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7 - Garbage and Refuse
ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL
ss. 7-1. Definitions
ss. 7-2. Landfill areas - Permits required.
ss. 7-3. Same - Rules and regulations for use.
ss. 7-4. Permits and rules for filling or grading land with refuse.
ss. 7-5. Disposal of and receptacles for house offal and shellfish.
ARTICLE II. TOWN SANITARY LANDFILL.
ss. 7-6. Authority of board of selectmen to make rules and regulations.
ss. 7-7. Use restricted.
ss. 7-8. Permit required to salvage materials.
ss. 7-9. Dumping to be supervised.
ss. 7-10. Dumping hours.
ss. 7-11. Mandatory recycling
ss. 7-12. Storage of Waste
ARTICLE 1. IN GENERAL.
Section 7-1. Definitions. For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section: Garbage. All waste animal, fish, fowl, fruit or vegetable matter produced from or resulting from the use or storage of food for human consumption. Refuse. All combustible and noncombustible rubbish, ashes and ordinary commercial wastes; provided, that building or construction wastes and industrial wastes shall not be included in this definition. Rubbish. Waste, refuse, broken or rejected matter, hence anything worthless. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-2. Landfill areas - Permits required. No public or private premises within the limits of the town shall be used as a sanitary landfill area without a permit from the board of selectmen. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-3. Same - Rules and regulations for use. The owner, agent or lessee of any land or enclosure used as a sanitary landfill area, either public or private, shall cause all offensive matter dumped thereon to be immediately covered, and all other refuse matter dumped thereon to be kept leveled, and the premises kept in such a manner as to cause no nuisance during the process of filling. No person shall dump any offensive materials upon any sanitary landfill area unless permitted to do so by the board of selectmen, and all such offensive materials shall be properly disposed of to the approval of the board of selectmen. All possible care shall be used in preventing the escape of dust and papers from the area, and from the vehicle used in conveying waste materials to the sanitary landfill area. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-4. Permits and rules for filling or grading land with refuse. Refuse may be used for filling or grading land; provided, that a permit is obtained from the board of selectmen and in accordance with any rules which the board of selectmen may prescribe. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-5. Disposal of and receptacles for house offal and shellfish. (a) House offal, commonly called garbage or swill, shall be placed in suitable watertight receptacles, properly covered and so located that the house offal may be easily removed by persons authorized by the board of health. Receptacles used for the storing of house offal shall at all times be kept in a reasonably clean condition. No metal, glass, crockery, poisonous substance or substances other than house offal shall be placed in such receptacles. (b) Shellfish shall not be emptied in the garbage container. The container used for storing shellfish shall be kept clean and free from deposits of garbage. No broken glass, cans, bottles or poisonous matters shall be placed in such a container. (10-3-72.)
ARTICLE II. TOWN SANITARY LANDFILL 2
Section 7-6. Authority of board of selectmen to make rules and regulations. The board of selectmen is hereby authorized and empowered to make rules and regulations with regard to the use of the town sanitary landfill. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-7. Use restricted. The town sanitary landfill shall be used only by residents of the Town or town taxpayers. All others will be prosecuted for trespassing unless they have received written permission to use same from the Board of Selectmen. (10-3-72; 12-11-89, art. 3)
Section 7-8. Permit required to salvage materials. Salvaging of material from the town sanitary landfill shall not be allowed, except by permit from the board of selectmen. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-9. Dumping to be supervised. No dumping of any material shall be permitted at the town sanitary landfill, except under the supervision of the person in charge. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-10. Dumping hours. The hours during which dumping at the town sanitary landfill will be permitted shall be established by the board of selectmen. (10-3-72.)
Section 7-11. Mandatory Recycling. In order to implement a program of recycling in conjunction with ordinary waste disposal, residents of every household shall separate waste materials into the following categories before depositing same for disposal: 1. Glass and cans 2. Newsprint, corrugated cardboard, and recyclable paper 3. Other waste This bylaw shall take effect November 1, 1989. (5-30-89,art. 56)
Section 7-12 Storage of Waste The owner of any parcel of land, vacant or otherwise, shall be responsible for maintaining such parcel of land in a clean and sanitary condition, free of nuisances resulting from the storage of garbage, refuse, and rubbish, as defined in section 7-1 of the Code of the Town of Adams. An owner shall be considered in violation of this section if the storage of these materials or other debris, junk, litter, trash or waste results in odors, pollution, or other affecting the health, safety, or well-being of the neighborhood or general public. After written notice by the Board of Selectmen, anyone violating this section shall be subject to the General Penalty provided in Section 1-8 of the Code. (art. 32, 5-26-92) 1. As to the board of health, see ss 2-31, 2-32 of this Code. As to garbage disposal in new dwelling units, see ss 4-7. As to sewers and sewage disposal, see ch. 12. As to snow removal from sidewalks, see ss 13-2, 13-3. As to zoning regulations as to litter and pollution, see ss 15-12. 2. For the law of the commonwealth as to assignment of places for public and private dumps, see G.L., c. 111, ss 150A.
Section 7 - 13 Licensing of haulers who transport garbage, solid waste and/or recyclables 1. All persons collecting acceptable wastes in the Town of Adams shall obtain a license from the Board of Health prior to commencing with the collection of solid wastes. 2. A license fee shall be paid to the Town in an amount determined by the Board of Health and approved by the Board of Selectmen. 3. The license holder shall provide on a semiannual (twice a year) basis the number of residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers for whom they pick up solid waste. This information shall be recorded on a Town approved form. 4. The license holder shall provide on a semiannual (twice a year) basis the number of tons of solid waste and the number of tons of recyclables tipped at any licensed disposal facility. This information shall be recorded on a Town approved form. 5. A license can not be renewed without the previous year's reports being submitted. (art. 21, 5-26-98)