[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Fredericksburg 3-8-2016 by Ord. No. 16-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 62, Solid Waste, adopted as Code 1991, §§ 15-1 through 15-13, as amended.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- All materials designated by the Director of Public Works as recyclable.
- All solid waste except for:
- Any vehicle as defined in Code of Virginia § 46.2-100.
The City Council shall from time to time establish fees for municipal trash and recycling services. Such fees and all regulations promulgated by the City Manager under this chapter shall be published in the City administrative manual.
The City Manager may combine the bill for such fees with the bill for water and sewer services, in which case the same billing cycle and due dates shall apply.
Delinquent bills shall be assessed a one-time penalty of 10% of the balance owed on the bill at the time of delinquency, not to exceed $100.
Editor’s Note: Ord. No. 19-05, adopted 2-12-2019, suspended the imposition of penalties under this section for late payment of bills for one billing cycle for bills that became due and owing in January and February 2019.
It shall be the duty of every tenant, lessee, or occupant of any residence or establishment where people reside, congregate or are employed to provide containers sufficient to handle the accumulation of trash during the intervals between collection, except for addresses that the City has designated for the use of City-owned trash carts. All containers shall conform to any regulations promulgated by the Director of Public Works.
Those tenants, lessees, and occupants shall prevent their trash and recycling from scattering by wind, animals, persons, or any natural causes.
All trash stored in City or privately owned trash containers shall be bagged.
All residences and establishments using municipal recycling services shall use recycling containers provided by the Director of Public Works and owned by the City.
Recycling stored in recycling containers shall not be bagged. Plastic bags shall not be placed into recycling containers for recycling.
All residences and establishments in areas designated for the use of City-owned trash carts shall use the trash carts provided by the Director of Public Works and owned by the City.
Placement of dumpsters on public property, specifically including streets, is subject to Chapter 66 of the City Code and any regulations promulgated by the City Manager thereunder.
The Director of Public Works may promulgate regulations on the volume of trash and recycling permitted per container and per collection. He may also promulgate regulations and fees for bulk pickup of trash and recycling.
The user of a cart, container, or dumpster, whether publicly or privately owned, shall keep it maintained and clean.
All containers containing trash or recycling shall be placed at the rear or side of the property for storage between collections, unless otherwise approved in writing by the Director of Public Works or permitted under the Unified Development Ordinance. The Director of Public Works shall designate the days and times during which trash and recycling may be placed at the curb for collection.
Upon the expiration of a lease or other rental agreement, the owners and managers of the property formerly leased or rented shall be responsible for compliance with the obligations of this chapter formerly imposed upon tenants, lessees, or other occupants of the property.
Every trash or recycling collector shall conduct his operation in such a manner as not to hinder or interfere with the collection and disposal of trash and recycling by the City.
Trash or recycling collectors shall not scatter trash or recycling, nor shall they leave trash or recycling in a condition where it could be scattered by people, animals, or natural causes.
All trash and recycling shall be transported in vehicles equipped with covered, watertight, leak-proof bodies or in metal containers with tight-fitting covers.
Vehicles transporting trash and recycling shall be kept clean and as free from offensive odors as reasonably possible.
While engaged in the collection of trash or recycling, vehicles shall not be kept standing on any public or private property longer than reasonably necessary.
The City Manager or his designee shall promulgate regulations establishing the number of weekly trash and recycling collections by the City and other regulations prescribing the methods and procedures for such collections.
Private trash or recycling collectors shall collect trash from customers within the City as often as required by the City Manager to protect the public health and to prevent public nuisances.
All trash shall be deposited at disposal sites designated by the City Manager. The City Manager shall designate the Regional Landfill and Recycling Center at 489 Eskimo Hill Road in Stafford County for the disposal of all trash collected within the City of Fredericksburg.
This section shall not apply to:
Disposal of household waste by occupants of single-family residences or family farms disposing of their own trash in licensed sanitary landfills.
Disposal of solid waste generated, purchased or utilized by an entity engaged in the business of manufacturing, mining, processing, refining or conversion except for an entity engaged in the production of energy or refuse-derived fuels for sale to a person other than any entity controlling, controlled by or under the same control as the manufacturer, miner, processor, refiner or converter.
Disposal of construction debris to be disposed of in a licensed sanitary landfill.
Disposal of trash at any facility:
Which has been issued a solid waste management facility permit by an agency of the commonwealth on or before July 1, 1991; or
For which a Part A permit application for a new solid waste management facility permit, including local governing body certification, was submitted to the Department of Waste Management in accordance with Code of Virginia § 10.1-1408.1(B) on or before December 31, 1991.
Dead animals of sufficiently small size to permit the cover being properly placed on the garbage can after they have been placed therein may be placed in the can with the garbage. Dead animals too large to be so placed in garbage cans must be bagged and transported to the Regional Landfill and Recycling Center at 489 Eskimo Hill Road in Stafford County by and at the expense of the owner of the animal.
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to collect, interfere with, or in any way disturb the contents of any receptacle containing trash or recycling.
The Director of Public Works may assess fees for violations of this chapter, equivalent to the cost to the City of remedying the violation. These fees shall be added to the bill of the person deemed responsible for the violation.
In addition, a violation of this chapter shall be punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Nothing in this chapter precludes criminal penalties for littering under Chapter 38 of the City Code.
The Director of Public Works may refuse to provide municipal trash or recycling service for repeated violations of this chapter.