Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
The storage of all municipal waste shall be practiced so as to prevent the attraction, breeding or harborage of insects or rodents and to prevent conditions which may create potential hazards to public health or which may create fire and other safety hazards, odors, unsightliness, or public nuisance. Any person accumulating or storing municipal waste on private or public property shall insure the sanitary and legal disposal of such waste in accordance with this chapter and all other applicable Township, state, and federal laws and regulations.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Storage. Municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste accumulated by owners of residential properties and/or the occupants of residential properties shall be placed in closed or covered carts or bags for collection by the Township's exclusive hauler. Use of detachable containers at multifamily establishments shall comply with the provisions of this chapter.
2. 
Curbside Collection Time and Responsibility for Spillage.
A. 
Residents shall place municipal waste in a cart and/or bag; and yard waste in a cart and/or compost bag; and recyclables in a cart at the curbside for collection in sufficient time to permit collection on the day of collection.
B. 
The collection course and the schedule of collection days shall be determined by the Township Manager or his designee. Residents shall prevent the spillage of any solid waste material placed at the curb for collection, and shall be responsible for the cleanup of any spilled municipal waste and/or recyclables and/or yard waste prior to the collection by the Township's contractor.
3. 
Preparation for Curbside Collection.
A. 
Solid Waste. All municipal waste shall be placed in a cart(s) provided by the Township, and/or in a bag(s), except as provided herein, and placed at the curbside at a location not to exceed eight feet from the curb or edge of the roadway, on a level spot on the Dwelling unit's property, so as to not block or interfere with the street right-of-way or public place, and with a distance of at least one foot between carts. Filled cart(s) placed at curbside for collection shall not exceed the following weights.
(1) 
Ninety-six gallons: 200 pounds.
(2) 
Sixty-four gallons: 120 pounds.
(3) 
Thirty-five gallons: 65 pounds.
The lid of a cart shall close securely and bags shall be tied at the top to prevent the spillage of any municipal waste. Any municipal waste preventing the closing of the lid shall be deemed excess municipal waste and require a municipal waste disposal tag.
B. 
Recyclables. Recyclables shall be placed in a cart(s) supplied by the Township and placed at the curb within eight feet of the curb or edge of roadway, on a level spot on the dwelling unit's property and in such a manner to not interfere or block the street right-of way or public space, and with a distance of at least one foot between carts. Recycling cart(s) placed at curbside for collection shall not exceed the following weights:
(1) 
Ninety-six gallons: 200 pounds.
(2) 
Sixty-four gallons: 120 pounds.
(3) 
Thirty-five gallons: 65 pounds.
C. 
Yard Waste. Yard waste may be placed at the curb for collection in a cart(s) and/or in a compost bag. The yard waste cart, when filled, shall not exceed 200 pounds when placed at the curb for collection. The cart shall be placed within eight feet of the curb or edge of roadway, on a level spot on the dwelling unit's property, and in such a manner as to not interfere or block the street right-of-way or public space, and with a distance of at least one foot between carts.
(1) 
Special Christmas Tree Collection. Natural Christmas trees will be collected at the curb for two weeks following the Christmas holiday, with the exact dates to be determined by the Township. Natural Christmas trees may be placed at the curb, subject to the same placement requirements as yard waste, and cut so that the branching spread is not more than four feet across and pieces of the trunk are no more than six feet in length.
D. 
Ownership and Care of Solid Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Carts. All carts are the property of Cranberry Township. Customers shall exercise reasonable care and custody of the cart(s) they are assigned and shall only utilize the cart(s) for the purposes they were provided. Customers shall maintain the cart(s) in a sanitary condition at all times and shall not remove the cart(s) from the property to which the cart(s) was assigned by the Township.
E. 
Municipal Waste Disposal Tag. A municipal waste disposal tag(s) shall be sold exclusively by the Township, or its designated agents, and utilized by the customer for the curbside collection of all municipal waste items that do not fit into a solid waste cart(s), including bags and excess garbage. Municipal waste disposal tags shall be required for the following types of municipal waste placed at the curbside for collection by the Township's contractor. A separate municipal waste disposal tag shall be secured on each item and such tags are not reusable.
