Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPROVED CONTAINER
Village kart, dumpster or throwaway container as defined in this article.
BIN
A blue, eighteen-gallon container approved and supplied by the Village for recyclable materials.
COMBINED REFUSE
All waste or rubbish of any kind, whether combustible or noncombustible in nature, which is no longer desired by the resident-owner of such refuse, excepting newsprint, unusual, heavy, bulky, or hazardous materials, or yard waste.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
COMMERCIAL CLASS
Includes all business enterprises and shall specifically include multifamily dwellings (four dwelling units or more).
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
DUMPSTER
A metal container commonly used to collect combined refuse in multifamily dwellings (four dwelling units or more) and commercial establishments.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
GARBAGE
All animal, fish, fowl, fruit or vegetable waste incident to and resulting from the use, preparation and storage of food.
KART
A ninety-gallon wheeled refuse container provided and approved by the Village.
NEWSPRINT
A common and inexpensive machine-finished paper made chiefly from wood pulp and used mostly for newspapers.
RECYCLABLES
Products which are capable of being reprocessed or remanufactured into new products, or products which are directed for reuse.
REGULAR COMMERCIAL COLLECTION
The collection of combined refuse from the commercial class from Village-approved containers stored in Village-approved locations.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
REGULAR RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION
The collection of combined refuse from buildings containing dwelling units from Village-approved containers on a once-a-week basis.
[Amended 10-4-1993 by Ord. No. 1668]
RESIDENTIAL CLASS
Includes all one, two and three residential dwelling units within buildings.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
THROWAWAY CONTAINERS
Plastic or water-resistant paper bags, boxes, cartons, cans, crates and baskets which shall be secured in such a manner that the contents thereof shall not be blown or scattered about or become frozen to the ground or become a nuisance to the neighbors or the area. Such containers may hold combined refuse but not garbage. If contained in a plastic bag, the contents shall not weigh more than 30 pounds; if otherwise contained, the contents and container shall not weigh more than 40 pounds; in any case, each container shall not be more than 36 inches in length, and in no case shall any surfaces of said container have sharp, dangerous or noxious surfaces which may be harmful to the collectors or others.
UNUSUAL, HEAVY, BULKY OR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
All materials which cannot be collected by regular residential or commercial collection service because of dimension, density, weight or potential harmful nature. Examples of such materials are tree limbs and branches, sod or turf, appliances, furniture, playground equipment, resident-produced remodeling refuse, lubricating oils, solvents, caustic or acid substances, or other similar materials.
YARD WASTE
Any woody or plant-type material.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
A. 
Purpose. The refuse collection service system in the Village of Shorewood is designed to provide reliable weekly "day certain" service principally using standard Village-supplied karts that can be mechanically dumped by a one-man operated refuse collection vehicle in order to attain optimum conditions of health, safety, aesthetic appearance and convenience for the residents of the Village while securing for Village workmen the safest and most dignified conditions of employment, all at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer. Collection from dumpsters shall also be permitted as herein provided.
B. 
Preparation of garbage for disposal. All garbage, before being placed in approved containers for collection, shall be thoroughly drained and well wrapped. The burning of garbage shall be prohibited unless such burning takes place in an auxiliary fired gas or electric incinerator approved by the Planning and Development Department and the Village Fire Department.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 455-6, Use of incinerators.
C. 
Combined refuse collection service to the residential class.
(1) 
Service. Combined refuse collection service on a weekly "day certain" basis shall be provided to all Village dwelling units, and collection shall be from approved containers at a rate of 90 gallons of capacity per 2.68 municipal occupancy factors (persons or tenancies) as determined by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, but in no event will the Village supply approved containers which shall exceed a maximum capacity of 90 gallons per dwelling unit serviced.
(a) 
Responsibility of residents. Residents shall move their approved containers from their storage point to a collection point in time for prompt collection by 7:00 a.m. on the designated collection day and shall return their approved containers to storage points from any curbside collection point by 8:00 p.m. on the day of collection. Residents shall be responsible for the removal of snow, ice and other impediments which would restrict easy access to the approved containers located at the collection points.
[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 1935]
(b) 
Combined refuse collected on a regular basis. Refuse collected on a regular basis shall be placed in a kart. Excluded from such regular collection is unusual, heavy, bulky or hazardous combined refuse, yard waste and recyclable materials.
[Amended 4-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2092]
(c) 
Storage point. Approved containers shall be stored every day, except the day of collection, at any location on private property convenient to the resident which is located behind the resident's dwelling and which is located so as not to create a nuisance to the neighbors or the area.
(d) 
Collection point.
[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 1935]
[1] 
For properties with street access only, approved containers shall be placed for regular collections by 7:00 a.m. on the collection day at a point between the curb and the public sidewalk, near or on the driveway approach or service walk, affording easy access to the collectors.
