Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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§ 101 Definitions.

[Ord. 1970-2, 5/18/1970, § 2; as amended by Ord. 1991-11, 10/21/1991, § 1]
The following words, when used in this Part 1, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ASHES
The residue resulting from the burning of wood, coal, coke or other combustible material.
FARM PROPERTY
A body of land devoted to agriculture, either to raising crops, livestock, poultry, or pasture.
GARBAGE
All animal and vegetable waste solids resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of foods.
NONRESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Includes all properties used for industrial or commercial purposes in which no persons reside, provided that multiple dwelling residential buildings or projects containing more than four dwelling units, for purposes of this Part 1 shall be treated as nonresidential properties.
REFUSE
All municipal waste and recyclable materials as defined in this chapter.
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Properties used as dwellings, including buildings having up to four dwelling units in one building, provided that in the event of multiple-family dwellings each of said units will be treated as a separate residential property as it relates to the collection of refuse therefrom.
RUBBISH
Glass, metal, paper, plant growth, wood, or nonputrescible solid wastes.

§ 102 Duty of Owners and Occupiers of Property Not to Accumulate Refuse.

[Ord. 1970-2, 5/18/1970, § 3; as amended by Ord. 1991-11, 10/21/1991, § 1; and by Ord. 2010-12, 9/20/2010]
1. 
No person shall permit any municipal waste to accumulate for a period of longer than seven days upon property in the Borough of Doylestown owned or occupied by said person, provided that owners and occupiers of residential property are hereby required to comply with the provisions of this Part 1 relative to making accumulated refuse available for collection as scheduled under the terms hereof; however, the provisions of this paragraph are not applicable to owners of farm property.
2. 
All refuse accumulated on any property in the Borough of Doylestown shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of by an authorized collector in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, except that such refuse may be collected, conveyed and disposed of by property owners from their own property, provided that they comply with the provisions of this chapter.
3. 
Refuse collected in any residential dwelling in the Borough of Doylestown shall be collected only by an authorized collector for which the owner and/or occupier thereof shall be responsible for the payment of the fee, and payment thereof shall be a matter of private agreement between the owners and the collector thereof.
4. 
All trade waste and other refuse accumulated on nonresidential properties shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of by authorized collectors upon the direction of the owner or occupier thereof, the fee or payment therefor to be a matter of private agreement between the owners or occupiers and the collector thereof. However, owners of nonresidential properties may collect, convey and dispose of privately generated refuse by their own containers and/or trucks, provided that they comply with the provisions of this chapter. Each owner or occupier shall provide written documentation of the refuse disposal arrangements to the Borough on or before January 20 of each calendar year. This documentation may be in the form of one of the following:
A. 
Copies of weight receipts or statements which consolidate such information.
B. 
A report from the provider of waste collection services which identifies the amount of material collected.

§ 103 Disposal.

[Ord. 1970-2, 5/18/1970, § 4; as amended by Ord. 1991-11, 10/21/1991, § 1]
1. 
It shall be unlawful to dump, destroy, or otherwise dispose of refuse within the jurisdictional limits of the Borough of Doylestown, except in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
2. 
All vehicles used for collection shall use, insofar as practical, only state highways when proceeding to and from approved sites.

§ 104 Refuse Practices.

[Ord. 1970-2, 5/18/1970, § 5; as amended by Ord. 1991-11, 10/21/1991, § 1]
1. 
Preparation of refuse.
A. 
All refuse shall be drained free of liquids before disposal.
B. 
Garbage shall be placed in suitable bags prior to disposal.
C. 
Liquids shall be drained from food containers prior to disposal.
D. 
All rubbish shall be placed in containers, or bundled properly, so that it may be handled readily by one man.
2. 
Refuse containers.
A. 
Refuse containers shall be made of durable, watertight, rust-resistant material having close fitting lids and handles to facilitate collectors.
B. 
Refuse containers for residences shall be of not more than 32 gallons in capacity. Containers for commercial establishments shall not exceed 40 gallons in capacity.
C. 
It shall be unlawful to permit the accumulation or residue of liquids, solids or a combination of such materials on the bottoms or sides of containers, it being the intention of this provision that the interiors of containers shall be kept clean by thorough rinsing and draining as often as necessary.
D. 
The Borough of Doylestown specifically reserves the right to modify and to specifically provide for some other receptacle for the handling of garbage or other refuse which the Borough Council may at some future time deem to be acceptable, appropriate and beneficial for handling of said refuse material.

§ 105 Collection Practices; Places of Collection; Time of Placement.

[Ord. 1991-11, 10/21/1991, § 1; as amended by Ord. 1993-10, 10/18/1993, § 1; Ord. 1993-10]
1. 
Refuse containers and bundles shall, for the purpose of collection, be placed at ground level at curb side no sooner than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to the day of scheduled collection and shall be made readily accessible to the collector.
2. 
Notwithstanding provisions of this Part, householders, commercial establishments, or other persons may, by contract with collectors, be permitted to place containers at agreed places upon their premises.
3. 
Collections shall be made from all properties throughout the Borough. This shall include all streets, accepted or otherwise, and shall include those streets that are temporarily closed for repairs or construction. In the latter case, special collection points shall be designated by the Borough Council, if the condition of the street would prevent access thereto by the collector's truck.

§ 106 Dumpsters in Streets and Rights-of-Way.