(1) 
Small Item/Garbage Bag Tag. A Municipal waste disposal tag shall be used for each single municipal waste item that does not fit inside a cart, including a bag and other single items outside the cart that do not exceed 25 pounds, such items include a small TV and a bicycle.
(2) 
Bulk Large Item Tag. A municipal waste disposal tag shall be used for each single solid waste item placed outside a cart, such items include a sofa, large overstuffed chair, large screen/console TV. The customer shall provide an advance notice to the Township's contractor of one business day before the customer's regular collection day.
(3) 
White Good/Appliance. A municipal waste disposal tag shall be used for each single Solid waste item placed outside a cart that includes a refrigerator, washer, dryer, hot water tanks and similar large household appliance. All appliances containing Freon, must have the Freon removed by a state certified technician prior to curbside collection. All refrigerator and freezer doors shall be removed prior to placing at curbside for collection. The customer shall provide an advance notice to the Township's contractor of one business day of the customer's regular collection day. Pianos, organs, spas, hot tubs and furnaces are not included.
(4) 
Volume Pickup Tag. A municipal waste disposal tag shall be used for a volume pickup of municipal waste, placed in containers and/or bags, not exceeding two cubic yards, which is approximately five, ninety-six-gallon containers, or a combination of bags and large items not exceeding 16 items. Customers shall provide an advance notice to the Township's contractor of one business day of the customer's regular collection day.
(5) 
Placement of Items Requiring Solid Waste Tag. All items requiring a municipal waste disposal tag shall be placed within eight feet of the curb or edge of roadway, on the dwelling unit's property, so as to not block, interfere with or otherwise prevent access to the municipal waste, recycling and/or yard waste cart(s), or any street right-of-way or public place. The customer shall maintain the area around the municipal waste item to provide unobstructed access, including the removal of snow and ice.
[Amended by Ord. 2011-418, 8/4/2011, § 1]
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Containers. Municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste accumulated on commercial, industrial and institutional properties shall be stored in containers or detachable containers.
2. 
Securing Material for Collection. Commercial, industrial and institutional properties storing recyclables outside of containers shall tie the material securely in bundles of a size that can be readily handled for collection, and in a manner that minimizes litter, safety hazards and fire hazards.
3. 
Location of Containers. Detachable containers for the storage and collection of municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste at commercial, industrial, or institutional properties shall be located on the customers premises, which location, and buffering, if required, shall be in compliance with zoning or other applicable municipal requirements for the location of such containers. Such locations shall not interfere with public or private sidewalks, walkways, driveways, roads, streets, highways, alleys, or entrances and exits of public or private buildings.
4. 
Collection. All owners and occupants of commercial, industrial and institutional properties shall provide for the regular collection and removal of municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste from the property through a contract with a licensed hauler.
5. 
Containers. All property owners and/or organizers of community activities shall provide containers for the storage and collection of municipal waste and make proper arrangements for such collection.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Separation of Recyclables. Recyclables shall be kept separate from and disposed of separately from municipal waste and yard waste.
A. 
Commercial, Industrial Institutional Property. A nonoccupant owner, or agent of an owner, of a commercial, industrial or institutional property shall be deemed to have complied with its separation responsibilities if it establishes a collection system at each property for the separation of recyclables from municipal waste and transported to a recycling facility.
B. 
Community Activities. All property owners and/or organizers of community activities shall be deemed to have complied with its separation responsibilities if it establishes a collection system at each property/event for the separation of recyclables and provides for its collection and transportation at a recycling facility.
C. 
Residential. Residential properties shall be deemed to have complied with their separation responsibilities by excluding recyclables from their municipal waste and placing them at the appropriate location for collection.
2. 
Collection.
A. 
For residential properties, all recyclables shall be placed at the curbside as specifically provided herein.
B. 
For commercial, industrial and institutional properties, all recyclables shall either be delivered directly to a recycling center or shall be collected by a licensed hauler separately from municipal waste on a regular basis. Such properties shall not place recyclables at the curbside for collection; such curbside collection being intended solely for the placement of recyclables generated in residential properties.
C. 
All property owners and/or organizers of community activities shall provide containers for the storage and collection of recyclable materials and make property arrangements for such collection.
D. 
All licensed haulers shall transport collected recyclables to a recycling facility and recyclables shall not be commingled, during collection or otherwise, with municipal waste or yard waste.
