Township of Connoquenessing, PA
Butler County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Connoquenessing as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Nuisances — See Ch. 164.
[Adopted 4-21-1970 by Ord. No. 16 (Ch. 20, Part 1, of the 1997 Code of Ordinances)]

§ 225-1 Definitions; word usage.

A. 
As used in this article, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning, the following words shall have the meaning set forth below:
ASHES
The residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke or other combustible materials.
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, association or corporation.
REFUSE
All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, except human body wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals and solid market and industrial waste.[1]
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes (excluding ashes), consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, wood, glass, bedding, crockery, metals and similar materials.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 225-2 Unlawful acts.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to accumulate or dump or otherwise deposit on public or private land within the territorial limits of Connoquenessing Township any ashes, garbage, rubbish or other refuse without the consent of the landowner.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to accumulate or dump or otherwise deposit on public or private land within the territorial limits of Connoquenessing Township any ashes, garbage, rubbish or other refuse in such a manner as to affect the health, safety or general welfare of the citizens of Connoquenessing Township.

§ 225-3 Additional restrictions. [1]

In addition to the requirements of this article, owners and occupants of buildings and grounds shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 164, Nuisances, of the Code of the Township of Connoquenessing.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 225-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-9-1997 by Ord. No. 59]
Any person firm, or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 8-13-1996 by Ord. No. 56 (Ch. 20, Part 2, of the 1997 Code of Ordinances)]

§ 225-5 Short title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Township of Connoquenessing Municipal Solid Waste Management and Recycling Ordinance."

§ 225-6 Definitions.

The following words and phrases, as used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them herein, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ACT 101
The Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (Act 1988).[1]
ALUMINUM
Empty all-aluminum food and beverage containers, clean aluminum foil and pie tins, aluminum siding, aluminum frames of furniture, scrap from industrial sources and other all-aluminum materials.
AUTHORIZED COLLECTOR
A person, firm, partnership, corporation or public agency authorized by the county and/or Township to collect municipal waste from residential, commercial, municipal and institutional establishments.
BIMETALLIC CONTAINERS
Empty food or beverage containers consisting of ferrous sides with aluminum top and bottom. A container is bimetallic if a magnet sticks to the sides, but not to the ends.
BULKY ITEMS
Large waste items including, but not limited to, appliances, auto parts, furniture, trees and branches or stumps, or other items too large for approved reusable or disposable waste containers.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those properties used primarily for commercial or industrial purposes.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Events that are sponsored by public or private agencies or individuals including, but not limited to, fairs, bazaars, socials, picnics and organized sporting events attended by 200 or more individuals per day.
CORRUGATED PAPER
Containerboard cartons, Kraft linerboard and shipping boxes with corrugated paper medium. This definition also includes Kraft (brown) paper bags.
DETACHABLE CONTAINER
Any metal or plastic bin or container which may be mechanically lifted and emptied into a collection vehicle.
GLASS CONTAINERS
Empty bottles and jars made of clear, green or brown glass. This definition does not include noncontainer glass, window glass, blue glass, porcelain, ceramic products and light bulbs.
HAULER
See "authorized collector."
HIGH-GRADE OFFICE PAPER
Printing, writing and computer paper used in commercial, institutional and municipal establishments as well as residences. This definition includes white paper, white ledger, bond paper, colored ledger, computer printouts, computer tab cards and copy machine paper.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Any waste generated from products used in residential establishments that are toxic, corrosive, flammable or explosive.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Facilities engaged in manufacturing or processing including, but not limited to, factories, foundries, mills, processing plants, refineries and mining operations.
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
Facilities that house or serve groups of people including, but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, day-care centers, schools and colleges.
LEAD-ACID BATTERIES
Automotive, truck and industrial batteries that contain lead.
MULTIFAMILY HOUSING
Properties having four or more dwelling units per structure.[2]
MUNICIPAL ESTABLISHMENT
Public facilities operated by the Township, a municipal authority and/or other governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.[3]
MUNICIPAL WASTE
As defined in Section 103 of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, 53 P.S. § 4000.103.[4]
MUNICIPALITY
Township of Connoquenessing.
NEWSPAPERS
Paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint."
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, institution, cooperative enterprise, municipality, municipal authority or any other legal entity whatsoever which is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
PLASTIC
Plastic such as containers for milk, food containers, household product containers, PET soda bottles, beverage containers and other plastic products.
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Materials generated by residential, commercial, municipal and institutional establishments for which recycling markets exist and for which there is a recycling agent. Recyclable materials may include clear glass, colored glass, aluminum, steel and bimetallic containers, high-grade office paper, newspapers, corrugated paper, plastics and any other item selected by the Township or county, or specified in amendments to Act 101.[5]
RECYCLING
The collection, separation, recovery and sale or reuse of metals, glass, paper, plastics and other materials which would otherwise be disposed or processed as municipal waste.
RESIDENTIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any occupied single-family, duplex or multifamily dwelling of three units or less.[6]
SCAVENGING
Unauthorized or uncontrolled removal of solid waste materials placed for collection, i.e., removal from a solid waste processing or disposal facility.
STEEL CONTAINERS
All coated (tin, zinc, etc.) and other empty ferrous food and beverage containers. This definition also includes ferrous and alloyed ferrous scrap material derived from iron and stainless steel, and white goods (large appliances).
STORAGE
The containment of any waste on a temporary basis in such a manner as to not constitute disposal of such waste.
YARD WASTE
Leaves, garden residue, shrubbery and tree trimmings, grass clippings and similar material.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 4000.101 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[3]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[5]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 4000.101 et seq.
[6]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 225-7 Storage of municipal waste prior to collection.

