Borough of Stroudsburg, PA
Monroe County
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§ 20-101 Approval of Plan.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 1; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/10/1991, § 1]
The County Plan, as amended, is hereby approved; such documents together to constitute the Solid Waste Management Plan of and for this municipality under the Act, and the proper officials of the county are hereby authorized to file such documents with DER for purposes of approval under the Act.

§ 20-102 Definitions.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 2; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/9/1991, § 2; and by Ord. 905, 6/3/2009]
1. 
The following terms shall have the following meanings in this Part:
COLLECTOR
Any person collecting or transporting municipal solid waste or recyclables for owners or occupants of property in the municipality, including the municipality itself if it undertakes the collection of municipal solid waste directly, and any business or institution within the municipality which generates sufficient municipal solid waste to require disposal directly by its own employees and equipment.
DUMPSTER
A large container for the temporary storage of solid waste materials, debris and/or recyclable materials, that can be emptied into refuse trucks for the removal of the contents. These containers are usually sized from one cubic yard to less than 10 cubic yards.
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
Any garbage, refuse, industrial lunchroom or office waste, and other material including solid, semi-solid material resulting from the operation of residential, municipal, commercial or institutional establishments and from community activities, but not including any liquid waste or sludge, and other solid waste which is within the definition of "municipal solid waste" as set forth in the Act, excluding: (1) all wastes which are defined by federal or state law or regulations as hazardous waste or residual waste; and (2) any waste which the generator thereof may dispose of for cash or other actual value.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, association, corporation or governmental entity.
ROLL-OFF BOX
A large container for the temporary storage of solid waste materials, debris and/or recyclable materials, that is delivered to a site by means of a flatbed truck, placed on said site through a hydraulic mechanical means, and, when full, removed from the site through the same means. These containers usually range in size from 10 cubic feet to 40 cubic yards.
TRASH CONTAINER
A leak proof, container that holds rubbish and waste until it is collected.
2. 
Certain terms used herein are also defined in the recitals hereto.

§ 20-103 Prohibitions.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 3; as amended by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
1. 
It is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and unlawful for any person to accumulate upon any property in this municipality municipal solid waste or to dispose of it except in accordance with this Part.
2. 
It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person to act as a collector in this municipality without first obtaining a license from the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority pursuant to this Part and such additional requirements as the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority may by appropriate action hereafter establish, which licenses, however, shall all require the licensees to comply with the provisions of this Part.
3. 
No person may place a used lead acid battery in mixed municipal solid waste, discard, or otherwise dispose of a lead acid battery, except by delivery to an automotive battery retailer or wholesaler, to a secondary lead smelter permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency, or to a collection or recycling facility authorized under the laws of the Commonwealth.

§ 20-104 Recycling Reports Required.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 6; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/9/1991, § 4; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
1. 
All collectors providing municipal solid waste and recycling collection service to apartment buildings, apartment complexes, commercial profit organizations, governmental offices, and other similar establishments within the Borough of Stroudsburg shall submit quarterly recycling reports due on January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15 of each year. The reports shall remit recycling information for the quarter preceding the due date. The quarterly reports shall state: the customers' names and addresses for whom recycling collection is provided; the recyclable materials being collected; the total weight of every recyclable material, as listed in Act 101, collected from the collector's recycling customers. The report shall list only customers from the Borough of Stroudsburg. The quarterly reports must be notarized by a Notary Public.
2. 
All recyclable materials collected by the collectors through agreements with their customers shall be recycled — that is, taken to a recycling facility or directly to a plant which uses the recyclable. The Twin-Borough Recycling Program reserves the right to inspect any records to verify the reports.

§ 20-105 Operations by Licensed Collectors.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 7; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/9/1991, § 5; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
Unless and until this municipality subsequently determines to engage directly in the activities of a collector, licensed collectors shall be responsible for receiving municipal solid waste from properties in the municipality pursuant to contracts between them and the owners or occupants of property. Whenever requested by the Borough of Stroudsburg, the owner of any real estate within the Borough shall present proof adequate in the judgment of the municipality designee that the owner of said real estate has a current contract with a licensed hauler to dispose of municipal waste generated on the premises on a weekly basis or more often. The owner of the premises shall have 72 hours to provide proof to the municipality designee that he has a current contract with a licensed hauler to provide sufficient service to satisfy the terms and conditions of this Part. As contemplated in the plan, all collectors shall dispose of all municipal solid waste collected within the municipality at the landfill, and in compliance with such reasonable regulations for the operation thereof. Disposal at any other place shall be a violation of this Part.

§ 20-106 Anti-Scavenging Provisions.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 8; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/9/1991, § 6; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
1. 
No person shall handle, take or remove municipal solid waste set out for collection unless duly licensed by the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority. Any person who picks up said solid waste for his or her own use shall be guilty of an infraction of this Part.
2. 
No person shall handle, take or remove municipal recycling set out for collection unless duly licensed by the municipality. Any person who picks up said recyclables for his or her own use shall be guilty of an infraction of this Part.

§ 20-107 Private Dumps and Landfills Prohibited.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 9; as amended by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
No person shall use or permit to be used any property owned or occupied by him within the municipality as a public or private dump or landfill for municipal solid waste, whether generated within the municipality or elsewhere within the boundaries of the county.

§ 20-108 Nuisances Prohibited.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 10; as amended by Ord. 905, 6/3/2009; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
1. 
No person shall accumulate municipal solid waste upon any property owned or occupied by him in the municipality except in such limited quantities and for such limited periods of time as shall insure that no air or visual pollution or health or fire hazard shall be created thereby and any other accumulation thereof on any premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.
2. 
Storage of Refuse and Garbage.
A. 
Every tenant, occupant, or owner of any premises or property in the Borough of Stroudsburg on which refuse is produced, created or accumulated shall provide for safe, sanitary and adequate storage of the same pending collection or disposal in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
It is unlawful for any person occupying or maintaining any premises within the Borough of Stroudsburg where garbage is created, produced, or accumulated to fail or neglect to procure and maintain a standard container for receiving and holding without leakage or escape of odors, all garbage which is produced, created, or accumulated upon such premises and all such persons shall deposit all such garbage in such a standard container. For sanitary purposes, garbage shall be bagged or wrapped to prevent leakage and odors when placed in containers.
C. 
Where conditions permit, all dumpsters and/or roll-off boxes shall be stored upon private property. All dumpsters and/or roll-off boxes shall not be stored on the public street side of said property, unless approval is granted by the Codes Officer.
3. 
Collection Requirements.
A. 
All residents and occupants of all properties in the Borough of Stroudsburg shall have regular garbage collection provided by an approved waste hauler.
B. 
All occupants of single-family residences and of multi-family residences not exceeding four dwelling units shall deposit all garbage and refuse in refuse containers for pickup.
C. 
The refuse containers shall be placed within five feet of the curb or street edge or in an accessible location approved by the Codes Officer or Health Officer but shall not be placed in the street. The containers shall be placed in the required location for collection no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the day preceding a designated pickup day and shall be removed from the curbside location no later than 7:00 p.m. after the container has been emptied. Except during these prescribed hours, the mobile containers and all other refuse containers shall be kept in a location no closer to the street than the front line of the residential structure.
D. 
All residential waste shall be collected at least once each week with the exception that arrangements shall be made in advance with the collector for pickup of bulky, waste and for payment of any special fees. All residential housing, commercial, municipal, institutional and industrial waste shall be collected at least once each week and more often if required in order to control health hazards, odors, or unsightly conditions.
E. 
All recyclable materials shall be collected in accordance with Part 2 of this chapter.
F. 
All authorized collectors operating within the Borough of Stroudsburg shall comply with the Solid Waste Management Plan with regards to the licensing of collectors and the transportation of waste to the county designated disposal facility.
G. 
Commercial customers and residential properties which exceed four dwelling units must use dumpsters unless given permission by the Borough to use alternate containers. A commercial customer authorized to use alternate containers must not place the containers out for collection prior to 7:00 p.m. the evening before the collection day. The containers are not allowed to be at the edge of the right-of-way after collection day. Alternate containers must be stored at a location on the premises of the commercial customer so they are not visible from any roadway.
H. 
Permits are required for roll-off boxes on private property. The application shall be obtained from the Codes Enforcement Office and the permit shall be obtained prior to storage of the roll-off box. The fee shall be $25 per roll-off box.
I. 
Roll-off boxes shall be permitted for two weeks unless the roll-off box is needed for construction debris during active construction.
J. 
Dumpsters and roll-off boxes shall not be stored for more than 48 hours after they are filled.

§ 20-109 Penalties.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 11; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/9/1991, § 7; by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012; by Ord. 1031, 8/15/2017; and by Ord. 1036, 7/18/2017]
1. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 or shall be committed to the county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days; each day's continuance of a violation of this Part shall constitute a separate offense.
2. 
Notice and Payment of Violation. Upon the discovery of any violation under the terms of this Part, the municipality shall, through its authorized agents, give notice to the owner of a violation hereunder, either by personal delivery to such owner, by United States mail directed to the last-known address of such person or persons, as shown in the real estate registry records of the municipality, or by leaving the same on the premises where such violation occurs.
3. 
If such person shall, within seven days after the delivery, mailing or leaving of such notice, pay to the Treasurer of the municipality the sum of $25 for the violation, the same will constitute full satisfaction for the violation noted in said notice. If two or more violations are issued for the same property during a calendar year, the second and subsequent violations' payment shall increase an additional $25 per subsequent violation to a maximum of $300. The failure of such person to make payment, as aforesaid, within seven days, shall render such owner subject to the penalties as provided hereinabove.

§ 20-110 Abatement of Nuisances.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 12; as amended by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
In addition to the remedies provided in § 20-111 herein, any continued violation of this Part which shall constitute a nuisance in fact, or which in the opinion of the governing body of this municipality shall constitute a nuisance, may be abated by proceeding against the violator in a court of equity for relief.

§ 20-111 Regulations.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 13; as amended by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
The collection of municipal solid waste in the municipality and the disposal thereof shall be subject to such further reasonable rules and regulations as may from time to time be promulgated by the governing body of the municipality, including, but without limitation, regulations as to the form of license application, the terms of licenses and license issuance procedures; provided, however, that no such rules or regulations shall be contrary to the provisions of this Part or applicable law.

§ 20-112 Amendments, Contract.

[Ord. 596, 9/14/1983, § 14; as amended by Ord. 712, 10/9/1991, § 8; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
The municipality reserves the right to amend this Part or repeal it at any time; provided that the requirement for use of the landfill for disposal of municipal solid waste from the municipality shall not be so amended or repealed without the prior express approval of the Authority. If in the future the municipality itself becomes a collector, it agrees to deliver all municipal solid waste so collected to the landfill.

§ 20-201 Definitions.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1; as amended by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
The following words and phrases when used in this Part shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ALUMINUM CANS
Empty all-aluminum beverage and food containers.
BIMETALLIC CONTAINERS
Empty food or beverage containers consisting of steel and aluminum.
BIWEEKLY PICKUP
Curb-side collection of recyclable materials on an alternating (every other week) basis.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those properties used primarily for commercial or industrial purpose and those multiple dwelling residential buildings containing more than four dwelling units.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Events that are sponsored by public or private agencies or individuals that include, but are not limited to, fairs, bazaars, socials, picnics, and organized sporting events.
CONTAINERS
Buckets, pails, baskets, or cans provided by the municipality or designated by the municipality for the source separation or storage of recyclable materials.
CORRUGATED PAPER
Structural paper material with an inner core shaped in rigid, parallel furrows and ridges.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Environmental Resources of the Commonwealth and its authorized representatives.
FERROUS CONTAINERS
Empty steel or tin-coated steel food or beverage containers.
GLASS CONTAINERS
Bottles and jars made of clear, green, or brown glass. Excluded are plate glass, automotive glass, blue glass, and porcelain and ceramic products.
HIGH-GRADE OFFICE PAPER
All white paper, bond paper, and computer paper used in commercial, institutional, municipal establishments and in residences.
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those facilities that house or serve groups of people such as, but not limited to, hospitals, schools, day care centers, and nursing homes.
JOINT RECYCLING PROGRAM
Twin Boroughs Program operated by the Borough of East Stroudsburg and the Borough of Stroudsburg.
LEAD ACID BATTERIES
Includes, but not limited to, automotive, truck, and industrial batteries that contain lead.
LEAF WASTE
Leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimming, and similar material, but not including grass clippings.
MAGAZINES AND PERIODICALS
Glossy printed matter containing miscellaneous written pieces published at fixed or varying intervals and bound by glue or staples. Expressly excluded are all other paper products of any nature whatsoever.
MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROPERTIES
Any properties having more than four dwelling units per structure.
MUNICIPAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Public facilities operated by the municipality and other governmental and quasi-governmental authorities.
MUNICIPALITY
Borough of Stroudsburg.
NEWSPAPERS
Paper of the type commonly referred to as newsprint and distributed at fixed intervals, having printed thereon news and opinion and containing advertisements and other matters of public interest. Expressly excluded are glossy advertising inserts often included with newspapers.
PERSON(S)
Owners, lessees, and occupants of residences, commercial, or institutional establishments.
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Source separated recyclable materials, including materials listed in § 1501 of Act 101 and materials identified by the municipality to be recycled.
RESIDENTIAL UNITS
Any occupied single or multi-family dwelling having four or less dwelling units per structure.
SCAVENGING
Collecting or gathering recyclable materials.
SOURCE SEPARATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials separated at the point of origin for the purpose of being recycled.
WASTE
A material whose original purpose has been completed and which is directed to a disposal or processing facility or is otherwise disposed. The term does not include source separated recyclable materials or materials approved by the Department of beneficial use.

§ 20-202 Mandatory Recycling.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1; as amended by Ord. 710, 9/11/1991, §§ 1, 2; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
1. 
Through the Joint Recycling Program, the Borough of Stroudsburg shall provide biweekly curb-side pickup of at least three recyclable materials, as Borough Council shall from time to time designate by resolution and from the list of recyclables in § 1501 of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act, for residential units located within the Borough of Stroudsburg. Participation in the curb-side recycling pickup shall be mandatory for occupants of all residential units. Failure to participate and proof of violation of this section shall be determined by the presence of designated recyclable materials in the resident's municipal waste, which is prepared for collection. Occupants of all residential units shall utilize recycling containers or similar containers to source separate those recyclable materials designated by Borough Council. Nothing in this Part shall be deemed to impair the ownership of separated materials by the person who generated them unless and until such recyclable materials are placed at curb-side or similar location for collection by the municipality.
2. 
Commercial, institutional, municipal establishments, community activities, and industrial establishments and multifamily housing properties are required to recycle. Commercial, institutional, municipal establishments, community activities, and industrial establishments shall recycle high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper (cardboard), clear glass, colored glass and leaf waste. Multi-family housing properties shall recycle the same recyclable materials as the Twin-Borough curb-side recycling program. Said resources are designated by resolution of Borough Council pursuant to Subsection 1. Nothing in this Part shall limit commercial, institutional, municipal establishments, community activities, and industrial establishments and multi-family properties authority to recycle any recyclable materials. Commercial, institutional, municipal establishments, community activities, and industrial establishments and multi-family properties that do not recycle through their trash hauler or by delivering materials to the Twin-Borough Recycling Center must submit annual reports of the total weight of materials recycled. The annual report shall be submitted no later than January 15 of each year.
3. 
Currently existing recycling programs by industrial, institutional, commercial, municipal establishments, community activities, or private individuals shall be exempt from this Part. However, those operations will be required to provide the municipality with yearly reports due January 15 of each year. The report shall include the name of the operation, volume, and type of material recycled. New recycling operations seeking an exemption must get Council approval prior to startup. New operations are those not in effect by September 26, 1991.

§ 20-203 Recyclable Materials Borough Property; Scavenging Prohibited.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1]
Recyclable materials, as mandated by a resolution of the Borough Council, shall become property of the Borough of Stroudsburg upon being placed at the curb or similar location. Scavenging, collecting, or picking up of recyclable materials from the curb or similar location by any person other than authorized employees of the Borough of Stroudsburg and the Borough of East Stroudsburg shall be prohibited. It shall be a violation of this Part for any person, except authorized employees of the Borough of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg, to scavenge, collect, or pick up any recyclable materials from any recycling drop-off centers located in the Borough of Stroudsburg.

§ 20-204 Containers Borough Property; Storage of Containers.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1]
1. 
Recycling containers provided by the Borough of Stroudsburg either to residents or drop-off centers are and shall remain property of the Borough of Stroudsburg. All recycling containers shall be returned to the municipality when a user moves out of the Borough of Stroudsburg.
2. 
Recycling containers, whether or not provided by the municipality, shall be stored either in the user's dwelling or in the rear of the building and out of sight from the street. Any recycling container shall not be placed at the curb more than 48 hours before collection nor left at the curb longer than 48 hours after collection. Users shall be responsible for proper removal and disposal of debris, garbage, left in recycling containers. Any recycling, containers left at the curb for more than 48 hours after collection may be removed by the municipality.

§ 20-205 Education; Public Notice.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1]
The municipality shall sustain a public education program concerning the joint recycling program. The public education may include, but is not limited to, newsletter articles, display advertisements in local newspapers, direct mail, and pamphlets. The Borough Manager's Office shall be responsible for the sustained public education campaign. Public education information shall be disseminated at least semiannually.

§ 20-206 Leaf Composting.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1]
Disposal of leaf waste with municipal solid waste shall be prohibited. The municipality shall provide a weekly leaf collection service for a minimum of six weeks per season. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a person from composting leaf waste on his/her property.

§ 20-207 Enforcement; Incentives; Penalties.

[Ord. 699, 11/14/1990, § 1; as amended by Ord. 784, 4/5/2000, § 2; and by Ord. 962, 12/19/2012]
1. 
The Borough Manager shall have the authority to assign enforcement, with Borough Council's consent, of this Part to any Borough employee(s) under the direction of the Borough Manager. Furthermore, the Stroud Area Regional Police Department shall be authorized to enforce the anti-scavenging provision of this Part.
2. 
The Borough Council shall have the authority to create, by resolution, recycling incentive programs.
3. 
Any person violating the anti-scavenging provision of this Part shall be subject to citation for a summary offense, and if convicted, sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600. The procedure for enforcement of the mandatory participation provisions shall be:
A. 
Any person failing to participate on two occasions shall receive a written warning.
B. 
Any person failing to participate after receiving a written warning shall receive a citation for a summary offense and, if convicted, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50.
C. 
Any person failing to participate after one conviction for failure to participate shall receive a citation for a summary offense and, if convicted, to pay a fine of not more than $250.
D. 
Any person failing to participate after two or more convictions for failure to participate shall receive a citation for a summary offense and if convicted, to pay a fine of not more than $600. Any person violating any other provision of this Part shall be subject to citation for summary offense and, if convicted, sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600.