Town of Rocky Hill, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Rocky Hill 7-27-1971 by Ord. No. 15-71. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dog litter — See Ch. 83, Art. I.
Solid waste management — See Ch. 149, Art. I.

§ 168-1 Definitions.

The following words and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to them:
DEBRIS
All other refuse materials not heretofore listed, such as cleaning fluids, acids, caustics, poisons and similar dangerous substances, discarded lath, plaster, boards and similar building materials and brush, dirt, grass, paper, trash, leaves and similar materials.
GARBAGE
All putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
JUNK
Heavy metal, automobile parts, automobiles no longer in operation and materials of like nature.
LITTER
Garbage, refuse and rubbish, as defined herein, and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create danger to public health, safety and welfare. "Litter" shall not include sand, salt or other chemicals used under icy or slippery conditions.
REFUSE
Garbage, rubbish, junk or debris, or any or all of these. "Refuse" shall not include clean, excavated earth, unless objectionable by reason of dust or foul odor, or fill material approved by the Director of Public Works.
RUBBISH
Ashes, cans, bottles, earth, wire, glass, broken kitchen ware, household appliances, boxes, papers, mattresses and other materials of like nature.

§ 168-2 Litter on private property.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner, householder or occupant of premises in the Town to throw, drop, pile, place or otherwise dump or deposit refuse on said premises or allow it to accumulate on premises under his control in an offensive, unsightly or unsanitary manner.
B. 
The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter and refuse; provided, however, that this section shall not prohibit the storage of litter or refuse in authorized private receptacles for collection.
C. 
No person shall throw or deposit litter or refuse on any commercial or industrial property or any other private property within the Town, whether owned by such person or not, except that the owner or person in control of said property shall maintain private receptacles and/or other suitable devices for retention and collection in such a manner that litter or refuse will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon any private property.

§ 168-3 Refuse in watercourses.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
It shall be unlawful for any owner of or occupant in control of any premises bordering a watercourse or for any person, either as principal or agent, to permit to be deposited or to deposit any refuse into or upon the banks or margin of any watercourse for any purpose whatsoever, except that such may be done if written permission is obtained from the Director of Health, such permission to be granted only if the proposed act will not in any way pollute or befoul said watercourse.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sections 4 and 5, re: throwing garbage into streets and refuse thrown by persons in vehicles, respectively, both of which which immediately followed this section, were deleted 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92.

§ 168-4 Refuse from trucks prohibited.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
No owner and/or operator of any truck or other vehicle shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Town unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load, contents, litter or refuse from being blown or deposited upon any private property, street, alley or other public place. Nor shall any person drive or move any vehicle or truck within the Town the wheels or tires of which carry onto or deposit in any street, alley or other public place mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or foreign matter of any kind; provided, however, that this restriction shall not apply to the owner or operator of any vehicle or truck who has received prior written approval from the Director of Highways and Engineering as to methods and frequency of cleanup.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 7, re: littering in parks, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92.

§ 168-5 Removal of litter by Town; costs.

A. 
Notice to remove. The Town Manager or his authorized representative is hereby authorized and empowered to notify the owner of any open or vacant private property within the Town or the agent of such owner to properly dispose of litter or refuse located on such owner's property which is dangerous to public health, safety or welfare. Such notice shall be by registered mail, addressed to said owner at his last known address.
B. 
Action upon noncompliance. Upon the failure, neglect or refusal of any owner or agent so notified to properly dispose of litter dangerous to public health, safety or welfare within five days after receipt of written notice provided for in Subsection A above, or within five days after the date of such notice in the event that the same is returned to the Town Post Office Department because of its inability to make delivery thereof, provided that the same was properly addressed to the last known address of such owner or agent, the Town Manager or his authorized representative is hereby authorized and empowered to arrange for the removal of such litter or refuse.
C. 
Recorded statement constitutes lien. Upon completion of the removal of said litter and/or refuse, the Town Manager shall determine the reasonable cost thereof and bill the owner or his agent therefor. Upon failure of the owner or his agent to remit to the Town the amount of such reasonable cost within 30 days from the date of said removal, the Town Manager or his authorized representative shall cause to be recorded in the land records of the Town a sworn statement, showing the cost and expense incurred for the removal, the date the removal was done and the location of the property on which said removal was done. The recording of such sworn statement shall constitute a lien and privilege on the property and shall remain in full force and effect for the amount due in principal and interest, plus costs of collection, until final payment has been made. Sworn statements recorded in accordance with the provisions hereof shall be prima facie evidence that all legal formalities have been complied with and that the removal has been done properly and satisfactorily and shall be full notice to every person concerned that the amount of the statement, plus interest, constitutes a charge against the property designated or described in the statement and that the same is due and collectible as provided by law.

§ 168-6 Enforcement.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector to enforce the provisions of this chapter. He may call upon the Director of Health, the Chief of Police and the Chief of the Fire Department for assistance in obtaining compliance with any orders issued by him.

§ 168-7 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
The violation of any section of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of $25 per day. Each day such violation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.