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Sec. 17-106. - Bulk waste regulations.

Residential bulk waste shall include stoves, refrigerators, water tanks, washer/dryers, furniture or similar bulky items having a weight greater than 50 pounds or a volume greater than 32 gallons. Residential bulky trash will be collected on a schedule determined by the director or his/her designee. Such refuse shall be kept separate from yard waste and shall be placed adjacent to and back of the curb, or adjacent to and back of the ditch, alley or street line if there is no curb, without blocking the roadway or any sidewalk or drainage ditch. Bulky trash may be put out for collection only on the property where it was generated. It may not be put out prior to the day before scheduled collection and must be out by 7:00 a.m. of that day.


Bulky waste collection service is provided for residential properties only. Nonresidential generators are responsible for solid waste removal from their property to a permitted disposal site.


The size of the pile of bulk waste placed for the city to pick up shall be no larger than five feet long, three feet tall, and four feet wide.


Bulky waste placed for collection at times other than designated by this section or in violation of any other section of this chapter shall be in violation and shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 17-113 of this chapter.


Residential yard waste shall include brush, leaves, grass cuttings and garden trimmings, weeds, and roots from which all dirt has been removed. Residential yard waste, not including brush and leaves, shall be deposited in disposable containers or in an MHC, provided that such refuse is loose in the container and not tightly compacted so to cause difficulty to the collector in removing the trash from said container. Each property owner within the limits of the city shall be entitled to have brush and leaves collected from each parcel of real property owned by him on a regular basis as designated by the director; provided that any such pickup will be refused unless the property owner, his agent or tenant in charge of the premises shall comply with the following conditions:


No garbage, refuse, bulky trash, or demolition materials is to be intermingled with the leaves, brush or branches to be collected.


All leaves, brush or branches authorized for collection shall be placed as near as practicable to the roadway to the roadway in front of the premises without blocking the roadway or any sidewalk or drainage ditch.


All brush or branches to be collected shall be sized so that no such branch exceeds ten feet in length or 12 inches in diameter. Stumps will not be collected.


None of the provisions of this section shall apply to branches cut or trimmed from trees by any person engaged in the profession of tree trimming or branches that have been left on premises in violation of any applicable sections of this chapter or to any yard waste not resulting from the normal and routine maintenance of a yard, grounds, or residence. The business, contractor, or professional person shall be held responsible for any waste generated from performing this type of work on any property in the city. No waste from any service is permitted to be placed at the roadside.


None of the provisions of this section shall apply to yard waste generated on a commercial property, nonresidential property, or by a business of any kind. Nor does it include yard waste generated from lot development or leveling and grading activities associated with new construction.


Construction waste such as scrap lumber, plaster, roofing, concrete resulting from constriction, repair, remodeling or demolition of any building or appurtenances on private property generated by a contractor or professional will not be removed by the department of public works, and the owner must cause such materials and waste to be privately removed.


Industrial waste and hazardous waste shall be disposed of by the industry, manufacturer or processing plant generating such waste under such methods and conditions as shall be approved by the state.


Prohibited substances and practices. The following substances are prohibited and shall not be deposited in containers serviced by the city or its contractor:


Flammable liquids, solids or gases, such as gasoline, benzene, alcohol or other similar substances.


All pathogenic and radioactive waste, which shall be disposed of by the institution generating such waste under conditions as shall be approved by the state.


Any material that could be hazardous or injurious to city employees or their contractor and/or could cause damage to city or their contractor's equipment.


Construction waste as defined in this section.


Hot materials such as ashes, cinders, etc.


Human or animal waste, unless it is placed and secured in a plastic bag or suitable paper bag.


Infectious wastes as classified below:


Isolation wastes. Wastes contaminated by patients who are isolated due to communicable disease as provided in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Isolation Precautions in Hospitals (July 1983).


Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biological cultures and stocks of infectious agents, including specimen cultures from medical and pathological laboratories, waste from the production of biologicals, discarded lived and attenuated vaccines, and cultural dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate, and mix cultures.


Human blood and blood products. Waste human blood and blood products such as serum, plasma, and other blood components.


Pathological wastes. Pathological wastes such as tissues, organs, body parts, and body fluids that are removed during surgery and/or autopsy.


Discarded sharps. All discarded sharps (e.g. hypodermic needles, syringes, Pasteur pipettes, broken glass, scalpel blades) used in patient care, medical research, or industrial laboratories.


Contaminated animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that were intentionally exposed to pathogens in research, in the production of biologicals or in the in vitro testing of pharmaceuticals.


Facility-specified wastes. Other wastes determined to be infectious by a written facility policy.


Human and/or animal remains shall be prohibited from being placed in garbage containers.


It shall be unlawful for any person to move, remove, reset, scatter, tamper with, use, carry away, deface, mutilate, destroy, damage, or interfere with any garbage container or bulk waste pile.