Chapter 8.10
GARBAGE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL*

Sections:

8.10.010    Definitions.

8.10.020    Solid waste fund established – Purpose – Source of moneys.

8.10.030    Collection service – Use required – Exceptions.

8.10.040    Administration and enforcement authority.

8.10.050    Collection service – Permit requirements.

8.10.060    Container requirements.

8.10.070    Garbage and refuse – Deposit in public places prohibited when.

8.10.080    Garbage – Draining, wrapping and sanitary conditions required.

8.10.090    Garbage – Permitted in sewage system when.

8.10.100    Bulk refuse requirements.

8.10.110    Garage and rubbish – Burning prohibited.

8.10.120    Refuse – Burying prohibited where.

8.10.130    Disposal of dead animals.

8.10.140    Refuse – Unacceptable materials designated.

8.10.150    Refuse – Special pickup provisions – Costs.

8.10.160    Collection service – Vacancy credits.

8.10.170    Fees schedule.

8.10.172    Surcharge for outside users.

8.10.175    Overpayment or underpayment of bill – Three-year limitation.

8.10.180    Service – Discounts for certain low income senior or disabled citizens.

8.10.185    Monthly charges – When due – Delinquent fee.

8.10.190    Delinquent payments – When service discontinued – Delinquent fee.

8.10.195    Responsibility for garbage service charges.

8.10.200    Collection service – Suspension for nonpayment – Effect.

8.10.210    Collection service – Temporary suspension for commercial accounts.

8.10.220    Enforcement of provisions – Inspection authorized when – Abatement of nuisances.

8.10.230    Violations – Notice required – Contents.

8.10.240    Hearings – Petition required – City hearing examiner authority.

8.10.250    Emergencies – Summary abatement authority.

8.10.260    Private collectors – Equipment regulations.

8.10.270    Unlawful to deposit waste except in own container.

8.10.280    Adoption of state law – Unlawful to dump or deposit solid waste without permit – Disposal of vehicles tires outside designated area prohibited.

8.10.290    Violations – Citation procedure.

8.10.300    Violations – Penalty.

*For statutory provisions regarding city collection and disposal systems, see RCW 35.21.120; for provisions authorizing cities to acquire and operate garbage systems, see RCW 35.92.020; for provisions regarding code city garbage ordinances, see RCW 35A.21.060.

8.10.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

A. “Ashes” means the residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible material;

B. “Bulk refuse” means large items of refuse such as appliances, furniture, large auto parts, trees and branches, palm fronds, stumps, floatage, etc. The collection of bulk refuse shall be by special charge;

C. “City” means city of Toppenish or its duly authorized representative;

D. “Private collector” means solid waste collection company, as defined in Chapter 81.77 RCW;

E. “Collection” means the act of picking up refuse at home, business or industrial site and putting it in a truck or container specifically designed and used for refuse disposal purposes;

F. “Director of public works” means the director of public works for the city and his authorized supervisors;

G. “Garbage” means animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and serving of foods. It does not include food wastes from industrial processing;

H. “Person” means any institution, public or private corporation, individual, partnership or other entity;

I. “Refuse” means all solid waste of the community and semiliquid or wet waste with insufficient liquid content to be free flowing. Synonym: solid waste;

J. “Resource recovery” means a general term used to describe the extraction of economically usable materials or energy from waste materials. The concept may involve recycling or conversion into different and sometimes unrelated uses. Possibilities include: conversion, mainly energy recovery by using waste for heat and fuel values; transformation, chemical processes which create new by-products; re-use (e.g., returnable bottles); and recycling (e.g., “Glasphalt,” a glass-based highway paving material);

K. “Rubbish” means nonbulky domestic and commercial solid waste exclusive of garbage;

L. “Sanitation service charge” means a charge imposed by the city council by resolution or ordinance for the services performed by the department of public works;

M. “Yard rubbish” means residential prunings, grass clippings, weeds, leaves, and general yard and garden solid waste;

N. “Yard rubbish unit” means the maximum amount of yard rubbish which shall be collected from the residential areas of the city under the established fee for this service, and means that yard rubbish which is cut up into lengths not exceeding four feet, and which if tied together shall not exceed 10 feet in girth, with a maximum limb diameter of four inches. Maximum weight of a yard rubbish unit is 60 pounds. All leaves, grass, small prunings shall be bagged or boxed;

