Township of Shrewsbury, PA
York County
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[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § I]
This Part shall be known as the "Shrewsbury Township Refuse Ordinance."
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § II; as amended by Ord. 2014-03, 5/7/2014]
1. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings indicated:
ASHES
Consisting of the residue from the burning of coke, coal, wood or other combustible material.
BULKY RUBBISH
Includes discarded furniture, large household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, bathtubs, sinks, and commodes.
COMMERCIAL UNIT
A building or part of a building used to carry on a trade, business or industrial use. A church and any nonresidential structure, whether or not occupied, shall be a commercial unit for purposes of this Part.
CONTAINER
Shall refer to that receptacle in which refuse is placed for collection.
CONTRACTOR
The person, association, partnership, firm or corporation with whom Shrewsbury Township has entered into a contract for refuse collection.
DISPOSAL
Includes the storage, collection, disposal or handling of refuse.
DUMPSTER
A bulk container designed for the collection of large amounts of refuse and designed to be mechanically unloaded into a refuse collection vehicle.
DWELLING
A building or structure constructed, erected, altered, designed, used or intended for use in whole or in part for human habitation.
DWELLING UNIT
Any room or group of rooms located within a dwelling and forming a single habitable unit with facilities which are used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking and eating, whether occupied or unoccupied.
GARBAGE
Consisting of all animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or consumption of foods.
MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY UNIT
A building used to house two or more dwelling units or rooming units or combination thereof or to house a combination of rooming units or dwelling units and commercial units.
PERSON
Any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation.
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
Plastic containers, clear and colored glass containers, newspapers, cardboard, aluminum cans, steel, and bimetal cans, excepting paint cans.
RECYCLING CONTAINER
A container approved by the Township for the placement of recyclable materials for purpose of collection.
REFUSE
All solid wastes except body wastes; shall include garbage, ashes and rubbish.
ROOMING UNIT
Any room or group of rooms forming a single habitable unit used or intended to be used for a living and sleeping combo, but not for cooking or eating purposes.
RUBBISH
Consisting of all solid wastes other than garbage and ashes, and including paper, tin, glass, metal, wood, tree and shrubbery cuttings, and other ordinary household, industrial and commercial accumulations.
TOWNSHIP
Shrewsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § III]
1. 
Refuse Preparation.
A. 
Refuse, excepting "recycling materials" shall be stored in "containers" which shall be tightly covered. Except in the case of "dumpsters," as defined in this Part, and except in the case of sticks, which shall be tied in bundles not more than four feet long, which bundles shall be considered "containers," containers shall not exceed 32 gallons in capacity and when filled shall not weigh more than 60 pounds; except in use of contractor-provided refuse containers that exceed these regulations.
[Amended by Ord. 2014-03, 5/7/2014]
B. 
Recyclable materials other than cardboard shall be stored in a Township-approved recycling container. Cardboard shall be placed in a dumpster located at the Township building or, in the alternative, broken down into three foot by three foot sections and bundled for removal by the "contractor."
[Amended by Ord. 2014-03, 5/7/2014]
C. 
Rubbish and bulky rubbish shall not be allowed to accumulate on any premises.
[Amended by Ord. 2014-03, 5/7/2014]
D. 
No person shall place refuse in any street, alley, or other public place, or upon any private property within the limits of Shrewsbury Township unless it is placed in a proper "container" meeting the requirements of this Part. No person shall place refuse in a container not owned by him without permission from the owner of the container. Likewise, no person shall throw or deposit refuse in any stream or in any other body of water.
E. 
Any unauthorized accumulation of refuse on any premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited. Failure to remove any existing accumulation of refuse within three days after the effective date of this Part shall be deemed a violation of same.
F. 
Certain materials such as scrap lumber and firewood may be stored and kept on the premises but they shall be stored so that a minimum clear space of 12 inches above the ground surface is provided.
2. 
Refuse Storage for Collection. All refuse storage shall conform to the following standards:
A. 
