City of Hudson, NY
Columbia County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson 5-19-1970 by L.L. No. 4-1970 (Ch. 62 of the 1973 Code); amended in its entirety 7-16-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 67.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 86.
Demolition of buildings — See Ch. 97.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 143.
Housing standards — See Ch. 176.
Plumbing — See Ch. 221.
Abandoned refrigerators — See Ch. 232.
Sewers — See Ch. 240.
Snow and ice removal — See Ch. 253.
Solid waste — See Ch. 260.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 266.

§ 157-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A covered, metal or heavy-duty plastic pail or drum having not less than two handles and not exceeding 18 inches in diameter and 26 inches in height, or a heavy-duty plastic sack issued by the Department of Public Works to contain garbage or refuse.
A commercial garbage disposal container under contract with commercial hauler for removal and cleaning at regular intervals.
All waste vegetable, animal or other matter, liquid or solid, likely to ferment or decompose and produce noxious odors or become injurious to the public health.
Trash and litter, whether or not combustible, consisting of, but not limited to, paper and paper products, wood and wood products, metal and metal products, plastics and plastics products, glass and glass products, ashes, dust and dirt, rock, concrete and other mineral waste, sweepings, grass, leaves and yard trimmings or any and all other discarded objects and materials; provided, however, that refuse shall not include earth and wastes from building operations, nor shall it include solid wastes resulting from industrial processes and manufacturing operations.

§ 157-2 Dumping prohibited.

No person, firm or corporation shall place, cause or permit to be placed or discard in any place within the City of Hudson, whether private or public, any garbage, refuse or filthy liquid, except as provided by this chapter.
No garbage or refuse shall be placed in any manner within the City except stored in a securely closed container or securely closed dumpster.
Garbage or refuse stored in a securely closed container or in a securely closed dumpster may not be stored on any property within the City for a time period in excess of seven consecutive days.
No garbage or refuse shall be stored within the City which shall produce a noxious or foul odor.
If evidentiary proof of the name or address of any individual is found among garbage or refuse illegally placed within the City, such evidence shall create the presumption that the aforesaid individual perpetrated and is responsible for the improper disposal or storage of the garbage or refuse.
The owner of any real property within the City upon which refuse or garbage is stored in violation of this chapter shall be guilty of the respective violation of this chapter regardless of whether the property owner improperly stored the refuse or garbage. This provision shall not apply to refuse or garbage located in apartments, stores or other areas of the property within the exclusive control of a tenant of the property owner, unless the property owner is notified of the violation and fails to take corrective measures within 24 hours of notification.

§ 157-3 Rules for placement of materials for collection.

Garbage and refuse shall be placed in a container for collection approved by the Department of Public Works.
Recycled items containing no garbage may be placed for collection as such in designated containers approved by the City Department of Public Works.
In no event shall the combined weight of a container and its contents exceed 50 pounds.
Containers shall be kept and maintained by their owners in suitable condition to permit safe handling by the collector.

§ 157-4 Spilling or scattering of materials.

No person, firm or corporation shall place or fill or cause or permit to be placed or filled any container or refuse bundle in such manner that such container or bundle shall rupture, overflow, spill or scatter any part of its contents.
Any spillage or scattering of garbage or refuse out of a container or bundle, caused by any means other than the fault or neglect of the collector, shall be collected up by the person who set out such container or bundle and lawfully disposed of by him.

§ 157-5 Time and location of placement of containers.

Containers of garbage and refuse and recyclable containers shall be set out for collection by the occupant of premises contiguous to any alley along which such collection is made, at the side of such alley. In all other cases, such containers and bundles shall be set out for collection at the curbline of the street in front of such premises.
Such containers and bundles shall be set out not earlier than 7:00 p.m. of the day preceding, nor later than 7:00 a.m. of collection day. Emptied containers shall be removed from the alley side or curbline, as the case may be, within a reasonable time following such emptying, and in no event later than 6:00 p.m. of collection day.

§ 157-6 Permit required for collection.

Any person, firm or corporation desiring, on and after the effective date hereof, to collect, transport or dispose of garbage, refuse or other waste material shall file with the Department of Public Works an application for a permit therefor, in such form and detail as the Department shall prescribe.
The Department of Public Works shall inspect the equipment intended by the applicant to be employed in such occupation and, if a disposal site other than the City dumping areas is intended to be used by the applicant in such City, also inspect such site and examine into the proposed method of disposition. The Department, if satisfied as to the adequacy and propriety of such equipment, site and method, shall grant such application.[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Upon presentation of such application as granted and payment of the annual fee provided in Subsection D of this section to the Department of Public Works, the Department shall issue a permit which shall expire on the 30th day of April next succeeding the date of its issuance to the applicant.
The fee for any permit issued or reissued under this chapter shall be established by the Department of Public Works of the City of Hudson, and the Department of Public Works of the City of Hudson is hereby authorized and empowered to establish said fees and to prepare a schedule thereof.
A tag measuring three inches by four inches shall be furnished with the permit to the permittee, who shall display such tag on the left vent window of his vehicle at all times which the same is in use in the transporting or disposing of garbage, refuse or waste within the City of Hudson.

§ 157-7 Fill material not deemed refuse.

Cinders, sand, gravel or soil, deposited on real property by or for the owner or occupant thereof for fill, grading or landscaping purposes, shall not be deemed to be refuse or waste.

§ 157-8 Dumping of foreign waste within City prohibited.

No person, whether or not a permit holder hereunder, shall dispose of any garbage, refuse or waste collected outside the City of Hudson at any place, public or private, within such City.

§ 157-9 Inspections of collection and disposal practices; complaints. [1]

The Department of Public Works shall from time to time inspect the manner and conduct of garbage, refuse and waste collection, transportation and disposal by permittees hereunder and of the setting out of containers and refuse bundles by residents and occupants and make complaint to the Department of Police or the City Judge of the City of Hudson against any person, firm or corporation charged by such Department of Public Works to be in violation of any provision of this chapter relating thereto.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 157-10 Scavenging in garbage and refuse containers prohibited.

No person shall engage in alley or rag picking, sorting or salvaging or otherwise scavenging in any container of garbage or refuse or refuse bundle or otherwise disturbing the contents thereof.

§ 157-11 Rules for collectors.

The driver of any vehicle engaged in the collection, transportation or disposal of garbage, refuse or waste shall fully cover all such garbage, refuse or waste, while loaded on such vehicle, with a suitable covering material, and shall not permit any part of such load to fall from such truck except upon its lawful disposal.
Any collector who shall have caused spillage of the contents of a container or refuse bundle or from whose vehicle garbage, refuse or waste shall have fallen shall gather up such spillage or fallen material and place it properly in such vehicle.
The owner of such vehicle shall, immediately following the disposition of the last daily load of garbage, refuse or waste, clean the cargo bed thereof and place the same in sanitary conditions.

§ 157-12 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable as follows: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, by a fine not exceeding $250, by a sentence of community service or restitution or by a combination thereof. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.

§ 157-13 Revocation or suspension of permits; appeals.

The Department of Public Works may revoke any permit granted and issued hereunder or suspend the same for such period that the Department may deem proper for any violation by the permittee of any provision of this chapter or for a material misrepresentation in his application for such permit.