TOWN OF BLANCA COLORADO

TRASH POLICIES

GENERAL POLICIES

Section 1: Definitions

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in these policies, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Garbage shall mean and include any and all rejected or waste food, meat, vegetable, fruit, offal, swill and carrion, and other like materials from any source.

Rubbish shall mean inorganic refuse matter, such as tin cans, glass, ashes, sweepings and other like materials.

Trash shall be used as a generic term to include any combination of garbage and rubbish or yard trash.

Yard Trash shall mean any manner of waste substances, other than garbage and rubbish usually accumulating upon, in and around private premises, and including lawn clippings, tree leaves and small branches, weeds, etc, severed from the ground, shavings, paper and ashes.

Hazardous Wastes shall mean any substance defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as hazardous including, but not limited to, paint, batteries, animal wastes or dead animals. Hazardous wastes shall also mean any substance that could be hazardous to the persons who collect the trash including, but not limited to, broken glass, knives, and medical needles.

Section 2: Trash not to be thrown in street, vacant lot, etc.

  1. No hay, straw, shavings, paper or combustible material, sod, lawn mowings, leaves, weeds, ashes, glass bottles, broken glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, rocks, stones or rubbish of any kind or nature whatsoever or any other waste material shall be thrown, placed or swept into any street, alley, sidewalk, gutter, sewer intake, vacant lot or other property.
  2. It is unlawful to deposit or cause to be deposited or cast in any street alley or public place or upon any private property without the consent of the owner or occupant thereof, any rubbish, trash, handbill, circular, paper, inflammable substance or filth. Notices duly issued by the Town of Blanca are exempt the definitions of handbill, circular and paper as used in this section.

Section 3. Responsibility of owners, lessees, etc for refuse on premises

It shall be the duty of every person, whether owner, lessee or renter of any vacant lot, building or premises, including any place of business, hotel, restaurant, dwelling house, apartment, tenement or any other establishment, at all times to maintain the premises in a clean and orderly condition, permitting no deposit or accumulation of trash or materials contrary to the provisions of these policies.

Section 4. Building materials to be removed from construction sites.

All plaster, broken concrete, bricks, cinder blocks, stones, wood, roofing material, wire or metal binding, sacks, or loose discarded or unused material of any kind resulting from the wrecking, constructing or reconstructing of any room, basement, wall, fence, sidewalk or building shall be promptly removed or discarded in such a manner as not to be scattered about by the wind or otherwise and as soon as possible be removed by the person responsible for such work. Such person shall be held liable for any scattering of such refuse upon adjacent property.

Section 5. Uncollected garbage deemed nuisance, failure to comply

Fermenting, putrefying, odiferous or unsightly garbage, rubbish or trash dumped in the open or uncollected at the proper time, due to failure of any owner or occupant of property within the town limits to comply with the terms of these policies or any rule or regulation under this policy, is a nuisance and violation of the policies.

Section 6. Violations designated.

It is unlawful and a violation of these policies for any person to:

  1. Permit the accumulation, on premises owned, controlled or occupied by such person, of any garbage, rubbish or trash contrary to the provisions of these policies.
  2. Throw or deposit, or permit to be thrown or deposited, upon any street, alley or public or private way, or in or upon any vacant lot, any garbage, rubbish or trash.
  3. Dispose of any hazardous materials in a manner not consistent with these policies.
  4. Keep or maintain any garbage can or other receptacle for garbage in an unsanitary condition or in such manner as to be exposed to flies.
  5. Permit any garbage can or other receptacle for garbage, rubbish or trash to remain unscreened or uncovered so that the contents thereof may be dragged out by dogs or other animals, or so that the contents thereof may be blown out or scattered by wind.
  6. Haul or transport for hire over any street or alley within the town any garbage, rubbish or trash without first obtaining a permit to do so, or for hire in any vehicle not inspected and approved by the public works director or the mayor.

COLLECTION

Section 7. Authority of the Town generally; vehicle inspections.

  1. The Board of Trustees may provide for the removal of garbage, rubbish or trash in vehicles owned or controlled by the town; or the Board of Trustees may, from time to time, enter into a contract with some responsible person to collect and haul garbage, rubbish and trash from the town.
  2. The town or its agents and/or contractors shall provide trash collection and removal services as provided in these policies to all dwellings, buildings, business, institutions and establishments within the city.
  3. The public works director has the power and it is his duty to establish a regular program or schedule for the collection, removal and disposal of garbage and rubbish from the town and to determine and enforce the specifications for, and to inspect each and every vehicle used upon the public streets, alleys, and passageways for the removal of any garbage, rubbish or trash at least once during each calendar quarter and to report to the Board of Trustees the kind and condition of all vehicles in violation of this article and any or all violations of these policies, or any part thereof, or any rule or regulation made under these policies.

