Borough of Verona, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 210-6 General.

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 Borough, state, and federal Laws and regulations.

§ 210-7 Residential properties.

A. 
Storage. Municipal waste, recyclables and leaf and yard waste accumulated by owners of residential properties and/or the occupants of residential properties shall be placed in closed or covered containers or bags for collection by the Borough's exclusive hauler. Use of dumpsters at multifamily establishments shall comply with the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Exclusive contract with Borough. The Borough may authorize a designated agent to award and administer an exclusive contract for the collection and transportation of municipal waste, recyclables and leaf and yard waste. The Borough 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, recyclables and leaf and yard waste collection, processing and disposal.
C. 
Curbside collection time and responsibility for spillage.
(1) 
Residents shall place municipal waste in a bag and/or garbage containers, and recyclables in a recycling cart at the curbside for collection no earlier than 6:00 p.m. of the day before collection, and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection to provide sufficient time to permit collection.
(2) 
The collection course and the schedule of collection days shall be determined by the Borough Manager or his/her 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 prior to the collection by the Borough's contractor.
D. 
Preparation for curbside collection.
(1) 
The resident shall maintain the area around the containers, bags, carts and items placed at the curb for collection to provide unobstructed access by the Borough's contractor, including the removal of snow and ice.
(2) 
Solid waste. All municipal solid waste shall be bagged even if a garbage container is used, except as provided herein.
(a) 
Garbage containers and/or bag(s) shall be 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.
(b) 
Garbage containers and/or bag(s) shall be placed so as to not block or interfere with the street right-of-way or public place.
(c) 
Filled garbage container(s) and/or bag(s) placed at curbside for collection shall not exceed 40 pounds in weight. The lid of a garbage container shall close securely and bags shall be tied at the top to prevent any spillage of municipal waste.
(3) 
Bulk items and white goods. Some solid waste disposal items are too large to fit into a garbage container or bag(s). These include nonputrescible wastes such as lamps, vacuum cleaners, mattresses and box springs, bicycles, sofas, large overstuffed chairs, washers, dryers, hot water tanks and similar large household appliances, not identified in the Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010.[1]
(a) 
Bulk items and white goods may be placed at the curbside for collection by the Borough's contractor on the designated week per month established by the Borough, on the same regularly scheduled weekday as garbage collection.
(b) 
All appliances containing Freon must have the Freon removed and a tag affixed by a state-certified technician prior to curbside collection. All refrigerator and freezer doors shall be removed prior to placing at curbside for collection.
(c) 
Pianos, organs, spas, hot tubs and furnaces are not acceptable for collection.
(d) 
Bulk items and white goods 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 garbage, leaf and yard waste, and/or recycling container(s), or any street right-of-way or
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Editor's Note: See P.S. § 6031.101 et seq.
(4) 
Recyclables. Recyclables shall be placed unbagged in a recycling cart supplied by the Borough.
(a) 
Recycling carts shall be placed at the curb within eight feet of the curb or edge of roadway, on a level spot on the dwelling unit's property.
(b) 
Recycling carts shall be placed in such a manner to not interfere or block the street right-of-way or public space.
(c) 
Recycling carts placed at curbside for collection shall not exceed 40 pounds in weight. The lid of a recycling cart shall close securely to prevent any spillage of the recyclables.
E. 
Ownership and care of recycling carts.
(1) 
All recycling carts are the property of Verona Borough.
(2) 
Customers shall exercise reasonable care and custody of the recycling carts they are assigned and shall only utilize the recycling carts for the purposes they were provided.
(3) 
Customers shall maintain the recycling carts in a sanitary condition at all times and shall not remove the carts from the property to which the cart was assigned by the Borough. Recycling carts must stay with the original residence to which it was assigned, even if a resident moves.
(4) 
Recycling carts may not be left at the curbside or at the edge of the roadway between collection days.
(5) 
Additional recycling carts shall be supplied at the expense of the resident.
F. 
Ownership and care of garbage carts.
(1) 
All garbage carts which may be made available for rent by the Borough's contractor are the property of the Borough's contractor.
(2) 
Customers shall exercise reasonable care and custody of the garbage carts they rent and shall only utilize the garbage carts for the purposes they were provided.
(3) 
Customers shall maintain the garbage carts in a sanitary condition at all times.
(4) 
Garbage carts may not be left at the curbside or at the edge of the roadway between collection days.

§ 210-8 Commercial, industrial, institutional properties and community activities.

A. 
Collection. All owners and occupants of commercial, industrial and institutional properties shall provide and pay for the regular collection and removal of municipal waste and recyclables from the property through a contract with a licensed hauler.
B. 
Containers. All property owners and/or organizers of community activities shall provide and pay for containers for the storage and collection of municipal waste and make proper arrangements for such regular collection that containers do not become overfilled between collections through a contract with a licensed hauler.
C. 
Baled or bundled recyclable material. Commercial, industrial, and institutional properties may store baled or bundled recyclables outside of containers, provided that the bales or bundles are securely tied and of a size that can be readily handled for collection, in a manner that minimizes litter, safety hazards, and fire hazards.
D. 
Location of containers, bales or bundles. Dumpsters for the storage and collection of municipal waste and recyclables at commercial, industrial, or institutional properties shall be located on the customer's premises.
(1) 
The location, and buffering, if required, shall be in compliance with zoning or other applicable municipal requirements for the location of such containers, bales or bundles.
(2) 
Such locations shall not interfere with public or private sidewalks, walkways, driveways, roads, streets, Borough rights-of-way, highways, alleys, or entrances and exits of public or private buildings.

§ 210-9 Recyclables.

