Chapter 7.06


7.06.010    Definitions.

7.06.020    Residential collection service established.

7.06.030    Containers.

7.06.040    Customers’ obligations.

7.06.050    Collection.

7.06.060    Lien for unreturned containers.

7.06.070    Filing of claim required for lien.

7.06.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(1) “City” means the city of Washougal.

(2) “Collection site” means that location at each residential unit where recyclables are placed for collection. The collection site for those single-family residential units where curbside collection would cause a traffic hazard and for multifamily residential units shall be the same location where solid waste is collected by the city. The collection site for all other residential units shall be at a curbside location adjacent to such residential unit.

(3) “Container” means a plastic receptacle consisting of three separate bins capable of being stacked, and designed for the collection of residential recyclables.

(4) “Curbside” means that portion of the public right-of-way adjacent to an improved street or alley.

(5) “Multifamily residential unit” means those apartment complexes, condominiums, and other multifamily dwellings where recycling services are provided by means of a centralized collection system rather than individual residential unit collection.

(6) “Property owner” means the owner of record as determined by the records of the county auditor. In the case of property being purchased on contract, the contract purchaser shall be deemed the property owner.

(7) “Recyclables” means solid wastes that are source separated for transforming or remanufacture into useable or marketable materials. Recyclables shall include newsprint, cardboard, glass (brown, green, and clear), aluminum, tin, polyethylene terephythalate (PET) plastic, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, and motor oil.

(8) “Residential dwelling” means a separate living unit designed and intended for occupancy as a dwelling and having its own housekeeping and kitchen facilities. Single-family residences, apartment units, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and condominium units shall be considered residential units. Hotel, motel, and rooming and boarding units designed primarily for transient tenancy shall not be considered residential units.

(9) “Service area” means those residential units who now or in the future receive refuse collection services from the city. The service area does not include those areas in the city served by private contractors holding franchises for garbage collection, unless such contractors enter into an agreement with the city to permit collection of recyclables within such area.

(10) “Single-family residential units” means those residential units served by an individual recycling container not shared with other residential units.

(11) “Solid waste” means all putrescible and nonputrescible solid and semi-solid wastes, including but not limited to garbage rubbish, ashes, industrial wastes, swill, demolition and construction wastes, abandoned vehicles and parts thereof, and recyclables.

(12) “Source separation” means the segregation of recyclables from other solid wastes at residential units and the separation of such recyclables into three bins as follows: (a) newsprint, (b) aluminum, tin, PET plastics and HDPE plastic, (c) unbroken glass (brown, green, and clear). Cardboard and motor oil shall be placed adjacent to the recycling bins. (Ord. 1014 § 1, 1990)

7.06.020 Residential collection service established.

There is hereby established a compulsory system for the collection of recyclables generated by residential dwellings within the service area of the city. (Ord. 1014 § 2, 1990)

7.06.030 Containers.

(1) Single-Family Residence. All persons owning single-family residential units within the service area may obtain from the city approved three bin containers for the collection of recyclables. All such containers shall be and remain the property of the city. There shall be no charge for such containers except as provided in subsection (2) of this section for the replacement of lost and damaged containers.

(2) Replacement of Containers. The city shall replace, at no charge, containers that are no longer suitable for use due to ordinary wear and deterioration. The cost of replacement for lost containers and containers damaged by causes other than ordinary wear and deterioration shall be borne by the property owner.

(3) Multifamily. Suitable collection containers designed for centralized collection of recyclables shall be delivered by the city or its contractor to all multifamily units. (Ord. 1014 § 3, 1990)

7.06.040 Customers’ obligations.

The property owner or occupant of all residential units within the service area shall prepare recyclables for collection as follows:

(1) Recyclables shall be segregated from other solid waste.

(2) Recyclables shall be separated for collection as follows:

(a) For single-family residential units, newspaper shall be placed in one bin; aluminum, tin, PET plastic and HDPE plastic shall be placed in the second bin; and unbroken glass (brown, green, and clear) shall be placed in the third bin. Cardboard and motor oil shall be placed next to the three bin containers.

(b) For multifamily residential units, recyclables shall be placed in the common containers at the collection site in the appropriate bin or container designated for each type of recyclable material.

(3) Recyclables shall be placed at the collection site on the same day that each residential unit receives refuse collection service from the city. (Ord. 1014 § 4, 1990)

7.06.050 Collection.

Collection of recyclables shall be performed weekly on the same day as refuse collection services provided by city. In the event any regular collection day is a legal holiday recognized by the state as such, collection may be suspended on such day, but shall be provided within a reasonable time following the holiday on which service was suspended. (Ord. 1014 § 5, 1990)

7.06.060 Lien for unreturned containers.

In the event any property owner shall fail to return any containers for the collection of recyclables, the amount of such containers shall become a lien against the property for which the recyclable collection service is provided. (Ord. 1014 § 6, 1990)

7.06.070 Filing of claim required for lien.

No lien for unreturned recyclable containers shall be valid unless within 90 days from the date such charges become due a claim for such lien shall be filed for record in the office of the county auditor. Such notice shall specify the amount of unpaid charges, the reason for the charges, and shall give the legal description of the premises to be encumbered by such lien. No lien created by this chapter shall bind the property subject to the lien for a period longer than eight calendar months after the claim of lien has been filed unless an action shall be commenced in the proper court within that time to foreclose such lien. (Ord. 1014 § 7, 1990)