City of Beacon, NY
Dutchess County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Beacon 2-18-1992.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. I.
Dumpsters — See Ch. 102.
Littering — See Ch. 143.
Abandoned refrigerators — See Ch. 171.
[1]
Editor's Note: This legislation repealed former Ch. 131, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse, adopted 1-17-1972 as Art. I of Ch. 12 of the 1972 Code of Ordinances, amended in its entirety 3-16-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992.

§ 131-1 Findings.

A. 
It is hereby determined and found by the City Council of the City of Beacon that the limitation on collection and removal of burnable waste and recyclable material, as those terms are defined herein by the City of Beacon as set forth in this chapter, is in the public interest, is in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Beacon and is necessary for the governmental and fiscal viability of the City of Beacon.
B. 
It is further determined that the collection of burnable waste should be made on a more equitable basis.

§ 131-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BURNABLE WASTES
Nonrecyclable plastics and paper, kitchen wastes and rubbish from households and commercial establishments. The following materials shall not be included within the definition of "burnable wastes":
A. 
Brush, branches and tree limbs, grass clippings and leaves.
B. 
Burnables not placed in waterproof containers weighing 50 pounds or less.
C. 
White goods: large appliances, cabinets, water heaters and plumbing fixtures.
D. 
Brown goods: televisions, radios, stereos and air conditioners.
E. 
Construction and building material wastes or debris of contractors.
F. 
Recyclables as defined by state, county and local laws and regulations.
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
These materials include the terms "aluminum products," "cans," "cardboard," "glass," "newspaper," "office paper," "plastic" and "recyclable commercial and industrial by-products" as these terms are defined in Dutchess County Local Law No. 4 of 1990.

§ 131-3 Municipal services; collection regulations.

A. 
The City of Beacon shall collect and remove burnable waste in the City from each separately assessed real property parcel that is improved with an occupied structure situated in the City of Beacon upon the following terms and conditions:
[Amended 2-22-1994; 11-7-2005 by L.L. No. 14-2005]
(1) 
The City shall collect no more than one ninety-five-gallon receptacle from each parcel, except as set forth hereafter. The City will specify the receptacle to be used. In the event the parcel is transferred, the receptacle shall remain with the parcel. Additional receptacles of various sizes shall be available at additional cost based on the contract price currently in effect.
(2) 
The ninety-five-gallon receptacle shall weigh no more than 160 pounds at the time of collection.
(3) 
Waste shall be fully contained in the receptacle and shall not protrude beyond the top of it nor be piled around it.
(4) 
The collection of burnable waste shall be made once a week on a date determined by the City.
(5) 
Receptacles shall not be placed by the curb any earlier than 24 hours before the scheduled pickup. All receptacles shall be removed from the curb within 24 hours of collection by the City.
B. 
The City of Beacon shall collect or remove all recyclable materials in the City from each separately assessed real property parcel that is improved with an occupied structure situated in the City of Beacon according to a schedule that shall be set, from time to time, by the City Council.
[Amended 2-22-1994]

§ 131-4 Commingling of burnable wastes and recyclables.

It shall be the property owner's responsibility to ensure that no burnable waste or other materials are commingled with recyclable materials collected by the City. All containers or recyclables so commingled or combined shall be left at the curb by the City's sanitation agent and must be disposed of by the property owner.

§ 131-5 Effective date.

This amendment to the City of Beacon Code of Ordinances shall be effective March 1, 1992.

§ 131-6 Unlawful disposal of burnable waste, recyclables and other debris.

[Added 2-22-1994]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to dispose of any burnable waste, recyclables, white goods, brown goods or other debris, including construction and demolition debris, by burying the same in the ground or yard in the City of Beacon.
B. 
The violation of this provision shall constitute a violation and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both. Each day any violation of any section of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 131-7 Effective date of amendment.

[Added 2-22-1994]
The amendment to §§ 131-3 and 131-6 of the Code shall take effect on March 1, 1994.

§ 131-8 Trash disposal fees.

[Added 3-21-1994; amended 7-6-1998 by L.L. No. 9-1998; 1-19-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
All residents who pay taxes to the City of Beacon that dispose of garbage, rubbish and refuse at the Beacon recycling center shall be charged an amount in accordance with the City of Beacon Schedule of Fees. This amount shall be paid at the Municipal Office. Interest will accrue at the rate of 1% per month on any amount not paid within 30 days of service. Any resident who may have previously paid a higher late fee pursuant to a prior local ordinance shall be credited with an amount equal to the difference between the prior fee and the current late fee described herein. In the event that a bill is not paid within six months of service, the resident will no longer be permitted to use this facility until the bill is paid in full. In addition, this amount shall become a lien on the taxpayer's real property pursuant to § 11.08 of the Beacon City Charter.

§ 131-8.1 Fees for deposit of materials at recycling center.

[Added 10-18-2004 by L.L. No. 39-2004; amended 1-26-2009 by Res. No. 26-2009; 7-6-2010 by L.L. No. 10-2010]
The City Administrator, subject to the approval of the City Council, shall establish, and may amend from time to time by resolution, a schedule of rates.

§ 131-9 Free use of recycling center.

[Added 8-4-2003 by L.L. No. 12-2003; amended 6-20-2005 by L.L. No. 5-2005; 10-6-2014 by L.L. No. 12-2014]
Every owner of real property in the City of Beacon who is current on their property taxes shall be entitled to free use of the Recycling Center, up to a set weight per tax parcel, for a period commencing in May and ending in September each year. The City Administrator shall annually prescribe the precise start and end dates of the free use period as well the weight cap per tax parcel for use of the Recycling Center.