Town of Wethersfield, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Wethersfield 12-17-1990.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animal waste — See Ch. 70.
Environmental Code — See Ch. 75.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 93, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse, adopted as Secs. 5-2-1 through 5-2-5 and 5-2-9 of the Code of 1972.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTHORITY
The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority established pursuant to Chapter 446e of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
BULKY WASTE
Landclearing debris and waste resulting directly from demolition activities other than clean fill.
CLEAN FILL
Natural soil, rock, brick, concrete, ceramics and asphalt paving fragments which are virtually inert and pose neither a pollution threat to ground- or surface waters nor a fire hazard.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Corrugated containers having liners of kraft (brown) paper that are in clean condition (not soiled by any garbage or other material) and which are not coated with any wax material.
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE
Newspaper, corrugated cardboard, office paper, glass food and beverage containers, metal food and beverage containers, waste oil, scrap metal, storage batteries (lead acid batteries) and leaves.
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH
The Director of Health for the Central Connecticut Health District.[1]
[Amended 12-20-1999]
DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL SERVICES
The Director of Physical Services for the Town of Wethersfield.
[Added 12-20-1999]
DWELLING
Any enclosed space which is wholly or partly used or intended to be used for living or sleeping by human occupants.
DWELLING OCCUPANT
The owner, renter or other occupant of each separate dwelling unit, whether or not in the same building with other dwelling units.
DWELLING UNIT
Any room or group of rooms located within a dwelling and forming a single habitable unit with facilities which are used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking and eating.
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
GLASS FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS
Clear, brown and green glass food and beverage containers up to one gallon in size, washed clean of their contents with their caps and lids removed, and which do not contain any other materials except paper labels.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Dangerous materials or substances which may pose a present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported or disposed of, including but not limited to cleaning fluids, paints, explosives, acids, caustics, poisons, drugs, radioactive materials, infectious materials and asbestos-containing material.
HDPE (HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE) BOTTLES
Plastic bottles up to one gallon in size, washed clean of their contents, and which do not contain any other materials except paper labels.
INDUSTRY
The manufacture, milling, assembly or warehousing of a product and the maintenance and/or storage of commercial vehicles or construction equipment.
METAL CANS
Metal containers up to one gallon in size, washed clean of their contents, and which do not contain any other materials except paper labels.
MID-CONNECTICUT SYSTEM
The system for the processing of solid waste and the recovery of energy therefrom constructed by the Authority pursuant to the Municipal Services Agreement.[2]
MUNICIPAL SERVICES AGREEMENT
The municipal solid waste management services contract between the Town of Wethersfield and the Authority dated June 30, 1982.
NEWSPAPERS
Fresh dry newspapers, not sunburned, free from paper other than newsprint, containing not more than the normal percentage of rotogravure and colored sections (magazines and advertising materials), which can be either tied in bundles with string or placed in brown kraft paper grocery bags.
NONRESIDENTIAL PREMISES
Premises used for wholesale or retail trade business and professional offices, industry, churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, farms operated as a business, government buildings, hospitals and other humane institutions, orders of fraternal organizations, clubs and places of amusement, entertainment and recreation.
PET (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) BOTTLES
Plastic bottles up to three liters in size, washed clean of their contents, and which do not contain any other materials except paper labels and HDPE base cups.
PREMISES
A platted lot or part thereof or unplatted lot or parcel of land or plot of land, either occupied or unoccupied by any dwelling or nondwelling structure, and includes any such building, accessory structure or other structures thereon.
RECYCLABLES
Corrugated cardboard, glass food and beverage containers, metal food and beverage containers, newspapers and plastic HDPE and PET bottles.
RESIDENTIAL PREMISES
Premises containing one or more dwelling units but not including hotels or motels or apartments with four or more dwelling units (e.g., single-family and two-family dwellings, apartments with three or fewer dwelling units, exempt apartments, condominiums and Town houses, planned unit developments and congregate housing).
[Amended 6-7-1993]
RUBBISH
Cold ashes, junk, discarded containers, dust, sweepings, waste paper, boxes, crates, rags, clothing, textiles, glass (other than food and beverage containers), crockery and similar waste materials, excluding body wastes, hazardous wastes, bulky wastes and clean fill.
