Town of Weston, CT
Fairfield County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Weston 12-6-1990, effective 1-2-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 32.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 145.
Solid waste — See Ch. 164.
Deposit of waste — See Ch. 169, Art. I.
The Board of Selectmen shall regulate and control the separation, preparation, collection, depositing, receiving, disposal and removal of all solid waste, garbage, rubbish, trash, refuse and recyclables within the Town of Weston and charge reasonable fees to license and to defray the costs in whole or in part for providing such solid waste disposal facilities and services and the cost of regulating such activities.
A. 
Except where specifically defined herein, all words shall carry their customary meaning. All words used in the present tense include the future tense; words in the singular number include the plural number and vice versa; the word "premises" shall include land and buildings thereon; the word "occupied" or "used" shall be considered as though followed by the words "or intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied," unless the natural construction of the wording indicates otherwise; and the word "shall" is always mandatory. In the event of a conflict of terms or definitions, the more restrictive shall apply.
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCEPTABLE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those items to be received and processed at the SWEROC Regional Intermediate Processing Center, including glass food and beverage containers, metal food and beverage containers, newspaper and certain HDPE and PET plastic food and beverage containers and other recyclables determined by SWEROC and the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
CARDBOARD
Corrugated boxes and similar corrugated and kraft paper materials which have a minimum of contamination by food or other material.
COLLECTOR
Any person who holds himself out for hire to collect solid waste from residential, business, commercial and other establishments with the Town.
COMMINGLED
To be combined or mixed together.
DWELLING OCCUPANT
The owner, tenant or other occupant of a dwelling unit, whether or not in the same building with other dwelling units.
DWELLING UNIT
Any room or group of rooms located within a building and forming a single, habitable unit with facilities which are used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking and eating.
GENERAL STATUTES
The General Statutes of Connecticut, as amended.
GLASS FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINER
A glass bottle or jar of any size or shape used to package food or beverage products suitable for human or animal consumption.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Any waste material, except by-product material, source material or special nuclear material, as defined in Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 22a-115, which may pose a present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly disposed of, treated, stored, transported, or otherwise managed, including:
(1) 
Hazardous waste identified in accordance with Section 3001 of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq.);
(2) 
Hazardous waste identified by regulation by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and
(3) 
Polychlorinated biphenyls in concentrations greater than 50 parts per million.
HDPE (HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE) PLASTIC CONTAINER
Any high-density polyethylene bottle, jar or container of any size or shape used to package food or beverage products suitable for human or animal consumption or used for household laundry products or motor oil which is marked on the bottom with the number "2" encircled by the recycling symbol.
INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING FACILITY or INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING CENTER
A facility where glass, metals, paper products, batteries, household hazardous waste, fertilizers and other items are removed from the waste stream for recycling or reuse.
LEAVES
The foliage of trees.
METAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINER
An aluminum, bimetal, steel, tin-plated steel, or other metallic can, plate or tray of any size or shape used to package food or beverage products suitable for human or animal consumption.
NEWSPAPER
Used or discarded newsprint which has a minimum of contamination by food or other material.
OFFICE PAPER
Used or discarded high-grade white paper and manila paper, including but not limited to paper utilized for file folders, tab cards, writing, typing, printing, computer printing, and photocopying, which is suitable for recycling and which has a minimum of contamination, excluding office paper generated by households.
PERSON
Any individual, organization, corporation, trust, partnership, foundation, group, association, or establishment or any combination of them.
PET (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) PLASTIC FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINER
Any polyethylene terephthalate bottle, jar or container of any size or shape used to package food or beverage products suitable for human or animal consumption which is marked on the bottom of the bottle, jar or container with the number "1" encircled by the recycling symbol.
RECYCLABLES or ITEMS TO BE RECYCLED or STATUTORY RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Cardboard, glass food and beverage containers, metal food and beverage containers, newspaper, certain HDPE and PET plastic food and beverage containers, office paper, scrap metal, storage batteries and waste oil, as defined herein, and such other items as may be designated by the Board of Selectmen.
RECYCLE
To separate or divert an item or items from the solid waste stream for the purposes of processing them or causing them to be processed into a material product, including the production of compost, in order to provide for disposition of the item or items in a manner, other than incineration or landfilling, which will best protect the environment.
