Refuse/Trash Disposal

17-101. Refuse defined. Refuse shall mean and include garbage, rubbish, leaves, brush, and refuse as those terms are generally defined except that dead animals and fowls, body wastes, hot ashes, rocks, concrete, bricks, and similar materials are expressly excluded therefrom and shall not be stored therewith. (1978 Code, § 8-201)

17-102. Premises to be kept clean. All persons within the city are required to keep their premises in a clean and sanitary condition, free from accumulations of refuse except when stored as provided in this chapter. (1978 Code, § 8-202)

17-103. Storage. Each owner, occupant, or other responsible person using or occupying any building or other premises within this city where refuse accumulates or is likely to accumulate, shall provide and keep covered an adequate number of refuse containers. The refuse containers shall be strong, durable, and rodent and insect proof. They shall each have a capacity of not less than twenty (20) nor more than thirty-two (32) gallons, except that this maximum capacity shall not apply to larger containers which the city handles mechanically. Furthermore, except for containers which the city handles mechanically, the combined weight of any refuse container and its contents shall not exceed seventy-five (75) pounds. No refuse shall be placed in a refuse container until such refuse has been drained of all free liquids. (1978 Code, § 8-203)

 17-104. Location of containers. Where alleys are used by the city refuse collectors, containers shall be placed on or within six (6) feet of the alley line in such a position as not to intrude upon the traveled portion of the alley. Where streets are used by the city refuse collectors, containers shall be placed adjacent to and back of the curb, or adjacent to and back of the ditch or street line if there be no curb, at such times as shall be scheduled by the city for the collection of refuse therefrom. As- Gaon as practicablerafter such containers have been emptied they shall be removed by the owner to within, or to the rear of, his premises and away from the street line until the next scheduled time for collection. (1978 Code, § 8-204)

17-105. Disturbing containers. No unauthorized person shall uncover, rifle, pilfer, dig into, turn over, or in any other manner disturb or use any refuse container belonging to another. This section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of public refuse containers for their intended purpose. (1978 Code, § 8-205)

17-106. Collection. All refuse accumulated within the corporate limits shall be collected, conveyed, and disposed of under the supervision of such officer as the board of mayor and aldermen shall designate. Collections shall be made regularly in accordance with an announced schedule. (1978 Code, § 8-206)

17-107. Collection vehicles. The collection of refuse shall be by means of vehicles with beds constructed of impervious materials which are easily cleanable and so constructed that there will be no leakage of liquids draining from the refuse onto the streets and alleys. Furthermore, all refuse collection vehicles shall utilize closed beds or such coverings as will effectively prevent the scattering of refuse over the streets or alleys. (1978 Code, § 8-207)

17-108. Disposal. The disposal of refuse in any quantity by any person in any place, public or private, other than at the site or sites designated for refuse disposal by the board of mayor and aldermen is expressly prohibited. (1978 Code, § 8-208)

17-109. Collection fees. The city shall collect monthly fees for the collection, removal, and disposal of refuse in accordance with such procedure and schedule as the board of mayor and aldermen may approve. (1978 Code, § 8-209)

17-110. Use of front-end loaded trash containers (dumpsters). It shall be unlawful for any person to remove any items deposited in a dumpster located within the City of Martin corporate limit. It shall be unlawful for any person to move, set fire to, or otherwise damage said container. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit bricks, blocks, concrete materials, metals, pieces of wood longer than twelve inches, construction materials, or dead animals into said dumpsters. It shall be unlawful for any person to be inside or on top of said dumpsters. It shall be unlawful to place any materials on top of or around said dumpsters. It shall be unlawful for any person to place material in a dumpster who does not pay for pickup of that dumpster with the monthly utility bill, unless that person has the express permission of the party which pays for the dumpster to do so. Any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $50.00. (Ord. #092-01, March 1992)

17-111. Landfill regulations. Residents of the City of Martin and businesses which pay for weekly garbage pickup with the monthly utility bill are the only people authorized to use the City of Martin landfill at no additional cost for the disposal of normal household-type refuse. A fee will be charged for other types of material, which fee will be set from time to time by the board of mayor and aldermen. A business from outside Martin’s corporate limit may be granted a permit to use the City of Martin landfill by city hall if that business is doing work for an individual or business authorized to use the City of Martin landfill. Permits will be issued for a fee per job, which fee will be set from time to time by the board of mayor and aldermen. Permits will be considered an authorization to dump, and permit fee will not include any applicable tipping fees. Display of a valid City of Martin vehicle sticker or a permit issued by city hall will be considered evidence of authorized use.

It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter at said City of Martin landfill, to be on the premises before or after the posted operating hours, to dump any material in the landfill without the authorized permission of the City of Martin, to dump material in the landfill in areas other than those specified by the landfill operator and/or by signs posted in the landfill, to fraudulently represent authorization to use the City of Martin landfill, or the removal of any material from the City of Martin landfill unless authorized by the landfill operator.

Any violation of this section shall impose a penalty not to exceed $50.00 for any violation. (Ord. #092-02, March 1992)