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[Amended 5-8-2001 by Ord. No. 01-11]
A. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this subsection:
[Amended 7-13-2004 by Ord. No. 04-18]
CFC/HCFC
Shall mean those substances described in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Title VI, Stratospheric Ozone Protection, and any subsequent implementing regulations.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Hotel, lodging house, restaurant, store, market, manufacturing plant, or similar facility.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
Any type or quality of newspapers: green, amber, and clear glass jars and bottles; metal food and beverage cans (aluminum, steel, bimetal and tin-plated steel); aluminum foil wrap and foil containers; HDPE and PETE plastic bottles and containers; and other materials the City Manager approves for recycling.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
SOLID WASTE
Garbage, refuse, trash, rubbish, ashes, brush and shrubbery cuttings, lawn rakings, leaves, and bulk material.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
B. 
The City shall provide solid waste collection and disposal service, and recyclable material collection and recycling service, to each residence and commercial establishment located within the corporate limits of the City.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
C. 
The rates or fees to be charged by the City for solid waste collection and disposal, and for recyclable material collection and recycling service, shall be as follows:
[Amended 5-11-2004 by Ord. No. 04-3; 7-13-2004 by Ord. No. 04-18; 5-10-2005 by Ord. No. 05-7; 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 06-11; 5-8-2007 by Ord. No. 07-19; 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-10; 5-10-2011 by Ord. No. 11-10; 5-12-2015 by Ord. No. 15-15; 5-9-2017 by Ord. No. 17-22; 5-8-2018 by Ord. No. 18-19;[1] 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
(1) 
For the collection and disposal of solid waste once a week, and the separate collection and recycling of recyclable material every two weeks, from each single-family unit, each duplex unit and each apartment unit, there shall be a monthly charge of $14.14 for one can per pickup; and there shall be an additional monthly charge of $2.10 for each additional can per pickup at each such residence.
(2) 
For the collection and disposal of solid waste once a week, and the separate collection and recycling of recyclable material every two weeks, from each commercial establishment, there shall be a monthly charge of $14.14 for one can per pickup; and there shall be an additional monthly charge of $2.10 for each additional can per pickup at each commercial establishment.
(3) 
For appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and humidifiers containing CFC/HCFC products there shall be a charge of $10 for each appliance for the removal of the CFC/HCFC products. The receipt must be attached to the appliance.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance stated that its provisions shall be in effect for all bills rendered on and after 7-1-2018.
D. 
Bills for charges imposed in Subsection C(1) and (2) above shall be rendered bimonthly by the Department of Finance and shall be due and payable in that Department in the manner prescribed for utility bills under § 277-8 of the Colonial Heights City Code and, if not so paid, shall carry the same penalties prescribed therein.
[Amended 6-14-2016 by Ord. No. 16-20]
E. 
Any owner of a court-type-design apartment building having eight or more units and any owner of a hotel, lodging house, restaurant, store, market, manufacturing plant or commercial establishment may, if he so elects, dispose of and remove his own solid waste from such premises, provided that he does so in a manner and to a location the Department of Health approves; and provided also that he shall have first notified the City Manager in writing of his election to make such self-disposal and removal of solid waste. In such case, the owner shall be relieved of the obligation to pay City collection fees provided for in this section.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
[Amended 6-24-1975 by Ord. No. 75-27; 6-14-1983 by Ord. No. 83-21; 8-9-1988 by Ord. No. 88-28; 5-13-1992 by Ord. No. 92-14; 5-9-1995 by Ord. No. 95-13; 6-10-2003 by Ord. No. 03-15; 5-11-2004 by Ord. No. 04-3; 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
A. 
The Director of Public Works, under the supervision of the City Manager, shall have full charge and control of solid waste collection and disposal, and recyclable material collection and recycling, except in matters specifically placed under the control of the Department of Health or the Director of the Department of Planning and Community Development.
B. 
All solid waste and recyclable material accumulated in the City shall be collected, conveyed and recycled or disposed of by the City unless the City Council otherwise authorizes. The City shall retain exclusive control of the solid waste and recyclable material generated within the corporate limits and collected by the City.
C. 
The recycling center of the City of Colonial Heights shall be closed to all commercial haulers, which shall include commercial refuse haulers, contractors or any other person or persons hauling for hire.
D. 
Recyclable material to be collected on those days designated by the Director of Public Works for the separate collection of such material shall be placed in containers owned and provided by the city, its agents or contractors for the purpose.
E. 