3. 
Donation of Materials. Any person may donate or sell recyclables to individuals or organizations.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Separation. All residential customers and commercial, industrial, or institutional establishments who gather yard waste shall separate all yard waste from municipal solid waste and recyclables and place it for collection and transport to an appropriately permitted composting facility.
2. 
Use of Compost. Nothing in this chapter shall require any person to gather yard waste or prevent any person from utilizing yard waste for compost, mulch or other agricultural, horticulture, silviculture, gardening and/or landscape purposes.
3. 
Commercial Landscaping. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a commercial landscaping company from removing yard waste, for the purpose of composting, from the properties which it services.
4. 
Residential Yard Waste. All separated residential yard waste generated properties subject to curbside collection shall place yard waste as specifically provided herein.
5. 
Permitted Facility. Yard waste separated from municipal waste and collected by a licensed hauler shall be delivered to a yard waste composting facility, that has a current and valid permit/approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or other regulatory agency with equivalent solid waste permitting authority.
6. 
Residential Curbside Collection. For residential properties eligible for curbside collection of yard waste, collections shall occur on a weekly basis between the first full week that includes April 1 and the first full week that includes December 15. A separate curbside collection of once a week for two weeks will be scheduled by the Township for the collection of natural Christmas trees.
[Amended by Ord. 2011-418, 8/4/2011, § 2]
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Licensed Haulers. It shall be unlawful for any person other than persons authorized by license by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or Butler County, or its designee, as a regular hauling business, to collect and/or transport municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste, which is generated within the Township, except as specifically provided herein.
2. 
Exclusive Contract with Township. The Township may authorize a designated agent to award and administer an exclusive contract for the collection and transportation of such material. The Township or its designated agent may, through a competitive bidding process, award an exclusive service contract to a licensed hauler for all or part of residential municipal waste, yard waste, recycling collection, processing and disposal.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Licensed Hauler. Except as specifically provided herein, it shall be a violation of this chapter for any person(s) other than a licensed hauler to collect, remove or transport or cause to be collected, removed or transported any municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste. Each such collection in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as provided for in this chapter.
2. 
Property of Township. Any municipal waste, recyclable and yard waste located at the curbside is the property of the Township until collected by the Township's contractor.
3. 
Dropoff or Storage Bins. Any recyclable deposited at dropoff sites, or in storage bins associated with residential dwellings, is the property of the Township until collected by the Township or by the Township's contractor.
4. 
Nonresidential Storage Bins or Detachable Containers. Any municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste deposited in storage bins or detachable containers at commercial, municipal, industrial and institutional establishments is the property of the establishment unless such establishment agrees that ownership is transferred to the licensed hauler when the material is collected.
5. 
Butler County Containers. Recyclable material deposited in containers owned or contracted by the Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste agency is the property of the County.
6. 
Scavenging. Scavenging or pilfering of municipal waste, recyclables or yard waste shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Spillage. Any person transporting municipal waste, recyclables or yard waste within the Township shall prevent or remedy any spillage from vehicles or containers used in the transport of such material.
2. 
Vehicle Markings. The licensed haulers shall collect refuse in vehicles which are suitable for such collection, which are dedicated for use in performance of such collection, and which bear prominent legible marking, signs, or decals identifying them as being municipal solid waste collection vehicles, and stating the name and phone number of the licensed hauler.
3. 
Vehicle Conditions. All vehicles used for the transportation of municipal waste, recyclables and/or yard waste shall be securely covered, watertight, strongly built, and kept thoroughly cleaned and well maintained. Except for roll-offs, which must be tarped, open trucks shall not be used for the collection of municipal waste.
4. 