A. 
Any person storing municipal waste for collection shall comply with the following preparation standards:
(1) 
All municipal waste shall be enclosed in leakproof containers.
(2) 
The Township reserves the right to modify the preparation and storage procedures to facilitate the collection and recovery of certain waste materials.
B. 
All municipal waste shall be stored in containers approved by the Township and shall comply with the following standards:
(1) 
Reusable containers shall be constructed of durable, watertight, rust- and corrosion-resistant material.
(2) 
Reusable containers for residences shall have tight-fitting covers, have suitable lifting handles and shall have a capacity of not more than 30 gallons. If detachable containers are in use, the Township may waive these standards.
(3) 
Disposable plastic bags or sacks are acceptable containers, provided the bags are designed for waste disposal. Such bags shall be securely tied at the top for collection and shall have a capacity of not more than 30 gallons.
(4) 
All containers, whether reusable or disposable, shall be kept tightly covered at all times and shall be used and maintained so as to prevent public nuisances.
C. 
Any person storing municipal waste for collection shall comply with the following storage standards:
(1) 
Reusable containers shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times. The interior of the containers shall be kept clean by thoroughly rinsing, draining and disinfecting as often as necessary.
(2) 
Containers shall be covered or sealed at all times and waste shall not protrude or extend above the top of the container.
(3) 
With the exception of pickup days when containers are placed out for collection, all containers shall be properly stored on the owner's property.
(4) 
Bulky waste items shall be stored in a manner that will prevent the accumulation or collection of water, the harborage or breeding of vectors, insects or rodents, or the creation of safety and fire hazards.
D. 
The storage of all municipal waste from multifamily housing, commercial, institutional, and municipal establishments, and industrial lunchroom and office wastes shall comply with the regulations and standards set forth in this article. The type, size and placement of bulk containers for these establishments shall be determined by the waste generator and authorized collector, and are subject to approval by the Township.

§ 225-8 Collection requirements.

All generators of municipal waste in the Township shall contract for the collection of disposable waste and recyclable items, as follows:
A. 
All residential properties shall use an authorized collection service unless they prove to the Township that they have made alternative arrangements consistent with this article.
B. 
All multifamily housing, commercial, institutional and municipal establishments, and industrial establishments with office and lunchroom wastes shall use an authorized collection service of their choice.
C. 
Collection service shall be provided in compliance with the following standards:
(1) 
All residential waste shall be collected at least biweekly with the exception that arrangements shall be made in advance with the collector for pickup of bulky waste and for payment of any special fees.
(2) 
All multifamily housing, commercial, municipal, institutional and industrial waste shall be collected at least once each week and more often if required in order to control health hazards, odors or unsightly conditions.
(3) 
All recyclable materials shall be collected at least once each month.
(4) 
Each authorized collector shall establish a regular collection schedule in the Township and shall so notify the Township of the days and times. If a regular collection day falls on a holiday, the collector shall notify all customers and the Township as to when collection will be made.
D. 
All authorized collectors operating within the Township shall comply with the Butler County Municipal Waste Management Ordinance regarding the transportation of waste to the county-designated disposal facilities.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 225-9 Collection and disposal charges.

