City of Lebanon, PA
Lebanon County
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[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986; amended by Ord. 23-1994, 95 § 1, passed 10-24-1994]
DEBRIS
Building rubbish and building construction or reconstruction rubbish, stones, street refuse, industrial refuse, dead animals, dilapidated large machinery and/or appliances, home furnishings or such other waste materials as are not commonly produced in Comes, stores and institutions, or which cannot be enclosed within an approved refuse receptacle or container. Debris shall not include materials that are recyclable and have been separated and properly stored for recycling purposes in an approved receptacle or container.
GARBAGE
The animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of foods.
OWNER
Any person, agent, operator, firm or corporation having a legal or equitable interest in the property; or recorded in the official records of the State, county or municipality as holding title to the property; or otherwise having control of the property, including the guardian of the estate of any such person, and the executor or administrator of the estate of such person if ordered to take possession of real property by a court.
PERSON
A corporation or co-partnership as well as an individual.
REFUSE
All solid wastes including garbage, rubbish and debris. For the purpose of this article all fecal material generated by any animal shall be termed refuse.
RUBBISH
Combustible and noncombustible waste materials, except garbage; and the term includes the residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible materials, recyclable materials stored for longer than one month, paper, rags, furniture manufactured with materials intended for interior use, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tree branches, yard trimmings, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, crockery, dust and other similar materials.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986]
Refuse shall be prepared in the following manner:
(a) 
All garbage, before being placed in refuse containers, shall be drained, free from all liquids and shall be wrapped in several thicknesses of paper, or commercially available plastic garbage bags appropriately designed for refuse collection and disposal.
(b) 
All refuse shall be drained of any liquid before being deposited for collection.
(c) 
All cans and bottles which have contained food shall be thoroughly rinsed and drained before being deposited for collection.
(d) 
Tree trimmings, hedge clippings, old newspapers and similar material, which cannot be conveniently placed in the aforementioned containers, shall be baled, tied and sacked in compact bundles under three feet in length and placed in a location easily accessible to the collector.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986]
(a) 
Refuse receptacles shall be made of rust-resistant material, be watertight, vermin proof, and fly tight, be provided with a watertight cover, and have handles on the side.
(b) 
No person shall use refuse receptacles having a capacity of more than 32 gallons or less than 10 gallons. However, in the case of a multi-family dwelling, commercial, mercantile and industrial establishments, storage may be permitted in approved commercial-sized containers (dumpster).
(c) 
Refuse receptacles shall be kept as sanitary as possible and shall be thoroughly cleansed by the owner at least periodically after collection. Such container shall be in good condition and structurally sound, not likely to injure the collector or his employees, or hamper the prompt collection of refuse. Defective containers shall be replaced upon notice.
(d) 
Every dwelling unit shall be supplied with approved containers and covers for storage of refuse, and the owner, operator or agent in control of such dwelling shall be responsible for the removal of such rubbish.
(e) 
It shall be the duty of the refuse collector to handle all containers carefully and to replace the lid on containers after each collection. Failure to comply with such a request shall constitute a violation of this article.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986; Ord. 23-1994, 95 § 2, passed 10-24-1994; Ord. 4-1996, 97 § 1, passed 6-24-1996]
(a) 
No person shall place any garbage or refuse in any street, alley, or other public place, or upon any private property within the City, unless the same is placed in a proper refuse container for collection. Likewise, no person shall throw or deposit any garbage or refuse in any stream or any other body of water.
(b) 
Any unauthorized accumulation of refuse on any premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited. Failure to remove any existing accumulation of refuse within three days after the effective date of this section shall be deemed a violation of same.
(c) 
Fire wood may be stored and kept on the premises, but it shall be stored in accordance with the provisions of the City Fire Prevention Code.
(d) 
The storage of all solid waste shall be practiced so as to prevent the attraction, harborage or breeding of insects or rodents and to eliminate conditions harmful to public health or which create safety hazards, odors, unsightliness and public nuisances.
(e) 
A sufficient number of containers shall be provided to contain all waste materials generated during periods between regularly scheduled collections.
(f) 
Individual containers or bulk containers utilized for the storage of solid waste shall have the following physical characteristics:
(1) 
Constructed in such a manner as to be easily handled for collection;
(2) 
Constructed of rust and corrosion resistant materials;
(3) 
Equipped with tight-fitting lids; and
(4) 
Constructed in such a manner as to be watertight, leak-proof, weatherproof, insect-proof and rodent-proof.
(g) 
Individual containers shall be used and maintained so as to prevent public nuisances.
(h) 
Disposal containers shall be acceptable for storage of solid waste.