SOLID WASTE
Garbage, rubbish and bulky wastes, excluding body wastes, hazardous waste, clean fill, material designated recyclable and recyclables.
WHITE GOODS
Major appliances, fluorescent light ballasts (bulbs removed), microwave ovens, submersible pumps, mercury vapor lamps, fans and hot-water heaters.
[Added 5-6-1991]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 29, Central Connecticut Health District.
[2]
Editor's Note: Former definition of "multiple dwelling," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 6-7-1993.
A. 
Solid waste. All solid waste accumulated in the Town shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of by the Town or by persons licensed by the Town to perform such work. No other person shall collect, convey over any street or dispose of any solid waste.
B. 
Designated recyclables. Each person who generates solid waste from residential premises within the Town shall keep materials designated recyclable separated from other solid waste. Each person who generates solid waste from nonresidential premises within the Town shall keep materials designated recyclable separated from other solid waste or shall make provision for the separation of materials designated recyclable from other solid waste, either on or off the premises.
C. 
Recyclables generated from premises which are provided solid waste collection and disposal services by the Town, including all residential premises, churches, fraternal, social and patriotic associations or clubs, schools and all other Town-owned premises or facilities, shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of by the Town or by persons approved by the Town to perform such work. All such recyclables shall be prepared for collection and disposal in conformance with regulations established pursuant to this chapter.
D. 
Materials designated recyclable which are generated from premises other than those listed in Subsection C (e.g., nonresidential and commercial premises) shall be collected and disposed of by individual arrangements with persons licensed by the Town to perform such work.
A. 
The Town shall, by means of its own staff or by contract or other agreement, collect solid waste and recyclables from all residential premises, churches, fraternal, social and patriotic associations or clubs, schools and all other Town-owned premises or facilities in a manner and frequency as determined by the Town. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person not authorized by the Town to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any solid waste or recyclables from such premises.
B. 
Occupants of premises receiving curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables shall place solid waste and recyclables for collection at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of the week on which collection at the premises is scheduled to take place. No solid waste or recyclables shall be placed or stored at the curb or within the Town right-of-way preceding the designated collection time by more than 48 hours.
C. 
Occupants, owners, proprietors or other responsible person(s) of premises receiving bulk container collection of solid waste and/or recyclables from the Town shall place solid waste and/or recyclables in the proper container provided.
D. 
Suspension. The Director of Health may suspend collection of solid waste or recyclables from any premises whereof the owner, the dwelling occupant, the proprietor or other responsible person(s) does(do) not comply with the terms of this chapter or regulations made hereunder after a written warning has been sent to the address of noncompliance by certified mail.
E. 
Material uncollectible. The Town or its agent shall at no time collect body wastes, hazardous wastes or other wastes which have not been prepared for collection in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations issued by the Director of Health relating hereto.
A. 
Solid waste. The owner of each premises where solid waste is created or generated shall provide, at a suitable place upon such premises, sufficient receptacles for receiving and holding such solid waste during the intervals between collections. Solid waste containers shall be maintained in a good condition, free of holes and fissures large enough to permit the infiltration of vermin, and shall be equipped with securely fitting covers.
B. 
Recyclables. The Town shall supply each dwelling unit and each facility or premises receiving curbside collection of recyclables with a container for the storage of their recyclables. Initial containers shall be provided at no cost; replacements will be made available at a cost as determined by the Town. Such containers shall remain the property of the Town and shall be used for the storage of recyclables only. Premises receiving bulk container collection of recyclables shall be provided bulk containers by the Town.
A. 
Accumulation restricted. It shall be unlawful for any person to allow solid waste to accumulate on premises under his/her control in the Town in such a manner as to create an offensive, unsightly or unsanitary condition.
B. 
Throwing or depositing in Town. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit solid waste, material designated recyclable or recyclables in any part of the Town in such a manner as to create an offensive, unsightly or unsanitary condition.
C. 
Throwing or depositing on streets and public grounds. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit solid waste, material designated recyclable or recyclables upon streets or sidewalks, in any catch basin, drain or watercourse or in parks or any public grounds in the Town, except that solid waste, material designated recyclable and recyclables may be deposited in proper containers.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of collecting or disposing of solid waste in the Town without first obtaining a commercial hauler license from the Director of Physical Services. Application for such license and holders of such license shall place on file with the Director of Physical Services an up-to-date schedule of collections, and such shall be kept up-to-date.
