[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant 7-13-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority of General Municipal Law § 120-aa, the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant has deemed it necessary to establish an ordinance to require the source separation and segregation of recyclable or reusable materials to reduce the amount of materials in the solid waste stream, to contribute to the preservation of the environment and to conserve natural resources. It is the intention of this chapter to prohibit the commingling of recyclable materials with solid waste disposal.
The following terms shall have the following meanings:
- BLUE BOX
- The plastic recycle container provided by the town to each household for the purpose of storing recyclable materials outlined in the definition of "residential recyclable materials" or any equivalent container.
- NONRESIDENTIAL RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
- All residential recyclable materials and, in addition, high-grade paper, such as letterhead, copier paper, typing paper, tablet sheets, computer printout paper and paper of similar quality, vehicular batteries and used motor oil.
- One-, two- and three-family dwellings.
- RESIDENTIAL NONRECYCLABLE MATERIALS
- Plastic containers with a symbol containing the number 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, rags, sweepings, rubber, leather, crockery, shells, clothing, straw, soot, ashes, light bulbs and other materials not defined as recyclable herein.
- RESIDENTIAL RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
- Metal food containers and cans; aluminum food containers and cans; glass food and beverage containers and bottles; plastic food and beverage containers with the symbol PET-1 (polyethylene terephthalate) or HDPE-2 (high-density polyethylene); newspapers; and corrugated cardboard.
- Includes all areas within the Town of Mount Pleasant exclusive of areas wholly within any incorporated village.
- YARD WASTE
- Includes all leaves, grass clippings and brush.
The commingling of residential recyclable materials with garbage or other refuse left for collection by the town or a contractor of the town is prohibited. The owners, lessees or occupants of all residences within the town who receive refuse collection services from the Town of Mount Pleasant shall participate in the town's recycling program and properly separate and place at curbside, or such other accessible location specifically designated by the Enforcement Official, for collection all recyclable materials as defined in § 166-2. However, nothing herein shall prohibit the return of bottles or cans for payment of the deposit paid thereon.
Clean recyclable materials shall be placed in the blue box and placed at curbside in accordance with a recycling collection schedule. Only those items defined as recyclable materials will be collected. If the blue box cannot hold all materials to be recycled, an open box shall be used to contain these additional materials.
Newspapers shall be placed with the blue box at curbside. Newspapers shall be placed in brown paper bags, loose in a container or in corrugated boxes (not tied).
Materials will be collected at curbside once per week as per an established schedule. Recyclables shall be placed at curbside not before 5:00 p.m. on the day preceding collection nor later than 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection date.
From the time of placement of residential recyclable materials at the curb for collection by the Town of Mount Pleasant, all materials shall become the sole property of the Town of Mount Pleasant.
If a container is lost or stolen, it will be the responsibility of the owner, lessee or occupant to obtain a replacement.
All residential yard waste shall be separated from all other materials and properly composted on site or left for collection in accordance with regulations established by the Superintendent of Highways.
The owners, lessees or occupants of all commercial and other structures who do not receive refuse collection services from the Town of Mount Pleasant shall separate all nonresidential recyclable material which has been left for collection or which is delivered by such owner, lessee or occupant to any solid waste management facility and provide for the proper disposition of the same.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 for each offense.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Building Inspector of the town or any agent thereof appointed by the Town Board.
This chapter shall take effect on September 1, 1992.