RECYCLING
The processing of solid waste to reclaim material therefrom.
RECYCLING FACILITY or RECYCLING CENTER
Land and appurtenances thereon and structures where recycling is conducted, including but not limited to an intermediate processing center.
REFUSE
Garbage, rubbish, and organic wastes, excluding therefrom body waste, bulky waste, demolition material, hazardous wastes, and recyclable materials.
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Real estate containing one or more dwelling units, excluding hospitals, institutions, motels and hotels.
SCRAP METAL
Used or discarded items which consist predominantly of ferrous metals, aluminum, brass, copper, lead, chromium, tin, nickel or alloys thereof, including but not limited to white goods, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, and metal containers.
SCRAP TIRES
Discarded rubber or synthetic rubber tires used by or manufactured for automobiles, vans, pickup trucks, motorcycles and other types and/or sizes as may be approved by the Board of Selectmen.
SMALL BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT
Any business or professional office or business enterprise with not more than five full-time employees, including owners and managers.
SOLID WASTE
Any solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material that is unwanted or discarded, including but not limited to material processed at a recycling facility.
STORAGE BATTERY
Lead acid batteries or other batteries used in motor vehicles, such as automobiles, airplanes, boats, recreational vehicles, tractors and like applications.
SWEROC
The Southwest Connecticut Regional Recycling Operating Committee created by the intercommunity agreement among the towns and cities in southwest Connecticut to establish a regional recycling program.
WASTE OIL
Crankcase oil that has been utilized in internal combustion engines.
A. 
All solid waste generated within the boundaries of the Town of Weston shall be disposed of at the Town's transfer station site or other sites as may be designated or approved by the Board of Selectmen. Any nonresidential generator of such waste shall submit a request for designation and approval of such other sites to the Board of Selectmen, which shall approve, disapprove or approve with conditions such other site within 60 days of the receipt of such request.
(1) 
The Town of Weston shall provide, within the Town's transfer station site or sites, facilities for receiving refuse, recyclables, bulky waste and demolition materials from residential properties by residents only and recyclables from small business establishments.
(2) 
In accordance with the Ordinance Regulating Recycling of Solid Waste in the Town of Weston, Connecticut,[1] the Board of Selectmen designates the Town's transfer station site to be the location of the recycling center, and pursuant to § 22a-220a of the Connecticut General Statutes the Board of Selectmen designates the SWEROC Intermediate Processing Center as the facility where all recyclable glass, metal, plastic food and beverage containers, newspaper and cardboard generated by residential properties within the Town of Weston shall be taken for processing. Unless the Board of Selectmen has given written authorization therefor, the processing or sale of recyclables from residential properties at any other processing facility shall be prohibited.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 164, Solid Waste.
(3) 
All businesses and nonprofit organizations operating within the Town of Weston shall provide the Board of Selectmen, on a form approved by it, with a quarterly accounting of all items recycled by type, tonnage and method of disposal, if such items are deposited at locations other than the Weston transfer station.
B. 
Separation of recyclables.
(1) 
The following items shall be separated from other residential solid waste and shall be delivered by licensed collectors or residents at locations designated within the transfer station site:
(a) 
Glass food and beverage containers.
(b) 
Metal food and beverage containers.
(c) 
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic food and beverage containers.
(d) 
HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic food and beverage containers.
(e) 
Newspaper.
(f) 
Cardboard.
(g) 
Scrap metal.
(h) 
Storage batteries.
(i) 
Waste oil.
(j) 
Such other items as may be designated by the Board of Selectmen.
(2) 
The following items shall be separated from other nonresidential solid waste and shall be deposited by licensed collectors and/or small business establishments by temporary permit, as per § 225-6C hereof, at locations designated within the transfer station site or at the designated intermediate processing center or at a private processing center approved by the Board of Selectmen:
(a) 
Glass food and beverage containers.
(b) 
Metal food and beverage containers.
(c) 
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic food and beverage containers.
(d) 
HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic food and beverage containers.
(e) 
Newspaper.
(f) 
Cardboard.
(g) 
Office paper.
(h) 
Scrap metal.
(i) 
Storage batteries.
