Town of Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
GARBAGE
All waste animal, fish, fowl, fruit or vegetable matter produced from or resulting from the use or storage of food for human consumption.
REFUSE
All combustible and noncombustible rubbish, ashes and ordinary commercial wastes, provided that building or construction wastes and industrial wastes shall not be included in this definition.
SOLID WASTE
Waste, refuse, broken or rejected matter, hence anything worthless.
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Permit required. No public or private premises within the limits of the Town shall be used as a sanitary landfill area without a permit from the Board of Selectmen.
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Rules and regulations for use. The owner, agent or lessee of any land or enclosure used as a sanitary landfill area, either public or private, shall cause all offensive matter dumped thereon to be immediately covered and all other refuse matter dumped thereon to be kept leveled and the premises kept in such a manner as to cause no nuisance during the process of filling. No person shall dump any offensive materials upon any sanitary landfill area unless permitted to do so by the Board of Selectmen, and all such offensive materials shall be properly disposed of to the approval of the Board of Selectmen. All possible care shall be used in preventing the escape of dust and papers from the area and from the vehicle used in conveying waste materials to the sanitary landfill area.
House offal, commonly called “garbage” or “swill,” shall be placed in suitable watertight receptacles, properly covered and so located that the house offal may be easily removed by persons authorized by the Board of Health. Receptacles used for the storing of house offal shall at all times be kept in a reasonably clean condition. No metal, glass, crockery, poisonous substance or substances other than house offal shall be placed in such receptacles.
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Authority of Board of Selectmen to make rules and regulations. The Board of Selectmen is hereby authorized and empowered to make rules and regulations with regard to the use of the Town sanitary landfill.
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Use restricted. The Town sanitary landfill shall be used only by residents of the Town or Town taxpayers. All others will be prosecuted for trespassing unless they have received written permission to use the same from the Board of Selectmen.
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Permit required to salvage materials. Salvaging of material from the Town sanitary landfill shall not be allowed, except by permit from the Board of Selectmen.
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Dumping to be supervised. No dumping of any material shall be permitted at the Town sanitary landfill, except under the supervision of the person in charge.
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Dumping hours. The hours during which dumping at the Town sanitary landfill will be permitted shall be established by the Board of Selectmen.
In order to implement a program of recycling in conjunction with ordinary waste disposal, residents of every household shall separate waste materials into the following categories before depositing the same for disposal:
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Glass and cans.
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Newsprint, corrugated cardboard and recyclable paper.
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Other waste.
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Storage of waste. The owner of any parcel of land, vacant or otherwise, shall be responsible for maintaining such parcel of land in a clean and sanitary condition, free of nuisances resulting from the storage of garbage, refuse, and solid waste, as defined in § 101-1 of this chapter. An owner shall be considered in violation of this section if the storage of these materials or other debris, junk, litter, trash or waste results in odors, pollution, or other nuisances affecting the health, safety, or well-being of the neighborhood or general public.
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Littering. No person shall place or cause to be placed any garbage, refuse or solid waste in or on any street, park, common, or other property of the Town of Adams, except in designated receptacles.
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Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by the police, Building Inspector, and/or Board of Health. Violators may be penalized by a noncriminal complaint pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 21D. The fine for violating this section shall be as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-1 per offense. Each day on which any violation exists shall be deemed to be a separate offense. Refer to § 1-2, Enforcement.
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All persons collecting acceptable wastes in the Town of Adams shall obtain a license from the Board of Health prior to commencing with the collection of solid wastes.
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A license fee shall be paid to the Town in an amount determined by the Board of Health and approved by the Board of Selectmen.
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The license holder shall provide on a semiannual (twice a year) basis the number of residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers for whom they pick up solid waste. This information shall be recorded on a Town-approved form.
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The license holder shall provide on a semiannual (twice a year) basis the number of tons of solid waste and the number of tons of recyclables tipped at any licensed disposal facility. This information shall be recorded on a Town-approved form.
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A license cannot be renewed without the previous year's reports being submitted.