O. “Solid waste” means useless, unwanted, or discarded material with insufficient liquid content to be free flowing:

1. Agricultural – the solid waste that results from the rearing and slaughtering of animals and the processing of animal products and orchard and field crops;

2. Commercial – solid waste generated by stores, offices, and other activities that do not actually turn out a product;

3. Industrial – solid waste that results from industrial processes and manufacturing;

4. Institutional – solid wastes originating from educational, health-care, and research facilities;

5. Municipal – normally, residential and commercial solid waste generated within a community;

6. Pesticide – the residue resulting from the manufacturing, handling, or use of chemicals for killing plant and animal pests;

7. Residential – all solid waste that normally originates in a residential environment, sometimes called domestic solid waste;

P. “Biomedical waste” means medical, infectious or related wastes defined and described in Chapter 70.95K RCW;

Q. Additional Terms. Words, terms, or expressions peculiar to the collection and disposal of solid waste not hereinbefore defined shall have the respective meanings given in Appendix B, Glossary, contained in Handbook of Solid Waste Management, Van Nostrand Reinhold Publishing Company, 1977, or latest revision. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.020 Solid waste fund established – Purpose – Source of moneys.

The city council is authorized to make funds available by appropriation, borrowing, or by other means in accordance with the laws of the state, for equipment for the collection and disposal of refuse and for the establishment, maintenance and operation of refuse collection system and refuse disposal sites. All sums collected under this chapter shall be deposited and kept in a fund to be known as the “solid waste fund,” and from which fund all expenses of the administration, maintenance, and operation of the sanitation division shall be paid. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.030 Collection service – Use required – Exceptions.

No person within the city shall be permitted to refuse to accept garbage and rubbish disposal service except with the special permission of the city manager, and the failure of such person to receive such services shall not exempt him from the payment of the regular charges established for that service. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.040 Administration and enforcement authority.

The regulation of the disposal and hauling of garbage and rubbish in the city shall be under the supervision of the city manager; provided, however, that the city manager may delegate the duty of enforcing the provisions of this chapter to the director of public works who shall prepare and publish reasonable regulations concerning the calendar days of collection of refuse, location of waste containers, and any other regulations pertaining to the collection and disposal of waste as he may deem advisable, subject to the approval of the city manager, and provided that such regulations are not contrary to this chapter. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.050 Collection service – Permit requirements.

A. It is unlawful for anyone except the city public works department to collect garbage or rubbish within the city for compensation without the approval and authorization of the city manager, providing that this prohibition does not apply to the food processors.

B. Every person desiring to engage in the collection and/or disposal of refuse on a regular basis who is not acting as an agent for the city shall make written application to the city clerk setting forth the name of such person, the resident address thereof or address of the place of business, a description of the equipment to be used in the collection and/or disposal of such refuse, the place of disposal, and the method of disposal to be practiced. On approval of such application, the city clerk shall cause a permit to be issued to the applicant. The permit fee shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time, payable in advance to the city. Such permit issued under this chapter shall expire on the first day of January in each year. Permits shall be renewed annually in the manner and upon payment of the same annual fee as provided in this section.

C. Any person whose application for permit has been denied or whose permit has been revoked by the city manager may request and shall be granted a hearing before the city hearing examiner under the procedure provided for herein.

D. No refuse originating in city limits shall be collected by private collectors except those having a contract or franchise for specific locations or with a permit from the city, and then only in such receptacles and to such place or places and in such manner as shall have first been approved by the director of public works.

E. The city public works department shall collect, remove, and dispose of all garbage and refuse which is not over the standard set for each pickup originating in city limits. Collection will be made in accordance with a frequency schedule acceptable to the city manager, except that the minimum garbage service to residential areas shall be once weekly.

F. Nothing contained herein shall prevent any person or contractor as defined in Chapter 18.27 RCW from collection associated with resource recovery or collecting and disposing of rubbish incidental to any personal or business reason other than as a private collector. All such disposal must be in acceptable containers and in compliance with applicable state, federal and local statutes. (Ord. 2017-01 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.060 Container requirements.

A. Required. It shall be the duty of every person in possession, charge or control of any single dwelling, multiple dwelling, or commercial establishment where refuse is created or accumulated, at all times to keep or cause to be kept portable containers as defined in this chapter and to deposit or cause to be deposited said refuse therein.