[2] 
For properties with alley access, approved containers shall be placed for regular collection by 7:00 a.m. on the collection day at a point immediately adjacent to the alley right-of-way which is not more than one foot below or above the adjacent alley grade.
(e) 
Terms and provisions for use of second kart. Regular collection of unusual volume that cannot be reasonably contained in one kart may be stored in a second kart which will be provided by the Village to any resident desiring a second kart. An annual collection fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule will be billed for the second kart.
(f) 
Exceptions to "day certain" service. Exceptions to "day certain" service because of holidays or inclement weather shall be determined by the Director of Public Works, who shall establish and publish rules and regulations for such exceptions.
(g) 
Exceptions under the kart program.
[1] 
An exception to the kart service for reason of inability to move kart or other approved containers because of the physical characteristics of a lot from the point of storage to the point of collection may be made by the Village Manager or his assistant upon application of a resident or upon the advice of the Director of Public Works or his designee.
[2] 
An exception to the responsibility for moving a kart to the point of collection for reason of incapacity of all members of a household shall be granted by the Village Manager or his assistant upon application by any resident who shall be able to demonstrate such incapacity, provided that the Village Manager or his assistant may require verification of such incapacity by the applicant's personal physician or by the Village Health Department; provided, further, that the owner of such residence shall authorize driveway access to Village collection vehicles and waive any claim for driveway damage.
[3] 
Appeals from the decisions of the Village Manager or his assistant in the matter of exceptions in Subsection C(1)(g)[1] or [2] shall be heard by the Board of Appeals of the Village.
(h) 
Those buildings which require additional collection service or which are unable to meet Village requirements related to such Village service shall employ private services for such collection required at the expense of the owners of such buildings.
(2) 
Kart ownership and responsibility. The Village shall own, provide, repair and serve all karts.
(3) 
Responsibility of resident kart user. The users of karts shall comply with all Village prescribed instructions imprinted on the karts, including but not limited to limiting the use of karts, setting maximum weights and prohibiting the storage of certain unusual, heavy, bulky or hazardous substances. The defacing or altering of karts is prohibited. Karts shall be kept reasonably clean by the resident in the prescribed manner. The cost of repairs resulting from negligent use of a kart by a resident shall be noted by the Director of Public Works or his designee and given to the Village Manager, who may direct recovery of such costs from the resident upon the giving of notice and affording the resident opportunity to be heard. Kart covers shall be securely fastened in a closed position at all times when the user thereof is not present in the immediate location of said kart.
(4) 
Collection of unusual, heavy, bulky or hazardous materials and yard waste. Collection of unusual, heavy, bulky or hazardous materials and yard waste as defined herein shall be processed as follows:
(a) 
Tree limbs. Tree limbs up to six inches in diameter and less than five feet in length may be placed on the parkway for collection by special chipping equipment from April through November by the Department of Public Works.
[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 1935; 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
(b) 
Yard waste. Any plant or woody material, except grass clippings, must be bagged in paper bags and placed at the curb for collection from April through November.
[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 1935; 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
(c) 
Special collection of heavy or bulky items. Special collection of heavy or bulky items, such as furniture and branches or tree trunks over six inches in diameter and cut in lengths not exceeding four feet and trimmed of twigs, which can be made by a crew of two men and a truck, to be determined by the Director of Public Works or his designee, shall be provided on a prearranged custom basis for a fee.
[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 1935]
[1] 
Special collections shall be prearranged with the Director of Public Works by the resident, who shall deliver or mail a minimum fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule to the Village Clerk, along with written instructions which shall describe the material, its location (and authorization and waiver of driveway damage if location is adjacent to a private driveway or private property), and the day such material shall be available for removal. Materials which require a special collection shall be located outside and to the rear of the dwelling, adjacent to the driveway or alley access.
[2] 
The special collection fee shall be as provided by the Village Fee Schedule payable upon order for collection and shall include 15 minutes of crew operation.
[a] 
Additional time required shall be billed to the resident on a time-consumed basis at the rate provided by the Village Fee Schedule per each additional and succeeding fifteen-minute period.
[b] 
In addition to the special collection fees enumerated herein, waste material hauled by the Village as a special collection exceeding 500 pounds will be charged at the rate as provided by the Village Fee Schedule for all material determined by the Village to be nonrecyclable.
[3] 
Special pickup of large quantities of resident-generated (as opposed to contractor-generated) loose demolition or remodeling material may be prearranged with the Director of Public Works or the Director’s designee who may, at the Director’s discretion, arrange for the use of a Village truck or may provide the services of a mechanical loader for a fee calculated on current cost of labor, equipment and unusual disposal costs as described on a work order.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
[4] 
If charges for special collections are not paid within a reasonable time, such charges shall be certified in a proper manner to have them levied as special charges against such property served, and the Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to enter such charges onto the tax roll.