All authorized collectors shall be responsible for the collection of any fees or charges for municipal waste collection and disposal services provided to residential, commercial, institutional, municipal and industrial sources within the Township.

§ 225-10 Separation and collection of recyclables.

A. 
Persons in residential establishments shall separate recyclable materials from other waste. Recyclable materials shall be placed at the curbside. Recyclable materials shall be prepared for collection according to Township or county guidelines and shall be placed in containers provided by the Township or cut and baled, bundled, tied, stacked or packaged in compliance with the guidelines.
(1) 
All containers provided to residential establishments by the Township for recyclable materials shall be the property of the Township and shall be used only for the storage and collection of recyclable materials. Any resident who moves shall be responsible for leaving the container within the residence or shall pay the replacement cost of said container.
(2) 
Use of the allocated recycling container for any purpose other than the recycling program shall be a violation of this article.
B. 
An owner, landlord or agent of the owner or landlord of a multifamily housing property with four or more units shall comply with its recycling responsibilities by establishing a collection program for the tenants at each property. The collection system shall include suitable containers, provided by the owner, landlords or agent, for sorting and collection of recyclable materials. The container shall be placed in easily accessible locations and written instructions shall be provided to the tenants concerning use and availability of the collection system.[1]
(1) 
Owners, landlords or agents of multifamily properties who are in compliance with this article shall not be liable for noncompliance by the occupants of their property.
(2) 
Owners, landlords or agents of multifamily properties who have recyclable materials collected by a collection firm other than the Township or its designated collector(s) shall submit an annual report to the Township reporting the tonnage of materials recycled during the previous year.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
Commercial, institutional, municipal establishments and community activities shall separate materials as may be designated by the Township, and shall store the recyclable materials until collection. These establishments may be exempted from this article if the establishments have otherwise provided for the recycling of materials specified by this article and provide documentation to the Township annually indicating the designated recyclable materials being recycled and indicating the tonnage of materials recycled during the previous year.
(1) 
It shall be the responsibility of each establishment and community activity to submit an annual report to the Township reporting the tonnage of materials recycled during the previous year.

§ 225-11 Ownership of recyclable materials.

All recyclable materials, when placed at the curbside, become the property of the authorized collector, except as provided below:
A. 
Any person may donate or sell recyclable materials to individuals or organizations authorized by the Township. The recyclable materials shall be either delivered to the individual organization site or may be placed at the curb for collection by said individual or organization.
B. 
Any person who donates or sells recyclable materials shall not receive a discount in waste collection fees paid to their authorized collector.

§ 225-12 Enforcement; collection agreements. [1]

The Township may enter into an agreement with public or private agencies or firms to authorize said agencies or firms to collect all or part of municipal wastes and/or recyclable materials.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 225-13 Administration and enforcement.

The municipal officials of the Township of Connoquenessing or their designated representatives shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this article. The Township officials are authorized by this article to enact reasonable rules and regulations for the operation of this article including, but not limited to:
A. 
Designating recyclable materials to be separated by residential establishments and designating additional recyclable materials to be separated by commercial, institutional and municipal establishments.
B. 
Establishing collection procedures for recyclable materials.
C. 
Establishing reporting procedures for volumes of materials recycled.
D. 
Establishing procedures for the distribution, monitoring and collection of recycling containers.
E. 
Establishing procedures and rules for the collection of yard waste.

§ 225-14 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-9-1997 by Ord. No. 59]
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate the provisions of this article and its rules and regulations shall receive an official written warning of noncompliance for the first offense.
B. 
Thereafter, all such violations shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
Any person firm, or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).