Chapter 7.21
RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE UNIVERSAL SERVICE

Sections:

7.21.010    Purpose and intent.

7.21.020    Definitions.

7.21.030    Mandatory recycling and garbage service.

7.21.040    Changes to service areas.

7.21.050    Exception for self-haulers.

7.21.060    Exemptions.

7.21.070    Deposit in unauthorized trash receptacles prohibited.

7.21.010 Purpose and intent.

The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by providing for the safe and orderly collection and disposal of solid waste; and requiring a level of service for private property, with regard to solid waste accumulation, collection and disposal, which will protect the public from the health and safety hazards resulting from the accumulation of solid wastes on such private property or of improper disposal of such waste. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].

7.21.020 Definitions.

(A)    “Urban services line (USL)” shall have the meaning set forth in SCCC 17.02.030.

(B)    “Rural services line (RSL)” shall have the meaning set forth in SCCC 17.02.030.

(C)    “Solid waste” or “garbage” shall mean waste, garbage, refuse or trash as defined in Chapter 7.20 SCCC.

(D)    “Recycling” shall mean recyclable materials as defined in Chapter 7.20 SCCC.

(E)    “Exemption approval” shall mean permission or approval of requested exception for self-haulers or exemption from SCCC 7.21.030, authorized in writing from the Director of Public Works. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].

7.21.030 Mandatory recycling and garbage service.

No person shall reside, habitate in or lease to any other person residential property, and no person shall operate any business or lease to any other person commercial property within the urban services line or the rural services line, at any time during which recycling and solid waste collection service is not being provided to the premises from a company franchised, licensed, permitted or otherwise authorized by the County of Santa Cruz, unless exempt as provided herein. No real estate broker, service or salesperson shall arrange for such rentals without assuring that the agreement includes requirements that such services exist. The legal owner of property shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with these provisions. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].

7.21.040 Changes to service areas.

(A)    Any change to the urban services line or rural services line shall require the application of this chapter to properties within the newly defined boundaries.

(B)    The Board of Supervisors may define additional areas within the unincorporated County as falling within the scope of this chapter by amendment to SCCC 7.21.030.

(C)    Decisions of the Board of Supervisors regarding the applicability of this chapter shall be final and will not be subject to appeal. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].

7.21.050 Exception for self-haulers.

(A)    Residents or property owners may opt to haul their own recycling and garbage with the express written permission from the Director of Public Works. Permission from the Director to use an alternative facility shall be conditioned on the County receiving satisfactory documentation of the proper management of recycling and garbage from that property. Provision of such information shall not require approval by the Director of an alternate disposal site.

(B)    Residents or property owners who opt to haul their own recycling and garbage must establish an account at a County disposal site, or provide alternate arrangements deemed acceptable to the Director of Public Works in the written exemption approval.

(C)    Residents or property owners who opt to haul their own recycling and garbage must properly separate all recyclable materials and deposit materials in appropriate containers at the disposal site, and must follow all other applicable rules and regulations.

(D)    Residents or property owners who opt to haul their own recycling and garbage must comply with all relevant provisions of California State law governing solid waste handling and disposal.

(E)    Residents or property owners who opt to haul their own recycling and garbage must dispose of refuse other than recyclables and yard waste at intervals determined satisfactory by the Director of Public Works in the written exemption approval.

(F)    Residents or property owners who opt to haul their own recycling and garbage who fail to abide by the above guidelines may have their written exemption approval revoked at the discretion of the Director of Public Works.

(G)    An administrative fee for self-haulers shall be collected annually to offset the cost of administration of the exemption in the amount specified in the unified fee schedule. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].

7.21.060 Exemptions.

(A)    Upon request to the waste hauler, service may be placed on hold for any property currently unoccupied due to vacation or other circumstance for a period of 30 days. Any hold period longer than 30 days must be approved by the Director of Public Works.

(B)    Upon presentation of evidence that any property is undeveloped, the Director of Public Works may issue a temporary exemption for as long as the qualifying circumstances exist.

(C)    Upon demonstration of hardship, the Director of Public Works may issue a temporary exemption for as long as the qualifying circumstances exist, but not to exceed one year, unless another application for exemption is made and approved.

(D)    Decisions of the Director of Public Works shall be final and will not be subject to appeal. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].

7.21.070 Deposit in unauthorized trash receptacles prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place, deposit or dump, or cause to be placed, deposited or dumped in any trash receptacles reserved for the use of any other household, business or other entity, any household garbage as defined in SCCC 7.20.020 without express written permission from such household, business or other entity. [Ord. 5212 § 1, 2015].