Township of Ross, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 20-101 Short Title.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § I]
This Part shall be known and may be cited as the "Township of Ross Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance."

§ 20-102 Definitions.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § II; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
AMBULANCE AUTHORITY BUILDING
The Ross/West View EMS building.
COMMUNITY PARK
Any park including, but not being limited to, Ross Community Park owned and maintained by the Township of Ross.
CONTRACT
The contract, prepared by the Solicitor of Ross Township, between the Township of Ross and the contractor.
CONTRACTOR
As utilized herein, the term "contractor" is defined as and used interchangeably with "hauler, collector and bidder."
CONTRACT TERM
The "length of the contract."
DEP
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
DWELLING UNITS
All one and two family dwelling units.
EQUIPMENT
The equipment required to collect and remove solid waste and recyclables.
FRANCHISE
The exclusive right to collect and remove all solid waste and items designated by the Township of Ross.
MANAGER
The Manager of the Township of Ross.
MUNICIPAL BUILDING
The Ross Township municipal building.
MUNICIPAL GARAGE
The Ross Township municipal garage.
ORDINANCE
The Township of Ross Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance.
RUBBISH, REFUSE AND ASHES
Includes and consist of any and all items normally found around the household including, but being limited to, all items of furniture and appliances, newspapers and magazines (tied in bundles), empty paint cans, grass, weeds, trees and brush (provided trees and brush less than six inches in diameter shall be cut into lengths not over four feet and placed in containers or tied in bundles).
RECYCLABLES
Includes, but not be limited to, clear and colored glass, aluminum, steel and bimetal cans, newsprint and PET 1 and 2 plastics.
SOLICITOR
The Solicitor of the Township of Ross.
SOLID WASTE
Includes all garbage, refuse, rubbish and ashes including, but not limited to, all table and kitchen offal and waste including, cans or containers, broken dishes, glass and china ware together with all paper containers in which such material may be wrapped.
SPECIFICATIONS
The specifications prepared by the Township and submitted, as required by law, to prospective bidders setting forth the terms, nature and extent of the contract to be entered into.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Ross.

§ 20-103 Grant of Franchise.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § III]
The proper officers and officials of the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Ross, after acceptance of bid from the lowest responsible bidder, shall and are hereby directed to adopt a resolution authorizing, empowering and directing the preparation and execution of an agreement with the contractor. The contract shall provide for the grant of the exclusive right, franchise and privilege to the contractor to collect, remove and dispose of solid waste as defined in the specifications from occupied dwelling structures and dwelling units within the Township of Ross for a specified period of time in accordance with the terms and provisions of the "Ross Township Solid Waste Specifications."

§ 20-104 Franchise Is Exclusive.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § IV]
During the term of the contract, no other person, firm, corporation or other entity shall exercise the right, franchise or privilege of collection and/or removing and disposing of solid waste within the Township of Ross, except as may be permitted by the contract.

§ 20-105 Residents Must Use Collection Service.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § V]
All persons occupying dwelling structures and dwelling units as defined herein or the owners of the same in those instances where such owners are obliged to provide for such services in accordance with the provisions of a lease with a tenant, or other applicable circumstances, within the Township of Ross, be and are hereby required to utilize and subscribe to the aforesaid solid waste collection and disposal service, and to pay for the same in accordance with the rates and charges as are set forth in the aforesaid agreement.

§ 20-106 Time and Location for Placement and Removal of All Refuse and Recycling, Including Containers.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § VI; as amended by Ord. 2343, 10/6/2014, § 1]
1. 
All refuse and recycling, including garbage cans and recyclable containers shall not be placed at the curb before 4:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled pick up.
2. 
All refuse and recycling, including garbage cans and recyclable containers shall be removed from the curb and/or the front yard and shall cause to be placed within five feet of the residential property unless otherwise placed out of view by placing garbage cans and recyclable containers either to the rear or side of the residential property, out of view at street level or inside the garage of the residential property not later than 24 hours after pick up.

§ 20-107 Times of Collection; Residential.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § VII; as amended by Ord. 2332, 5/22/2013, § 1]
The contractor shall not collect any solid waste from residential properties or residential districts between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

§ 20-108 Times of Collection; Commercial and/or Nonresidential.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § VIII; as amended by Ord. 2332, 5/22/2013, § 2]
1. 
The contractor shall not collect any solid waste from commercial and/or nonresidential properties within 500 feet of a residence or residential district between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
2. 
The contractor shall not collect any solid waste from commercial and/or nonresidential properties 500 feet or greater of a residence or residential district between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

§ 20-109 Dumping Prohibited.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § IX]
No person shall dump garbage, rubbish, grass, branches, tires, automotive parts, paint cans, building supplies and/or building materials at any place or location within the Township of Ross.

§ 20-110 Penalties.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1994, § X; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
1. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, 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 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
2. 
Any person, firm, corporation or entity who shall violate any of the provisions of § 20-105 hereof, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $25 plus costs for the first offense and a fine of $50 plus costs for each subsequent offense and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.
3. 
Any person, firm, corporation or entity charged with violating any provision hereof shall be so notified, in writing, by the Ross Township Code Enforcement Officer or other designated public official. The violator may, within 48 hours after receiving the notice of violation, pay the applicable fine directly to the Township Treasurer in which event, no formal proceeding shall be commenced.
4. 
All fines set forth herein shall be paid over to the Ross Township Treasurer for the general use of Ross Township.

§ 20-111 Remedy for Violation.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993, § XI]
In addition to the fines and penalties herein set forth, the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Ross may authorize the Solicitor of the Township of Ross to institute, in the name of the Township of Ross, any appropriate action or proceeding to prevent and restrain any act, conduct, business or other thing constituting a continuing violation of any of the provisions of this Part.

