Village of Groton, NY
Tompkins County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Groton 6-21-1948 (Sec. 6 of Ch. IV of the 1926 Code of Ordinances). Sections 119-2, 119-3, 119-4B, 119-9A, 119-10, 119-11 and 119-12 amended at time of adoption of Code; See Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 75.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 153.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARBAGE AND REFUSE
Includes both combustible and noncombustible materials, such as waste of meat, fish, fruits, vegetables or vegetable matter, including tin cans that have contained food material; also paper, wood, leather, cloth or any other combustible matter; also glass, metals, plastics or other incombustible materials; and also ashes, soot and cinders.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
A. 
For the storage of garbage before collection, every householder shall provide metal or other suitable receptacles with overlapping and tight-fitting covers. Such receptacles shall be kept securely covered in such a manner as to exclude dogs, rats and flies.
B. 
Garbage cans must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
The burning of garbage by the householder is prohibited.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990; 12-19-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2017[1]]
A. 
No person shall dump garbage, rubbish or refuse within the Village limits unless prior approval for such dumping is granted by resolution of the Village Board. In granting or denying such permission, the Village Board shall, without limitation, consider what materials are supposed to be disposed of; whether the garbage, rubbish or refuse is considered hazardous or nonhazardous waste or solid waste as defined in federal or state laws, rules or regulations; whether the garbage, rubbish or refuse proposed to be disposed of may result in environmental impacts or impact human or animal health or safety; whether the proposed disposal includes controlled substances under federal law or regulated medical waste under federal or state law; whether the garbage, rubbish or refuse proposed to be disposed of includes food waste or other putrescible materials; the proposed location of such disposal; whether the applicant has obtained the written permission of the owner of the property where the disposal is to take place; and whether the proposed disposal of garbage, rubbish or refuse is in compliance with federal and state environmental or waste management laws, rules and/or regulations.
B. 
The Village Board shall, and hereby does, designate the Supervisor of Public Works to have general supervision over the disposal of garbage, rubbish or refuse within the Village. The Village Code Enforcement Officer is expressly authorized to take actions to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
C. 
Any person who places personal household garbage, rubbish or refuse in a receptacle located in a public place in the Village and provided by the Village or any Village property owner or business owner shall be in violation of this chapter, and shall be subject to the further provisions with respect to enforcement (§ 119-10) and/or penalties for violations (§ 119-12).
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subdivision 4, which immediately followed this subsection and dealt with the use of the village dump, was deleted 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990.
No corporation, firm, association or individual shall engage in the collection of garbage or ashes or refuse within said Village of Groton without first obtaining from the Village Board of said village a license to carry and dispose of garbage, ashes and refuse. The fee for such license under this chapter shall be such a sum as may be determined by the Village Board by resolution and shall be payable at the time such license is issued.
Any person, firm, association or corporation applying to the Village Board for a license to collect garbage, refuse and ashes under this chapter shall make said application in writing, stating the names and residences or places of business of said applicant and also a description of the conveyance to be used for the collection of said garbage, trash and ashes. Said conveyance must be approved by the Village Board.
Any conveyance used in the collection and conveyance of garbage in said village shall have thereon the name or names of the owner or owners and the number of the village license.
A. 
Any license granted under this chapter shall be granted for a term to end on June 30 next following the granting thereof.
B. 
Any license shall be subject to summary revocation thereof by the Village Board for violation of this chapter.
C. 
The Village Board, at its discretion, may require the posting of a performance bond, in a sum to be determined by said Board.
D. 
The Village Board may restrict the license to a single individual, firm or corporation, and, if there is more than one application for said license, the Village Board shall decide to whom such license shall be granted. The Village Board's decision shall be final.
A. 
The equipment to be used by the collector or collectors of garbage, trash and ashes shall be so constructed as to make impossible the spilling of any ashes, refuse or garbage. In transporting such garbage, refuse and ashes through the village, the trucks shall be loaded in such a manner that none of the contents may spill upon the streets or highways.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
B. 
The materials spilled during the process of loading any garbage, refuse or ashes must be immediately cleaned up.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subdivision 10, which immediately followed this subsection and dealt with the separation of garbage, rubbish and ashes, was deleted 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990; 12-19-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
The Supervisor of Public Works and another Village employee designated by him shall be in full charge of all matters concerning the dumping and placing of refuse, garbage or ashes. Failure of the collector or collectors to obey the directions of the Supervisor of Public Works or his representative shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subdivision 12, which immediately followed this section and dealt with designated routes to the village dump or dumps, was deleted 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990; 12-19-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
The Supervisor of Public Works and the Village Code Enforcement Officer shall have the power and authority to formulate, from time to time, such additional rules, regulations and directions, consistent with the provisions of this chapter, as they or either of them may deem necessary for the proper conduct of the work and for maintaining sanitary conditions within and about the Village. Any such rules, regulations and directions shall not be enforceable until approved by resolution of the Village Board.
[Amended 12-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
Violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, Penalties for Offenses.