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Town of Wakefield, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Town of Wakefield 10-6-2004, effective 1-1-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD
The Board of Health or its agent or designee.
DUMPSTER
Any container (other than a conventional trash can with lid) used for storage of garbage, rubbish or refuse of any sort.
A. 
A dumpster must be located and placed in a manner approved by the Board of Health. A plan on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet prepared by the applicant shall be on file with the Board of Health showing the approved location of the dumpster, with distances to businesses serviced, noted on the plan.
B. 
Location of a dumpster is not to interfere with safety, convenience or health of abutters, residents or general public.
C. 
A dumpster must be so located as to not cause an obstruction to traffic nor obstruct sight distances for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
A. 
A dumpster is to be enclosed or screened, as required by the Board of Health when deemed necessary.
B. 
A dumpster is not to be filled between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
C. 
A dumpster is not to be emptied after 9:00 p.m. or before 6:00 a.m., except in areas of the Town zoned for business, commercial or industrial use.
D. 
A dumpster must have a tight-fitting lid, and the lid must be closed when the dumpster is not in use. Roll-off dumpsters shall be covered when not in use. These covers are to be secured.
E. 
A dumpster must be of sufficient size and capacity to eliminate overflowing, and the property owner or authorized agent of the premises utilizing the service must immediately empty contents when full.
A. 
It shall be the responsibility of the property owner or agent to maintain the dumpster area free from odors, rodents, flies, insects, scattered debris, overflowing and all other nuisances.
B. 
All dumpsters shall display the name and telephone number of the contractor. This shall be placed in a conspicuous location.
C. 
The dumpster contractor shall have the dumpster deodorized, washed, and sanitized, as needed or as directed by the Board of Health.
D. 
The contractor shall prevent spillage during the emptying process and also while transporting contents of the dumpster. If spillage occurs, it shall be the contractor's responsibility to clean such spillage immediately.
E. 
All dumpsters must be covered when full and being moved.
F. 
There shall be no collection of organics or liquids in dumpsters unless emptied every day.
G. 
No liquids or organics shall be collected in any dumpster located inside a structure.
H. 
Dumpsters are not allowed on the public way. If a dumpster is on a private way, it shall be equipped with a reflective device to warn motorists that a dumpster is present. Police must be notified to the above.
A. 
No dumpster shall be placed in Town without first obtaining a permit from the Board of Health.
B. 
Each dumpster permit shall renewed annually January 1, permit effective through December 31.
C. 
All rubbish contractors must be permitted by the Board of Health.
Each container placed in the Town must be of good construction and watertight.
A. 
A temporary dumpster is to be used for residential/commercial construction purposes that will occupy a specific location for 90 days or less.
B. 
A permit must be obtained from the Board of Health for every temporary dumpster.
A. 
The fee for each dumpster shall be $25
B. 
Each temporary dumpster permit shall be $10.
C. 
The permit fee for each hauler shall be $25.
These regulations apply to all dumpsters, whether residential, commercial or municipal within the Town of Wakefield.
Any person who violates the terms of these regulations shall be subject to a fine of $100 for the offense, with each day in violation being a separate offense. The Health Agent is authorized to enforce these regulations by all available means, including noncriminal disposition under MGL c.40, § 21D and Town of Wakefield Code § 1-7.