Borough of Homestead, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted 10-14-1974 as Ch. 55 of the 1974 Code (Ch. 219, Art. I, of the 1999 Code)]
Every person whose garbage, rubbish and refuse is collected under contract of the Borough shall comply with the following regulations for receptacles.
For the purposes of this Part, the following shall serve to define the subject matters hereof:
DWELLING UNIT
Any room, group of rooms, enclosures, etc., occupied or intended for occupancy as a separate living quarters by one family or other group of persons living together or by persons living alone.
[Added 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 991]
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.[1]
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING
Includes all buildings not defined as residential. A building may be residential and nonresidential.
[Added 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 991]
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
REFUSE
All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, except body wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles and solid market and industrial wastes.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
Any building being used as a single-family residence whether or not it is presently occupied, or any building capable of being used as a residential home where there is the capability on the date of this Part or any time in the future to house tenants on the premises whether separate, apart or within the primary structure of the building; or any room, group of rooms, house trailer or enclosure occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters by a family or a group of persons living together or by a person living alone shall be classified as a residential building.
[Added 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 991]
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes (excluding ashes), consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
[1]
Editor's Note: The definition of "health and sanitation fee," added 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 991, which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 1-29-2001 by Ord. No. 1115.
Every householder, proprietor of a hotel, restaurant, boardinghouse, market, store or other place shall provide or cause to be provided suitable receptacles for garbage, rubbish and refuse, to be placed at a location on the property most convenient for collections.
The receptacles for garbage, rubbish and refuse, when mixed in the same container, shall be of galvanized iron, light metal or heavy plastic, and shall be watertight and provided with suitable handles and tight-fitting covers that will prevent the access of flies to the contents. The capacity shall be not less than four gallons nor more than 20 gallons, and the weight not more than 75 pounds when filled to capacity. A suitable number of such receptacles shall be provided by the owner or occupant at each location, shall be kept covered at all times, shall be kept clean and no rainwater or other liquid shall be allowed to enter the same.
All refuse and rubbish, when not mixed with garbage, may be placed in metal or plastic containers provided with suitable handles and sufficient in size and number to accommodate the particular needs, which containers shall not be larger than a half-barrel capacity and when filled shall not exceed 75 pounds.
No garbage will be removed or placed in the collection truck, unless the garbage is securely wrapped in paper and placed in metal or heavy plastic containers with a tight lid and placed at the curb. Ashes must be in a sturdy container; paper must be in a tight container; brush must be tied in bunches with string; and newspapers must be tied in tight bundles.
Owners or operators of apartment houses shall furnish community receptacles for garbage and rubbish in which tenants may empty the receptacles used for each apartment.
[Added 6-9-1994 by Ord. No. 1060; amended 1-29-2001 by Ord. No. 1115]
Debts recoverable. All fines and penalties imposed by this Part shall be recoverable by the Borough of Homestead as other debts are recoverable.
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 219-8, Responsibility of owners for payment and health and sanitation fee, added 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 991, was repealed 1-28-2001 by Ord. No. 1115.
Any person who shall be convicted of violating any provisions of this Part shall be guilty of a summary offense, and upon conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not more than $1,000, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of the fine or costs, shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail or other appropriate detention center for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation continues shall be considered a separate and distinct violation.
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 219-9, Imposition of health and sanitation fee on residential buildings, added 12-8-1998 by Ord. No. 991, as amended, was repealed 1-28-2001 by Ord. No. 1115.
[Adopted 4-8-1993 by Ord. No. 1041 (Ch. 219, Art. II, of the 1999 Code)]
This Part shall be known and referred to as the "Homestead Solid Waste Ordinance."
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The following words and phrases as used in this Part shall have the meaning ascribed herein, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ACT or ACT 97
The Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act of 1980 (P.L. 380, No. 97, July 7, 1980).[1]
AGRICULTURAL WASTE
Poultry and livestock manure, or residual materials in liquid or solid form, generated in the production and marketing of poultry, livestock, fur-bearing animals and their products, provided that such waste is not a hazardous waste. The term includes the residual materials generated in producing, harvesting and marketing of all agronomic, horticultural, silvicultural and agricultural crops or commodities grown on what are usually recognized and excepted as farms, forests or other agricultural lands.