B. Household Waste Containers. For residential buildings, household waste containers shall be not less than 90 gallons nor more than 300 gallons capacity, and shall be of the type approved and furnished by the city for use with its mechanical refuse collection system.

C. Location. No containers shall be kept or stored within the confines of any street, public alley, public sidewalk, or public right-of-way in the residential district. In blocks in which there are alleys, such containers shall be kept on private property in a convenient and accessible location adjacent to such alley. In blocks where there are no alleys, such containers shall be kept on private property without interfering with the reasonable enjoyment of such private property or adjoining property, providing such containers shall be placed in a readily accessible location to the traveled roadway of the street near the curb or roadway for collection only on the day that the refuse is normally collected; provided, however, that where the public works director determines that it is beneficial to both the city and the property owner, and where it can be allowed without interfering with the reasonable enjoyment of such private property or adjoining property, the director may permit the property owner to keep or store such containers within the confines of any street or public alley. Refuse containers must be placed on the sidewalk or, in the absence of a sidewalk, at a location adjacent to the street pavement, no earlier than 6:00 p.m. prior to the day of collection and no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection. Refuse containers must be removed and relocated to private property no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of collection.

Mobile home parks shall be required to provide central storage areas throughout the mobile home parks for the location of refuse containers; provided, that no individual mobile home owner shall be required to walk more than 150 feet any direction from their mobile home to deposit for pickup their waste in the containers.

D. Prohibited Materials. No rocks, dirt, manure, human excrement or hazardous waste as defined by Chapter 173-303 WAC are to be placed in refuse containers. No biomedical wastes shall be placed in refuse containers. Biomedical wastes shall be packaged and/or placed in containers meeting state and federal standards for biomedical wastes. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.070 Garbage and refuse – Deposit in public places prohibited when.

It is unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited, dump, scatter, or leave any rubbish, stones, earth, ashes, cinders, hay, manure, filth, paper, dirt, grass cuttings, leaves, twigs, boughs, shrubs, construction waste, or other offensive or nauseous material in the public street gutter, alley, sidewalk, parking, creek, stream, or upon any public property of any nature, nor upon any vacant private property except where certain of these materials are used for improving property by grading or fertilizing. (Ord. 2019-08 § 1, 2019; Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.080 Garbage – Draining, wrapping and sanitary conditions required.

All garbage, except swill, shall be drained of liquids and wrapped in paper or other material before being deposited in the container. The city may refuse to collect undrained garbage of a liquid or semiliquid state, unwrapped and improperly placed. The owner or person in charge of the place where refuse containers are located shall maintain the place in a clean and sanitary condition. The containers desirably should be placed on a platform and/or secured so as to render the same inaccessible to marauding animals. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.090 Garbage – Permitted in sewage system when.

Garbage may enter the city sewage system if it is first shredded into tiny particles by use of an approved mechanical garbage grinder. Nonresidential garbage may not enter the city sewage system unless approved in writing by the public works director. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.100 Bulk refuse requirements.

All bulk refuse accumulated in residential, commercial or manufacturing buildings, such as cardboard containers, wooden crates and similar rubbish, shall be flattened to a size not to exceed three feet by four feet. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.110 Garage and rubbish – Burning prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to burn any material herein defined in the city limits. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.120 Refuse – Burying prohibited where.

It is unlawful to bury refuse in any place in the city other than such areas as are defined by the department of public works as sanitary landfill sites. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.130 Disposal of dead animals.

Dead animals upon the public ways will be collected and disposed of upon call to the department of public works at no extra charge. Dead animals in excess of 100 pounds will not be hauled off by city forces. Condemned animals or parts of animals from slaughterhouses or similar places, regardless of size, are regarded as industrial refuse and will not be collected by the city. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.140 Refuse – Unacceptable materials designated.

The following refuse shall be considered not acceptable for collection or acceptable for disposal at the landfill without the special permission of the director of public works and a payment of a negotiated fee:

A. Dangerous materials or substances such as poisons, acids, caustics, infected materials and explosives;

B. Unusual quantities of materials resulting from the repair, excavation, or construction of buildings or structures such as earth, plaster, mortar and roofing materials;

C. Materials which have not been prepared for collection in accordance with these regulations;

D. The solid wastes resulting from industrial processes. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.150 Refuse – Special pickup provisions – Costs.