Vehicle Transfers. The transfer of municipal waste, recyclables and/or yard waste from one collection vehicle to another may not take place within the Township, except as authorized on private property. No such transfer may take place on any public right-of-way and no such transfer operation shall block traffic, create litter or in any other manner constitute a nuisance create a health hazard or violate any other ordinance of the Township or provision of statutory law.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
All municipal waste generated, collected, and transported from within the jurisdictional limits of the Township shall be disposed of at the facilities designated in the Butler County Solid Waste Management Plan.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring any municipal waste into Cranberry Township or to transport municipal waste from one address to another within or outside of the Township for the purpose of taking advantage of the Township's collection service and/or to avoid the cost of collection, except as specifically provided herein.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Transportation and Disposal. Bulk waste and white goods shall be disposed of in accordance with the Butler County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan at a permitted disposal facility, a facility specially designated by the Township to take such bulk items and white goods, or a legitimate salvage dealer that is in the business of disposing of or recycling such items. Bulk waste and white goods shall be transported in a vehicle appropriate to the type of waste so as to prevent spillage, accidental loss, etc.
2. 
Nonsolid Waste Business Related Transportation. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to prohibit any person not regularly engaged in the business of collecting municipal solid waste from hauling his/her bulk waste to a state-permitted disposal facility or to a disposal facility as designated by the Butler County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan in accordance with the regulations of the disposal facility.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
All waste materials resulting from the building, structural alteration, repair, construction, or demolition of buildings or structures shall be disposed of only as permitted by applicable Township, state, and federal laws and regulations as may be in effect or as subsequently imposed. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to ensure the disposal of such waste in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to store, dump, discard or deposit, or to permit the storage, dumping, discarding or depositing of any municipal solid waste or recyclables upon the surface of the ground or underground within the Township, except in proper containers for purposes of storage and collection in conformance with this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or deposit any municipal solid waste or recyclables in any stream or body of water with the Township.
[Ord. 2004-353, 9/2/2004]
1. 
Farming. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a farmer from carrying out normal farming operations, including composting or spreading of manure or other farm produced agricultural waste, not otherwise prohibited or regulated for land applications. All such practices must be conducted in compliance with applicable Township, state, and federal laws and regulations.
2. 
Hazardous/Residual Waste. The provisions of this chapter apply only to the storage, collection, transportation, and disposal of municipal waste, recyclables, and yard waste and do not apply therefore, to hazardous or residual waste as defined by the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act, 35 P.S. § 6018.101 et seq., and its amendments. All hazardous or residual waste must be disposed of in compliance with applicable Township, state, and federal laws and regulations as may be in effect or subsequently imposed.
3. 
Construction/Demolition Waste. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to prohibit any person not regularly engaged in the business of collecting municipal waste from hauling his/her self-generated construction and demolition waste to a state-permitted disposal facility or to a disposal facility as designated by the Butler County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan in accordance with the regulations of the disposal facility.
4. 
Exclusion of Residential Unit. Residential property owners and may be excluded from the curbside collection requirements of this chapter to the extent the property owner can demonstrate that they have collection and disposal services available through a written agreement with a commercial, industrial or institutional property that maintains a contract for services with a licensed hauler that otherwise complies with Township ordinances. Such residential property owner shall apply for exclusion under this provision on an form provided by the Township that certifies compliance with the provision for exclusion. Such residential property owners shall remain responsible for compliance with all other provisions of this chapter. Residents who are occupants of a farm property shall be automatically excluded from the curbside collection requirement of this chapter, however, such residents shall comply with all other provisions of this chapter.
5. 
Exclusion of Residential Units on Private Streets. Residential properties located along private roadways shall be excluded from the curbside collection requirements of this chapter requiring mandatory participation in the Township's curbside collection program. Such residential properties may voluntarily participate in the Township's curbside collection program by submitting the appropriate form as provided by the Township. Residential properties located along private roadways who do not elect to participate in the Township's curbside collection program shall remain responsible for compliance with all other provisions of this chapter including, but not limited to, the recycling provisions.
6. 
Placement Exemptions.
A. 
The Township may grant exceptions to the placement of municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste at the curbside to residences occupied solely by persons with physical limitations. For the purpose of this subsection, "physical limitation" means any illness, injury, incapacity or other physical handicap which prevents the person from placing municipal waste at the curb.
B. 
The Township may grant exceptions to the placement of municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste at the curbside when the Township has determined it is not physically possible to place those items at the curbside, at such time the Township will identify the alternative placement location.
C. 
Residential property owners, who do not fit within Paragraphs A or B, above, may request backyard collection service of municipal waste only. Such backyard collection service shall be limited to one cart or two thirty-two-gallon bags. An additional fee shall be charged for such backyard collection service.