[Amended 12-20-1999; 8-19-2002]
B. 
Term; fees.
[Amended 5-6-1991; 6-15-1992; 10-3-1994; 6-5-1995; 9-3-1996; 6-16-1997; 7-6-1998; 10-1-2001; 8-19-2002]
(1) 
Each commercial hauler license shall be for a period of one year beginning July 1, and the fee thereof may not exceed $100 per vehicle per year.
(2) 
Commercial users of the transfer station shall be charged $305 for an annual permit, which shall include the disposal of 1/2 cubic yard of waste. A fee of $115 shall be charged for each additional 1/2 cubic yard of waste disposed of throughout the year.
(3) 
A fee of $25 shall be charged for the first white good, $15 for the second white good and $10 for the third white good collected at each stop by the Town. A fee of $50 shall be charged for four or more white goods collected at each stop by the Town. Residents aged 65 years and older or who are totally disabled as determined by social security shall be charged $10 for each white good collected by the Town. A fee of $10 shall be charged for each white good containing chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) delivered to the transfer station at 100 Marsh Street. No fee shall be charged for white goods which do not contain chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) delivered to the transfer station.
(4) 
Wethersfield residents shall be charged $30 for an annual permit to use the transfer station, which shall include the disposal of 1/2 cubic yard of waste. A fee of $15 shall be charged for each additional 1/2 cubic yard of residential bulky waste disposed of throughout the year.
C. 
Rules and regulations may be prescribed by the Director of Health to preserve and advance public health and sanitation in the operation of any such business. Any such license may be suspended or revoked by the Director of Health for any violation of this chapter or any regulations made pursuant hereto. The Director of Health may refuse to issue or reissue a license to persons who have committed repeated violations.
D. 
Any person licensed under this chapter who has reason to believe that a person from whom he collects solid waste has violated § 136-2B of this chapter shall issue a written warning notice to such person and shall promptly notify the Director of Health, in writing, of the alleged violation.
E. 
Any person licensed under this chapter shall assist the Town in identifying any person(s) responsible for creating loads containing significant quantities of materials designated recyclable mixed with solid waste which are delivered to a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility by the collector and detected by the Town or owner/operator of such facility.
F. 
No solid waste or recyclables shall be collected from any premises in the Town of Wethersfield between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
[Added 9-7-1993]
A. 
Solid waste. The Town shall make available facilities for the disposal of solid waste, provided that such facilities may be located outside the boundaries of the Town. On and after the effective date of this chapter, all solid waste generated and/or collected within the boundaries of the Town, with the exception of material designated recyclable and recyclables, shall be disposed of at the Mid-Connecticut System as outlined in the Municipal Services Agreement. Presenting solid waste collected from outside the Town to any facility so as to cause the Town to pay for its disposal shall be considered fraud against the Town.
B. 
Materials designated recyclable or recyclables collected by the Town or its authorized agent or from any residential premises shall be disposed of at a site designated by the Director of Health. Materials designated recyclable or recyclables collected by the other conveyers or from nonresidential premises shall be disposed of in accordance with applicable state law or regulations.
Any person, partnership or corporation who or which fails to comply with any provision of this chapter or with any regulations of the Director of Health as provided for in this chapter shall be subject to the following penalties, in those cases where no other penalty is cited in this chapter:
A. 
Residents who fail to separate materials designated recyclable from other solid waste:
(1) 
First violation: a written warning.
(2) 
Subsequent violations: a fine not to exceed $100 for each such violation.
B. 
Nonresidential premises or institutions that fail to provide for separation of materials designated recyclable from other solid waste:
(1) 
First violation: a written warning.
(2) 
Subsequent violations: a fine not to exceed $500 for each such violation.
C. 
A collector who dumps more than one cubic foot in volume of solid waste at one time in an area not designated for such disposal by the Town or who knowingly mixes other solid waste with materials designated recyclable:
(1) 
First violation: $1,000.
(2) 
Subsequent violations: $5,000.
[Added 12-6-2010[1]]
This chapter has been specifically designated for enforcement by citations issued by designated municipal officers or employees, and the citation hearing procedure established by Chapter 73, Article I, of the Code of the Town of Wethersfield shall be followed.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 2-1-2011.