Town of Windsor, CT
Hartford County
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Sec. 8-20 Definitions.

[Added 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 14-01]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AIRCRAFT
Any contrivance now known or hereafter invented, used or designated for navigation or for flight in the air. The word "aircraft" shall include helicopters and lighter-than-air dirigibles, unmanned drones, and balloons.
COMMERCIAL HANDBILL
Any printed or written matter, any sample or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, paper, booklet, or any other printed or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter of literature which:
(1) 
Advertises for sale any merchandise product, commodity or thing;
(2) 
Directs attention to any business or mercantile or commercial establishment, or other activity for the purpose of either directly or indirectly promoting the interest thereof by sales; or
(3) 
Directs attention to or advertises any meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind for which an admission fee is charged for the purpose of private gain or profit; but the terms of this clause shall not apply where an admission fee is charged or a collection is taken up for the purpose of defraying the expenses incident to such meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind, when either of the same is held, given or takes place in connection with the dissemination of information which is not restricted under the ordinary rules of decency, good morals, public peace, safety, and good order, provided that nothing contained in this clause shall be deemed to authorize the holding, giving or taking place of any meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind without a license where such license is or may be required by any law of this state or under any ordinance of this Town; or
(4) 
While containing reading matter other than advertising matter, is predominantly and essentially an advertisement and is distributed or circulated for advertising purposes, or for the private benefit and gain of any person so engaged as advertiser or distributor.
LITTER
Any discarded, used or unconsumed substance or waste material, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper, or other material or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including, but not limited to, any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any trash, refuse or solid waste, as defined herein, and all other waste material.
NONCOMMERCIAL HANDBILL
Any printed or written matter, any sample, or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, newspaper, magazine, paper, booklet, or any other matter printed or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter or literature not included in the aforesaid definitions of a commercial handbill or newspaper.

Sec. 8-21 Depositing litter in public places.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990; amended 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 14-01]
No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the Town except in public receptacles, in authorized private receptacles for collection or in official Town refuse disposal areas.

Sec. 8-22 Placement of litter in receptacles so as to prevent scattering.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
Persons placing litter in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon private property.

Sec. 8-23 Sweeping litter into gutters; keeping sidewalk liter-free.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Town the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of such property free of litter.

Sec. 8-24 Merchant's duty to keep sidewalk free of litter.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990; Ord. No. 90-6, 12-3-1990; amended 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 14-01]
(a) 
No person owning or occupying a place of business shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Town the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying places of business within the Town shall keep the sidewalk in front of such business free of litter.
(b) 
The owner or person in control of any establishment where removal by customers of single-service food and beverage containers, food or beverage wrappers, bags or boxes is likely to result in consumption or utilization of the package outside of the customer's home and the package become litter shall conform to the following: The owner or person in control shall be responsible for litter control from their establishment within a five-hundred-foot radius of such establishment.

Sec. 8-25 Litter thrown by persons in vehicles.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person while a driver or passenger in a vehicle shall throw or deposit litter upon any street or other public place within the Town or upon private property.

Sec. 8-26 Vehicle loads causing litter.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Town unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load, contents or litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place.

Sec. 8-27 Litter in parks.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any park within the Town except in public receptacles and in such a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any part of the park or upon any street or other public place. Where public receptacles are not provided, all such litter shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere as provided herein.

Sec. 8-28 Litter in fountains and bodies of water.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990; amended 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 14-01]
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any fountain, pond, lake, stream, river or any other body of water in a park or elsewhere in the Town.

Sec. 8-29 Placing commercial and noncommercial handbills on vehicles.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any vehicle in a manner to cause litter; provided, however, it shall not be unlawful in any public place for a person to hand out or distribute without charge to the receiver thereof a noncommercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to accept it.

Sec. 8-30 Depositing commercial and noncommercial handbills on uninhabited or vacant premises.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any private premises which are temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant.

Sec. 8-31 Distribution of handbills where property is posted.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill upon any private premises if requested by anyone thereon not to do so, or if there is placed on such premises in a conspicuous position near the entrance thereof a sign bearing the words: "No Trespassing," "No Peddlers or Agents," "No Advertisement," or any similar notice indicating in any manner that the occupants of such premises do not desire to be molested or have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any such handbills left upon such premises.

Sec. 8-32 Manner of distributing commercial and noncommercial handbills at inhabited private premises; exemptions.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
(a) 
No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or handing or transmitting any such handbill directly to the owner, occupant or other person then present in or upon such private premises; provided, however, in case of inhabited private premises which are not posted, as provided in this article, such person, unless requested by anyone upon such premises not to do so, may place or deposit any such handbill in or upon such inhabited private premises if such handbill is so placed or deposited as to secure or prevent such handbill from being blown or drifted about such premises or sidewalks, streets or other public places, and except that mailboxes may not be so used when so prohibited by federal postal law or regulations.
(b) 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States, nor to the newspapers (as defined herein) except that newspapers shall be placed on private property in such a manner as to prevent their being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon private property.

Sec. 8-33 Dropping litter from aircraft.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person in an aircraft shall throw out, drop or deposit within the Town any litter, handbill or any other object.

Sec. 8-34 Posting notices on poles, etc.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device calculated to attract the attention of the public to any lamp post, public utility pole or shade tree, or upon any public structure or building, except as may be authorized or required by law.

Sec. 8-35 Litter not to be placed on occupied private property.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall throw or deposit litter on any occupied private property within the Town, whether owned by such person or not, except that the owner or person in control of private property may maintain authorized private receptacles from collection in such a manner that litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or any other public place or upon any private property.

Sec. 8-36 Owner to maintain premises free of litter.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter; provided, however, this section shall not prohibit the storage of litter in authorized private receptacles for collection.

Sec. 8-37 Litter not to be placed on vacant lots.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990]
No person shall throw or deposit litter on any open or vacant private property within the Town, whether or not owned by such person.

Sec. 8-38 Notice to remove.

[Ord. No. 90-5, 10-15-1990; amended 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 14-01]
The Town Manager or his designee is hereby authorized and empowered to notify the owner of any open or vacant private property within the Town, or the agent of such owner, to properly dispose of litter located on such owner's property. Such notice shall be by registered or certified mail and addressed to the owner at such owner's last known address.

Sec. 8-39 (Reserved)