[5] 
The Director of Public Works or the Director’s designee shall have the right and authority to refuse a request for a special collection if he determines it would be a special collection for which he cannot afford manpower or equipment. Special collections shall be limited to materials accumulated by an owner or tenant of Village property. No collection shall be made of contractors' materials.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
(d) 
Hazardous materials. Collection of hazardous materials which are dangerous to the health of an individual or the public or a threat to the environment will not be provided. Materials or substances like oils, paints, solvents or caustic materials and acids may be received by the Department of Public Works yard upon approval of the Director of Public Works or his designee and upon delivery by the resident.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702; 10-4-1993 by Ord. No. 1668]
(e) 
Collection of seasonal leaves and lawn rakings.
[1] 
During the period of collection as defined herein the Department of Public Works will collect leaves and lawn rakings with special leaf vacuuming equipment when those leaves have been raked into piles onto the parkway area between the sidewalk and curb.
[2] 
The "period of collection" is defined to begin no later than the third Monday in October and continue until the first Friday in December or until the first snowfall has occurred which, in the determination of the Director, makes leaf vacuuming ineffective, whichever occurs first.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
[3] 
For all other times not within the defined period of collection, leaves and lawn rakings shall be collected only when bagged in paper bags which shall be placed at the curb for collection.
[Amended 10-7-1996 by Ord. No. 1739]
(f) 
When items such as furniture, tree trunks, root systems, tree limbs (over six inches in diameter) or other items requiring a special pickup are placed on the parkway, alley or in public view for collection and disposal and the Village has not received a request for a special pickup, such items shall be collected by the Village; the owner of the private property located adjacent to said parkway shall be billed for the cost of said removal; if not paid timely, the cost of said removal shall be placed on the tax roll as a special charge against said private property.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
(g) 
Grass clippings may not be put in Village refuse containers. Grass clippings will not be collected by the Village as part of the normal collection of yard waste.
(h) 
Household appliances. Household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and electric stoves cannot be picked up by the Department of Public Works. These items may be dropped off at the Department of Public Works yard, and a disposal charge as provided by the Village Fee Schedule will be assessed for each appliance.
D. 
Combined refuse collection service to the commercial class.
(1) 
All in-basement collection service or collection service from other than Village-approved karts or dumpsters is prohibited.
(2) 
Combined refuse collection for the commercial class will be from Village-approved karts or dumpsters, to be contracted by the commercial class owner with a private hauler of the owner's choosing; the cost of such collection service shall be paid by the commercial class owners of Village property.
(3) 
Commercial class owners of Village property requiring collection services shall be subject to the following additional requirements:
(a) 
If karts, dumpsters or other approved containers are used, they shall be closed at all times, other than times of dumping, and shall be screened from public view to prevent unsanitary or unsightly conditions.
(b) 
Screening required hereunder shall be subject to the approval of the Village Design Review Board.
(c) 
Screening required hereunder may be waived by the Village Design Review Board for good cause shown for reasons of unique or special hardship when such waiver will not allow for unsanitary or unsightly conditions to exist.
(d) 
Unless contracted with a private hauler, a special collection must be requested by the property owner from the Village for unusual, heavy, bulky or hazardous materials and yard waste subject to the provisions of Subsection C(4) of this section, and the cost for said special collection shall be paid by the commercial class owner.
(e) 
All karts, dumpsters or other approved containers shall be located on the property of the commercial class owner and shall not encroach upon the public way or the property of any other owner.
E. 
Recyclables collected separately.
(1) 
Recyclables will be picked up from the residential class on the same day that the trash kart is emptied. Recyclables will be collected every other week. Recyclables shall be separated and placed for collection in accordance with Article II of this chapter.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
(2) 
The dropoff center at the Department of Public Works yard will be open primarily to handle residential waste oil, antifreeze and recyclable material from commercial class buildings. The hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the first Saturday of the month in December, January, February and March and the first and third Saturdays during the months of April through November.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 2028]
(3) 
Exemption. Upon request, special recycling collection services shall be provided by the Village to those persons who the Village Manager determines to be so disabled as to prevent them from following normal collection procedures without causing such persons undue or unreasonable hardship, subject to the provisions of Subsection C(1)(g)[2] of this section.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1702]
F. 
Scavenging prohibited.
(1) 
No person shall scavenge, search through, or remove from a container or other receptacle located on any public street, alley, parkway, right-of-way or other public property any combined refuse, garbage, newsprint, or recyclables as defined in this article which have been placed therein for collection.
(2) 
Subsection F(1) hereof shall not apply to Village-authorized refuse collection activities or to any members of the same household and their contractors or employees who place combined refuse, garbage, newsprint, or recyclables in a container or other receptacle on a public street, alley, parkway, right-of-way or other public property in the Village.
