[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Blackstone 4-30-1990 by , Art. 7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
When not inconsistent with the context of this chapter, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
- Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any bottle, jar or can or any top, cap or detachable tab on any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clipping or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but does not include the waste of primary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any and all streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys or other public ways, and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds, buildings or conservation areas.
- All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes (except body wastes), including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned or junk automobiles and solid market and industrial wastes.
- Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
- SPECIAL MATERIALS
- Bulky materials or other solid wastes, such as broken concrete, sod, dirt and building materials, that can be collected by a standard collection vehicle.
- Ashes, glass, cans, bottles and all other discarded articles, commonly known as "debris" or "refuse," which can be enclosed in containers of 35 gallons in capacity.
- Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within this municipality except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discard or dump along any public place household or commercial solid waste, rubbish, refuse, junk, vehicle or vehicle parts, rubber tires, appliances or furniture that is not specifically designated for the purpose of solid waste storage or disposal.
It shall be unlawful for any person to dump rubbish upon any public place of the Township. No person, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle on a public way, shall throw litter or allow litter to be thrown from the vehicle except in officially designated dumping areas.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction or demolition site to permit the accumulation of litter before, during or after completion of any construction or demolition project. It shall be the duty of the owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction site to furnish containers adequate to accommodate flyable or nonflyable debris or trash at areas convenient to construction areas and to maintain and empty the receptacles in such a manner and with such a frequency as to prevent spillage of refuse.
No person shall bring, cart, remove, transport or collect any trade waste, waste materials, construction debris, hazardous waste or bulk items from a nonresidential user and place the same for collection with the solid waste of a residential user; and in those locations where residential and nonresidential users are located on the same premises, the solid waste shall be disposed of separately and in accordance with this chapter.
Any exceptions or waivers requested under this section must be granted in advance by the Board of Health.
Refuse shall be disposed of only through the use of sanitary landfills or other facilities, as approved by the Board of Health, which are established, conducted, operated and maintained in accordance with standards established by the State Department of Health and/or the use of incinerators which are constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with standards established by the State of Massachusetts Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Any person, firm, corporation or entity convicted of a violation of this chapter or any section thereof shall be punished for each offense by a fine in the amount of $100 for the first violation and $250 for each subsequent violation, which shall inure to the Town of Blackstone for such uses as the Board of Selectmen may direct The fine shall be recovered by indictment or complaint before the District Court. In addition, any person, firm, corporation or other entity convicted of a violation of this chapter shall pay all expenses incurred for the removal of said litter.
The "Enforcement Authority" shall mean the Town of Blackstone's Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator having responsibility for the health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Blackstone; the Health Department; the Town police; special police; and any other locally designated body having police powers.