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Borough of Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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[Adopted 1-25-1972 by Ord. No. 901]
The following words, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ASHES
The residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible materials for the purpose of heating and cooking in a single-family dwelling unit or a building or group of buildings having a common ownership and containing or comprising multiple-dwelling units not exceeding six units in number.
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032]
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE
All animal waste, all vegetable waste, all residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible material and any other waste materials generated from a source other than a single-family dwelling unit or other than generated from a building or group of buildings containing or comprising multiple-dwelling units exceeding six units in number. It would include materials from building construction, reconstruction, demolition or repair, street refuse, commercial refuse, industrial refuse, dead animals, abandoned large machinery, automobile parts, dirt, stones, bricks, trees or like material.
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032]
GARBAGE
The animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of foods in a single-family dwelling unit or generated from a building or group of buildings having a common ownership and containing or comprising multiple-dwelling units not exceeding six units in number. It shall not include more than a minimum amount of free liquids.
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032]
HOUSING UNIT
A room or group of rooms with private kitchen facilities intended for or occupied as separate living quarters for one or more persons.
PERSON
A natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
REFUSE
Garbage, ashes and rubbish, as herein defined.
RESIDENCE BUILDING
Any structure containing one or more housing units. Separate buildings in an apartment complex will be considered and treated as one residence building.
RUBBISH
All waste materials not included in "garbage" and "ashes" that would normally be generated in a single-family dwelling unit or generated from a building or group of buildings having common ownership and containing or comprising multiple-dwelling units not exceeding six units in number. The term "rubbish" would never include materials from building construction, reconstruction, demolition or repair, street refuse, commercial solid waste, industrial refuse, dead animals, abandoned large machinery, parts from automobiles, dirt, stones, bricks, trees or like material.
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032]
A. 
All garbage, ashes and rubbish accumulated in any residence building in the Borough containing at least one but no more than six housing units shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of by the Borough of Lansdowne in accordance with schedules established by the Borough Manager. Fees for such service shall be paid by the owner or owners of such housing unit or units to the Borough in the amount and manner set forth in this article.
B. 
All contractors collecting "Commercial Solid Waste" in the Borough of Lansdowne shall register with the Borough Manager. Collection shall be at least once a week and when necessary to protect health and safety or to avoid unreasonable accumulation, more often as required upon written notice from the Borough Manager, Health Officer, or other authorized Borough official. All owners or private contractors providing "Commercial Solid Waste" collection services shall place such refuse in watertight vehicles so operated as to prevent offensive odors and prevent refuse from escaping therefrom.
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032]
C. 
Except for the limited collection, conveyance and disposal of garbage, ashes and rubbish by the Borough as specified hereinabove, the collection, conveyance and disposal of all commercial solid waste and garbage, ashes and rubbish from buildings or groups of buildings on one tax parcel having a common ownership and containing or comprising multiple dwelling units exceeding six units in number in any one building or group of buildings on one tax parcel shall be the responsibility of the owner of the premises where such waste or refuse accumulated. All such owners shall make arrangements with private contractors for or undertake themselves the private collection, conveyance and disposal of the accumulated waste or refuse.
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032; 3-21-2012 by Ord. No. 1270]
[Amended 4-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1032; 12-15-1993 by Ord. No. 1126; 12-18-1996 by Ord. No. 1140]
A. 
Annual fees to be paid to the Borough of Lansdowne for the collection of refuse by the Borough of Lansdowne as provided by this article are hereby established and adopted as follows:
(1) 
The owner of record of each residence building containing at least one but no more than six housing units shall be charged and pay the sum as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council per year for each housing unit contained in said residence building.
[Amended 6-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1155]
B. 
All bills for collection of said annual fees shall be directed to the owners responsible by the Borough Tax Collector for payment in the same manner as the annual Borough real estate tax bills and shall be subject to the same discounts, penalties and interest as provided by law for real estate taxes.
C. 
The aforesaid fee shall be effective, chargeable, due and payable January 1, 1997, and January 1 of each year thereafter until and unless otherwise ordained by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne.
A. 
Separation of refuse.
(1) 
Garbage, rubbish, hedge clippings, grass and everyday household refuse shall be placed and maintained in one container.
(2) 
Ashes, free from hot cinders, shall be separated, kept dry and maintained in an approved ash container.
B. 
Preparation of refuse.
(1) 
All garbage before being placed in refuse container shall be drained and shall be wrapped.