The owners and/or occupants of all premises shall be responsible for the preparation and removal therefrom of all refuse accumulated, originating or becoming deposited upon such premises, of all that refuse which is not eligible for collection and disposal by the public works department on the regular collection routes at the regular charge for such service. A yard rubbish unit, as defined in TMC 8.10.010, shall determine the maximum amount of refuse that will be picked up at the regular charge. Owners and/or occupants desiring a special pickup of refuse shall call the public works department, and upon the performance of the service, shall be required to pay for the additional services at the rate established by code in TMC 8.10.170.

When any owner and/or occupant of a premises has placed an unusually large amount of refuse on public right-of-way, the owner and/or occupant of the premises will be provided a courtesy notice delivered to and posted on the premises which will require the owner and/or occupant to remove and dispose of the refuse within five calendar days. If the refuse presents a public hazard (such as impeding traffic or blocking drainage), the owners and/or occupant must remove the refuse within 24 hours. If the refuse is not removed at the end of the time designated on the notice, the city will collect and dispose of the refuse and add any costs involved to the regular utility bill of the city as provided by TMC 8.10.170. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.160 Collection service – Vacancy credits.

No vacancy credit shall be allowed any owner and/or occupant of a residential premises that has an active city water utility serving the property. If water service is not discontinued during a vacancy period, sanitation fees will be continued as if the residential property is occupied.

The Toppenish city manager, or his designee(s), may allow a vacancy credit for nonresidential premises during periods of vacancy for which the owner of the premises has notified the city in writing that waste disposal pickup is not needed. No credit shall be allowed for any period in which such premises are occupied, or for any period of vacancy during which waste disposal service is provided by the city. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.170 Fees schedule.

A. The schedule of charges and collection fees to be paid to the city is as follows:

 

Rate Effective January 1, 2020

Rate Effective January 1, 2021

Rate Effective January 1, 2022

All Accounts
City-Owned Containers

 

 

 

 

First Container

Number of Pickups

 

 

 

90-gallon

1 per week

$23.66

$24.61

$25.59

300-gallon

1 per week

$85.89

$89.33

$92.90

350-gallon

1 per week

$100.31

$104.32

$108.50

420-gallon

1 per week

$119.70

$124.49

$129.47

Each Additional Container

Number of Pickups

 

 

 

90-gallon

1 per week

$21.34

$22.19

$23.08

300-gallon

1 per week

$83.56

$86.90

$90.38

350-gallon

1 per week

$97.98

$101.90

$105.98

420-gallon

1 per week

$117.38

$122.08

$126.96

Those residences or units that are furnished with a 300-gallon container shall have three residences or units per container and will be charged at the 90-gallon rate per residence or unit. Those residences or units with a 420-gallon container shall have four residences or units per container and shall be charged at the 90-gallon rate per residence or unit.

Number of cans or containers multiplied by number of calendar days collected for one week equals the monthly charge.

B. The classification of each recipient of garbage service, size of container and type of container shall be determined by the public works director or his designee.

C. Rates will be increased as rates increase at the disposal site by ordinance amendment or as other conditions such as inflation or other matters render such increases necessary.

D. A callback fee will be charged to those accounts which have failed to put out solid waste on the proper day or proper time of day, which results in the required return of the collection truck to the account. Callback fees shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time.

E. There shall be extra hauling fees for special items, weekend pickups, or unusual volumes of solid waste outside of containers and these shall be agreed upon with the public works director or his designee prior to pickup by the city. Such items shall include but not be limited to automobile tires and parts, large metal pieces or objects, concrete chunks, stone, tree limbs and heavy wood pieces. Extra hauling fees shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time.

F. Compost collection containers shall be marked “Grass and Leaves Only” and will be provided to residents upon request. The containers for grass and leaves only shall not be used for any other garbage, refuse, swill or trash. If such a container shall be used for unauthorized materials, the rate for the month during which the unauthorized use occurs shall be the same as the monthly rate for other 90-gallon containers.

