City of Prescott, WI
Pierce County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Prescott as Title 8, Ch. 3, of the former City Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Hazardous materials and pollution — See Ch. 322.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 329.
Housing standards — See Ch. 341.
Nuisances — See Ch. 410.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 435.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 443.
Trees and shrubs — See Ch. 526.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 541.

§ 492-1 Definitions.

In the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
GARBAGE
All kinds of organic refuse resulting from the preparation of food and all decayed or spoiled food products from any source.
REFUSE
All inorganic matter such as wire or metal, china, crockery, cloth, wood, ashes and other items of like nature, but not including leaves, trees, tree limbs, earth, tin, aluminum, glass, paper, tires, appliances, batteries, waste oil, stone or manure or material obtained for the demolishing or remodeling of buildings and property.
YARD WASTE
All leaves, grass clippings, garden debris and branches up to four inches in diameter.

§ 492-2 Containers.

All garbage and refuse offered for collection by the City shall be placed in a garbage can provided by the City's garbage contractor.

§ 492-3 Depositing garbage or refuse on streets or sidewalks.

A. 
Prohibited deposits. No person shall deposit, throw, scatter or place any garbage or refuse on or within any public place or within or upon any private property or premises whether owned, kept or controlled by such person or not, except in the manner hereinafter specified or as directed by the Director of Public Works, for the health, safety and welfare of the City.
B. 
Container placement. All garbage or refuse containers shall be placed so they are readily accessible for removing and emptying, adjacent to the street or alley adjoining the property by 7:00 a.m. of the pickup day and shall be removed between collections.
C. 
Collector may reject. The Health Committee and its authorized contractor may refuse to collect any garbage or refuse improperly prepared or deposited for pickup according to the standards of this subsection and garbage contract.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 492-4 Recyclables.

A. 
Mandatory recycling. Weekly curbside collection of recyclables is mandatory for all residents and apartment buildings. Recyclables shall be collected curbside and conveyed by the City or its designated contractor to a recognized recycling center. Said recyclables which will be collected are as follows:
[Amended 12-12-2011 by Ord. No. 23-11]
(1) 
Aluminum cans.
(2) 
Glass containers.
(3) 
Tin cans.
(4) 
Newspaper.
(5) 
Magazines.
(6) 
High-grade paper.
(7) 
Cardboard.
(8) 
Plastic bottles 1 and 2.
B. 
Recycling containers. One container for recyclables will be initially provided by the City of Prescott to all single-family dwelling units, duplexes and multifamily dwellings. Replacement of containers which are lost or stolen will be the responsibility of the owners or residents of each household.
C. 
Collection schedule. Placement of containers, pickup schedule and payment procedure will be determined cooperatively by the City and contracted hauler.
D. 
Commercial recycling. Commercial recycling is mandatory.
E. 
Recycle bins.
(1) 
Location. As long as the county provides recycling bins to be used by City residents, the Public Works Director shall determine the best location for these bins. The location shall be somewhere that provides the City residents convenient access.
(2) 
Usage. The only items placed in the recycling bin are those that are specifically labeled for that section of the recycling bin. It shall be illegal to place objects in bins that are not specifically labeled in the part of the recycling bin they are being placed. It is also illegal to leave items/fluids on the property or properties adjoining where the bins are located. This shall include putting items that are considered recyclables next to the bin.
(3) 
Fines. People who do not properly use the recycling bins or leave items on the property or properties adjoining the recycling bin shall be subject to a fine as provided in § 1-4 of this Code. In addition, the parties may be subject to additional fines and penalties for violating county, federal, and state laws.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 492-5 Commercial business to contract for services.

All commercial businesses shall contract garbage and refuse service with a licensed hauler, and shall provide proof of such upon request of the City.

§ 492-6 Unlawful disposal.

It shall be considered unlawful to dispose of residential, commercial or industrial garbage and refuse other than as stated above. No person or business shall place his or its garbage or refuse on another person's property or in a private or public dumpster unless written permission has been obtained from the owner. If a person or business is identified as violating this section, he or it shall be liable for penalties as listed in § 1-4 of this Code.

§ 492-7 Garbage and refuse collector's license.

A. 
License required. A license shall be required for all haulers of refuse or garbage.
B. 
Fee and insurance certificate required. An annual fee as prescribed in the City's fee schedule shall be paid to the City Clerk for issuance of a garbage hauler's license.[1] Applicants for a garbage hauler's license shall file a certificate of insurance with the City Clerk, a copy of which shall be kept on file in the City Clerk office.
[1]
Editor's Note: The current fee schedule in on file in the City Clerk's office.

§ 492-8 Burning of garbage and refuse prohibited; composting yard waste.

A. 
State regulations. As of January 1, 1993, the State of Wisconsin banned burning of all garbage and refuse.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Composting required. Yard waste shall be properly composted at home pursuant to § 329-8 of this Code or be taken to the City designated composting site.