BULKY WASTE
Large items of solid waste, including but not limited to appliances, furniture, large auto parts, trees, branches or stumps which may require special handling due to their size, shape or weight.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment engaged in nonmanufacturing or nonprocessing business, including but not limited to stores, markets, office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers and theaters.
CONSTRUCTION DEMOLITION WASTE
All municipal and residual waste building materials, grubbing waste and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition operations on houses, commercial buildings and other structures and pavements.
DEPARTMENT
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
DISPOSAL
The incineration, deposition, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking or placing of solid waste into or on the land or water in a manner that the solid waste or a constituent of the solid waste enters the environment, is emitted into the air or is discharged to the waters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
DOMESTIC WASTE or HOUSEHOLD WASTE
Solid waste, comprised of garbage and rubbish, which normally originates in the residential private household or apartment house.
GARBAGE
Any solid waste derived from animal, grain, fruit or vegetable matter that is capable of being decomposed by microorganisms with sufficient rapidity to cause such nuisances as odors, gases or vectors.
HAULER or PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Any person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation that has been licensed by the Allegheny County Department of Health and the municipality which collects, transports and disposes of refuse for a fee.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Any solid waste or combination of solid wastes, as defined in the Act, which because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics may: cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in morbidity in either an individual or the total population; or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of or otherwise managed.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment engaged in manufacturing or processing, including but not limited to factories, foundries, mills, processing plants, refineries, mines and slaughterhouses.
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment engaged in service, including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, schools and universities.
LICENSE
Any written authorization or approval issued by the Borough of Homestead which permits any person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation to collect, transport, and/or dispose of garbage, rubbish or refuse in or from the Borough of Homestead.
MUNICIPAL WASTE
Garbage, refuse, industrial lunchroom or office waste and other material including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material resulting from operation of residential, municipal, commercial or institutional establishments and from community activities; and any sludge not meeting the definition of residual or hazardous waste under Act 97 from a municipal, commercial or institutional water supply treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant or air pollution control facility. The term does not include source-separated recyclable materials.
MUNICIPALITY
The Borough of Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, institution, cooperative enterprise, state institution and agency, or any other legal entity which is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties. In any provisions of this Part prescribing a fine, imprisonment or penalty, or any combination of the foregoing, the term "person" shall include the officers and directors of any corporation or other legal entity having officers and directors.
PROCESSING
Any technology used for the purpose of reducing the volume or bulk of municipal or residual waste or any technology used to convert part of all of such waste materials for off-site reuse. Processing facilities include, but are not limited to, transfer facilities, composting facilities and resource recovery facilities.
REFUSE
All solid waste materials which are discarded as useless.
RESIDUAL WASTE
Any garbage, refuse, other discarded material or other waste including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous materials resulting from industrial, mining and agricultural operations and any sludge from an industrial, mining or agricultural water supply treatment facility, wastewater treatment facility or air pollution control facility, provided that it is not hazardous. The term "residual waste" shall not include coal refuse as defined in the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act.[2] Residual waste shall not include treatment sludges from coal mine drainage treatment plants, disposal of which is being carried on pursuant to and in compliance with a valid permit issued pursuant to the Clean Streams Law.[3]
RUBBISH
All nonputrescible municipal waste except garbage and other decomposable matter. This category includes but is not limited to ashes, bedding, cardboard, cans, crockery, glass, paper, wood and yard cleanings.
SCAVENGING
The unauthorized and uncontrolled removal of material placed for collection or from a solid waste processing or disposal facility.
SEWAGE TREATMENT RESIDUES
Any coarse screenings, grit and dewatered or air-dried sludges from sewage treatment plants and pumpings from septic tanks or septage which are a municipal solid waste and require proper disposal under Act 97.
SOLID WASTE
Any waste, including but not limited to municipal residual or hazardous wastes, including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material.
SOURCE-SEPARATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials separated at the point of origin for the purpose of being recycled.
STORAGE
The containment of any waste on a temporary basis in such a manner as not to constitute disposal of such waste. It shall be presumed that the containment of any waste in excess of one year constitutes disposal. This presumption can be overcome by clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.
TRANSPORTATION
The off-site removal of any solid waste at any time after generation.
TRANSFER STATION
Any supplemental transportation facility used as an adjunct to solid waste route collection vehicles.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 6018.101 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: 52 P.S. § 30.51 et seq.
[3]
Editor's Note: 35 P.S. § 691.1 et seq.