(j) 
Waste oil.
(k) 
Such other items as may be designated by the Board of Selectmen.
C. 
Preparation of recyclables.
(1) 
Glass, metal and plastic food and beverage containers shall be commingled in a collection container. All food and beverage containers shall be rinsed clean with all plastic and metal caps removed (labels may be left on). Glass food and beverage containers should be unbroken. Large plastic containers may be flattened to save space. Deposit for redemption beverage containers should not be crushed.
(2) 
HDPE plastic recyclable containers for nonhazardous materials such as motor oil and detergent shall be well drained.
(3) 
Newspaper shall be separated from other recyclables, tied four ways with string or twine in bundles approximately eight inches in height and kept dry.
(4) 
Cardboard (corrugated) and kraft paper containers shall be flattened and tied in bundles.
D. 
Unacceptable materials.
(1) 
The following materials will not be accepted for disposal at the Town's transfer station site:
(a) 
Leaves, brush, and yard waste.
(b) 
Stumps.
(c) 
Hazardous waste.
(d) 
Septage.
(e) 
Explosives.
(f) 
Fill.
(2) 
Refuse and recyclables collected outside the Town of Weston will not be accepted at the Town's transfer station site.
A. 
The following solid waste items may be collected within Weston and delivered to the designated transfer station site as follows:
(1) 
Refuse.
(a) 
Collection by licensed collectors between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(b) 
Delivery by licensed collectors between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(c) 
Delivery by residents between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
(2) 
Glass, metal and designated plastic food and beverage containers and newspapers (bundled).
(a) 
Collection by licensed collectors between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
(b) 
Delivery by licensed collectors between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
(c) 
Delivery by residents between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
(d) 
Delivery by owners or operators of small business establishments between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (See § 225-6C hereof.)
(3) 
Cardboard and office paper.
(a) 
Delivery by residents 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
(b) 
Delivery by the owners or operators of small business establishments between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (See § 225-6C.)
(4) 
Scrap metal, storage batteries and waste oil: delivery by residents 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
(5) 
Bulky waste, tires and demolition material: delivery by residents Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
B. 
No collectors or vehicles with commercial plates will be allowed to use the designated transfer station site on Saturdays without the prior approval of the First Selectman or Town Administrator, upon four hours' notice.
C. 
The transfer station will be closed on Sundays and on holidays designated by the Board of Selectmen.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person not licensed by the Town of Weston to engage in the business of collecting, transporting or disposing of refuse or recyclables generated within the Town for compensation. Nonprofit organizations that collect recyclables for fund-raising purposes shall be exempt from the fee provisions of these regulations.
B. 
Each person desiring to engage in the collection, transportation or disposal of refuse and/or recyclables for hire within the Town shall make a written application to the Board of Selectmen or its authorized agent on a form provided for that purpose, setting forth the name of such person, such person's address or address of place of business and a description of the equipment to be used in such collection, transportation or disposal of refuse and/or recyclables. The application shall be accompanied by a certificate of public liability insurance in an amount not less than $100,000/$500,000 and a certificate of workers' compensation insurance in accordance with the state law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 205, Adoption of Regulations, Art. I).
C. 
Each license issued by the Town shall expire on the 30th day of June each year. Licenses shall be renewed annually in the same manner upon payment of the license fee. Licenses are nontransferable and nonassignable.
A. 
The Board of Selectmen shall set a permit fee for each vehicle used by a collector or by an occupant of residential property used to collect, transport and dispose of refuse and/or recyclables. The Board of Selectmen may adjust such permit fee from time to time to offset the operational costs incurred by the Town. Each permit issued by the Town shall expire on the 30th day of June of each year. Permits shall be renewed annually in the same manner upon payment of the applicable permit fee. Permits are nontransferable.
B. 
Individuals wishing to dispose of refuse, recyclables or bulky waste generated within the residential property which they occupy within the Town of Weston must obtain a permit (decal) to enter the designated transfer station site. Permits (decals) may be issued for not more than two vehicles per dwelling unit.
C. 
