City of Warren, PA
Warren County
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There is hereby established a municipal recycling program for the mandatory separation of recyclable materials from solid waste by persons residing in residential property or dwelling units. Such separation shall be in a manner as determined by the collector.
B. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works and the Recycling Coordinator for the City, in concert with the collector, shall establish a procedure for the collection, removal, and disposal of recyclable materials, including the times, methods for collection, and routes of service.
C. 
The collector will be requested to hold scheduled events during which City residents may take e-waste and tires to a centralized disposal site. An additional fee may be charged by the collector for disposal of such.
A. 
All persons shall separate recyclable materials from other waste material generated and shall store such materials until collection. For collection purposes, recyclable materials shall be placed in approved containers.
B. 
All persons shall separate leaf waste from other waste materials generated at their residential property or dwelling unit for collection in the fall by the City, unless such persons have otherwise provided for the composting of leaf waste. Residents may deposit leaf waste in the appropriate dumpster located at a place designated by the Director of the Department of Public Works for the City. This "dropoff" program is available year-round.
C. 
All persons shall separate brush waste from other waste materials generated at their residential property or dwelling unit for collection in the spring by the City. Residents may also deposit brush waste in the appropriate dumpster located at a place designated by the Director of the Department of Public Works for the City. This "dropoff" program is available year-round.
D. 
All persons shall separate grass clippings from other waste materials (including leaf and brush waste) generated at their residential property or dwelling unit. The City offers no accommodation for the disposal of grass clippings.
E. 
Natural Christmas trees, with all decorations, including, but not limited to, tinsel, garland, lights, and ornaments, removed, may be dropped off by City residents at a location designated by the Director of the Department of Public Works through January 31.
F. 
Residents are to legally dispose of the following items by making arrangements with an appropriate collector: scrap metal, construction debris, and household hazardous waste.
A. 
Commercial, institutional, and industrial establishments shall separate, store and provide for collection of recyclable materials. At least annually, all such commercial, industrial, and institutional establishments shall provide written documentation to the City of the total number of tons recycled.
B. 
An owner of a multifamily rental property with four or more units shall establish a collection system for recyclable materials at each property. The collection system must include suitable containers for the collection and sorting (if required) of recyclable materials in easily accessible locations, and written instructions concerning the use and availability of the collection system must be provided to tenants. Owners who comply with the terms of this subsection shall not be responsible for the noncompliance of occupants of their building(s).
C. 
Screening shall be provided as required by the City of Warren Zoning Ordinance, as may be amended from time to time.
A. 
No person shall place or dispose of any recyclable materials in or about any street, sidewalk, roadway, highway, or other public area or in or upon any private property, whether owned by such person or not, within the City except in proper containers for collection as prescribed for in this article.
B. 
Any unauthorized accumulation of recyclable materials on any premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.
C. 
No person shall throw or deposit any recyclable materials in any river, stream or other body of water in the City or so cast, place, sweep or deposit, anywhere within the City, any recyclable materials in such manner that they may be carried or deposited by the elements, animals, or other persons upon any street, sidewalk, alley, parkway, river, stream, body of water, or other public place within the City.
D. 
No person shall haul, transport or convey any recyclable materials which may be lost from the carrier vehicle during collection or transport.
E. 
No person shall ignite or feed an open fire for the destruction of recyclable materials or in the conduct of a salvage operation in any public or private place outside of any building or cause, suffer, allow or permit the maintenance of any open fire for the destruction of recyclable materials.
A. 
Ownership of any recyclable materials is retained by persons at residential properties or dwelling units until the materials are placed at the curbside. Thereafter, they become the property of the City of Warren or its collector.
B. 
It shall be a violation of this article for any unauthorized persons to collect or pick up or cause to be picked up any such recyclable materials. Each such collection in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a person from taking recyclable materials to a recycling center or collection site.
D. 
Nothing contained in this chapter shall prohibit a gardener from carrying out the normal activities of gardening, including composting and spreading of agricultural wastes.
All collectors of recyclable materials who make regular collections at intervals of three months or less, servicing commercial, multifamily rental properties, industrial, and institutional establishments within the City of Warren, shall register with the City Manager's office, providing the following information:
A. 
Copy of state-issued license as a hauler/disposer of recyclable materials;
B. 
Business office address and telephone number;
C. 
Number and type of collection vehicles to be used;
D. 
License numbers of collection vehicles to be used;
E. 
Copy of certificate of insurance providing complete third-party comprehensive, bodily injury, and property damage and liability insurance, the limits of which shall be in accordance with City policy;
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List of establishments being served;
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Schedule of collections;
H. 
Materials to be collected at each establishment;
I. 
Quarterly total volume reports of recyclable items;
J. 
Name and address of market for recyclable items.
Except in cases of emergency, as determined by the City, collection of recyclable materials is permitted only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, excluding New Year's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
A. 
Each residential property within the City is to be served by a collector. The owner of such property shall be responsible for payment to the City of any related service charges.
B. 
If a residential property is vacant, recycling charges and services will be terminated if the owner provides the City with proof that the residence is vacant and unoccupied and that the water service has been terminated. Service and charges therefor shall resume upon occupancy of the residence. A charge for resumption of service may be established by resolution of City Council.
C. 
In the event payments for service are not paid when due, the City shall have the right to collect amounts due in any manner permitted by law, including, but not limited to, seeking recovery action at law, and filing a municipal lien or claim against the subject property. In any collection proceeding, the City shall recover its costs and reasonable legal fees to the fullest extent permitted by law.
D. 
The owner of residential property including dwelling units is responsible for the payment of recycling collection fees on a monthly or quarterly basis as hereinafter determined. The due date on any recycling collection fee shall be 20 days after the billing date as shown on a monthly or quarterly statement. Any recycling collection fee not paid on or before the fifth day after the due date on the statement rendered shall become a lien upon the real estate upon which service was provided. On any recycling collection fee charge remaining unpaid five days after the due date, there shall be assessed a penalty of 1 1/2% per month (to be applied to all unpaid charges and penalties).
E. 
In the event that sewer charges as defined in Chapter 380, Article II, as amended, are billed concurrently with recycling collection fees, and insufficient payment is made, monies so paid shall first be applied against any amounts outstanding for recycling collection fees, with the balance remaining, if any, to be applied to outstanding sewer charges. However, in the case of delinquent sewer and recycling fees, application of payments will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.[1]
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Editor's Note: See 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq.
F. 
The City may refer to a collection agency any recycling collection fee charges and penalties remaining unpaid 90 days after the initial due date, and the customer shall be assessed for the cost and fees of collection. In addition, the City may take such other legal actions as may be appropriate to collect all sums due the City.
A. 
Any person who is not acting in compliance with the requirements of this article as determined by the City Code Enforcement Officer shall be given a written notice by hand delivery or by regular mail, at his last known or readily ascertainable address, of the violation and action required to avoid further enforcement proceedings. If corrective action is not taken within 30 days of the date of the written notice, the Code Office may institute proceedings in any court of law for a penalty or such other legal relief as is permitted.
B. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 plus costs. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.