2. 
In this Part, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to accumulate or permit to accumulate upon any public or private property within the municipality, any garbage, rubbish, bulky waste or any other municipal or residual solid waste, except in accordance with the provisions of this Part, any Department rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Act 97 and the Health Department Rules and Regulations, Article VIII.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The aforementioned rules and regulations are on file in the Borough offices.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to burn any solid waste within the municipality except in accordance with the provisions of this Part, any Department rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Act 97 and the Health Department Rules and Regulations, Article VIII.
3. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to dispose of any solid waste in the municipality except in accordance with the provisions of this Part, any Department rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Act 97 and the Health Department Rules and Regulations, Article VIII.
4. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to haul, transport, collect or remove any solid waste from public or private property within the municipality without first securing a license to do so from the Allegheny County Health Department and the municipality.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to scavenge any materials from any solid waste that is stored or deposited for collection within the municipality, without prior approval by the municipality.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to salvage or reclaim any solid wastes within the municipality except at an approved and permitted resource recovery facility under Act 97 and any Department rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Act 97.
7. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, place or deposit or cause or permit to be thrown, placed or deposited any solid waste in or upon any street, alley, sidewalk, body of water, public or private property within the municipality except as provided in this Part.
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The storage of all solid waste shall be practiced so as to prevent the attraction, harborage or breeding of insects or rodents and to eliminate conditions harmful to public health or which create safety hazards, odors, unsightliness or public nuisances.
2. 
Any person producing municipal waste shall provide a sufficient number of containers to store all waste materials generated during periods between regularly scheduled collections and shall place and store all waste materials therein.
3. 
Any person storing municipal waste for collection shall comply with the following preparation standards:
A. 
All municipal waste shall be drained of free liquids before being placed in storage containers.
B. 
All garbage or other putrescible waste shall be securely wrapped in paper, plastic or similar material or placed in properly tied plastic bags.
C. 
All cans, bottles or other food containers should be rinsed free of food particles and drained before being placed in storage containers.
D. 
Garden clippings and tree trimmings shall be placed in approved containers or shall be cut and tied securely into bundles. Bundles shall be not more than four feet in length, not more than two feet in diameter and not more than 40 pounds in weight.
E. 
Newspapers and magazines shall be placed in containers or shall be tied securely into bundles of not more than 40 pounds in weight.
F. 
When specified by the municipality or its designated representative, special preparation and storage procedures may be required to facilitate the collection and resource recovery of certain waste materials.
4. 
All municipal waste shall be stored in containers approved by the municipality or its designated representative. Individual containers and bulk containers utilized for storage of municipal waste shall comply with the following standards:
A. 
Reusable containers shall be constructed of durable, watertight, rust- and corrosion-resistant material, such as plastic, metal or fiberglass, in such a manner as to be leakproof, weatherproof, insectproof and rodentproof.
B. 
Reusable containers for individual residences shall have a tight-fitting cover and suitable lifting handles to facilitate collection.
C. 
Reusable containers for individual residences shall have a capacity of not less than 10 gallons nor more than 40 gallons and a loaded weight of not more than 40 pounds.
D. 
Disposable plastic bags or sacks are acceptable containers, provided that the bags are designated for waste disposal. Plastic bags shall have a sufficient wall strength to maintain physical integrity when lifted by the top, shall be securely tied at the top for collection and shall have a capacity of not more than 30 gallons and a loaded weight of not more than 35 pounds.
E. 
All containers, either reusable or disposable, shall also comply with the minimum standards established by the National Sanitation Foundation.
5. 
Any person storing municipal waste for collection shall comply with the following storage standards:
A. 
Containers shall be kept tightly sealed or covered at all times. Solid waste shall not protrude or extend above the top of the container.
B. 
Reusable containers shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times. The interior of the containers shall be thoroughly cleaned, rinsed, drained and disinfected, as often as necessary, to prevent the accumulation of liquid residues or solids on the bottom or sides of the containers.
C. 
Containers shall be used and maintained so as to prevent public nuisances.
D. 
Containers that do not conform to the standard of this Part or which have sharp edges, ragged edges or any other defect that may hamper or injure collection personnel shall be promptly replaced by the owner upon notice from the waste hauler or municipality.
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Containers shall be placed by the owner or customer at a collection point specified by the waste hauler or municipality.
