Township of Ross, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 20-301 Definition.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1993, § 601]
Home composting as a means of recycling plant waste at home is hereby encouraged.

§ 20-302 Participants.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1993, § 602]
All person desiring to participate in a home composting program are hereby further encouraged to procure and read the pamphlet entitled "Home Composting - A Guide to Recycling Plant Waste at Home," prepared by the County of Allegheny Division of Waste Management.

§ 20-303 Prohibited Materials.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1993, § 603]
1. 
The following material is prohibited from being added to the compost pile:
A. 
Bones.
B. 
Dog or cat waste.
C. 
Oil, grease or fat.
D. 
Wood ashes.
E. 
Dairy products.
F. 
Invasive weeds.
G. 
Table scraps.
H. 
Diseased plants.
I. 
Meat or fish scraps.
J. 
Weeds with seeds.
K. 
Tires and/or like and similar rubber products.

§ 20-304 Location From Property.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1993, § 604]
The compost pile shall be located no less than 20 feet from any property line and must be from said property and not brought in from another location.

§ 20-305 Compost Containers Required for Certain Homeowners.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1994, § 605]
All homeowners composting on a lot less than 1/2 acre must utilize an approved composting container. Said composting containers shall be approved by the Township Code Enforcement Officer.

§ 20-306 Enforcement.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1993, § 606]
1. 
Upon the receipt of any complaint of any citizen in the Township of Ross concerning another's composting the same shall be referred to the Ross Township Code Enforcement Officer who shall:
A. 
Conduct an investigation in an attempt to ascertain the cause of the complaint.
B. 
Review with the composter the provisions of this Part and the County of Allegheny home composting guide.
C. 
Issue a warning.
D. 
Upon receipt of the second complaint, shall ascertain if the within Part has been violated and, if so, may issue a citation for the violation thereof.

§ 20-307 Penalties.

[Ord. 1799, 2/8/1993, § 607; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
Any person who violates the within Part shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 plus costs for the first violation and be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 plus costs for every subsequent violation and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. A person found guilty shall also be required to pay all court costs.