City of Augusta, ME
Kennebec County
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A. 
Scope of service.
(1) 
Effective October 1, 2009, municipal curbside collection shall be provided to all residential properties and small businesses currently receiving service. Effective October 1, 2009, municipal curbside collection for nonresidential properties shall not be provided.
(2) 
Residential properties on private ways without a public easement shall bring their rubbish and recyclables to the nearest public way on their scheduled collection day.
B. 
Scheduling of collections. The scheduling of rubbish/recyclable collection or special collections shall be established by the City Manager. The City Manager shall also, from time to time, schedule special drop-offs.
C. 
Supervision of collections. The Director of Public Works shall be responsible for the municipal collection of rubbish/recyclables and other solid waste within the City.
D. 
Preparation for collection.
(1) 
General.
(a) 
Only rubbish and recyclables which are generated in Augusta and from the property that is receiving municipal collection services shall be placed curbside for pick-up.
(b) 
Municipal employees are hereby prohibited from entering upon private property for the purpose of municipal collection services.
(2) 
Container specifications.
(a) 
Rubbish shall be placed in solid, whole plastic bags of adequate strength that are tied or sealed securely with a minimum of four cubic feet capacity. Plastic bags stored outside a structure prior to 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection shall be placed in metal cans or rigid plastic containers with covers, with a minimum height of 20 inches and a maximum height of 30 inches and a maximum of 20 inches in diameter.
(b) 
Bags or containers shall not exceed a gross weight of 40 pounds.
[Amended 2-18-2016 by Ord. No. 16-027]
(c) 
The City shall not be responsible for the loss of or damage to metal or plastic containers.
E. 
Location of containers; time for setting out; responsibility for clean-up.
(1) 
Rubbish/Recyclable containers and solid waste for special collections shall be placed next to the curb on City property immediately adjacent to the property owned, rented or leased by the person or persons placing the containers. It shall be unlawful to place containers of rubbish/recyclables and solid waste on property of another without the consent of the property owner or on City property other than as provided for in this subsection. During the winter months, containers will be placed as near to driveways or walkway openings as possible.
(2) 
Rubbish/Recyclable containers and solid waste for special collections shall not be set out for collection prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled pick-up. Containers must be at the curb prior to 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day and shall be removed from the curbside no later than 9:00 p.m. following collection.
(3) 
Clean-up of rubbish/recyclables which are not contained at time of pick-up shall be the responsibility of the property owner or tenant.
F. 
Special collections/drop-offs.
(1) 
Cardboard boxes broken down and securely tied in bundles not exceeding 15 cartons or weight in excess of 40 pounds will be accepted for rubbish pick-up.
[Amended 2-18-2016 by Ord. No. 16-027]
(2) 
The City offers a voluntary recycling program. Augusta residents who wish to participate in the voluntary program shall separate and prepare recyclables in accordance with the "materials preparation" specification sheet adopted by the City Council and made available through the Public Works Bureau. The materials preparation specification sheet shall be revised as necessary.
(3) 
Cold domestic ash pick-up will be made in accordance with a schedule set by the City Manager. Ashes must be placed at the curb or roadside in plastic or metal containers not larger than 10 gallons in size. The total weight of the container, including contents, must not exceed 40 pounds.
[Amended 2-18-2016 by Ord. No. 16-027]
(4) 
In the spring of each year, the City Manager may designate special clean-up weeks for accumulations of household, property debris, and other debris as specified in the "clean-up" specification sheet at City Center and the Public Works Bureau. Such collection shall provide for pick-up of items not acceptable for regular weekly collections. Each clean-up week shall be on a fee system established annually by the City Manager.
(5) 
The City may offer special drop-off programs, including, but not limited to, leaves, Christmas trees and curbside recyclables. Drop-off points and times shall be designated in accordance with Subsection B.
A. 
Occupants to cover containers set out for collection. The occupants of every property not receiving municipal collection services shall place the containers required by § 237-7 in a place convenient for removal of the contents by private waste haulers to collect the same and shall keep such containers covered.
B. 
Private waste haulers shall comply. Private waste haulers shall conduct their operations in a safe, sanitary and healthful manner without obstructing public access. Private waste haulers shall comply with the applicable state solid waste management rules/regulations.
C. 
Transportation of rubbish/recyclables and solid waste.
(1) 
Cover required for vehicles transporting rubbish/recyclables and solid waste. No person shall transport by open vehicle for a distance of more than 500 feet, without collection stops, rubbish/recyclables or solid waste by way of any street without covering such vehicle body with tarpaulin, metal, wood, wire or other material, so that the contents of such vehicle cannot be dislodged onto public or private property. (This provision also applies to § 237-8, municipal curbside collection.)
(2) 
This section shall not be applicable to vehicles carrying rubbish/recyclables and solid waste containers that are secured in such vehicle.