Chapter 8.20
GARBAGE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL

Sections:

8.20.010    Garbage disposal system use required – Exception.

8.20.020    Contracts authorized.

8.20.030    Contractor duties.

8.20.040    City manager rule promulgation authority.

8.20.050    Garbage – Adequate receptacles required – Accumulation time limit.

8.20.060    Garbage – Depositing restrictions.

8.20.070    Unauthorized dumpster and container usage.

8.20.080    Clean premises required – City right to cause compliance.

8.20.090    Unauthorized dumping on city property prohibited.

8.20.100    Garbage – Collection – Occupant duties – Containers.

8.20.110    Garbage – Collection – Vehicles.

8.20.120    Refuse accumulation prohibited – City abatement.

8.20.130    Fines.

8.20.010 Garbage disposal system use required – Exception.

All persons are required to use the system of garbage disposal as provided in this chapter as well as comply with all rules and regulations as may from time to time be established by the city manager. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.020 Contracts authorized.

The city council may award contracts for garbage collection and disposal at such time or times as it deems proper. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.030 Contractor duties.

In the event the city awards a garbage contract as authorized in this chapter, such contractor shall abide by the laws and health regulations of the state, the ordinances of the city, and shall abide by all rules and regulations promulgated by the city council or by the city manager with the approval of the city council. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.040 City manager rule promulgation authority.

The city manager is empowered, subject to the approval of the council, to make such rules and regulations, not in conflict with the provisions of this title, relative to the collection, storage and disposal of garbage, ashes, rubbish, refuse and waste matters as are necessary to protect public property or the safety or health of the public; and failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall be a violation of this chapter. Subject to the approval of the city council, the city manager may establish rates for municipal garbage, rubbish and ashes collection and provide a method for the payment and collection of such rates. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.050 Garbage – Adequate receptacles required – Accumulation time limit.

No person shall keep on or about the premises owned or occupied by him any garbage unless the same shall be kept in a metal or other adequate receptacle with a tight-fitting cover. No person shall keep on or about the premises owned or occupied by him any garbage for a period longer than the frequency of collection as established by the city manager. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.060 Garbage – Depositing restrictions.

No person shall deposit any garbage, rubbish or ashes upon any streets, alleys or city-owned property, or upon any property owned by another. For the purpose of collection, garbage must be placed for collection in a metal, plastic or other adequate receptacle with a tight-fitting cover when a garbage rack is available. Plastic garbage bags may be used in lieu of garbage receptacles. However, they shall not be placed at curbside prior to 5:00 a.m. of the date of collection. A garbage rack may not project into the right-of-way by more than three feet to the front face of said rack. The placing of garbage at curbside in paper bags or cardboard boxes is not allowed. It shall be the property owner/renter’s responsibility to retrieve all windblown or animal-strewn garbage. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.070 Unauthorized dumpster and container usage.

No person shall discard any garbage or debris into a dumpster or container which is not specifically leased or owned by his business or agency from the city of Palmer. Unauthorized placement of garbage or debris into a dumpster or container shall be subject to penalties as specified in Chapter 1.08 PMC, General Penalty. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.080 Clean premises required – City right to cause compliance.

No person having the care, either as owner or occupant, of any premises shall fail to maintain the same in a clean and sanitary condition as far as garbage, rubbish, building materials and ashes are concerned, including the alley bordering the same as far as the centerline thereof. The city shall have the right to clean such premises and add the cost thereof to the utility bill of such person and to prosecute such person for such noncompliance with this chapter. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.090 Unauthorized dumping on city property prohibited.

No person shall discard any garbage, rubbish or ashes on city property. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.100 Garbage – Collection – Occupant duties – Containers.

A. The city may regulate or undertake the general collection of garbage, rubbish and ashes throughout the city subject to the provisions of this title.

B. Every person having the care, either as an owner or occupant of any premises, shall make adequate provision to ensure that all garbage originating or accumulating thereon shall be disposed of at least as frequently as the frequency of collection established under this chapter, and in no event shall such disposal be less frequent than weekly. The city manager may establish a schedule of collection.

C. All garbage placed in receptacles or containers for collection shall be drained of surplus liquids. All boxes and rubbish must be broken, cut up, or otherwise reduced in size and placed in receptacles or bundles securely tied. Residential ashes shall be in separate containers. In no event shall any bundle or other receptacle, including contents, exceed 60 pounds in weight.

D. All garbage containers shall be of metal or other suitable material, shall be leakproof, shall have tight-fitting covers, and shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition by the owner. They shall be equipped with two handles or with a suitable bail. Receptacles for ashes and rubbish shall be fitted with substantial handles or bails. No garbage or rubbish receptacle shall exceed 30 gallons in capacity, nor shall it be so loaded that it cannot be conveniently handled without spilling its contents. The weight of any bundle or the combined weight of any receptacle and its contents shall not exceed 60 pounds. The size of any bundle shall not be greater than four feet in length and can be conveniently handled and disposed of by the collector, except where special equipment or machinery is provided on spring and/or fall cleanup.

E. All receptacles shall be furnished by the customer. Commercial customers shall lease dumpsters from the city or provide their own containers, subject to approval of the city manager. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.110 Garbage – Collection – Vehicles.

No person shall collect, transport, remove, or dispose of garbage, rubbish or ashes in such a manner as to be needlessly offensive to any person, place, building, premises, or property. Vehicles used under contract as authorized in PMC 8.20.020 and 8.20.030 shall be equipped with a reasonably tight container body and a suitable cover. The vehicle shall comply with all the public safety regulations and shall be kept clean, well painted and in good repair, being thoroughly cleaned each day; such equipment shall preferably be of the compactor type. The city manager may, from time to time, promulgate further regulations governing the type and use of garbage collection equipment. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.120 Refuse accumulation prohibited – City abatement.

All premises shall be maintained by the owner or agent free of rubbish, refuse, manure, wood debris and filth accumulation. If, after 10 days’ notice from the health officer, the owner or agent of a premises fails to correct any of the above conditions, the city may cause it to be done and the cost thereof assessed as a lien against the property. (Ord. 462 § 4, 1993)

8.20.130 Fines.

A violation of this chapter is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-027 § 3, 2014)