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With the exception of pick-up days when the containers are placed out for collection, the containers shall be properly stored on the owner or customer premises at all times. On pick-up days, containers may be placed outside of the owner's or customer's premises as early as 6:00 p.m., the previous evening.
G. 
Bulk waste items such as furniture, automobile parts, machinery, appliances, and tires shall be stored in a manner that will prevent the accumulation of collection of water, the harborage of rodents, safety hazards and fire hazards.
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The storage of all municipal waste from multifamily residential units, commercial establishments, institutions and industrial lunchroom or office waste sources is subject to the regulations and standards set forth in this Part. The type, size and placement requirements for bulk containers shall be determined by the waste generator and the waste hauler and are subject to approval by the municipality.
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The municipality shall provide for the collection of all garbage, rubbish and bulky wastes from individual residences and multifamily residential sources with less than four units, or it may contract with a private collector or collectors to provide this essential residential collection service.
2. 
All households and homeowners shall utilize the residential collection service provided by the municipality, unless they can demonstrate that they have made alternate arrangements that are consistent with this Part and approved by the municipality.
3. 
All multifamily residential sources (with more than four units), commercial, institutional and industrial establishments shall negotiate and individually contract collection service with the municipality's collector or any other properly licensed waste hauler of their choice.
4. 
All residential garbage and rubbish shall be collected at least once a week. Bulky wastes shall be collected following prior arrangement with the municipality's collector and payment of any required special fees.
5. 
All commercial, institutional, public and industrial lunchroom and office waste containing garbage shall be collected at least once a week. Rubbish collection from these sources shall be made as often as necessary to control health hazards, odors, flies and unsightly conditions. The municipality reserves the right to require more frequent collection when deemed necessary.
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Residential collection schedules shall be published regularly by the municipality or its contracted hauler.
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All solid waste collection activity shall be conducted from Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or on Saturdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., unless prior approval or any exception has been granted by the municipality. No collection, hauling or transporting of solid waste shall be permitted on Sunday.
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All haulers operating within the municipality shall comply with the following standards and regulations:
A. 
All municipal waste collected within the municipality shall ultimately be disposed only at a landfill cited in the Allegheny County Solid Waste Plan (1990) or on subsequent revisions thereto.
B. 
Any trucks or other vehicles used for the collection and transportation of municipal waste must comply with the requirements of Act 97, and any Department regulations adopted pursuant to Act 97 and must be licensed by the Allegheny County Health Department.
C. 
All collection vehicles conveying domestic waste and garbage shall be watertight and suitably enclosed to prevent leakage, roadside littering, attraction of vectors, the creation of odors and other nuisances.
D. 
Collection vehicles for rubbish and other nonputrescible solid waste shall be capable of being enclosed or covered to prevent roadside litter and other nuisances.
E. 
All solid waste shall be collected and transported so as to prevent public health hazards, safety hazards and nuisances.
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All solid waste collection vehicles shall be operated and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 219-15, Municipal license, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see AO).
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The governing body of the municipality shall be authorized to make funds available, in accordance with the laws and procedures of the municipality, for the establishment, maintenance and operation of a municipal solid waste collection and disposal system; or for the contracting of such service to a private collector.
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The municipality shall be responsible for the collection of any fees for solid waste collection and disposal from residential customers. Licensed haulers shall be responsible for the collection of any collection and disposal fees from commercial, institutional and industrial customers.
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All appeals shall be made, in writing, to the governing body of the municipality.
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Pending a reversal or modification, all decisions of the municipality shall remain effective and enforceable.
3. 
Appeals may be made by the following persons: Any person who is aggrieved by a new standard or regulation issued by the municipality may appeal within 10 days after the municipality gives notice of its intention to issue the new standard or regulation.
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The notice of appeal shall be served, in writing, and sent by certified mail with return receipt requested. Within 20 days after receipt of the notice of appeal, the municipality shall hold a public hearing. Notice of the hearing shall be sent to both parties in time to adequately prepare for the hearing. Notice shall be sent to the parties by certified mail with return receipt requested at the last known address in addition to publication in the local newspaper.
The municipality may petition the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for an injunction, either mandatory or prohibitive, to enforce any of the provisions of this Part.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see AO)]
Any person who violates this Part shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. Upon judgment against any person by summary conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the county correctional facility for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day of violation shall be considered a separate and distinct offense.