Chapter 17.85
TRASH AND RECYCLING STORAGE

17.85.010 Trash Storage

A.    Requirement

Containers for trash storage of a size, type, and quantity approved by the City, shall be provided for all commercial, industrial, and multiple residential development, and for institutional or other uses as deemed appropriate by the reviewing authority.

B.    Development standards

1.    Containers for trash storage shall be placed so as to not be readily visible from public rights of way, to the extent feasible. It is preferable to have trash enclosures hidden from public streets by building placement, although landscaping may be provided for screening where appropriate. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

2.    Any outdoor area used for the storage of trash, refuse, or similar materials shall be completely enclosed by a six (6) foot decorative masonry block wall. Trash enclosures shall be designed to integrate with the site design, using the same materials and architectural details as the primary structures. Self-closing gates constructed of solid metal and attached to metal posts embedded in concrete shall be provided. In multiple residential projects and where otherwise deemed appropriate, the reviewing authority may require pedestrian access to the enclosure, in addition to the gated opening. Roof or lattice treatment shall be provided to prevent wind-blown trash from leaving the enclosure. Alternatively, enclosures may be located within a building’s facade provided that the area is architecturally integrated with the building design. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

3.    Trash enclosures shall be screened with appropriate plant material, wherever they are in view of the general public from the street, access drives, or less intensive zone districts. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

4.    Trash enclosures shall be designed to meet or exceed the minimum capacity requirements of the development as determined by Building and Safety Department. Enclosure size and configuration may be determined during development review for users with specialized requirements. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

5.    All trash shall be stored in metal containers to prevent it from being blown outside its walled enclosure by the wind.

6.    Gates shall be maintained in working order and shall remain closed except when in use. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

7.    Trash enclosures shall be located so as to be easily accessible to refuse collection trucks, and to site users. In general, distance from a building entry to the trash enclosure should not exceed 150 feet. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

8.    Where practical, enclosures should be sized to contain transformer boxes or other utility equipment which also requires screening. (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 97-5, adopted by City Council July 9, 1997.)

17.85.020 Trash Compactors

A.    Any area used for the compaction of trash or refuse generated from the primary use shall be located away from view from the public right-of-way and screened by walls or projections which are designed to be architecturally compatible with the main building.

B.    Vehicle access to the trash compactor area and the trash compactor pad shall be paved with concrete rather than asphalt.

C.    Trash compactor areas shall be provided with a floor drain and hose bibb to facilitate washing of non-hazardous waste fluids from the area.

D.    Design of trash compactor area shall prevent runoff of waste fluids into adjacent structures or onto adjacent properties.

17.85.030 Recycling Containers

A.    Purpose

The purpose of this Section is to ensure provision of adequate areas for collecting and loading recyclable materials in order to encourage diversion of solid waste by facilitating source reduction, recycling, and composting activities.

B.    Definitions

1.    Development Project shall mean any commercial, industrial, multiple family or institutional project which proposes to implement an on-site waste separation program for recyclable materials, for which such a program has been required.

2.    Recycling Area (Areas for Recycling) shall mean space allocated for collecting and loading of recyclable materials. Such areas shall have the ability to accommodate receptacles for recyclable materials.

C.    Development standards

All recycling areas, if required by reviewing authority or otherwise included within a project, shall be subject to the following development standards:

1.    Recycling area shall be located to be at least as convenient for those persons who deposit, collect, and load the recyclable materials placed therein as the location(s) where solid waste is collected and loaded. Whenever feasible, areas for collecting and loading recyclable materials shall be adjacent to the solid waste collection areas.

2.    The recycling facility shall be located away from view from the public right-of-way and screened by walls or projections which are designed to be architecturally compatible with the main building.

3.    Recycling areas shall be accessible and convenient for those who deposit as well as for those who collect and load any recyclable materials placed therein.

4.    The facility shall contain on-site refuse containers for disposal of non-hazardous waste which are adequate in capacity, number, and distribution to serve the development project.

5.    The City may specify what types of materials may be stored or processed and in what quantities.

6.    All trash shall be stored in metal containers or inside mobile vehicles to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.

7.    Any outdoor area used for the storage of trash, refuse, or similar materials, including metal containers but not including mobile vehicles, shall be completely enclosed as specified in PMC 17.85.010(B)(2).

8.    The recycling facility shall be constructed and maintained of durable waterproof and rustproof material.

9.    Driveways or aisles shall provide unobstructed access for collection vehicles and personnel in conformance with building code requirements for garbage collection access and clearance.

10.    A sign clearly identifying all recycling and solid waste collection and loading areas and the materials accepted therein shall be posted adjacent to all points of direct access to the recycling areas.

11.    The facility and/or containers shall be clearly marked to identify the type of material to be deposited, operating instructions and hours, and the identity and phone number of the facility operator to call if the machine is inoperative, and shall display a notice stating that no material shall be left outside the recycling enclosure of containers.

12.    Facilities shall meet the sign requirements of the zone designation as set forth in the Zoning Ordinance, unless otherwise specified; directional signs may be installed with the approval of the Director of Planning.

13.    The facility, including mobile facilities, shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner free of litter and any other undesirable materials.

14.    Developments and transportation corridors adjacent to recycling areas shall be adequately protected from any adverse impacts such as noise, odor, vectors, or glare, through measures including, but not limited to maintaining adequate separation, fencing, and landscaping.

15.    If the facility is located in or near an area designated, or planned for residential use, special conditions for hours of operation, type of machinery used, lighting, and truck routes may be required.

16.    Noise generated by the facilities shall not exceed maximum limits established by the General Plan.

17.    The facility must meet all applicable requirements of the Fire, Health, and Building and Safety Departments.