 

Rate Effective January 1, 2020

Rate Effective January 1, 2021

Rate Effective January 1, 2022

Compost Collection (Grass and Leaves Only)

 

 

Type of Container

Number of Pickups

 

 

 

90-gallon

1 per week

$14.72

$15.31

$15.93

300-gallon

1 per week

$20.44

$21.25

$22.10

350-gallon

1 per week

$21.74

$22.61

$23.52

420-gallon

1 per week

$23.64

$24.58

$25.57

G. Overfull Containers. The schedule of fees under subsection A of this section is for one container with lid closed. Whenever the lid is not flush with top of container, city collectors may choose to collect or leave for special pickup. If collectors pick up the overfull container, a fee shall be assessed. Overfull container fees shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time.

H. The city manager is authorized to adjust the service level to match the garbage and rubbish actually collected from the premises, or to match the amount of garbage and rubbish reasonably anticipated from the premises, and the customer will be responsible for the appropriate charges for the adjusted service level in accordance with this section.

I. Pickups on calendar days not regularly scheduled shall be at a rate established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time.

J. Any additional disposal costs incurred by the city due to the placement in residential or commercial containers of materials which are prohibited under TMC 8.10.060(D) or are declared to be unacceptable under TMC 8.10.140, or are determined to be hazardous under Chapter 173-303 WAC or result in charges to the city collection service in an amount more than the standard domestic or commercial refuse disposal rate (including, but not limited to, dead animals, tires or asbestos), shall be passed on to and paid by the user of the container. Any damage caused to the residential or commercial containers or equipment resulting from the placement of any of the above-referenced materials in the containers shall be the responsibility of the container user, and the user shall bear the cost of repairing or replacing the container. All delinquent and unpaid charges for sanitation, water, sewer or other charges shall be a lien against the premises to which the same are furnished. (Ord. 2019-11 § 1, 2019; Ord. 2018-12 § 1, 2018; Ord. 2017-13 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2017-01 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2014-12, 2014; Ord. 2013-25, 2013; Ord. 2011-19, 2011).

8.10.172 Surcharge for outside users.

An additional charge of 25 percent shall be made for all garbage services provided outside of the city limits. (Ord. 2020-16 § 3, 2020).

8.10.175 Overpayment or underpayment of bill – Three-year limitation.

The city finance director is authorized to credit accounts for any amounts paid for garbage service that are found to be erroneous overpayments, and is authorized to charge accounts for any amounts found to be erroneous underpayments; provided, however, that there shall be no such credit or charge for any overpayment or underpayment made more than three years prior to the date the customer shall notify the city of the error, or more than three years prior to the discovery of the error by the city. (Ord. 2013-4, 2013).

8.10.180 Service – Discounts for certain low income senior or disabled citizens.

A. A program for discounts to the billings for solid waste utility services for certain low income senior or disabled citizens is established in order to provide necessary support for the disadvantaged. Such reductions are intended to offset rate increases. The city manager is authorized and directed to administer said program and in such connection may promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the intent and purpose of the ordinance codified in this section.

B. To implement the program provided for in subsection A of this section, low income senior citizens shall show satisfactory proof that he or she:

1. Is 65 years of age or older;

2. Has a maximum annual household income at or below 125 percent of federal poverty guidelines;

3. Is a single occupant or the head of a household or the spouse of the head of the household;

4. Resides in the dwelling unit served by the solid waste, sewer and water utility;

5. Is billed or is the spouse of a person billed by the solid waste, sewer and water utility.

Applicants shall verify such information and shall provide such other data as is deemed appropriate upon forms prepared, and in the manner determined by the city.

C. To implement the program provided for in subsection A of this section, disabled citizens shall show satisfactory proof that he or she:

1. Is disabled;

2. Has a maximum annual household income at or below 125 percent of federal poverty guidelines;

3. Is a single occupant or the head of a household or the spouse of the head of the household;

4. Resides in the dwelling unit served by the solid waste, sewer and water utility;

5. Is billed or is the spouse of a person billed by the solid waste, sewer and water utility.

Applicants shall verify such information and shall provide such other data as is deemed appropriate upon forms prepared, and in the manner determined by the city.

D. Persons qualified by the city as eligible recipients of a low income senior or disabled citizen discount provided for in this section shall be granted a discount against the charges assessed under TMC 8.10.170.

E. The finance director is authorized to discount the total amount of charges made under TMC 8.10.170 of this code to qualified low income senior or disabled citizens by 25 percent.

