Borough of Bridgeport, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 2-6-1973 by Ord. No. 375, approved 2-6-1973 (Ch. 43 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 168.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 275.
Junkyards — See Ch. 318.
Oil-burning equipment — See Ch. 368.
Smoking — See Ch. 458.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Bridgeport Air Pollution Control Ordinance of 1973."
Whereas the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport has determined that air pollution from an open fire may be detrimental to the health, comfort, living conditions, welfare and safety of the citizens of Bridgeport, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Borough of Bridgeport to safeguard the citizens of the Borough of Bridgeport from such air pollution.
The following words, terms and phrases when used in this chapter, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, shall have the following meanings ascribed to them:
COUNCIL-BOARD
The Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport.
FURNACE
Any enclosed device specifically designed for the burning of any material for the production of heat.
GARBAGE
All putrescible animal and vegetable matter resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
INCINERATOR
Any device specifically designed for the destruction by burning of refuse, sewage sludge or any other combustible material.
OPEN FIRE
A fire in which any material is burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace or incinerator.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, association, syndicate, company, firm, trust, corporation, department, bureau, agency or other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
REFUSE
Garbage, rubbish and trade waste.
RUBBISH
Solids not considered to be highly flammable or explosive, including, but not limited to, rags, old clothes, leather, rubber, carpets, wood, excelsior, paper, ashes, tree branches, tree leaves, yard trimmings, furniture, tin cans, glass, crockery, masonry and other similar materials.
SALVAGE OPERATION
Any business, trade or industry engaged in whole or in part in salvaging or reclaiming any product or material, including, but not limited to, metals, chemicals, shipping containers or drums.
TRADE WASTE
All solid or liquid material or rubbish resulting from construction, building operations or the prosecution of any business, trade or industry, including, but not limited to, plastic products, cartons, paint, grease, oil and other petroleum products, cinders and other forms of solid or liquid waste materials; provided, however, that trade waste shall not be included with any coal refuse associated with the mining or preparation of coal.
The Borough of Bridgeport (Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Health Officer or any other duly authorized agent) shall have the power and duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
After February 6, 1973, no person shall:
A. 
Ignite or feed an open fire for the destruction of refuse in the conduct of a salvage operation in any public or private place outside of any building.
B. 
Cause, suffer, allow or permit the maintenance of any open fire for the destruction of refuse or in the conduct of a salvage operation on any property under his control outside of any building.
A. 
Open fires may be set in the performance of an official duty of any public officer if the fire is necessary for:
(1) 
The prevention of a fire hazard which cannot be abated by other means.
(2) 
The protection of public health.
B. 
Open fires may be set with the approval of the authorized enforcement agent of this chapter, provided that:
(1) 
Rubbish is only burned.
(2) 
There is no practical and available alternate method for the disposal of the material to be burned.
(3) 
No hazardous or other objectionable condition will be created by such burning.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.