Township of Lower Mount Bethel, PA
Northampton County
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[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 1]
This Part shall be known as the "2010 Lower Mount Bethel Township Refuse and Recycling Collection Ordinance."
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 2]
This Part is enacted pursuant to the authority conferred by the Second Class Township Code, Act 1995-60 of 1995, November 9, P.L. 350, No. 60, § 1, as amended, 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 3; as amended by Ord. 2012-03, 12/10/2012, § 1]
The following words when used in this Part shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ASHES
The residue resulting from the burning of wood, coal, coke or other combustible material.
BULKY RUBBISH
Discarded furniture and large household appliances, including, but not limited to, refrigerators, washing machines, bathtubs, sinks and commodes.
CURBSIDE
A location readily accessible by the refuse or recycling collector of the Township, adjacent to the curb (or adjacent to the roadway if there is not a curb), where each person affected by this Part places refuse for collection.
DISCOUNT
A deduction of a set amount or percentage from the annual refuse collection fee.
DISCOUNT PERIOD
The period of time (days) when a deduction of a set amount or percentage may be deducted from the annual refuse collection fee.
DISPOSAL
The storage, collection, disposal or handling of refuse and/or recycling.
DWELLING UNIT
One or more rooms including a kitchen designed as a single habitable unit for occupancy exclusively by one family for the purpose of cooking, eating, living and sleeping. Such definition of dwelling unit is for the purposes of this Part only and shall have no impact on any other ordinance, including without limitation, the Township Zoning Ordinance [Chapter 27].
GARBAGE
All animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or consumption of foods.
PERSON
Any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation.
REFUSE
All solid wastes, including ashes, garbage and rubbish, excluding body and medical wastes.
REFUSE COLLECTION FEE
The residential waste and recycling bill issued annually by the Township.
RUBBISH
Glass, metal, paper, plant growth, wood or nonputrescible solid wastes.
TOWNSHIP
Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 4]
Pursuant to the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq., the Board of Supervisors of Lower Mount Bethel Township hereby reaffirms the establishment of its refuse and recycling collection program for curbside collection from all dwelling units within Lower Mount Bethel Township. This curbside collection shall not apply to any commercial, municipal or industrial establishment. The Township may decide to enter into an exclusive contract with a refuse hauler to collect all refuse and recycling within the Township.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 5]
The Township is herby authorized, from time to time, to supplement, clarify and detail the provisions of this Part with those rules and regulations not inconsistent herewith. Such rules and regulations may include but are not limited to provisions concerning dates, times and places of pickups, containers and quantities, pre-collection and collection procedures, charges, billings, exonerations and enforcement.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 6; as amended by Ord. 2012-03, 12/10/2012, § 1]
1. 
Place of Collection. For collection purposes, refuse and recycling containers shall be placed at ground level, curbside, on the property, not within the cartway of a street or alley in such a manner as is easily accessible from the side of the street or alley from which collection is made. All refuse and recycling shall be placed curbside in such a way that it can be handled conveniently and will not be disseminated by wind or otherwise while awaiting collection. No refuse and recycling containers shall be placed for collection earlier than 6:00 a.m. of the day prior to a scheduled collection date. No refuse or recycling containers shall remain curbside or in the vicinity of the cartway of the street or alley beyond 6:00 p.m. of the day following a scheduled collection date.
2. 
Frequency of Collection. Refuse shall be collected one time per week and recycling shall be collected one time every other week on the same day as refuse collection. Bulky rubbish shall be collected in accordance with those rules and regulations established pursuant to this Part.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 7]
It shall be the duty and responsibility of every owner of a dwelling unit to pay a refuse collection fee for the collection and disposal of refuse and recycling. No agreement between an owner and occupant or other person shall relieve the owner of a dwelling unit from liability for payment of the refuse collection fee. The amount of the refuse collection fee shall be in such amounts and calculated in such manner as may be established from time to time by resolution of the Township. The refuse collection fee shall be reviewed annually and adjusted as deemed necessary in the sole discretion of the Board of Supervisors to ensure that all costs involved in the collection and disposal of refuse and recycling, including administrative costs of the Township, are recovered by the refuse collection fee. The Township may, by resolution, set any applicable discount and discount period on an annual basis.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 8]
The above fee shall be designated on the sanitation assessment bill sent by the Township to the dwelling unit owner. The refuse collection fee shall be due on or before the date(s) established by resolution of the Township from time to time. A late fee of 10% will be added to all refuse collection fees paid after the due date(s) provided by resolution. Failure to receive a bill will not exempt the dwelling unit owner from payment of the refuse collection fee due.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 9]
The Township shall collect, by suit or otherwise, all refuse collection fees, late fees, interest, court costs, reasonable attorneys' fees, fines and penalties due and unpaid in any manner permitted by law. If for any reason any fee is not paid when due, the dwelling unit owner shall be liable for all costs of collection, including court costs and reasonable attorneys fees.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 10]
Unpaid refuse collection fees imposed by this Part, together with sums contemplated by §§ 20-109 and 20-111 hereof, shall be a lien on the property serviced by the refuse and recycling collector contracted by the Township, and such refuse collection fees which shall be delinquent may be filed as a lien against the property so serviced. Said lien shall be filed in the manner provided by law in the office of the Prothonotary of Northampton County, Pennsylvania and shall be collected in the manner provided for by law for the collection of municipal claims.
[Ord. 2010-01, 1/18/2010, § 11; as amended by A.O.]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.