F. For purposes of this section, the following persons are defined as disabled:

1. A person who has qualified and received special parking privileges under RCW 46.16.381(1)(a) through 46.16.381(1)(g);

2. A blind person as defined in RCW 74.18.020(4);

3. A person who has a developmental disability as defined in RCW 71A.10.020(3);

4. A person who is gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder as defined in RCW 71.05.020(14);

5. A person who has qualified and receives supplemental social security benefits due to disability. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.185 Monthly charges – When due – Delinquent fee.

All of the charges for the collection of garbage and rubbish shall be due and payable at the finance department on or before the first day of each month, for the previous month. If fees or charges for solid waste only accounts are not paid before the close of business on the fifteenth day of the month in which due, a delinquent fee shall be added and collected by the finance department, and a like delinquent fee shall be added for each succeeding month or portion thereof during which the fees and charges shall remain delinquent. Delinquent fees shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time. Solid waste bills shall cover service charges for a period of one month, and said bills shall be issued and mailed on or before the first day of each month. (Ord. 2017-01 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2016-08, 2016; Ord. 2010-3, 2010).

8.10.190 Delinquent payments – When service discontinued – Delinquent fee.

A. The city provides garbage/solid waste collection service to some locations that do not use the city’s water service because they have their own domestic water supply. In case of nonpayment of fees and charges for garbage/solid waste collection service by any of said users within seven days after the date such fees and charges become delinquent, and after the city has complied with notice requirements hereinafter set forth, the garbage/solid waste collection service shall be discontinued and a delinquent fee shall be added to cover administrative and clerical-related expenses. Delinquent fees shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time. The garbage/solid waste collection service shall remain discontinued until the account is paid in full. The city will apply the monies received in payment in the following order:

1. Delinquent utility taxes;

2. Delinquent solid waste charges;

3. Current utility taxes;

4. Current solid waste charges; and

5. The delinquent charge for administrative fees and clerical-related expenses.

B. Before discontinuing the service the city must give at least 30 days’ written notice to the property owner. Said notice must specify the delinquent charges and all other monies that must be paid before the service will be reinstated, and the date on which the garbage/solid waste collection will be discontinued if all of the amounts due have not been fully paid on or before the date and time stated in the notice. (Ord. 2017-01 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2016-08, 2016; Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.195 Responsibility for garbage service charges.

A. The owner of the property being served shall be responsible for the payment of the charges for garbage service to such property, including delinquent fees and administrative, clerical and other employee or employee-related expenses as may be required by TMC 8.10.185.

B. All accounts for garbage service shall be kept in the name of the owner of the property and shall be billed to the owner and sent to the owner at such address as the owner shall provide to the city.

C. The city clerk may rely upon the land records of Yakima County for the purpose of determining the name of the owner of the property, as posted on the website of the Yakima County assessor, or such other documentation as may be provided to the city clerk that verifies such ownership. For purposes of this section, a contract purchaser shall be deemed to be the owner of the property if the contract has been recorded in the office of the Yakima County auditor.

D. Discontinuance of garbage service for any cause shall not release the owner from the obligation for payment of unpaid charges, including delinquent fees.

E. Each account that is in the name of and/or billed to anyone other than the property owner shall be put in the name of and billed to the property owner at such time as a change of occupancy or a change of ownership of the property occurs, or on January 1, 2013, whichever first occurs. (Ord. 2011-14 § 1, 2011).

8.10.200 Collection service – Suspension for nonpayment – Effect.

Services to any premises may be suspended for nonpayment of accounts. Such suspension shall not relieve the person owing such account of the duty of complying with the provisions of this code. Such suspension shall render the premises where such service is suspended subject to condemnation for unsanitary reasons upon the order of the county health director. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.210 Collection service – Temporary suspension for commercial accounts.

Commercial accounts shall not be eligible for vacancy credits established in TMC 8.10.160, but may petition the city to temporarily suspend sanitation service during the time the premises are unoccupied. Upon approval, the sanitation service shall be suspended and the regular charge applying for the service shall be suspended until the premises are reoccupied. A petition for temporary suspension of service shall be in advance of the pending vacancy of the property and shall not be retroactive. The petition shall be made upon a form to be provided by the city clerk. Upon re-occupancy, the owner of the property shall call and ask for sanitation service to be resumed, whereupon the regular charge shall be re-established. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.220 Enforcement of provisions – Inspection authorized when – Abatement of nuisances.

