Hill shall place and keep all refuse, if outside, in covered containers, except items of lumber, wood, branches, pipe or metal, which must be tied in a bundle or bundles whenever practical. Newspapers may be left if kept dry and securely bound and tied together in bundles.
[Amended 9-25-1997 by Ord. No. 1259]
Apartments containing four or fewer units: Refuse receptacles shall be made of metal or a plastic material approved by the Highway Committee and shall be watertight, with a tight-fitting cover. Said receptacle shall have the address of the dwelling unit imprinted or painted on the receptacle.
All other dwelling units: Containers for refuse shall be made of metal, plastic or like material, but not wood, paper or cardboard, except that wood, paper or cardboard boxes may be left for collection, provided that the same are not wet and are, whenever practical, either crushed, taken apart, piled together and bound or filled so that their contents will not be scattered.
No wet refuse shall be placed for collection, whether in a container or not.
Garbage and rubbish (refuse) shall be collected together and not separately. However, no raw exposed garbage shall be placed in the refuse container unless it is securely bound or wrapped in newspaper, a separate secure receptacle or a strong paper bag before placement in the container; except that stores, restaurants and industries may enclose their garbage in combustible cartons.
No volatile liquids, explosives, radioactive material or containers which would explode upon contact with heat or fire shall be placed for collection, except small (retail-sold) spray cans.
No wood, lumber, trees, branches or pieces thereof shall be placed for collection when the same exceeds four feet by four inches by 36 inches in size.
No metal object or item shall be left for collection which is greater in size than the size prescribed for wood in Subsection B(6) above nor heavier than 50 pounds.
All refuse shall be left for collection on the day or days scheduled in the same area of the premises regularly. At all other times it shall be kept in proper containers at the rear of the building, if outside. In no event shall it be left uncovered.
Collections shall be made at least once weekly, except on legal holidays, according to the schedule which shall be published by the Sharon Hill Borough Council or its duly appointed representative.
Refuse shall not be put along any Borough street for collection prior to 6:00 p.m. of the day immediately preceding collection. No containers or uncollected refuse shall be left along any Borough street after 9:00 p.m. on the day of collection.
The owner or lease-agent in control of all multifamily dwellings shall provide a place, in accordance with this article, for collection of refuse and shall provide for compliance with this article by all lessees and tenants.
The occupant, owner or lease-agent in control of any property where garbage, rubbish or refuse has been contained, put or placed upon said property contrary to any of the terms and provisions of this article shall, within six hours after notice thereof by the Sharon Hill Borough police, remove the same or contain, put or place the same in conformance with this article.
The collector or collectors of rubbish and garbage, whether a private contractor or the Borough of Sharon Hill, if it collects the same, shall not be responsible for collecting any rubbish or garbage accumulated, collected, contained or placed in any manner or method contrary to the provisions hereof.
The fees for the collection and disposal of ashes, garbage, rubbish, refuse and recycling placed for collection pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
[Added 12-26-1984 by Ord. No. 1140; amended 12-14-1989 by Ord. No. 1192; 12-13-1990 by Ord. No. 1205; 12-21-2006 by Ord. No. 1316; 5-24-2012 by Ord. No. 1359]
All accounts shall be due and payable by the owner of the real estate provided for the payment of real estate taxes, and if the same be unpaid within 60 days from the time of the delivery of said bill, the said account shall be considered delinquent, a penalty of 10% shall be added, and service of collection of said ashes, garbage, rubbish, refuse and recycling shall be stopped without further notice. It shall be the duty of the Borough Tax Collector, who bills for the collection of ashes, garbage, rubbish, refuse and recycling, to forthwith notify the Borough Manager of any unpaid fees, and the Borough Manager shall certify to the person in charge of direction of collections that service on such delinquent account shall cease. Service shall be resumed thereafter only on payment of the annual collection charge plus penalty unless the Borough Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill shall specifically direct otherwise. The stoppage of charges shall be in addition to the right of the Borough to proceed for the collection of such unpaid charges by an action in assumpsit or, at the election of the Borough, in any other manner provided by law.
[Added 12-26-1984 by Ord. No. 1140; amended 12-21-2006 by Ord. No. 1316]
Residential property owners living on the premises who are 65 years of age or older shall be entitled to a discount of 20% on the charge imposed for the collection and disposal of ashes, garbage, rubbish, refuse and recycling within the Borough of Sharon Hill. Council shall, by resolution, adopt such regulation for processing of claims for exemption as it shall deem appropriate.
[Added 4-11-1985 by Ord. No. 1145; 12-21-2006 by Ord. No. 1316]
[Amended 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019; 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.