Chapter 7.24
UNAUTHORIZED COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS

Sections:

7.24.010    Definitions.

7.24.020    Unauthorized collection of recyclable materials.

7.24.010 Definitions.

(A)    “Authorized recycling agent” means a person that a local governing body, private commercial entity or individual authorizes or contracts with to collect its recyclable waste material, or a person who operates any recycling center, recyclables buyback center, or recyclables dropoff center in conformance with any applicable State or local law or regulation. An authorized recycling agent may be a municipal collection service, private refuse hauler, private recycling enterprise, or private nonprofit corporation or association.

(B)    “Designated collection location” means the place where an authorized recycling agent has arranged with either the local governing body or private entity to pick up or receive segregated, recyclable material.

(C)    “Recyclable materials” shall mean newspapers, glass containers, aluminum and other metal containers, cardboard, high-grade paper, used motor oil and other material of some potential economic value placed at the curb or at the edge of the roadway for collection and recycling by the County or its duly authorized agent, or placed at a designated recycling location for collection by an authorized recycling agent.

(D)    “Segregated from other waste material” means any of the following:

(1)    The placement of recyclable materials in separate containers;

(2)    The binding of recyclable material separately from waste material;

(3)    The physical separation of recyclable material from waste material. [Ord. 3983 § 1, 1989; Ord. 3514 § 1, 1984; prior code § 9.45.010].

7.24.020 Unauthorized collection of recyclable materials.

(A)    Curbside Collection. Recyclable materials segregated from waste material and placed at the curb of residential properties shall become the property of the County or the County’s authorized recyclable materials collector at the time of placement at the curb or placement for collection. The County, its duly authorized agent, or a person expressly authorized by the owner or occupant of the residential property shall have the exclusive right to collect such recyclable materials. It is unlawful and shall constitute an infraction for any person, except as otherwise provided in this section, to collect such recyclable materials. The removal of such recyclable materials from the curb or the edge of the roadway in front of each separate residence shall constitute a separate violation.

(B)    Other Collection. Unless otherwise provided by contract, paper, glass, cardboard, plastics, used motor oil, ferrous metal, aluminum, and other recyclable materials, which are segregated from other waste materials for the purposes of recycling and placed at a designated collection location, may not be removed by anyone other than the authorized recycling agent of the local governing body or private entity. It is unlawful and shall constitute an infraction for any person, except as otherwise provided in this section, to collect such recyclable materials. The removal of such recyclable materials from each separate designated recycling location shall constitute a separate violation.

(C)    Nothing in this chapter shall limit the right of an individual person to donate, sell, or otherwise dispose of his or her recyclable materials. [Ord. 3983 § 1, 1989; Ord. 3514 § 1, 1984; prior code § 9.45.020].