Small business establishments wishing to dispose of glass, metal and plastic food and beverage containers, newspaper, cardboard and office paper only on a periodic basis may obtain a temporary permit which shall be valid for one day only. Temporary permits may be issued no more frequently than once a month. The party seeking the permit shall identify the items to be disposed of, their volume or quantity, and the vehicle to be used to deliver the items to the transfer station site.
D. 
Disposal fees.
(1) 
The Board of Selectmen shall establish a schedule of fees for:
(a) 
The disposal of refuse, bulky waste, tires and demolition material by residents.
(b) 
The disposal of refuse by collectors.
(c) 
The disposal of recyclables by residents.
(d) 
The disposal of recyclables by collectors.
(e) 
The disposal of certain designated recyclables by small business establishments.
(2) 
The schedule of fees, Schedule A, shall be a part of these regulations.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is on file in the Clerk's office.
A. 
Vehicles used to collect refuse and/or recyclables shall be of the covered type designed to keep the contents dry and constructed to prevent leakage, access of flies, or the scattering of the contents. They shall be kept clean and in proper operating condition.
B. 
Vehicle bodies used to collect and transport refuse may not be used to transport recyclables and vice versa.
C. 
Before any vehicle is employed in the collection of refuse and/or recyclables by a collector, the Board of Selectmen shall require the following written approvals:
(1) 
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall confirm that the vehicle meets the health requirements of this section.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 205, Adoption of Regulations, Art. I).
(2) 
The Weston Police Department shall confirm that the vehicle meets all State of Connecticut motor vehicle requirements and is in good working condition.
D. 
Prior to obtaining a collector's license or renewing a collector's license, all vehicles to be used for collection and transport shall be inspected by the Weston Police Department to see that they meet all state motor vehicle requirements and are in good working order.
E. 
All collectors' vehicles shall be kept clean and free from exterior debris. All seals shall be maintained to prevent leakage and shall be covered to prevent littering and keep contents dry.
F. 
All collectors' vehicles shall be clearly marked on the two front doors with the name, address and telephone number of the collector in lettering not less than three inches in height and must display the Town of Weston's identification decal on the front right windshield.
G. 
All residential vehicles using the designated transfer station must display the Town of Weston's identification decal on the front right windshield.
H. 
Town of Weston vehicles may collect from Town government agencies and transport and dispose of solid waste, including recyclables, at the designated transfer station or at a site approved by the Board of Selectmen.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, except for nonprofit organizations exempted by § 225-5, who is not licensed by the Town of Weston, in accordance with these regulations, to engage in the business of collecting, delivering, transporting or disposing of refuse and/or recyclables in the Town of Weston for compensation.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person not authorized and/or licensed by the Town to collect or take recyclables which have been placed outside or otherwise set aside for collection within the Town of Weston.
C. 
No person shall deposit at the designated transfer station any refuse containing any recyclables. The Town retains the right to inspect any refuse deposited at the transfer station and to reject said refuse if it is found to contain substantial amounts (more than one cubic foot per load) of recyclables.
D. 
No person shall deposit any recyclables contaminated or mixed with refuse or other nonrecyclables at the designated transfer station site.
E. 
No collector shall be required to take refuse from a residence or place of business within the Town that contains any recyclables.
F. 
Any person who violates any provision of these regulations shall, in addition to other legal remedies of the Town of Weston and the State of Connecticut, be fined not more than $100 for each offense, and each act of collecting, transporting or disposing of solid waste shall be a separate violation.
G. 
Whenever a licensed collector or resident persistently violates the provisions of these regulations, the Board of Selectman may suspend its license or his or her permit.
H. 
Any business establishment that violates any provision of these regulations may be fined not more than $500 for each offense.
I. 
All collectors licensed under these regulations shall be notified by certified mail of the provisions made for the collection and delivery of the items which are required to be recycled by state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations. After the mailing of such notice, any collector, pursuant to Public Act No. 90-249,[1] that knowingly mixes other solid waste with items designated for recycling shall, for a first violation, be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 and, for each subsequent violation, be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000. At the request of the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Town of Weston or the Attorney General may bring an action, pursuant to Public Act No. 90-249, as amended and/or supplemented, to enforce this penalty.
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 22a-220d of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The invalidity of any section or provision of these regulations shall not affect the validity of any other part, which shall be given effect to the extent it is possible to do so without reference to such invalid part or parts.