General. All refuse containers shall be provided by the owners, tenants or occupant of the premises except in the case of a dumpster which shall be provided by the contractor.
B. 
Containers.
(1) 
Reusable containers other than "dumpsters" or "recycling containers" as defined in this Part and other than sticks tied in bundles not more than four feet long, utilized for the storage of refuse, shall have the following characteristics:
[Amended by Ord. 2014-03, 5/7/2014]
(a) 
Constructed in such manner as to be easily handled for collection.
(b) 
Have a capacity not exceeding 32 gallons.
(c) 
When filled not weigh more than 60 pounds.
(d) 
Be constructed of rust and corrosion resistant materials.
(e) 
Be equipped with light fitting lids.
(f) 
Be constructed in such manner as to be watertight, leakproof, weatherproof, insect proof and rodent proof.
(2) 
Methods of Use of Reusable Containers.
(a) 
Containers shall not be filled to the point where the lid will not fit properly.
(b) 
The area around the container shall be kept clean.
(c) 
Containers other than dumpsters are to be placed by the property owner within six feet of the street or alley no earlier than 12:00 noon on the day before scheduled collection and no later than 6:00 a.m. on each day scheduled for collection.
[Amended by Ord. 2014-03, 5/7/2014]
(3) 
Disposable Containers. Disposal containers such as paper and polyethylene bags shall be acceptable for storage of refuse provided the following conditions are met:
(a) 
Only those bags specially designed for storage and collection shall be used.
(b) 
Bags are protected against precipitation, animal damage and overloading to prevent littering or attracting vectors. Any refuse which spills to the ground by reason of breakage or damage to the bag must be promptly cleaned up and placed in an authorized container.
(c) 
Bags have holding strength capable of withstanding stresses until they are collected.
(d) 
Bag opening is securely closed prior to setting out for collection.
(4) 
Dumpsters. All dumpsters shall be constructed of rust and corrosion resistant materials, be equipped with tight-fitting lids and shall be constructed in such manner as to be watertight, leak proof, weatherproof, insect proof and rodent proof and shall be placed so as to enable convenient mechanical unloading by the contractor.
(5) 
No hazardous materials such as paint or chemicals shall be placed in any container for collection.
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § IV]
1. 
No person except the contractor shall collect refuse from any person in the Township excepting that any person who has received the written approval of the Township may collect bulky rubbish.
2. 
All vehicles used for the collection of refuse within the Township shall be of the type designated and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the specific purpose of refuse collection.
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § V]
The maximum quantity of refuse permitted each week for each dwelling unit, rooming unit, or commercial unit not utilizing a dumpster shall be six filled containers plus one or more recycling containers.
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § VI; as amended by Ord. 02-15, 7/3/2002; by Ord. 2004-04, 5/5/2004; and by Ord. 2008-02, 8/6/2008]
Shrewsbury Township, in order to provide refuse collection and disposal service, hereby levies and imposes the following fees:
A. 
The fee for collection and disposal of refuse for each dwelling unit, rooming unit or commercial unit, other than commercial units utilizing a dumpster, shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The owner of the property benefitted shall be responsible for the payment of all fees, charges and penalties imposed by this Section.
B. 
This fee will be billed quarterly/annually by the contractor and will be due and payable 30 days after the billing date. If any fees or charges imposed by this section are not paid within the 30 calendar days after the same shall become due, there shall be added a penalty in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
C. 
If fees remain unpaid after the 60 days as noted above, the contractor, as agent for the township, is authorized to file a civil lawsuit for the collection of charges, interest and costs, including reasonable attorney's fees.
D. 
In the event dumpsters are utilized for the collection of refuse, the owner shall enter into a separate contract with a contractor for the removal of refuse.
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § VII]
In addition to the remedies provided in § 20-106 hereof, the Township shall have available to enforce the collection of fees and other requirements of this Part, all remedies available at law.
[Ord. 02-09, 4/10/2002, § VIII; as amended by Ord. 2008-02, 8/6/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.