Chapter 8.04
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING SERVICES

Sections:

Article I. Contract for Collection

8.04.010    Contract and agreement – Rates, charges and schedules.

Article II. Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste

8.04.020    Definitions.

8.04.030    Deposit of municipal solid waste (MSW) and recyclables in approved containers.

8.04.040    Disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) and recyclables.

8.04.050    Unlawful disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW), recyclables, yard waste and bulky yard waste.

8.04.060    Repealed.

Article I. Contract for Collection

8.04.010 Contract and agreement – Rates, charges and schedules.

Those certain documents attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter as Exhibit A are ratified, accepted and approved in accordance with the terms, conditions and limitations therein, for the period described therein, as the city of Lake Forest Park contract and agreement for solid waste collection and recycling services. The rates, charges and schedules for solid waste collection and recycling services within the city of Lake Forest Park shall be as established in Exhibit A. (Ord. 491 § 1, 1991)

Article II. Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste

8.04.020 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply herein:

“Alley” means public or private way giving access to the rear of lots or buildings.

“Bulky yard waste” means natural woods, such as stumps and logs, or branches, over four inches in diameter and three feet in length.

“City” means Lake Forest Park.

“Contractor” means that entity holding a valid current contract with the city of Lake Forest Park to collect MSW/recyclables.

“Commercial (or industrial) customer” means a nonresidential business customer.

“Curbside” means within 19 feet of the vehicular traveling surface and without blocking sidewalks, driveways or on-street parking. For households currently receiving MSW/recyclables pickup in an alley accessible by collection vehicles, “curbside” can be considered to be in the current alley location and within 10 feet of the edge of the alley. If extraordinary circumstances preclude such a location, curbside shall be considered a placement suitable to the resident and convenient to the contractor’s equipment and approved by the city.

“Detachable container” means a watertight, all-metal container, not less than one cubic yard or more than eight cubic yards in capacity and equipped with a tight-fitting cover.

“Drop box” means an all-metal container, with lidded or nonlidded cover, of not less than 10 cubic yards, or more than 50 cubic yards in capacity.

“Duplex” means a dwelling unit containing not more than two dwelling units, each with individual MSW/recyclables service.

“Garbage” shall be synonymous with municipal solid waste (MSW) and shall mean and include all putrescible and nonputrescible wastes, but shall exclude recyclables and sewage from all public and private establishments and residences.

“Garbage can” means a city-approved container of material of similar size and weight to a container that is watertight galvanized sheet metal, or plastic container not exceeding four cubic feet or 32 gallons in capacity, weighing not over 15 pounds when empty, fitted with two sturdy handles, one on each side, and a tight cover equipped with a handle, such a can to be rodent- and insect-proof and to be kept in a sanitary condition at all times.

“Garbage unit” means secure and tight bundles, none of which shall exceed three feet in the longest dimension, and shall not exceed 65 pounds in weight, or such “garbage unit” may be packed in small discarded boxes, barrels or bags, or in securely tight cartons or other receptacles reasonably easy to be handled and loaded by one person onto a collection vehicle.

“H.D.P.E.” means “high density polyethylene,” a recyclable plastic which includes, but is not limited to, gallon milk jugs, cider, distilled water and spring water bottles, rubbing alcohol, large vinegar and small single-serving punch drink or juice containers.

“Mini-can” means a container that is a watertight galvanized sheet metal or plastic container not exceeding 19 gallons in capacity, fitted with a tight cover equipped with a handle.

“Mixed paper” includes the following: magazines, junk mail, phone books, bond or ledger paper, cardboard and paper board packaging. Mixed paper does not include tissue paper, paper towels, frozen food containers, milk cartons or paper packaging combined with plastic wax or foil.

“Multiple-family unit” means a residence containing three or more dwelling units with a shared disposal area(s).

“Municipal solid waste (MSW)” shall be synonymous with garbage.

“P.E.T.” means “polyethylene terephalate,” a recyclable plastic which includes, but is not limited to, two-liter pop bottles, distilled water bottles and liquor bottles.

“Recyclables” means newspaper, uncoated mixed paper, aluminum, glass, P.E.T., H.D.P.E., metal food and beverage containers and such other materials that the city and contractor determine to be recyclable.

“Recycling bin” means a contractor-provided container suitable for curbside collection, storage and set out of recyclables.

“Recycling container” means a contractor-provided container suitable for on-site collection, storage and set out of recyclables at multiple-family or commercial locations.

“Single-family residence” means a dwelling unit containing not more than one dwelling unit.

“Solid waste” means and includes all garbage, rubbish, trash, refuse, debris, scrap, waste materials, noxious weeds listed in the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Washington State Noxious Weed List; and discarded materials of all types whatsoever, exclusive of hazardous wastes, and including any and all source-separated recyclable materials and yard waste.

“Toter” means a city-approved, contractor-provided, 30-, 60- or 90-gallon, wheeled, lidded plastic container for the purpose of storing municipal solid waste or recyclables.

“Yard waste” means all loose materials such as sod, grass, weeds, flowers, leaves, etc. that are containerized in biodegradable bags or boxes, or in toters or garbage cans; and branches and prunings that are less than four inches in diameter and bundled in lengths smaller than three feet. Yard waste excludes food waste, plastics and synthetic fibers; lumber and any wood or tree limbs over four inches in diameter or three feet in length; and soil contaminated with hazardous waste, and noxious weeds listed in the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Washington State Noxious Weed List. (Ord. 760 § 1, 1998; Ord. 686 § 1, 1996; Ord. 482 § 2, 1993)

8.04.030 Deposit of municipal solid waste (MSW) and recyclables in approved containers.

All persons accumulating municipal solid waste and recyclables in the city shall store solid waste in approved cans, units, detachable containers or toters until collection day or until they transport their solid waste to a transfer station, landfill, drop box or private recycler. (Ord. 482 § 3, 1993)

8.04.040 Disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) and recyclables.

A. All persons accumulating municipal solid waste and recyclables in the city shall dispose of solid waste by means of subscription to collection services of city’s contractor or by transporting solid waste to a transfer station, landfill, drop box or private recycler.

B. All persons accumulating municipal solid waste and recyclables in the city and choosing to transport their solid waste to a transfer station, landfill, drop box or private recycler shall do so in a timely manner in order to prevent odor, rodent and insect problems. (Ord. 482 § 4, 1993)

8.04.050 Unlawful disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW), recyclables, yard waste and bulky yard waste.

A. It is unlawful for any person to dump or in any manner dispose of municipal solid waste, recyclables, yard waste or bulky yard waste upon any street, alley, public place, private property, wetlands and their buffers, or streams and their buffers within the city.

B. It is unlawful for any person to place or dispose of municipal solid waste, recyclables, yard waste or bulky yard waste in a receptacle owned by and paid for by another without the permission of the owner.

C. The deposit of yard waste in a can and/or unit which contains municipal solid waste or recyclables is prohibited. No solid waste nonrecyclable materials that are mixed with yard waste will be collected by licensed collection service. Yard waste will be collected by collection service only if the yard waste is separated and contained in approved containers or bundled in an approved manner and the resident is participating in the city of Lake Forest Park’s yard waste collection program. (Ord. 482 § 5, 1993)

8.04.060 Penalties for violation.*

Repealed by Ord. 784. (Ord. 482 § 6, 1993)

*Code reviser’s note: Penalty provisions can be found in Chapter 8.90 LFPMC.