Solid waste shall be placed in the manner required by this section in the City right-of-way between the extended side lot lines of, and in front of, the residence or commercial establishment from which it is to be collected, unless some other public place, including but not limited to a location near or in an alley in the rear of the property, has been designated for a specific residence or commercial establishment by the Director of Public Works in the interest of the public or convenience and safety. In no event shall any solid waste can or container, or recycling can or container, be placed in the City right-of-way, or other designated place, prior to 12:00 noon of the day preceding the scheduled collection day. For the purposes of this subsection, the term "solid waste" shall include tree limbs, shrubbery, brush cuttings, hedge trimmings, lawn rakings, leaves and similar materials, which are regulated by § 244-21 of this Code. All solid waste cans and containers, and recycling cans and containers, after being emptied, shall be removed from the City right-of-way by the owners or tenants by 7:00 p.m. of the day following collection. Except for the time period specified in this subsection that a can or container may remain in the City right-of-way, all solid waste and recycling cans and containers shall remain in a location behind the front plane of the residence or business. The Director of the Department of Planning and Community Development or his designee shall enforce these provisions relating to the placement in, and removal from, the City right-of-way of cans and containers.
F. 
The recycling center will accept category 1 hazardous waste, residential solid waste of shrubbery, brush cuttings, hedge trimmings and tree limbs less than six inches in diameter and less than six feet in length. Larger solid waste materials, tree trunks, stumps, other hazardous waste, hot ashes or inert waste (asphalt, bricks, blocks, cement, rocks or soil) will not be accepted.
G. 
The Director of the Department of Planning and Community Development or his designee (the "Director") shall send any owner or tenant who violates the provisions of this section a warning letter by first-class mail for the owner's or tenant's first violation during a calendar year. The letter shall advise the owner or tenant that he shall remedy the violation within 10 calendar days. If the owner or tenant fails to remedy the violation within 10 calendar days, or if the owner or tenant commits a second violation within the same calendar year, the Director shall impose a civil penalty of $50 upon the violator; and such penalty shall be paid within 30 calendar days. The Department of Finance shall notify the violator of the penalty and the thirty-day payment period in a letter sent by first-class mail. If the $50 civil penalty is not paid within 30 days, the Department of Finance shall add the penalty to the owner's or tenant's bi-monthly water and sewer bill. The Director is authorized to promulgate policies and procedures to administer and enforce these penalty provisions.
[Amended 11-13-2018 by Ord. No. 18-31]
[Added 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 92-27; amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
Recyclable material shall be, from the time of placement as provided in § 244-14D and E, the property of the City of Colonial Heights or its authorized agents. It shall be unlawful for any person not authorized by the City to do so to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such recyclable material. Any and each such collection in violation hereof from any one location shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
Covers on all cans or containers for the deposit of all types of solid waste or recyclable material shall be kept in place, except when the cans or containers are being filled or emptied.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
The City solid waste and recycling collectors shall immediately, upon emptying any cans or containers, replace the cover thereon and return the cans or containers in an upright position to the place designated. All solid waste and recycling collectors shall exercise every reasonable care in the handing of cans and containers and shall not negligently or willfully break, deface, or injure the same.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
No unauthorized person shall interfere with or disturb the contents of any can or container of solid waste or recyclable material of any type, or any can or container set out for removal.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
No liquid shall be deposited in any can or container mentioned in this Article.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
All cans or containers used for the deposit of solid waste or recyclable material shall be cleaned or disinfected by the owner as often as may be necessary to prevent the breeding of flies.
[Added 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
The Director of the Department of Planning and Community Development or his designee shall enforce the provisions of §§ 244-14.1, 244-15, 244-17, and 244-19.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
A. 
No person shall operate or maintain an incinerator within the City for the disposal of solid waste unless a permit is first obtained from the Director of Public Health and the Chief of the Fire and EMS Department, approving the structure, location and manner in which such incinerator is to be operated or maintained.
B. 
No person shall operate or maintain an incinerator within the City for the disposal of solid waste when such incinerator contributes to the contraction or spread of infectious, contagious or dangerous diseases.
[Amended 8-11-1981 by Ord. No. 81-31; 1-11-2000 by Ord. No. 99-23]
A. 
No person shall place or cause to be placed on any public street, alley or elsewhere within the City limits more often than once a week, for collection and removal by the city, tree limbs, shrubbery or brush cuttings, unless neatly stacked and resulting from the normal process of property maintenance. In no event shall the same exceed four feet in length or 75 pounds in weight, and the total volume of the described material shall not exceed that which can be removed at one time by a one-half-ton-capacity truck.
B. 
Hedge trimmings, lawn rakings, leaves and similar materials placed for collection by the City shall be deposited in boxes, baskets or other suitable containers convenient for the City to empty during the course of its regular solid waste collection. The combined weight of such containers shall not exceed 75 pounds. Containers shall not be required, however, during leaf season, which is defined for the purposes of this chapter as the period of time from November 1 through December 31, or upon per-collection notice to the Department of Public Works by individual persons during the period of time from March 15 through April 15.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
C. 
No person contracting to trim or cut trees, shrubbery or brush for others shall deposit any of the same on streets of the City for removal by the city.