Town of Belchertown, MA
Hampshire County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Belchertown 2-22-2016 by Art. 10.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Recycling — See Ch. 109, Art. I.
Dumping — See Ch. 212.
Editor’s Note: This article also repealed former Ch. 265, Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center, adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Belchertown 1989, as amended.

§ 265-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to authorize the Board of Selectmen to adopt and amend rules and regulations intended to facilitate the orderly use and management of the Belchertown Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center. Rules and regulations shall be published separately.

§ 265-2 Adoption and posting.

The Board of Selectmen, as operators of the Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center, is hereby authorized to adopt, amend, and order to be posted rules and regulations governing the use of the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. The Director of Public Works or any police officer is charged with enforcing these regulations. The maximum fine shall be $25 for each violation.

§ 265-3 Operation and maintenance.

Operation and maintenance of the Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center shall at all times comply with the Department of Environmental Protection Regulation 310 CMR 19.000 and any other regulation or order that the Board of Health from time to time adopts or issues under MGL c. 111, § 150A.

§ 265-4 Operating hours and location.

The operating hours and location shall be determined by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 265-5 Access.

Belchertown residents only and those licensed by the Board of Health under MGL c. 111, § 31A, are allowed access to the Transfer Station in accordance with the following provisions.
Resident household permit.
Upon presentation of a valid motor vehicle registration and payment of a fee as required, a permit shall be issued through the Board of Selectmen's office, the DPW or at the Transfer Station.
Permits are valid from March 1 (or time of purchase) through February 28.
Permits must be affixed to the back of the inside rear view mirror or in a manner which is clearly visible for the station attendant's viewing. This requirement will be enforced, and those not complying will not be allowed to enter the transfer station. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations shall result in a fine of $25 per violation.

§ 265-6 User fees.

User fees will be determined by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 265-7 General regulations.

All refuse is to be placed at the Transfer Station as directed by the attendant.
Smoking is prohibited within the Transfer Station area.
Scavenging or salvaging is prohibited.
Only two motor vehicle stickers shall be issued for each household.
No refuse generated from outside Belchertown shall be disposed of by residents or haulers at the Transfer Station.
No large mechanical equipment, such as a motor vehicle, may be disposed of at the Transfer Station.
Stumps are not accepted.
Brush up to six inches in diameter will be received at the Transfer Station on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting). The brush will be chipped as it is brought in. Leaves may be brought to the composting area any day of the week.
Used motor oil may be disposed of at the Transfer Station Tuesday through Friday but not on Saturday. Oil must be in small containers and not contaminated with any other substances. Oil from commercial garages and shops will not be accepted.
Town trash bags. All unrecyclable trash is to be disposed of in Town of Belchertown trash bags. The bags are available for purchase at the Selectmen's office during regular business hours. Some businesses in Town, the DPW and the Transfer Station sell the bags in bundles of 10 bags. Trash bags can only be used once; therefore, you are not to empty trash bags into the compactor. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations shall result in a fine of $25 per violation.

§ 265-8 Recycling.

A Special Town Meeting vote on May 14, 1990, made recycling mandatory in Belchertown. See Chapter 109, Article I, Recycling.

§ 265-9 Enforcement; violations and penalties. [1]

The Director of Public Works or any police officer shall be responsible, as agents for the Board of Selectmen, for enforcing this bylaw and the rules and regulations adopted hereunder.
Any person who violates any provision of this bylaw or the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder shall be fined $25 and/or be subject to revocation of the transfer station permit(s). This bylaw and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder may also be enforced by noncriminal disposition pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 21D, and § 1-2 of the Town Bylaws.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 1, General Provisions, § 1-2, Noncriminal disposition.

§ 265-10 Hazardous materials.

Commercial and hazardous wastes are prohibited from the Transfer Station. These wastes shall be disposed of during household hazardous waste collection sponsored by the Town or by other lawful means. Commercial quantities are regulated by state law.
For purposes of this bylaw, the phrase "commercial and hazardous wastes" is defined to include, but not be not limited to, the following:
Paint products: oil-based paints, lead paints, wood stains, varnishes, oils, wood preservatives and wood putty.
Solvents: paint strippers, thinners, turpentine, alcohols, degreasers, nail polish removers, metal polish and waterproofers.
Automotive: engine cleaners, radiator flushes, batteries, gasoline, antifreeze, rustproofing and car wax.
Pesticides: Silvex, DDT, Chlordane, Mirex, Aldrin (all banned), bug sprays, no-pest strips, flea powders, flea collars, shampoos, houseplant insecticides, mothballs and flakes, weed killers and fungicides.
Cleaners: oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, floor cleaners, floor polish, spot removers, upholstery cleaners, furniture polish, ammonia and bleach.
Hobby supplies: dyes, glazed, ink and glue.
Miscellaneous: chemistry sets, roofing tar, outdated medicine, asbestos, aerosol cans, explosives and radioactive wastes.
Used motor oil may be disposed of as provided in § 265-7I.