(2) 
All refuse shall be drained of liquid before being deposited for collection.
(3) 
Tree trimmings, hedge clippings and similar material shall be cut to lengths not to exceed three feet and securely tied in bundles not more than 18 inches in diameter before being offered for regular collection.
C. 
Refuse containers.
[Amended 9-5-2018 by Ord. No. 1315]
(1) 
As determined from time to time by resolution of Council, the Borough may either provide refuse containers to each owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of premises for the disposal of refuse, or require each owner, tenant, less or occupant to provide refuse containers. In the event that the Borough provides refuse containers, such refuse containers shall be the primary collection container for disposal of refuse and remain the property of the Borough and shall remain on the premises notwithstanding the sale or transfer of the premises or the change of occupancy of the premises. Regardless of whether refuse containers shall be issued by the Borough or provided by the owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of premises, it shall be the duty of the owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of premises to maintain them in a good and sanitary condition. Damage to, or loss of, refuse containers provided by the Borough from improper use shall result in the owner of the premise being billed for repair and/or replacement.
(2) 
All refuse containers shall be galvanized or aluminized iron, plastic material or equivalent, shall be of substantial construction, shall not leak and shall be sealed sufficient to keep out water and to prevent disturbances by animals and entrance of insects. Receptacles shall be not less than five-gallon nor more than sixty-five-gallon capacity, provided that containers for refuse shall not be so small as to require an excessive number for each household.
(3) 
All refuse containers shall be maintained in good condition. Any receptacles that do not conform to the provisions of this article or that may have ragged or sharp edges or any other defect liable to hamper or injure the person collecting the contents thereof shall be promptly replaced upon notice.
(4) 
It shall be unlawful for any person, other than the occupants of the premises on which refuse receptacles are stored or the collector, to remove the covers or any of the contents of refuse receptacles.
D. 
Points of collection.
[Amended 9-5-2018 by Ord. No. 1315]
(1) 
Curbside collection. Refuse containers shall be placed for collection curbside immediately in front of house or building unless directed otherwise by the Borough. Refuse containers shall not be placed at curbside earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to scheduled collection. Empty refuse containers shall be removed from curbside points prior to 9:00 p.m. on the day of collection. In no event shall refuse containers remain at curbside for more than 27 hours.
(2) 
Rear yard collection for disabled persons. Notwithstanding Subsection D(1) above, if a resident qualifies as a disabled person and does not live in a household in which an able bodied person also resides, the disabled resident may apply for rear yard collection services from the Borough, and upon approval of such application by the Borough, such resident may thereafter be entitled to place refuse containers for collection in the rear yard of such occupant's house or building at ground level in a location easily accessible for collection purposes. The approval of any such application shall be in effect on a calendar year basis, and shall be renewed by subsequent application of such occupant made on or before January 31 or each subsequent calendar year The Director of Public Works, or other person designated by the Borough shall establish rules and regulations to determine entitlement.
A. 
Frequency of collection. The Borough Manager is hereby authorized to arrange date schedules for public collection of refuse.
B. 
Limitation of quantity. It is the intent of this article that the reasonable accumulation of refuse of each family for the collection period will be collected. The Borough Manager may refuse to permit the collection of unreasonable amounts and require the producer of the same to dispose of excessive amounts at the producer's expense.
C. 
Special refuse problems.
(1) 
Special refuse problems shall be discussed by the occupant with the Borough Manager. In case of inability to reach an agreement, the matter may be referred to the Borough Council whose decision is final.
(2) 
The removal of wearing apparel, bedding or other refuse from homes or other places where highly infectious or contagious diseases have prevailed shall be performed under the supervision and direction of the Borough Health Officer. Such refuse shall not be placed in any containers for regular collection.
(3) 
Inflammable, poisonous or explosive refuse shall not be placed in any containers for regular collection, but shall be disposed of as directed by the Borough Manager at the expense of the owner or possessor thereof.
No person shall place, accumulate, dump or store any refuse, waste or discarded or abandoned material, liquid or thing in or on any private property in the Borough, whether or not owned by such person, except in the manner, times and places provided in this article for collection. No person shall place, accumulate, dump or store any refuse, waste or discarded or abandoned material, liquid or thing in or on any street, alley, stream, creek, body of water or public property. Any placing, accumulating, dumping or storage in violation of this article is hereby declared a public nuisance.
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Editor’s Note: Former § 280-7, Violations and penalties, was repealed 12-19-2018 by Ord. No. 1320.