The public works director or his designee shall have the power to enter at reasonable times upon private property for the purpose of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. The city manager or his designee shall have authority to order the abatement or removal of any nuisance detrimental to the public health, and if such nuisance is not properly abated or removed, to cause its removal or abatement at the expense of the owner of the property on which the nuisance is maintained. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.230 Violations – Notice required – Contents.

Whenever the director of public works or his designate may determine that there is a violation of any provision of this chapter, he shall give notice of such alleged violation to the person or persons responsible as hereinafter provided. Such notice shall state the nature of the violation and a reasonable time for correcting such violation, and if necessary, contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this chapter. This notice shall be served upon the holder of the permit issued under this chapter, or upon the owner and/or occupant of any premises within the city; provided, that such notice shall be deemed to have been properly served when a copy thereof has been served personally, or by registered or certified mail, or in accordance with any other method authorized or required under the laws of the state. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.240 Hearings – Petition required – City hearing examiner authority.

Any person having a contract or license permit for the collection and disposal of refuse revoked, or who is refused a permit, or who is affected by any notice issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this chapter, may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the city hearing examiner; provided, that such persons shall first file with the city manager a written petition requesting such hearing, and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor within 10 calendar days after the day the notice was served. Upon receipt of such petition, the city hearing examiner shall set a time and place for such hearing, and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof. The proceedings of such hearing, including the findings and decisions of the city hearing examiner, shall be summarized, reduced to writing, and entered as a matter of public record in the office of the city clerk. Such record shall include also a copy of every notice or order issued in connection with the matter. Should the city hearing examiner determine that a violation of this chapter has been committed, it may revoke the permit issued to that person in violation or take such action as seems justifiable. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.250 Emergencies – Summary abatement authority.

Whenever the city manager finds that an emergency exists involving a serious health hazard which requires immediate action to protect the public health, he shall notify the county health officer of such violation of this chapter and action shall be taken under the provisions of this chapter and the laws of the state. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.260 Private collectors – Equipment regulations.

A. Enclosed Bodies of Refuse Collection Vehicles. All private vehicles used for the collection or disposal of refuse, for hire in the city, shall have enclosed bodies, or suitable provisions for covering the bodies. The use of a tarpaulin or canvas cover to enclose open bodies of collection vehicles may be permitted upon approval of the director of public works.

B. Watertight Garbage Collection Vehicles. Vehicles used for the collection or disposal of garbage or of refuse containing garbage or swill and slop shall have watertight metal bodies of easily cleanable construction. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.270 Unlawful to deposit waste except in own container.

It is unlawful for anyone other than the owner and/or occupant of the premises upon which a garbage can, container or drop box is located to deposit any solid waste or other material therein except with the permission of such owner or occupant. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.280 Adoption of state law – Unlawful to dump or deposit solid waste without permit – Disposal of vehicles tires outside designated area prohibited.

The provisions of RCW 70.95.240 and 70.95.250 pertaining to the unlawful dumping or deposit of solid waste without permit, and the provisions of RCW 70.95.500 pertaining to the disposal of vehicle tires outside designated areas, are adopted and incorporated herein by reference as though fully set forth, including the penalty provisions pertaining thereto. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.290 Violations – Citation procedure.

If any person or persons shall violate any section or sections of this code, the director of public works, or such persons within the department of public works as are designated by him, the code enforcement officer, or any police officer, may issue a citation and notice to such person or persons to appear before the municipal court. The citation to appear shall include spaces for the name and address of the violator or person responsible for the violation, the offense charged, the time and place when such person shall appear in court, and the place for such person to sign. Such citation shall not be issued for any offense or violation unless the offense or violation is committed or the existence of such violation appears as a fact in the presence of the director of public works, those persons within the department of public works designated by him, the code enforcement officer, or an officer of the police department, or as requested by a complaint sworn to and signed by any person residing in the corporate limits of the city. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).

8.10.300 Violations – Penalty.

Failure to perform any act required by this chapter, or the performance of any act prohibited by this chapter, is designated as an infraction and may not be classified as a criminal offense. Any person, firm, or corporation found to have committed an infraction under this chapter shall be assessed a monetary penalty. No penalty may exceed $500.00 for each separate infraction. (Ord. 2004-14 § 1, 2004).