City of Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Kalamazoo as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Adoption of county refuse and garbage ordinance — See § 1-6B(7).
Removal and disposal of debris resulting from building wrecking and moving operations — See § 9-252 et seq.
Garbage and trash — See Ch. 15A.
Requirements of Housing Code relative to rubbish and trash disposal facilities — See § 17-89.
Accumulations of trash and rubbish as nuisances — See § 22-3.
Littering public or private property — See § 22-10.
Owners or occupants of adjacent property not to permit rubbish to remain on sidewalks or alleys — See § 33-18.

§ 31-1 (Reserved)

§ 31-2 (Reserved)

§ 31-3 (Reserved)

§ 31-4 (Reserved)

§ 31-5 (Reserved)

§ 31-6 (Reserved)

§ 31-7 (Reserved)

§ 31-8 (Reserved)

§ 31-9 (Reserved)

§ 31-10 (Reserved)

§ 31-11 (Reserved)

§ 31-12 (Reserved)

§ 31-13 (Reserved)

§ 31-14 (Reserved)

§ 31-15 (Reserved)

[Adopted 5-5-1975 by Ord. No. 1056]

§ 31-16 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this article:
GARBAGE
The animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and serving of food.
SOLID WASTE
Includes household rubbish, refuse and debris.

§ 31-17 General authority.

[Amended 9-7-1982 by Ord. No. 1268]
Solid waste may be deposited for public collection by the City or its duly authorized contractor in accordance with the provisions of this article and regulations issued from time to time by the Director of the Department of Public Services.

§ 31-18 Prohibited deposits.

A. 
No person shall deposit, for public collection by the City or its duly authorized contractor:
(1) 
Any solid waste accumulated other than from, by, or arising out of, the domestic use of his residential property.
(2) 
Any rocks, sand, concrete, rubble or similar building materials.
(3) 
Any garbage.
(4) 
Any dead animals, fowl or fish.
(5) 
Any explosives, highly inflammable materials or chemicals which could cause explosions.
(6) 
Any solid waste item which cannot be lifted or loaded by two persons of average size, without assistance of any equipment or machinery.
(7) 
Any solid waste which is not contained, packaged or wrapped in a container that is impervious to water, wind or which cannot be readily lifted or loaded without rupturing.

§ 31-19 Solid waste to be placed in containers or bundled.

Any solid waste deposited for public collection consisting of or containing grass clippings, leaves, weeds, hedge or shrub trimmings, ashes, newspapers, waste paper or other loose or easily scattered materials, shall be deposited in suitable containers to be made of galvanized metal, wood fiber, plastic or other nonrusting material. Newspapers and magazines, when securely tied in bundles, need not be placed in containers for collection. Branches or brush, when deposited for collection, shall be securely bundled and shall not exceed four feet in length.

§ 31-20 Place of deposit.

[Amended 7-9-1990 by Ord. No. 1498]
Any solid waste set out for public collection shall be deposited on the curb lawn and adjacent to the curb of the public street in front of the premises where the solid waste was generated; or in locations where there is no curb, it shall be placed adjacent to the gravel shoulder of the public street in front of the premises where the solid waste was generated. In no instance shall solid waste be placed or deposited in or on the improved portion or traveled roadway of the public street right-of-way; nor shall solid waste generated at one premises be deposited on, at, in front of or next to another premises.

§ 31-21 Time of deposit.

Any solid waste deposited for public collection shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited, except that solid waste shall not be deposited for public collection earlier than 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

§ 31-22 Removal.

Any solid waste deposited for public collection which is not, for any reason, collected by the City or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from the public view within two days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district.

§ 31-23 Responsibility for violations of article.

The owner of the premises upon which a violation of this article occurs, the tenant or person in charge of the premises upon which such violation occurs, or the owner or depositor of the solid waste found to be in violation of this article shall be responsible for such violation.

§ 31-24 Prosecutions for violations of §§ 31-18 through 31-22.

[Added 8-22-1983 by Ord. No. 1290]
Prosecutions for violations of §§ 31-18, 31-19, 31-20, 31-21 and 31-22 may be commenced by issuing an appearance ticket. The City Manager may designate a City employee(s) as appearance ticket officer(s) and the employee(s) so designated are authorized to issue and serve the appearance ticket authorized by this section.

§ 31-25 Penalties.

[Added 8-22-1983 by Ord. No. 1290]
A. 
First offense. Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any provision of this article shall be fined $25 for the first offense.
B. 
Second offense. Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any provision of this article for the second time within any one-year period shall be fined $50.
C. 
Third and subsequent offenses. Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any provision of this article for the third time, or any subsequent time thereafter, within any one-year period shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both fined and imprisoned, in the discretion of the court.