§ 20-112 Solid Waste Transportation Vehicle, Recycling Transportation Vehicle, Compactor Vehicle, Roll-Off Container, Solid Waste Storage Container, and Compactor Standards.

[Ord. 1814, 12/13/1993; as added by Ord. 2007, 3/13/2000, § 1]
1. 
Every solid waste transportation vehicle, recycling transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, and compactor used for the storage or transportation of solid waste, waste to be composted or source separated recyclable materials shall have a body constructed of easily cleanable, nonabsorbent, waterproof material with no means of ingress or egress of animal pests.
2. 
All joints in the hauling or storage body of the solid waste storage container, the solid waste transportation vehicle, or the recycling transportation vehicle shall be effectively closed and smooth so that no dripping or leakage of draining water or liquid or any loss of debris can occur.
3. 
A. 
Every solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, recycling transportation vehicle, and compactor shall be provided with a means of covering the solid waste to be hauled or storage, and of keeping such solid waste securely within the hauling or storage body. Waste shall be covered at all times unless actively being loaded or unloaded or otherwise exempt from being covered by this section.
B. 
Roll-off containers shall be securely covered when being transported from a customer's location to a solid waste disposal facility, processing facility, or transfer station and anytime when containing putrescible waste.
C. 
The cover shall be either a tight metal hood or lid having adequate openings fitted with smoothly operating and unloading doors; or a heavy tarpaulin or other cover fitted with proper eyes, grommets, and tie ropes and hooks, whereby the cover can be held securely over the loaded wastes to prevent any waste from blowing or falling out of the hauling body during transportation.
D. 
Solid waste transportation vehicles, compactor vehicles, solid waste storage containers, compactors, recycling transportation vehicles, and roll-off containers which use tarpaulins for covers, are not required to be covered when empty.
4. 
Every solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, recycling transportation vehicle, and compactor shall be kept clean, and in good repair. Rusted through metal, punctures, and other holes constitute disrepair. The owner of the solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, storage container, roll-off container, recycling transportation vehicle, or compactor shall be solely responsible for complying with this section.
5. 
Every solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, recycling transportation vehicle, and compactor shall be cleaned as necessary to arrest odors, and to eliminate breeding places for insects.
6. 
No solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, or compactor shall be used to transport food, food stuffs, or food additives intended for human consumption nor shall they be used to transport materials intended to be used as packaging for food, food stuffs or food additives intended for human consumption.
7. 
Every solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor, vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, and compactor used for hauling municipal waste shall be cleaned and sanitized before being used for purposes other than storage or transportation of waste.
8. 
No solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, or compactor without a permanent cover shall be loaded with waste to a level above the side wall height. A tarpaulin or similar cover is not a permanent cover.
9. 
No solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, recycling transportation vehicle, or compactor shall be loaded with waste in a manner which will permit material to fall to the ground while it is in motion.
10. 
Loose paper, trash, and other waste matters shall be properly secured to prevent such material from blowing or falling out of the solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, or compactor.
11. 
Whenever vehicles are to be used for the transportation of solid waste containers or roll-off containers holding waste matter, the solid waste container or roll-off container becomes the hauling body of the vehicle and shall comply with the requirements of this section pertaining to hauling bodies.
12. 
Every solid waste transportation vehicle, compactor vehicle, solid waste storage container, roll-off container, recycling transportation vehicle, or compactor shall carry a legend on the sidewall the meets the following:
A. 
The sign shall include the name and business address of the person that owns the vehicle or conveyance.
(1) 
The name shall be the actually and commonly recognized name of the person. Abbreviations or acronyms are permissible if they do not obscure this meaning.
(2) 
The address shall include the City, state and five-digit zip code for the principal place of business for the person.
B. 
The sign shall include the specific type of solid waste or recyclable material transported by the vehicle or conveyance.
(1) 
Infectious or chemotherapeutic waste shall be designated:
"INFECTIOUS/CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC WASTE"
(2) 
Municipal waste, including construction/demolition waste, shall be designated:
"MUNICIPAL WASTE"
(3) 
Residual waste shall be designated:
"RESIDUAL WASTE"
(4) 
Mixed municipal and residual waste shall be designated:
"MUNICIPAL/RESIDUAL WASTE"
(5) 
Source-separated recyclable material, leaf waste and yard waste and yard waste to be composted shall be designated:
"RECYCLABLE MATERIALS"
C. 
The sign solid waste transportation vehicles, compactor vehicles or recycling vehicles shall have lettering that is six inches in height. If available space for lettering is so limited that all letters cannot be six inches in height, the lettering shall be as close to six inches as possible. The sign on the solid waste storage containers, roll-off containers or compactors shall be clearly visible and easily readable.
D. 
The sign may be permanent or detachable.
13. 
Except for infectious waste, the storage of solid waste for more than 24 hours in a solid waste transportation vehicle or compactor vehicle is prohibited. Infectious waste may not be storage in an unrefrigerated environment for more than 48 hours; if the infectious waste is stored in a refrigerated environment (2° to 7° C.) or in a frozen environment (-20° to 18° C.), the storage period may not exceed five days.
14. 
Any solid waste transporter or source-separated recyclables transporter discovering a violation of Subsection 13, regarding residential infectious waste, of this section, shall provide educational materials on the proper disposal of residential infectious waste to the offending occupants. The transporter may, at his discretion, notify the Township and the Department of second and subsequent offenses.
15. 
Any violator of this section, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to the following:
A. 
First offense a fine not to exceed $500 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.
B. 
Second offense occurring within one year of the first offense a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to 30 days.
C. 
Third offense occurring within one year of the first offense a fine not to exceed $1,500 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.
D. 
All other offenses occurring within one year of the first offense a fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.