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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.02 Solid Waste Disposal Part III

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Chapter 11.02
Solid Waste Disposal

PART III REFUSE CONTAINER REQUIREMENTS

Sections:

11.02.140 Refuse storage and collection--Prohibited containers.
11.02.145 Permitted containers.
11.02.150 Container requirements.
11.02.155 Prohibited refuse.
11.02.160 Garbage preparation.
11.02.165 Owner and occupant responsibility.
11.02.170 Number posting on alley entrance.
11.02.175 Confiscation of nonusable containers.
11.02.180 Confiscation of nonusable container--Exception.
11.02.185 Scavenging prohibited when.
11.02.190 Prohibited actions.
11.02.195 Non-City containers--Usage.
11.02.200 City containers--Usage.
11.02.205 City containers--Use required when.
11.02.210 City containers--Number and location.
11.02.215 City containers--Use of closest required.
11.02.220 City containers--Moving prohibited.
11.02.225 City containers--Authorized use.
11.02.230 City containers--Damaging prohibited.
11.02.235 City containers--Prohibited items--Placement.
11.02.240 City containers--Responsibility for damage to container.
11.02.245 Roll-out cart use.
11.02.250 Handicapped persons waiver.
11.02.255 Collection from non-residential premises.
11.02.260 Public receptacles.

11.02.140 Refuse storage and collection--Prohibited containers.

All refuse outside a structure shall be stored for collection in a refuse container as provided herein. Storage of refuse in containers not authorized by this section, for example, cardboard boxes or paper bags, is prohibited.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (a), 1984.)

11.02.145 Permitted containers.

The following refuse containers may be used for storage of refuse:

A. Such containers as are provided by the Commissioner of Refuse Collection; or

B. For residential premises:

1. Plastic, rubber, or metal non-disposable trash containers which have the following characteristics:

a. Volume of not less than twenty gallon capacity and not more than thirty-two gallon capacity,

b. Suitable handles so as to facilitate safe handling and lifting by collectors,

c. Are free of sharp edges or of any other defect liable to harm or injure a collector,

d. Lids which are tight fitting and have handles,

e. Have printed or painted on the side of the container the address of the occupants of the premises storing refuse therein,

f. Are not less than twenty-two inches in height and nineteen inches in diameter,

2. Plastic bags may be used for refuse of residential premises if they are of a sufficient thickness and strength to prevent tearing and ripping in normal use and are equipped with a tying device;

C. For nonresidential premises: a metal container having a capacity of one cubic yard or more, or if permitted by the Refuse Commissioner, not more than two containers permitted to be used for residential premises by subsection (B)(1) of this section.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (b), 1984.)

11.02.150 Container requirements.

A. All refuse containers shall be leak-proof and securely covered at all times.

B. All refuse containers shall be constructed and maintained so as to prevent the dispersal or release of refuse placed therein.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (c, d), 1984.)

11.02.155 Prohibited refuse.

No prohibited refuse shall be placed in refuse containers from which the Refuse Division collects refuse at any time nor be collected by the Refuse Division. However, notwithstanding the provisions of this section, nothing shall prevent the Refuse Commissioner from establishing special collections for major appliances, waste oil, tires, lead-acid batteries, yard waste, or other prohibited refuse. In the event that the Refuse Commissioner establishes such special collections, he shall promulgate regulations concerning the types of containers in which such items shall be placed, the manner in which they shall be collected, and the time for such collection. No person shall dump or deposit yard waste in any refuse containers from which the Refuse Division collects refuse unless (A) the refuse container has been marked "yard waste only" by the Refuse Division; or (B) the yard waste is deposited into a City roll-out cart for a yard waste collection day designated by the Refuse Commissioner; provided, however, that the Refuse Commissioner is authorized to allow placement of yard waste in refuse containers from which the Refuse Division collects refuse in emergency situations.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 62276 2, 1991: Ord. 59121 5 (e), 1984.)

11.02.160 Garbage preparation.

Garbage shall be thoroughly and completely drained of all free liquid and wrapped securely before it is placed in a refuse container.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (f), 1984.)

11.02.165 Owner and occupant responsibility.

The owners and the occupants of any premises within the City, producing refuse, have joint and separate responsibility, unless the Refuse Commissioner provides containers for their refuse, for providing containers for the storage of refuse produced on the premises which comply with the requirements of this chapter, and for the collection and disposal of such refuse in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. No occupant of a dwelling unit within a building containing two or more dwelling units shall be responsible for providing refuse containers for, or for the storage, collection or disposal of, refuse produced by or in any dwelling unit other than the one he occupies.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (g), 1984.)

11.02.170 Number posting on alley entrance.

The owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of any premises having an alley entrance shall place conspicuously at the alley entrance to such premises the house or street number thereof in figures not less than two inches high.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (h), 1984.)

11.02.175 Confiscation of nonusable containers.

Any refuse container not provided by the Refuse Commissioner from which the Refuse Commissioner collects refuse and which he determines to be nonusable shall be deemed to be refuse and subject to confiscation by the Commissioner after notice has been left for four days on such container, or at the premises of the apparent owner of such container.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (i), 1984.)

11.02.180 Confiscation of nonusable container--Exception.

Any refuse container not provided by the Refuse Commissioner from which the Refuse Commissioner collects refuse and which he determines to be nonusable shall be deemed to be refuse and subject to confiscation by the Commissioner after notice has been left for four days on such container, or at the premises of the apparent owner of such container. In no case shall the Refuse Commissioner confiscate any container clearly marked "free items for those in need," provided that any such containers meet all the requirements for such containers as provided in this chapter.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (j), 1984.)

