Chapter 8.12


8.12.010  Short title.

8.12.020  Purpose.

8.12.030  Definitions.

8.12.050  Receptacles--Placement.

8.12.060  Receptacles--Use.

8.12.070  Receptacles--Unlawful to damage.

8.12.080  Responsibility for litter removal.

8.12.100  Sweeping litter into gutter prohibited.

8.12.110  Handbills--Throwing or distributing in public places.

8.12.120  Handbills--Depositing on vacant property.

8.12.150  Retrieval of objects fallen from vehicles.

8.12.160  Interpretation.

8.12.170  Enforcement.

8.12.180  Violation--Penalty.

8.12.010 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be commonly referred to as the “uniform litter control code.”  (Ord. 169-B §1, 1985)

8.12.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to accomplish litter control in the town.  This chapter is intended to place upon all persons within the town, the duty of contributing to the public cleanliness of the town and appearance in order to promote the public health, safety and welfare and to protect the economic interests of the people of the town against unsanitary and unsightly conditions.  It is further the intent of this chapter to protect the people against the health and safety menace and the expense incident to littering.  (Ord. 169-B §2, 1985)

8.12.030 Definitions.

Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the terms in this chapter are defined in RCW 70.93.030(4).  (Ord. 169-B §3, 1985)

8.12.050 Receptacles--Placement.

A.  Litter receptacles shall be placed in all places in respect to the service of transient habitation, parks, trailer parks, gasoline service stations, tavern parking lots, shopping centers, grocery store parking lots, marinas, boat launching areas, beaches, bathing areas and other such public places in numbers appropriate to need as specified by state regulation.

B.  It shall be the responsibility of any person owning or operating any establishment or public place in which litter receptacles are required by this section to procure and place and maintain such litter receptacles at their own expense on the premises in accord with such state regulations.  (Ord. 169-B §7, 1985)

8.12.060 Receptacles--Use.

Litter receptacles placed on sidewalks and other public places shall be used only for such litter material as persons may have for disposal while passing along the street or other public places and in no event shall be used for the disposal of other solid waste accumulated in residences or places of business.  (Ord. 169-B §8, 1985)

8.12.070 Receptacles--Unlawful to damage.

It is unlawful for any person to wilfully damage or deface any litter receptacle.  (Ord. 169-B §9, 1985)

8.12.080 Responsibility for litter removal.

It shall be the responsibility of the local municipality, other agency or person owning or maintaining the same for the removal of litter from litter receptacles placed in parks, beaches, campgrounds, and other public places.  (Ord. 169-B §10, 1985)

8.12.100 Sweeping litter into gutter prohibited.

No person shall sweep or deposit in any gutter, street, alley or other public place the accumulation of litter from any building, lot, or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway.  Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalks in front of their premises free of litter.  (Ord. 169-B §12, 1985)

8.12.110 Handbills--Throwing or distributing in public places.

No person shall throw or deposit any handbill upon any public place within the town; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful for any person to hand out, without charge to the receiver thereof, any handbill to any occupant of a vehicle or to any other person who is willing to accept it.  (Ord. 169-B §13, 1985)

8.12.120 Handbills--Depositing on vacant property.

A.  No person shall throw or deposit any and bill in or upon any uninhabited or vacant private property.

B.  Exception for Mail and Newspapers.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States nor to newspapers except that newspapers shall be placed on private residences or other private property in such a manner as to prevent their being carried or deposited by the elements upon any public place or upon private property.  (Ord. 169-B §14, 1985)

8.12.150 Retrieval of objects fallen from vehicles.

Any person owning or operating a vehicle from which any glass or other objects of its load have fallen or escaped, which would constitute an obstruction or injure a vehicle or otherwise endanger travel upon such public street, shall immediately cause such public street to be cleaned of all such glass or other objects and shall pay any cost therefor.  (Ord. 169-B §16(2), 1985)

8.12.160 Interpretation.

In the event any other town ordinance, whether or not codified, is in conflict with any of the terms of this chapter the more stringent shall be construed as applicable.  (Ord. 169-B §18, 1985)

8.12.170 Enforcement.

Enforcement of this chapter may be by any police officer.  All such enforcement officers are empowered to issue citations to and/or arrest without warrant, persons violating the provisions of this chapter.  Such enforcement officers may serve and execute all warrants, citations, and other process issued by the courts.  In addition, mailing by registered mail of such warrant, citation or other process to the last known place of residence of the offender shall be deemed as personal service upon the person charged.  (Ord. 169-B §6, 1985)

8.12.180 Violation--Penalty.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed a civil infraction subject to a penalty in the amount as set forth in Section 1.08.030.  (Ord. 376 §8, 2001:  Ord. 367 §13, 2001:  Ord. 169-B §5, 1985)