City of College Park, MD
Prince George's County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park 3-8-1966 by Ord. No. 66-O-2; amended in its entirety 5-14-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-5. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.[1]]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees and penalties — See Ch. 110.
Litter — See Ch. 132.
Recycling — See Ch. 161.
[1]
Editor's Note: The title of this chapter was changed from "Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse" to "Refuse, Solid Waste, Yard Waste and Special Trash" 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1.
The following regulations have been adopted by the City Council governing the collection of refuse in the incorporated City of College Park.
[Amended 9-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-22; 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
Places to be served are as follows: all single-family dwellings within the City limits and commercial and apartment units that are approved by the Public Works Director for such service and upon payment of appropriate fees for such service, subject to the provisions contained in §§ 119-3 and 119-6 below.
[Amended 9-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-22; 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
A. 
It shall be the duty of every owner or occupant of each private residence, apartment house, commercial establishment and any other place of business or residence using the refuse cart and recycling container system for garbage collection and recycling to comply with the provisions of these regulations.
B. 
All refuse carts and recycling containers shall be placed at the curb prior to 7:00 a.m. on scheduled refuse collection days. Carts and recycling containers shall be placed, where possible, only on the grass adjacent to the curb. Carts and recycling containers shall be removed from the curb prior to 12:00 midnight on refuse collection day. Households with no one physically able to place carts at the curb and to remove them may request exemption from these requirements by presenting to the City a statement, in a form satisfactory to the City, that no person physically capable of moving the refuse cart to and from the curb resides on the premises.
C. 
All normal household refuse shall be placed in refuse carts, except that, should the volume of household refuse exceed the capacity of the cart, household refuse shall be placed in disposable containers beside the cart.
D. 
The placement in the refuse carts of rocks, sod, dirt, sand, vehicle parts, concrete or other construction materials, bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances and other large pieces of furniture, yard waste, recyclable newspapers, glass, aluminum cans, plastic jars and jugs and mixed paper, which includes junk mail, telephone books, computer paper, cardboard, magazines or books, is prohibited. Hazardous or flammable materials, such as paints, oils, solvents and gasoline, as an example, shall not be placed in refuse carts or recyclable containers. In addition to the penalties for violation of the provision, any person violating this provision shall be deemed responsible for damage or injury to collection crew members or the refuse carts or recycling containers.
E. 
Refuse carts will be kept clean by the user.
F. 
Grass and flower clippings shall be placed in disposable bags, approved by the City, adjacent to the curb. Bagged clippings shall be free of rocks, soil, tree limbs and other debris and weigh not more than 75 pounds.
[Added 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1]
G. 
Tree limbs, branches, and shrubs shall be packed in bundles not more than five feet in length and weighing not more than 75 pounds and placed adjacent to the curb. Bundled items may be tied with rope, twine or string or contained in paper bags or carboard boxes. Bundled items tied with wire will not be accepted.
[Added 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1]
H. 
Leaves shall be placed at the curb during posted collection periods. Leaf piles shall be placed away from cars and storm drains and be free of rocks, wires, and solid waste.
[Added 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1]
[Amended 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1]
Accumulations from the ordinary conduct of the household of the following materials will be acceptable for collection:
A. 
Garbage (food wastes).
B. 
Trash and other refuse (all refuse, other than garbage, which has been produced by the normal operation of a household) except for those items listed in § 119-3D.
C. 
Domestic animal waste in plastic containers with lime in accordance with Prince George's County Health Department regulations.
D. 
Yard waste placed as required by § 119-3.
[Amended 6-9-1992 by Ord. No. 92-O-9; 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
A. 
Carts will be provided by the City at no cost. Replacement carts will be provided by the City at no cost if the need for the replacement was not caused by owner abuse. Carts or containers which are destroyed or become unusable in the sole judgment of the Public Works Director, as a result of the acts or negligence of the user, shall be required to be replaced, and the user shall pay for the cost of replacement of the cart or container.
