Borough of Edgeworth, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Edgeworth 7-11-1966 by Ord. No. 345; amended in its entirety 1-20-1987 by Ord. No. 420. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 69.
Plants, shrubs and trees — See Ch. 95.
Weeds — See Ch. 127.

§ 69-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings given herein:
ASHES
The remains left after the burning of fuel, combustible rubbish or wood.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Edgeworth.
BOROUGH COUNCIL
The Council of the Borough of Edgeworth.
BOROUGH MANAGER
The duly appointed official holding the position created by Chapter 15, Manager, as amended.
BRUSH
Material resulting from landscaping or trees, such as leaves, limbs or twigs from trees or cuttings from trees, shrubbery, hedges and similar matter.
BULKY WASTES
Large waste items such as large auto parts, trees, large stumps and other oversized wastes, the size of which precludes or complicates their handling by normal solid waste collection processing or disposal methods.
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTES
All types of wastes generated by stores, offices, restaurants, warehouses and other such nonmining, nonmanufacturing activities and also nonprocessing wastes generated at industrial facilities, such as office and packing wastes; excluding, however, construction and demolition wastes, bulky wastes, street wastes, hazardous wastes, solids derived from water pollution abatement activities, infectious wastes and rubbish.
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTES
Discarded building materials and packaging rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition operations on pavements, houses, commercial buildings and other structures.
CURB COLLECTION
Collection of the waste placed adjacent to a street.
DWELLING UNIT
A unit for occupancy by a family as a residence, characterized by a kitchen and sanitary facilities.
DWELLING UNIT STRUCTURE
A structure containing at least one dwelling unit and not more than four dwelling units.
FOOD WASTES
The animal and vegetable residues resulting from the handling, storage, sale, preparation, cooking and serving of foods, commonly called "garbage."
GARBAGE
The same as "food wastes."
HAZARDOUS WASTES
Any wastes or combination of wastes which pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or living organisms because such wastes are nonbiodegradable in nature, because they can be biologically magnified, because they may be highly toxic or lethal or because they may otherwise cause or tend to cause detrimental cumulative effects.
INSTITUTIONAL SOLID WASTES
Wastes originating from educational, health-care and correctional and like facilities; excluding, however, construction and demolition wastes, bulky wastes, street wastes, solids derived from water pollution-abatement activities, infectious wastes, hazardous wastes and rubbish.
LITTER
All types of wastes, including commercial, institutional and residential solid wastes, wastes derived from industrial, mining and agricultural operations, commercial and demolition wastes, rubbish, food wastes, ashes, brush, bulky wastes, hazardous wastes, infectious wastes, excrement, street wastes and dead animals.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind, except the Borough, whether acting as an owner of property or occupant thereof or acting as a trucker or contractor doing business within the Borough or acting as an agent for any of the same.
PRIVATE PROPERTY
Any real property within the Borough other than a public place, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or open or vacant, and shall include any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps, vestibule or mailbox belonging or appurtenant to any dwelling, house, building or other structure situate on such private property.
PUBLIC PLACES
Any and all streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys or other public ways, gutters, drains, sewers, public parks, buildings, playgrounds, creeks, ponds, lakes and streams.
RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTES
Food wastes, garbage and trash resulting from the normal activities of households, excluding rubbish and bulky wastes.
RUBBISH
A general term for wastes taken from residential properties, commercial establishments and institutions, including tree branches (each less than four feet in length and six inches in diameter), brush and bagged grass clippings. "Rubbish" shall exclude, however, food wastes, street wastes, bulky wastes, ashes, construction and demolition wastes and hazardous wastes.
SOLID WASTE STORAGE CONTAINER
A receptacle used for the temporary storage of waste while awaiting collection.
STORAGE
Interim containment of waste after generation and prior to collection for ultimate recovery or disposal.
STREET
Any public or private road capable of accommodating the passage of a compactor collection vehicle, pickup truck or other similar vehicle.
STREET WASTES
Material picked up by manual or mechanical sweepings of alleys, streets and sidewalks, wastes from public waste receptacles and material from catch basins.

§ 69-2 Disposal of litter on public property; use of receptacles.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, place, sweep, deposit or otherwise dispose of or cause the disposal of any litter in or on any public place within the Borough, except that a person may dispose of litter in public receptacles authorized for that type of litter in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements or otherwise in or on any public place or private property within the Borough.

§ 69-3 Disposal and storage of litter on private property.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, place, sweep, deposit or otherwise dispose of or cause the disposal of any litter in or on any private property within the Borough or for the owner or person in control of private property to permit the accumulation of litter thereon, except that the owner or person in control of private property may store certain types of litter thereon as provided in this chapter or other ordinances of the Borough or as permitted by the Borough Manager, provided that such storage will be in such a manner that such litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements or otherwise in or on any public place or any other private property within the Borough.