A. 
Separation of recyclables. Source-separated recyclables shall be kept separate from and collected/transported and processed separately from municipal waste and yard waste.
B. 
Collection.
(1) 
For residential properties, all recyclables shall be placed at the curbside, as specifically provided herein.
(2) 
Commercial, industrial and institutional properties shall not place source-separated recyclables at the curbside for collection; such curbside collection being intended solely for the placement of recyclables generated in residential properties.
(3) 
For commercial, industrial and institutional properties, all source-separated 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. Property owners shall provide containers for the storage and collection of source-separated recyclable materials and make proper arrangements for such collection.
(4) 
Commercial recycling services. All licensed haulers must include recycling as part of the municipal waste collection services provided to each commercial or multifamily dwelling location to the extent required by this chapter.
(5) 
All licensed haulers shall transport collected recyclables to a recycling facility and source-separated recyclables shall not be commingled, during collection or otherwise, with municipal waste or leaf and yard waste.
C. 
Donation of materials. Any person may donate or sell recyclables to individuals or organizations.

§ 210-10 (Reserved)

§ 210-11 Authorization of collectors.

A. 
Licensed haulers. It shall be unlawful for any person other than persons authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and registered with Verona Borough as a regular hauling business to collect and/or transport municipal waste and recyclables generated within the Borough, except as specifically provided herein.
B. 
Registration with the Borough. All persons who, as a regular hauling business, collect and/or transport municipal waste and recyclables generated within the limits of Verona Borough must register with the Borough.
(1) 
A person who has obtained an authorization from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Waste Transportation Safety Act (Pennsylvania Act 90) authorizing said person to collect, transport, and/or dispose of municipal solid waste, and bulk waste from residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional establishments must register his intent to operate within Verona Borough to be considered a licensed hauler.
(a) 
Such persons must complete and submit forms developed by the Borough and present documentation of such authorization to the Manager of Verona Borough or designee.
(2) 
A person that is not required to obtain a license issued under the Waste Transportation Safety Act (Pennsylvania Act 90) and/or a person that collects, transports, and/or processes only source-separated recyclables from residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional establishments must register his intent to operate within Verona Borough to be considered a licensed hauler.
(a) 
Such persons must complete and submit forms developed by the Borough to the Borough Council of Verona Borough or its designee.

§ 210-12 Collection by unauthorized persons.

A. 
Licensed hauler. Except as specifically provided herein, it shall be a violation of the 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 leaf and yard waste. Each such collection in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as provided for in this chapter.
B. 
Property of Borough. Any municipal waste, recyclables and leaf and yard waste located at the curbside is the property of the Borough until collected by the Borough contractor.
C. 
Drop-off or storage bins. Any recyclables deposited at drop-off sites, or in storage bins associated with residential dwellings, is the property of the Borough until collected by the Borough or by the Borough's contractor.
D. 
Nonresidential storage bins or detachable containers. Any municipal waste, recyclables and yard waste deposited in storage bins or dumpsters 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.
E. 
Allegheny County containers. Recyclable material deposited in containers owned or contracted by the Allegheny County Recycling and Solid Waste Agency is the property of the county.
F. 
Scavenging. Scavenging or pilfering of municipal waste, recyclables or yard waste shall constitute a violation of this chapter.

§ 210-13 Transportation of municipal solid waste, recyclables or yard waste.

A. 
Spillage. Any person transporting municipal waste, recyclables or yard waste within the Borough shall prevent or remedy any spillage from vehicles or containers used in the transport of such material.
B. 
Vehicle markings. The licensed hauler 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 markings, signs, or decals identifying them as being municipal solid waste collection vehicles, and stating the name and phone number of the licensed hauler.
C. 
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.
D. 
Vehicle transfers. The transfer of municipal waste, recyclables and/or yard waste from one collection vehicle to another may not take place within Verona Borough, 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 Borough or provision of statutory law.

§ 210-14 Disposal of municipal waste.

All municipal waste generated, collected, and transported from within the jurisdictional limits of the Borough shall be disposed of at the facilities designated in the Allegheny County Solid Waste Management Plan.

§ 210-15 Unlawful disposition of municipal waste.

It shall be unlawful for any person to bring any municipal waste into Verona Borough or to transport municipal waste from one address to another within or outside of the Borough for the purpose of taking advantage of the Borough's collection service and/or to avoid the cost of collection, except as specifically provided herein.

§ 210-16 Bulk waste and white goods.

A. 
Transportation and disposal. Bulk waste and white goods shall be disposed of in accordance with the Allegheny County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan at a permitted disposal facility, a facility specially designated by the Borough 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.
B. 
Non-solid-waste business-related transportation. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to prohibit a 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 Allegheny County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan in accordance with the regulations of the disposal facility.

§ 210-17 Construction and demolition waste.

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 Borough, 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.

§ 210-18 Dumping/litter.

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 Borough, 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 within the Borough.

§ 210-19 Exclusions.

A. 
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 Borough, state, and federal laws and regulations.
B. 
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 and its amendments. All hazardous or residual waste must be disposed of in compliance with applicable Borough, state, and federal laws and regulations as may be in effect or subsequently imposed.
C. 
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 Allegheny County Solid Waste Management Plan in accordance with the regulations of the disposal facility.
D. 
Placement exemptions.
(1) 
The Borough may grant exceptions to the placement of municipal waste and recyclables 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.
(2) 
The Borough may grant exceptions to the placement of municipal waste and recyclables at the curbside when the Borough has determined it is not physically possible to place those items at the curbside. At such time the Borough will identify the alternative placement location.
(3) 
Residential property owners, who do not fit within Subsection D(1) or (2) 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.