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Town of Appomattox, VA
Appomattox County
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State law references: Local contracts for the supply of solid waste to resource recovery facilities, Code of Virginia, § 10.1-1412; removal of trash, garbage, weeds, etc., Code of Virginia, § 15.2-901; solid waste management facility siting approval, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-929; separation of solid waste, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-937; prohibiting placement of leaves or grass clippings in landfills, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-935; ordinances requiring recycling reports, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-939; local recycling and waste disposal, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-928; regulation of garbage and refuse pickup and disposal services, certain local contracts for such services, Code of Virginia, §§ 15.2-930, 15.2-931, 15.2-932; local solid and hazardous waste management, Code of Virginia, Title 15.2, Ch. 18; municipal garbage and refuse disposal, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-927.
The Town Manager is hereby vested with the duty of preparing a schedule for the collection of refuse providing for collection at least once each week in all sections of the Town, and such schedule shall be available to anyone requesting a copy. All garbage is to be set out not earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the day immediately preceding the day of collection and not later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
It shall be unlawful for anyone to damage, molest, or otherwise interfere with garbage containers or the contents of garbage containers placed for collection.
It shall be unlawful for any person to dump, burn, bury, destroy or otherwise dispose of any refuse anywhere in the Town except in a lawfully established refuse dump, or in a mechanical disposal device connected with the sewer, or in an incinerator approved by the American Insurance Association and State Health Department; and such material not so properly disposed of shall be placed in containers for collection by the Town in the following manner:
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Such containers shall be placed adjacent to an alley or sidewalk on the normally traveled garbage collection route. Multiple cans under one ownership shall be placed together and accessible for convenient pickup.
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Business establishments shall place containers to the rear of their establishments on scheduled collection days; except that, on all holidays observed by the county landfill, collection will commence the day after the holiday.
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All containers from residences shall be placed adjacent to the street, sidewalk or alley, as the case may be, on the day on which collection is scheduled to be made, and empty containers shall be removed from the sidewalk during the same day on which collections are made.
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Containers shall not be placed so as to interfere with traffic; foot, vehicular or otherwise.
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All refuse shall be drained free of liquids before placing such refuse in the container.
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All cans, bottles or other food containers shall be rinsed free of liquids before placing them in the container.
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Rubbish shall be either placed in approved containers, or cut and stacked, or packaged in bundles not exceeding five feet in length and not exceeding 50 pounds in weight, and shall be made compact by packing small units into large units. Rubbish placed in approved containers will be collected on regular collections, but all other rubbish from residences will be collected only by contact with the Town office during spring and fall cleanup weeks.
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Containers shall be kept clean by a thorough rinsing and draining as often as necessary to prevent the accumulation or residue of material on the bottoms or sides of the containers.
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Total weight of the container and its contents shall not exceed 50 pounds.
No large rocks, logs, tree stumps, tree limbs of more than five feet in length, waste building materials, or any kind of material from structures under construction or reconstruction or recently completed, will be collected by the Town, and the placing of such refuse for collection is prohibited.
Patrons exceeding four cubic yards of total waste or unable to subscribe to §§ 117-5 and 117-6 may be required to employ dumpsters. The policy and requirements for dumpster patrons are as follows:
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For the purpose of garbage pickup service to businesses using the dumpster form of garbage containers, referred to in this section as "garbage containers" or "containers," the following types of containers are available: four-yard containers, six-yard containers, and eight-yard containers. Approved garbage containers are available at cost from the Town. Businesses desiring to purchase their own containers shall check with the Town to determine the garbage container selected, and if approved for container pickup service.
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The Town will provide free garbage pickup service once weekly during weekdays. Should regular garbage pickup be interrupted because of a holiday, garbage pickup will be the following weekday. Service recipients will be notified of any changes in scheduling regular garbage pickup.
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Garbage containers will be situated in a suitable and accessible location permitting ease in pickup service by the Town. Garbage containers will be situated on a graveled, paved or concrete surface which is capable of supporting the garbage containers and which meets a proper and true height requirement for pickup service. Containers shall be placed at the rear of the establishment or, when not applicable, shall be fenced or screened.
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Maintenance, upkeep and replacement of garbage containers are the responsibility of the service recipient. The Town assumes no responsibility or liability associated with the storage or use of garbage containers and is held harmless of any incidences of accidental injury or illness of any person involving garbage containers. Containers will be maintained by the service recipient in accordance with any health department rules or regulations, and such recipient will, at the request of the Town, provide for any maintenance, upkeep or replacement of garbage containers. Repair or replacement of containers may be provided by the Town at the request of the service recipient; however, the service recipient is subject to the cost for repair or replacement.
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Garbage containers will contain only garbage, trash or debris which can be easily compacted by garbage truck and will not contain any metal, wood or plastic materials greater than two feet in length or width or depth which might interfere in the loading or compacting. Cardboard boxes shall be broken down in order to permit full loading capacity of garbage containers and in order to provide ease in unloading. Service recipients shall evaluate the need for additional containers should this situation occur. Service recipients will not permit any garbage, trash or debris to be placed in containers by another person.
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Service recipients will be notified of policy changes in advance of implementing such policy changes.
The owner and occupants of premises in the Town shall be required to collect all waste and litter from the lawns, yards, gardens, fences, hedges, walks, driveways and other areas of such premises and from the sidewalks, alleys or other public areas adjacent thereto. It shall be unlawful for the occupant of any premises to permit loose waste or litter to remain uncollected on such premises or on the sidewalks and other public places adjacent thereto for more than 24 hours. Such loose waste or litter shall be collected daily and placed in approved containers. In the case of premises occupied by more than one tenant, the owner of such premises, as well as the occupants, may be deemed responsible for compliance with the provisions of this section if necessary to its enforcement. Upon failure to comply with this section, the Town may clean such premises and the sidewalks and public area adjacent thereto and the cost thereof may be assessed against the owner or occupant of such premises and collected in the same manner as taxes of the Town are collected. Nothing in this section shall constitute a waiver by the Town of its right to proceed against any person for a violation of this article.
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State law references: Litter control and recycling, Code of Virginia, § 10.1-1414 et seq.; removal of trash, garbage, weeds, etc., Code of Virginia, § 15.2-901.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drop, cast, throw, place, sweep or otherwise dispose of, except as provided in this article, any garbage, waste or trash on any private premises or on any of the streets, alleys, sidewalks, gutters or other public places in the Town. The provisions of this section shall apply to agents of the Town engaged in the collection and disposal of garbage, waste and trash as well as to all other persons.
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State law reference: Putting or casting into public road objects that may harm tires or animals, Code of Virginia, § 33.1-345.
It shall be unlawful for any person to dump garbage, waste or trash at any place in the Town, except in such manner, at such times and at such places as may be designated by the Town Manager, upon proper and timely application to that officer.
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State law reference: Dumping trash, garbage, refuse, litter or other unsightly matter on highway, right-of-way or private property, Code of Virginia, § 33.1-346.