[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Merion 6-16-1982 by Ord. No. 2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Garbage and refuse — See Ch. 82.
The reduction of the amount of solid waste and conservation of recyclable materials is an important public concern because of the growing problem of solid waste disposal and its impact on the environment. The collection of used or old newspaper for recycling from residences in the township will serve the general public interest and will result in a financial advantage to the residents and taxpayers of the township by reason of the income realized from the sale of these recyclable materials. It is vital that regulation of this collection be established to ensure that private interests are not promoted to the disadvantage of the residents and taxpayers of the township, as well as to encourage the fullest possible citizen participation in the program.
Unless the context indicates otherwise, the following words and phrases shall be construed throughout this chapter to have the following meanings:
- Paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at stated intervals, usually daily or weekly, having printed thereon news and opinions and containing advertisements and other matters of public interest.
- Includes a lessee as well as an owner of a residence and includes a person, firm or corporation which owns a residence.
- Any single-family or multifamily dwelling from which the township collects solid waste.
- SOLID WASTE
- All garbage and refuse normally placed by a resident for regular collection by the township.
- The Township of Lower Merion.
There is hereby established a program for the separate collection of used or old newspaper from the residences in the township for hauling and resale by the township for the purpose of recycling. The collection shall be made weekly according to the schedule of regular solid waste collection.
All persons who are residents of the township shall separate used or old newspaper from all other solid waste produced at their respective residences, and they shall separately bundle the newspaper for collection. The newspaper shall be compacted and shall be tied or otherwise secured by such residents in bundles which shall not exceed 35 pounds in weight and which shall not exceed one foot in thickness. Such residents shall place the bundled newspaper at the curb or street side of their respective residences, or at their otherwise authorized usual solid waste collection point, for collection by the township.
All old or used newspaper placed by residents as aforesaid for collection by the township shall be the property of the township from the time of such placement, except as otherwise provided by § 103-7 of this chapter.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation, other than the township or a contractor selected to act for the township, to collect old or used newspaper placed as aforesaid, unless such person, firm or corporation has prior written permission to make such collection as set forth in § 103-7 of this chapter. Each collection in violation of this chapter from one or more residences shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Any resident may donate or sell old or used newspaper to any person, firm or corporation, provided that the receiving person, firm or corporation shall not collect such donated or sold newspaper from the curb or street side or other authorized solid waste collection point of a residence unless such receiving person, firm or corporation has received prior written permission from the township to make such collection, and then on Saturdays only.
[Amended 5-15-1985 by Ord. No. 2080; 8-3-1988 by Ord. No. 3104]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate § 103-6 of this chapter shall be liable on conviction thereof to a fine or penalty of not more than $600 for each and every offense. Such fine or penalty shall be collected as like fines or penalties are now by law collected. The township reserves the right not to collect solid waste containing recyclable materials, including newspaper, in combination with nonrecyclable materials.