§ 69-4 Burning of litter.

It shall be unlawful for any person to burn litter in or on any of the public places of the Borough without the express written permission of the Borough Manager.

§ 69-5 Notice to dispose; removal by Borough.

The Borough Manager is hereby authorized and empowered to notify, in writing, the owner or person in control of any private property within the Borough or the agent of any such owner or person to properly dispose of any litter located on such property, including the sidewalks adjacent thereto, in violation of this chapter. Such notice shall be by certified mail addressed to such owner or person or agent thereof at his last known address. Upon failure, neglect or refusal of any such owner or person or agent thereof so notified to properly dispose of such litter within 15 days after the date of mailing of such notice, in the event that the same is returned because of an inability to make delivery thereof, the Borough Manager is hereby authorized and empowered to have such litter removed at the expense of any such owner, person in control or agent.

§ 69-6 Containers for disposal.

A. 
Ashes. Ashes produced by any dwelling unit structure must be stored in watertight durable containers equipped with handles or grips and meeting all sanitary requirements for garbage containers, not exceeding 32 gallons' capacity. Such containers should not exceed 75 pounds when filled with ashes. No other litter shall be placed in the same container with ashes.
B. 
Residential solid wastes. Residential solid wastes produced by any dwelling unit structure must be stored in watertight durable solid waste storage containers equipped with handles or grips and meeting all sanitary requirements for solid waste storage containers, not exceeding 32 gallons' capacity or weighing more than 75 pounds when filled with such solid wastes.
C. 
Commercial and institutional solid wastes. Commercial and institutional solid wastes must be stored in watertight durable containers or dumpsters that are approved by the Borough Manager.
D. 
Rubbish. Rubbish is to be placed in a suitable receptacle; and, in connection with any dwelling unit structure, such receptacle, when filled, is not to exceed 75 pounds. All branches and large brush must be properly stacked and must be of a size capable of being picked up by one person. All grass clippings and small brush must be placed in plastic bags, except that any leaves and other small brush may be placed in neat piles, rather than plastic bags, for collection during the months of September, October, November and December in accordance with § 69-7A(2) hereof. Christmas trees will be collected as rubbish during the months of December and January.
E. 
General prohibition. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, cardboard boxes are not usable as containers for any material or waste.

§ 69-7 Placement for collection; hours of collection.

A. 
Placement for collection.
(1) 
Location of every solid waste storage container. All solid waste storage containers shall be kept in one on-premises location outside of the applicable dwelling unit, dwelling unit structure or institutional or commercial establishment. Such location shall be in the rear thereof or in accessible but screened porches thereof.
(2) 
Rubbish. In order to be entitled to collection, all rubbish from a dwelling unit or dwelling unit structure shall be placed for curb collection at the curb of the street closest to the applicable dwelling unit or dwelling unit structure; provided, however, that no rubbish shall be placed in such location more than 24 hours before the approved starting hour for collection at that location. In order to be entitled to collection, all rubbish from an institution or commercial establishment shall be placed at the collection point set forth in Subsection C below or at such alternative collection point as the Borough Manager shall designate in writing.
(3) 
Collection point for solid waste storage containers.
(a) 
In order to be entitled to collection, every solid waste storage container from a dwelling unit shall have such collection point as is set forth in the contract negotiated by the Borough Council with the approved collector then servicing the Borough.
(b) 
In order to be entitled to collection, every solid waste storage container from an institution or commercial establishment shall have the same collection point as its on-premises location site mandated by Subsection A above.
(4) 
Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, nothing in this section shall preclude any person from making alternate arrangements for collection of residential, commercial and institutional solid waste, ashes and rubbish, provided that such arrangements are approved by the Borough Manager and any approved collector then servicing the Borough.
B. 
Hours of collection. No person shall collect litter from any residential, commercial, institutional or industrial location between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
[Added 9-20-1988 by Ord. No. 427]

§ 69-8 Fees; contractual arrangements for collection.

The Borough Council may, by resolution, at any time, set a schedule of fees for the collection of litter from residential, commercial, institutional or industrial locations, and the Borough Council may enter into any contractual arrangements for such collection as it may deem proper.

§ 69-9 Accumulation prohibited; unauthorized collection and scavenging prohibited.

A. 
Unless authorized by the Borough Manager in writing, the accumulation of waste, rubbish or all forms of litter for more than two weeks on any private property in the Borough is hereby prohibited.
B. 
No person, unless authorized by the Borough Manager, shall collect any form of litter from the public places of the Borough or sort out or scavenge any form of litter placed near a public street or driveway for collection.

§ 69-10 Violations and penalties.

Any person adjudged to have violated any of the provisions of this chapter shall pay a penalty in an amount not exceeding $300, plus any costs incurred by the Borough pursuant to § 69-5 hereof. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.