B. 
In accordance with the schedule established by the Department of Public Works and approved by the Mayor and Council, City refuse collectors will empty all refuse carts which have been placed on the curb by 7:00 a.m. and will return them to the curb. Residents may inquire about said schedule by contacting the Department of Public Works. Where households are exempt from the requirements to place carts at the curb, collectors will bring the carts from behind the house, empty them and return them to their behind-the-house locations.
[Amended 9-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-O-7]
C. 
Yard waste. In accordance with the schedule established by the Department of Public Works and approved by the Mayor and Council, collectors will pick up yard waste placed adjacent to the curb, as follows:
[Amended 9-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-O-7; 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-01]
(1) 
Grass and flower clippings shall be placed in disposable bags approved by the City. Bagged clippings shall be free of rocks, soil, tree limbs and other debris and weigh not more than 75 pounds.
(2) 
Tree limbs, branches, and shrubs packed in bundles not more than five feet in length and weighing not more than 75 pounds. Bundled items may be tied with rope, twine or string, or contained in paper bags or carboard boxes. Bundled items tied with wire will not be accepted. The City preserves the right to chip all brush on site or remove it for processing.
(3) 
Leaves shall be placed at the curb during posted collection periods. Leaf piles shall be placed away from cars and storm drains and be free of rocks, wires, and solid waste.
[Amended 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5; 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1]
A. 
Special trash, as described in Subsection B of this section, will be collected only if it is placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. in a manner which, in the sole judgment of the City, permits safe handling by the collection crew. Household items such as furniture, divans, chairs, and bedding shall be collected on scheduled refuse collection days or by appointment.
B. 
Special trash shall include household items such as appliances which cannot be dismantled, including dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, stoves and hot water heaters. The City will also collect installed equipment such as radiators, boilers, furnaces, kitchen sinks, bathroom basins, commodes, tubs and vehicle parts.
C. 
Air conditioners, heat pumps, tires and refrigerators will be collected as special trash, by appointment, at a cost to the resident established by the Mayor and Council in Chapter 110 of this Code.
D. 
The City will collect building materials or waste by appointment. The City will not collect roofing shingles.
[Amended 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
A. 
All dogs or other animals that might interfere with collectors shall be confined on collection days.
B. 
Hazardous materials such as oil, paint, poison, caustics, explosives and pressurized tanks are not acceptable for collection.
C. 
Any potentially dangerous materials, if not placed in the cart, should be placed in disposable containers clearly labeled to indicate the hazard to the collector.
[Amended 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
Tips and gratuities shall not be offered to City employees to perform special services.
[Amended 12-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-24]
All fees for refuse collection will be payable annually in advance beginning July 1 each year and are as set forth in Chapter 110, Fees and Penalties. A prorated refund will be made upon 30 days' notice to discontinue service. New service will be prorated for the remainder of the year.
[Amended 9-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-22; 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
Each single-family residence will be provided with one refuse cart and recycling container at no cost. Apartment units and commercial establishments under contract for refuse collection by City forces will be provided refuse carts and recycling containers as needed. The number of carts and containers needed will be determined by the City.
[Added 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
A. 
Annually, the Mayor and Council will designate one month as cleanup month. The Public Works facility will be open during that month on Saturdays for residents of College Park only to drop off household refuse. Use of the facility by nonresidents or commercial or industrial entities, regardless of residency, is prohibited.
B. 
Only nonhazardous material may be dropped off at the site. Hazardous waste, as identified in § 119-7B, will not be accepted.
[Added 11-14-1995 by Ord. No. 95-O-5]
A receptacle for recycling used motor oil only is provided year round at the Public Works facility and is available at all times. Oil shall be deposited in accordance with directions posted at the facility by the City.
[Added 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-O-1]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and is subject to the penalty provided in Chapter 110, Fees, and Penalties, of this Code.