Section 8. Containers required.

Every homeowner, occupant, or operator of any dwelling, apartment, business or institution having trash to dispose of shall provide one or more flytight containers with tight fitting covers sufficient to receive all trash which may accumulate between the times of collection. With the exception of commercial type mechanical loading containers, containers shall have a capacity not to exceed 55 gallons. Commercial type mechanical loading containers up to two cubic yards capacity are permitted if such containers are compatible with the collectors’ loading equipment.

Section 9. Deposit of garbage, rubbish and trash.

Each owner, occupant, tenant or person in charge of a dwelling house, apartment house, boardinghouse, restaurant, place of business or other property shall deposit or cause to be deposited in the container described in Section 8, all garbage or rubbish accumulated or produced or brought therein, as soon as the same is accumulated, produced or brought therein. All trash shall be promptly bagged in appropriate bags made for such purposes and placed in appropriate containers so as to be easily and quickly accessible to collectors at all reasonable times upon the rear of the premises and shall in no event be placed in the alley or any public street or passageway.

Section 10. Deposit of hazardous materials.

  1. It shall be unlawful to deposit any hazardous materials, as defined in Section 1, including, but not limited to, paint, batteries, animal wastes or dead animals in containers for the collection of garbage or rubbish.
  2. Any hazardous materials such as glass, broken glass, and knives shall be placed in substantial boxes so as to keep any sharp edges or materials from becoming a hazard to collection personnel. Boxes must be labeled accordingly and placed to the side of the regular trash containers. Used (or unused) medical needles shall be placed in appropriate and approved containers before disposal.

Section 11. Schedule and charge

  1. The public works director has power and it is his duty to prescribe reasonable rules and regulations to govern the manner and time for the collection and removal of garbage and rubbish. The charges shall be established by and with the approval of the Board of Trustees and shall be based on the actual costs to the town, so far as practicable, and shall be on file in the town clerk’s office.
  2. Each dwelling, building, business, institution and establishment within the town that may generate trash shall be charged for the availability of trash collection and removal services. The charges shall be in accordance with the rates on file in the town clerk’s office.
  3. The charges may be waived for any persons who furnish proof to the office of the town clerk that the garbage and rubbish from their businesses, residences or other establishments previously enumerated in these policies is collected by a qualified trash removal business which is listed with the office of the town clerk, and is collected on a regular basis commensurate with the regularity of the collection by the town or its contractors. Such waivers expire with evidence that such collections are not being made according to these policies.

Section 12. Service charges constitute lien.

Until paid, all service charges shall constitute a perpetual lien on and against the property served, and may be certified to the county treasure for collection in connection with taxes and assessments under and pursuant to applicable laws of the state.

Section 13. Collection schedule

The public works director shall establish routes and schedules for the efficient collection and removal of trash within the town. Collection shall be once each week. There shall be no collection on Sunday or official holidays. Trash routes missed due to holidays shall be run the day following. Trash routes and schedules and any changes thereto may be made from time to time and shall be publicly announced so all customers will know the days and approximate times of collections.

Section 14. Collection points

On the days and times designated for trash collection, each owner, occupant or operator of any dwelling, apartment, business or institution having trash to dispose of shall place or cause to be placed all trash accumulated and bagged in appropriate containers so as to be easily and quickly accessible to collectors at all reasonable times, upon the rear of the premises next to the alley, or if no alley is available at the curbside. Commercial type containers shall be placed on level ground easily accessible to loading equipment and so placed to prevent snow or ice accumulation on or in the container. In no event will trash containers be placed in any public alley, street, sidewalk or passageway.

PRIVATE COLLECTORS

Section 15: Persons engaged in collection or removal.

No person shall engage in the collection or removal of garbage, rubbish, or trash for hire, or for the privilege of using such garbage, rubbish or trash, without first having a permit from the town clerk to transport garbage, rubbish and trash along, through, over or across the public streets and alleys of the town. Before granting any such permit, the town clerk shall collect and pay into the general fund of the town any such fees as may be required by resolution of the Board of Trustees for such permit.

Section 16. Vehicle regulations

All vehicles used for the collection and removal of garbage, rubbish or trash shall be so equipped as to prevent the escape or spilling of any of the contents therefrom. All such vehicles shall be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule. No vehicle shall remain for a longer time at any one place, on public streets or alleys, than is necessary for loading all garbage, rubbish and trash.