(i) 
Refuse containers used for temporary storage of garbage, rubbish and/or debris shall not be permitted to be stored at the front exterior of a structure. Whenever possible, all refuse storage containers shall be stored and maintained at the rear exterior of a structure. However, the containers may be temporarily placed at the front exterior of a structure on the day of or the evening prior to refuse removal service.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986; Ord. 23-1994, 95 § 3, passed 10-24-1994]
(a) 
Place of Collection. Refuse receptacles, for collection purposes, shall be placed at ground level on the property, not within the right of way of a street or alley, and easily accessible from the side of the street or alley from which collection is made, except where an agreement exists with the collector to collect from a basement or porch. Additionally, commercial-sized containers (dumpsters) shall be placed on an adequately sized concrete slab.
(b) 
Frequency of collection.
(1) 
On and after the effective date of this section, refuse shall be collected at least once weekly, except where more frequent collection is deemed necessary as in the case of multi-family dwellings, commercial, mercantile and industrial uses, or to prevent a public nuisance.
(2) 
Any person disposing of their own refuse shall provide for collection at intervals frequent enough to meet the requirements in subsection (a) hereof.
[Ord. 57-2002, 03 § 1, passed 4-28-2003]
(a) 
Only a person licensed through the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority may collect refuse within the limits of the City of Lebanon.
(b) 
An authorized collector is one who entered a contract with or has been granted a license by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority for the specific purpose of collecting and disposing of garbage and refuse.
(c) 
All licenses shall be issued by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority, and all vehicles shall be re-inspected annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, or any agent thereof.
(d) 
No licensed collector shall dispose of any garbage or refuse collected in the City except by conveyance to the place of disposal as prescribed herein.
(e) 
Failure of licensed collectors to comply with the provisions of this article shall result in having such licensed revoked.
(f) 
No person shall permit any unlicensed collector to take any garbage from premises occupied by him.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986; Ord. 23-1994, 95 § 5, passed 10-24-1994]
(a) 
All vehicles used for collection of garbage shall have a compactor-type body and shall be maintained structurally sound, sanitary and in good operating condition.
(b) 
Collection and transportation equipment shall be:
(1) 
Equipped with fire extinguishing equipment;
(2) 
Cleaned as frequently as necessary to prevent odors, vectors and other nuisances;
(3) 
Constructed to prevent littering and the ingress or egress of vectors; and
(4) 
Equipped with a 2 1/2 inch national standard fire thread-sized fitting to allow connection of the equipment to a fire hose in the event of fire.
(c) 
No person may store municipal waste in collection vehicles for more than 24 hours.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986]
(a) 
No person shall hereafter dispose of any garbage or refuse collected in the City except by conveyance to the sanitary landfill operated by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority.
(b) 
After the effective date of this section, all refuse in the City shall be disposed of in the sanitary landfill operated by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986]
(a) 
The City shall notify a person in writing of the violation of this article. In the event the person so notified fails to remove such refuse by the time limit for compliance set on such notice; in addition to the penalty herein, the Board of Health, through the City Department of Public Safety, may cause the removal of such refuse, and bill such person for the cost thereof.
(b) 
In case of neglect or refusal by the person to pay such bill within 30 days, the bill shall be subject in all respects to the general law provided for the filing and recovery of municipal liens. Such liens shall be prepared by the City and filed by the City Solicitor, as provided by law.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986]
The cost for refuse violation remedy service of the City as mentioned shall be as follows:
The person shall be billed for the cost thereof, at the rate to be established by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Safety, which would compensate the City for both direct and indirect costs and extraneous expenses incurred.
[Ord. 10-1986, 87 § 1, passed 5-27-1986]
It is the duty of the City Sanitation/Housing Inspector to enforce all provisions of the regulations contained herein.
[Ord. 23-1994, 95 § 6, passed 10-24-1994]
Sections 1101.04 to 1101.07 of the Codified Ordinances apply to this article and take precedence over any provision of this article which is contrary thereto.
[Ord. 24-2008, 09 § 1, passed 2-23-2009]
(a) 
The owner, operator or agent in control of any property shall be responsible to maintain proof of contract with a licensed collector/hauler for removal of refuse from the premises for a period of one year.
(b) 
An owner, operator or agent in control of any property who does not contract for refuse removal but who is licensed through the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority and collects trash from a property shall keep disposal records for a period of two years.
[Ord. 23-1994, 95 § 7, passed 10-24-1994]
Any person, firm or corporation which violates any of the provisions of this article or who refuses or fails to comply with any order contained herein within the time limit set, or any extension thereof, shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $1,000 and/or imprisoned not more than 90 days. Each day on which a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense.