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Town of Denton, MD
Caroline County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Denton 8-1-2019 by Ord. No. 701. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
GARBAGE
The animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, and consumption of food.
RECYCLE/RECYCLING
The process of separating approved waste materials for collection and conversion into reusable materials to reduce waste products in the landfill.
RUBBISH
Combustible and noncombustible waste materials, except garbage; the term shall include paper rags, cartons, boxes, wood, rubber, leather, tree branches, tin cans, metals, plastic, glass, crockery, dust, and other similar materials.
A. 
Residents shall recycle to the maximum extent practicable. The Department of Public Works shall provide a list of recycling products that the Town's contractor will collect. Residents shall place all recycling in a supplied container. Cardboard that exceeds the capacity of the supplied container shall be broken down, securely tied and bundled, and placed next to the container. Residents may procure, at their expense, an additional recycling container subject to the approval of the Superintendent of Public Works or designated representative.
B. 
Recycling containers provided are the property of the Town of Denton. A person who misappropriates, destroys, damages, vandalizes, or loses a recycling container is liable for the replacement cost of the container.
A. 
It shall be the responsibility of the Department of Public Works, or its agent, to provide collection of residential recycling, except when official legal holidays or inclement weather may occur.
B. 
Collection shall be rendered at the curb, roadside, or alley abutting the residential property. Under no circumstances shall Public Works employees or agents enter a private property to collect recycling. Recycling left for collection shall not inhibit passage on public thoroughfares, including sidewalks, in any manner.
C. 
Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the provision of contractual collection services as opposed to collection by municipal employees and equipment.
A. 
The Town shall extend recycling to nonresidential properties, provided said recycling collection meets the requirements set forth in Denton Town Code § 97-6 herein.
B. 
All nonresidential establishments shall have their recycling containers properly screened in accordance with the Town of Denton Zoning Ordinance.
Private individuals or firms engaged in the business of recycling collection in the Town of Denton or who may use the streets of Denton for the transport of these materials shall be subject to all federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, codes, or regulations applicable to the operation and maintenance of motor vehicles, including air and noise pollution. All recycling collection vehicles shall be maintained watertight and litter-free.
All recycling must be stored and offered for collection in the provided container unless exempted herein. The regulations are as follows:
A. 
Residents should rinse and clean any soiled materials before placing them in the provided recycling container.
B. 
Only items listed on the container labels will be collected. Cardboard should be flattened and bundled and may be left next to the recycling container. Cardboard should not be left out during or when rain is expected. No household waste or packing materials will be collected.
C. 
All receptacles shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. They shall not be set out for collection containing free liquids or rainwater. They shall be kept free of offensive odors resulting from the lack of cleanliness.
D. 
Recycling receptacles and/or containers shall be placed at the curb or roadside or alley by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection but shall not be so placed prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day before collection, and empty receptacles/containers shall be removed from the curb, roadside or alley by 11:00 p.m. of the day of collection. Receptacles/containers shall not be kept at the curb or roadside between scheduled collections, and they shall be stored on the premises at such locations to be unseen from the public streets or roads or from the front yards of immediate neighboring property.
E. 
All owners and tenants of structures containing not more than 10 residential dwelling units within the Town shall be required to comply with the fees established by the Denton Town Council for recycling.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb any recycling containers or to remove the covers or any contents thereof, except the occupants of the premises on which the containers are placed on their duly authorized agents or the duly authorized employees or agents of the Town of Denton.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for a person who is neither a Town resident or a Town business owner to place their recycling for collection in the Town incorporated limits.
A. 
Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a municipal infraction punishable by a fine established by resolution of the Denton Town Council.
B. 
In the event of a violation of this chapter notice of the violation shall be posted on the recycling container.
C. 
The Town will charge an additional fee to dispose of trash or unacceptable recycling items if resident does not comply within seven days after given a written notice to correct the violation.
D. 
The Town Council will establish the recycling program fee and fines through resolution by the Town Council.