City of West Haven, CT
New Haven County
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[Adopted 2-14-1983 by Ord. No. 196]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any householder or occupant of premises in the City of West Haven to permit, throw, drop or place garbage or refuse on said premises or allow the same to accumulate in an offensive and/or unsanitary manner.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop or place on the streets, parks, sidewalks, beaches or catch basins in the city any garbage, dirt, refuse or other waste material. It shall also be unlawful to sweep dirt, paper or other waste materials into the streets, gutters or natural watercourses of this city.
C. 
Devices for the grinding of garbage may be permitted by private homeowners, provided that they are in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Department of Health. Garbage-grinding devices shall be operated in a manner that sufficient water is used to prevent blockages in the city sewer system.
D. 
The Department of Public Works is responsible for the collection, removal and disposal of garbage, refuse and other waste material from all private dwellings in the city.
(1) 
"Private dwellings," as used herein, shall include all residential condominiums as the term "condominium" is defined by the Condominium Act of the Connecticut General Statutes.[1] It is expressly understood that condominiums shall not include commercial or other forms of nonresidential condominium unit ownership. It shall not include apartments nor cooperative housing ownership.
[Added 6-27-1983 by Ord. No. 206]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Connecticut General Statutes, § 47-68a et seq.
(2) 
The collection of refuse from condominiums under this Article shall be made under policies and procedures as determined by the Director of Public Works, including but not limited to the method of collection of refuse, the manner in which said refuse shall be placed for collection by condominium owners and the times for collection, which shall not exceed one pickup per week per condominium.
[Added 6-27-1983 by Ord. No. 206]
E. 
The collection of garbage, refuse and other waste material from industrial, business and apartment buildings of more than four dwelling units shall be the responsibility of the property owner(s).
F. 
It shall be the duty of each householder to provide sufficient containers of an approved type to contain all garbage, refuse and other waste material in a safe and sanitary manner between the regularly scheduled Public Works Department collections.
G. 
Approved containers shall not have ragged or sharp edges, be in excess of 30 gallons' capacity or weigh more than 70 pounds. Approved containers may be made of metal or plastic and may be disposable or nondisposable. Nonconforming containers will not be collected by the regular rubbish collections of the Department of Public Works.
H. 
Containers shall be set out for removal at the curbline or edge of the roadway in areas without curbs. The collection of garbage and refuse by private collectors from commercial buildings, apartments and condominiums will be under the jurisdiction of the Director of Public Works.
I. 
Containers shall be set out for removal no earlier than 24 hours preceding the day of collection.
[Added 5-28-1996 by Ord. No. 356]
A. 
No hazardous refuse, including containers of warm or hot ashes, shall be collected by the Department of Public Works. The owner, responsible person(s) or agent(s) of the owner shall be responsible for the safe and healthful removal, transportation and disposal of such wastes under the regulations and conditions established by the Connecticut State Departments of Health and Environmental Protection, as well as the regulations and conditions established by the West Haven Departments of Health and Public Works or the appropriate City Fire Marshal(s).
B. 
For the purposes of this section, radioactive materials, drugs, poisons of any type, herbicides of any type and chemicals defined as dangerous by the Connecticut State Departments of Health and Environmental Protection, the West Haven Department of Health or the appropriate Fire Marshal(s) of the city shall be considered hazardous refuse.
C. 
In an emergency situation where an immediate decision is necessary, the Director of Public Works or his/her authorized assistant or designee may define material as hazardous pending further study by the Departments and individuals mentioned in Subsection B above.
[Amended 3-28-1988 by Ord. No. 257]
A. 
Large refuse.
(1) 
Large refuse and waste materials too large or bulky to fit into containers will be collected at the times established by the Commissioner of Public Works.
(2) 
"Large refuse" shall mean refuse and waste materials too large or bulky to fit into containers that is tied securely in bundles not heavier than 70 pounds, more than three feet in diameter and not more than six feet in length.
B. 
Bulk refuse.
(1) 
Bulk refuse shall be collected at the times established by the Commissioner of Public Works.
(2) 
"Bulk refuse" shall mean refuse and waste materials measuring more than three by three feet by three feet, but not more than six feet in any direction and/or weighing more than 70 pounds, but not more than 300 pounds, which cannot be easily broken down to smaller size or weight, excluding appliances.
C. 
Appliances.
(1) 
Appliances shall be collected at the times established by the Commissioner of Public Works.
(2) 
"Appliances" shall mean metal goods, such as washers, dryers, stoves, ranges, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, hot-water heaters, etc.
D. 
Lumber, brush, branches and tree limbs shall be collected by the Department of Public Works, provided that such objects are cut into lengths not more than six feet in length and securely tied in bundles not exceeding 70 pounds.
E. 
Grass and leaves shall be collected by the Department of Public Works, provided they are secured in approved containers or plastic bags and do not exceed 70 pounds in weight.
F. 
The sweeping of leaves into a public street is hereby prohibited.
G. 
The burning of garbage, rubbish, leaves, grass or other material is prohibited in the City of West Haven.
H. 
Construction refuse.
(1) 
Each property owner or contractor producing any construction refuse shall remove such material from the property where produced to an authorized disposal area at the expense of the owner of the property or the contractor doing the work.
(2) 
"Construction refuse" shall mean any sand, stone, mortar, plaster, conduit, gypsum blocks, lumber, molding, bathroom fixtures, asphalt, plaster board, trees, stumps of trees or any other refuse resulting from buildings, remodeling, landscaping or excavating operations.
I. 
The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the power to establish rules and regulations with approval by the City Council, pursuant to this section.
[Amended 3-28-1988 by Ord. No. 257]
Violations of the provisions of this Article and/or the rules and regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Works thereunder shall be punishable by a fine of $100 for every such violation. Each day such violation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.