A. 
Charge for dumping. Operators of motor vehicles registered to Shorewood addresses and hauling household combined refuse of Shorewood origin may deposit quantities of miscellaneous refuse and trash at the Department of Public Works yard for a user fee, paid in advance, as provided by the Village Fee Schedule. A disposal charge as provided by the Village Fee Schedule will be assessed for each appliance dropped off; a fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule will be assessed for each tire dropped off. Operators of motor vehicles must display, in any case, a valid Wisconsin certificate of vehicle registration showing that the vehicle is registered to a Shorewood address. Vehicles rented or leased by Shorewood residents shall be eligible for a special registration at the office of the Village Clerk by showing proof of residency.
[Amended 10-4-1993 by Ord. No. 1668; 1-7-2002 by Ord. No. 1829]
B. 
Acceptable materials. Waste materials normally collected by the Village and dumped at the Department of Public Works yard, including prunings, clippings, and branches delivered by landscapers who affirm Shorewood origination, may be delivered to and dumped at the Department of Public Works yard in the location designated by the Village.
C. 
Nonacceptable materials. Building contractors' demolition material, "clean fill," broken concrete, logs and hazardous chemicals may not be delivered to or dumped at the Department of Public Works yard or any other place in the Village.
D. 
Recyclable materials. Waste materials which the Village recognizes and receives as recyclable materials may be dumped in the special Village salvage containers located in the Department of Public Works yard or at such other places designated by the Village for which no charge shall be made.
E. 
Payment. All charges made hereunder may be paid in cash at the office of the Department of Public Works or by account debit if a cash credit is established with the Village by a regular user or as otherwise determined by the Village.
The Director of Public Works is hereby authorized to make additional, reasonable rules and regulations for the administration of the refuse collection services of all types performed in the Village of Shorewood, provided that such regulations and rules do not contravene the specific provisions of this article and are in no way inconsistent with the established policies of the Village Board.
[Amended 9-18-1995 by Ord. No. 1715]
A. 
Purpose and intent. The purpose of this section is to promote the recycling of grass clippings and yard waste through composting and to establish minimum standards for proper compost maintenance and operation.
B. 
Definitions. "Composting" shall mean a controlled biological reduction of organic wastes to humus. "Yard waste" shall be defined as in § 455-1.
C. 
Maintenance. All compost piles shall be maintained using approved composting procedures to comply with the following requirements:
(1) 
All compost piles shall be enclosed in a freestanding compost bin. Each compost bin shall be no larger in volume than 125 cubic feet and shall be no taller than five feet.
(2) 
All compost piles and bins shall be so maintained as to prevent the attraction or harborage of rodents, other animal pests or insects. The presence of rodents in or near a compost pile or bin shall be cause for proceeding by the Village Health Department.
(3) 
All compost piles and bins shall be so maintained as to prevent odors which will annoy and disturb persons of normal olfactory sensitivity.
(4) 
All compost piles or bins shall be located not less than three feet from a property line or dwelling.
(5) 
No compost pile or bin shall be located in any yard except a rear yard. On a corner lot, no compost pile or bin shall be located less than 10 feet from the property line adjacent to a street.
D. 
Ingredients.
(1) 
No compost bin shall contain any of the following:
(a) 
Lakeweeds.
(b) 
Cooked or uncooked food scraps or oil and grease, except coffee grounds and tea leaves.
(c) 
Fish, meat, dairy products or other animal products.
(d) 
Animal waste manures except as permitted in Subsection D(2)(c).
(e) 
Large items that will impede the composting process.
(2) 
Permitted ingredients in a compost bin shall include, in appropriate quantities:
(a) 
Yard waste and grass clippings.
(b) 
Scraps or peelings of raw vegetables and fruits.
(c) 
Horse, sheep and cow manures.
(d) 
Commercial compost additives.
E. 
Owner responsibility. Every owner or operator shall be responsible for maintaining all property under his or he control in accordance with the requirements of this section.
F. 
Penalty. Any person violating this section shall be subject to a forfeiture as provided in § 455-23; each day such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense.
[Amended 9-17-1990 by Ord. No. 1585]
A. 
Incinerators or apparatus for burning and consuming of garbage, refuse or rubbish shall be used for the purpose of burning and consuming such garbage, refuse, or rubbish only during the period from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. of each day, subject to the rules and regulations of Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin.
B. 
The owner, lessee, or occupant of any building and any officer, manager or agent of any corporation or company owning, leasing, or in charge of any building using, causing to be used, or permitting to be used any incinerator or apparatus for the burning and consuming of garbage, refuse, or rubbish except during the period from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. of each day shall, for each offense, be punished as indicated hereinafter.