[Ord. 2013-7, 7/15/2013]
1. 
Dumpsters shall be defined as any container which is equal to or greater than one cubic yard in capacity and which is intended to contain refuse as defined in § 101.
2. 
Notwithstanding § 105.1 regarding placement of refuse containers, it shall be unlawful for any individual to cause a dumpster or similar refuse container to be placed in the streets or right-of-way within the Borough until an appropriate permit is obtained from the Borough. The cost of the permits shall be as established from time to time by Borough resolution.[1] Once an appropriate permit has been obtained, the dumpster or similar trash receptacle may remain in the street or right-of-way of the Borough for a period of two weeks. This period may be renewed by the Building Official for up four additional weeks, for a total of six weeks maximum duration. After that period the dumpster must be removed, and no additional dumpster permits will be issued for the subject property for a period of two months thereafter.
[1]
Editor's Note: The current fee resolution is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.
3. 
Failure to obtain an appropriate permit shall be punishable as set forth in § 108, Penalties.
4. 
Each dumpster shall be equipped with DOT-approved reflective tape on all sides or similar equivalent material to improve visibility. If the proposed dumpster location is on an arterial or collector highway, or the specific placement warrants, then Type "A" flashing yellow barricade lights shall be placed on the dumpster facing the direction of traffic.
5. 
Each dumpster or similar refuse container shall be placed as far as possible from the travel portion of the road and shall be located only where parking is otherwise permitted. Dumpsters shall not obstruct the flow of pedestrian or vehicular movement. If existing road width does not permit the safe placement of a dumpster due to the existence of driveways, site triangles, intersections, hills or curves, or if the remaining travel lane(s) will be narrower than 12 feet clear in either direction, no permit will be issued and dumpsters are prohibited.
6. 
Dumpsters shall be placed and supported by nominal two-inch-thick solid lumber to protect the road surface from damage. The permit holder is liable for any damage to the road surface.
7. 
Dumpsters shall be covered in an all-weather coating such as paint, be uniform in color, and only bear the name of the dumpster company and any other safety or operational notices. Dumpster exterior surfaces shall be free from graffiti or commercial advertisements.
8. 
Dumpsters should be kept clean, in good repair, and free of offensive odors. Cleaning dumpsters on the street or sidewalk is not permitted. Dumpsters may not be used for the disposal of food garbage. The area surrounding each dumpster should be maintained free of litter, covers (tarp) should be kept tightly secured when not in use, and dumpsters should not be overflowing with debris.
9. 
Any person using or locating a dumpster within the Borough found not to be in compliance with the permit requirements shall be subject to penalties as set forth in § 108.
10. 
Every dumpster should have the permit user's name or company logo and telephone number. The user is required to be identified on the dumpster. Permits should be posted at the site in a publicly accessible manner.
11. 
Nothing in this section is intended to alter or amend any existing law, regulation or ordinance regarding refuse located on private property.

§ 107 Collection Vehicles, Equipment and Personnel.

[Ord. 1970-2, 5/18/1970, § 8]
1. 
All vehicles used for collection of refuse shall be equipped with compacting devices or equivalent types of closed bodies and shall have enclosed cargo space, unless such collection is done by private individuals from refuse generated on private property, at which time appropriate containers shall be utilized and all other provisions of this Part 1 affecting such collection shall be adhered to.
2. 
It shall be unlawful to collect, haul, transport or convey refuse in open, unenclosed vehicles, unless such refuse is hauled from private property by the owner; such refuse shall then be placed in suitable containers and all other applicable provisions of this Part 1 pertaining to the collection and conveying of refuse will be adhered to.
3. 
Trucks shall at all times be in good and proper mechanical condition and in compliance with the minimum safety and sanitary regulations of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of Bucks and Borough of Doylestown; provided, however, that open-type vehicles may be used only for the collection of large items of debris which cannot, because of size, be collected by ordinary means.
4. 
The collector shall furnish proof that he or it is the owner of the vehicle or vehicles to be used or he must produce in writing a lease or rental agreement between the titled owner of the vehicle or vehicles and the collector.
5. 
Vehicles and equipment shall not be overloaded so that garbage or trash may spill or drop in the highways or streets, nor shall the equipment be so designed or maintained so as to permit the leakage of fluids. All trucks shall be regularly cleaned and kept in proper condition and shall bear the name and address of the contractor plainly visible on both cab doors.
6. 
All vehicles shall be inspected by a designated agent of the Borough Council for compliance with the provisions of this Part 1 prior to the issuance of any license and shall thereafter be inspected every year on or before the anniversary date of said license.
7. 
Each truck shall be manned by at least one driver and one collector or helper, except as approved by the Borough Council.
8. 
Each truck shall have at least one broom and shovel to clean up refuse that may be spilled or otherwise scattered during the process of collection.
9. 
The collector shall file with the Borough Council a list of all vehicles and equipment with identification information thereon. Change in equipment shall be promptly reported to the Borough Council so that at all times their records will be correct and accurate.
10. 
The collector, at his expense, shall store and park the equipment at a convenient and lawful place. No trucks or equipment may be parked or stored on Borough streets, except during actual collection periods.

§ 108 Penalties.

[Ord. 1970-2, 5/18/1970, § 9; as amended by Ord. 1984-1, 2/23/1984]
1. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 1 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300; and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every day that a violation of this Part 1 continues shall constitute a separate offense.
2. 
Borough Council shall have the right, at any time, and without refund of any part of the license fee, to suspend or revoke the license of any collector for any of the following causes:
A. 
False or misleading statements in the application for a license.
B. 
Lapse or cancellation of insurance coverage.
C. 
Collecting or transporting refuse in a careless or negligent manner resulting in dirt, odor or any unsanitary condition.
D. 
Failure to deposit refuse at a State or County approved disposal site in compliance with all disposal regulations in force at the approved site.
E. 
A violation or violations of any part of this Part 1 or other ordinances of the Borough.