11.02.185 Scavenging prohibited when.

Scavenging in or from any refuse container or in or from any container designated for recyclables is prohibited.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (k), 1984.)

11.02.190 Prohibited actions.

No person shall upset or cause to upset a refuse container, or dump items removed from a refuse container: on top of any such container; or on any alley, street, or public right-of-way within the City; or on private property within the City without the written permission of the property owner.
(Ord. 66377 2 (part), 2004: prior: Ord. 64116 2 (part), 1997: Ord. 59121 5 (l), 1984.)

11.02.195 Non-City containers--Usage.

The following provisions, in addition to the applicable provisions of Sections 11.02.140 through 11.02.190, govern the preparation and placement of refuse for collection by the Refuse Division in containers which are not provided by the Refuse Commissioner. The Division of Refuse Collection shall not be required to collect refuse prepared or placed for collection in any other manner than as prescribed in this chapter.

A. No such refuse container, when loaded, shall have a total weight of more than seventy-five pounds.

B. Such refuse containers shall be placed for collection on the premises within five feet of the property line of the premises closest to an alley, if physically possible and if freely accessible from the alley; if not, then off the premises within five feet of the property line. If there is no alley abutting the premises or if the alley is impassable for vehicles, then the Refuse Commissioner may designate the nearest convenient place where the refuse container shall be placed for collection. All refuse containers shall be returned after collection to the point of placement by the Refuse Division.

C. Items of refuse too large for such containers shall be tied in bundles not longer than three feet and not more than one foot in diameter, and not exceeding 75 pounds in weight, and placed adjacent to the container. Not more than two automobile tires will be collected at one collection point. Tires to be collected shall be tagged or marked "take." Except as provided herein, nothing shall be placed at a collection point without prior consent of the Refuse Commissioner.

D. No such refuse container shall be placed on a public right-of-way before noon on the day preceding the day on which the refuse is scheduled to be collected. No such container shall be placed or left on the public right-of-way after eleven p.m. on the day on which the refuse is collected.
(Ord. 59121 6, 1984.)

11.02.200 City containers--Usage.

The following provisions in Sections 11.02.205 to 11.02.240 in addition to the applicable provisions of Sections 11.02.140 to 11.02.190, govern the preparation and placement for collection of refuse by the Refuse Division from containers provided by the Refuse Commissioner.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (part), 1984.)

11.02.205 City containers--Use required when.

When the Refuse Commissioner has notified residents that he has provided refuse containers for this use, the Refuse Commissioner shall not collect such residents' refuse from any containers other than those provided by him.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (a), 1984.)

11.02.210 City containers--Number and location.

The Refuse Commissioner shall determine the number and location of all containers provided by him and the residents entitled to deposit refuse for collection in all such containers provided by him. He is hereby authorized to place such containers in all alleys, streets, and public rights-of-way within the City.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (b), 1984.)

11.02.215 City containers--Use of closest required.

Unless otherwise instructed by the Refuse Commissioner, residents shall use the container provided by the Refuse Commissioner which is closest to their dwelling unit, unless it is full, in which case they may use the next closest such container.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (c), 1984.)

11.02.220 City containers--Moving prohibited.

No person shall move any refuse container provided by the Refuse Commissioner from its location as determined by the Refuse Commissioner.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (d), 1984.)

11.02.225 City containers--Authorized use.

No person shall deposit refuse in a refuse container provided by the Refuse Commissioner, unless he has been instructed or authorized to do so by the Refuse Commissioner.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (e), 1984.)

11.02.230 City containers--Damaging prohibited.

No person shall damage, destroy or alter the appearance of any refuse container provided by the Refuse Commissioner.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (f), 1984.)

11.02.235 City containers--Prohibited items--Placement.

A. With regard to the use of such containers, the following provisions apply:

1. No person shall place in such containers any single item with a weight of more than fifty pounds or that is more than three feet in length or that prevents the lid of the container from closing;

2. Between collections, no person shall place refuse with a volume of more than one cubic yard, or a weight of more than 350 pounds; and

3. No person shall dump or deposit any item within four feet of or on top of any such container.

B. If yard waste is collected by the Refuse Division in City containers other than roll-out carts, the Refuse Division shall mark such City containers "yard waste only" for the separate storage and collection of yard waste from all other refuse. The placement of refuse which is not yard waste in any City container marked "yard waste only" by the Refuse Division is prohibited; provided, however, that the Refuse Commissioner (i) may designate by rules and regulations recyclable items that may be placed in containers marked for "yard waste only" and (ii) may authorize the placement of refuse that is not yard waste into City containers marked "yard waste only" in emergency situations.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (g, h), 1984.)

11.02.240 City containers--Responsibility for damage to container.

All persons whose dwelling units are located on a lot one line of which is closer to one container provided by the Refuse Commissioner than to any other such container, and who use such container are jointly and severally responsible for that container, and refuse deposited therein, being in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, and for damage to that container, except ordinary wear and tear, damage by City personnel, and damage demonstrably caused by others.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (i), 1984.)

11.02.245 Roll-out cart use.

In areas in which the Refuse Commissioner has authorized the use of roll-out carts, the following additional provisions apply:

A. The Refuse Commissioner shall provide one roll-out cart for each residential structure in the area. For structures containing more than one dwelling unit, he may provide such additional number of roll-out carts as he deems necessary, but not more than one per dwelling unit.

B. Roll-out carts remain City property. By accepting a cart, the property owner and occupant assume all liability for injury or damage arising in or out of the use, movement, or maintenance of such carts except such as directly results from the handling of such carts by the Refuse Division.

C. Roll-out carts shall be used only for storage and placement for collection of household refuse.

D. The loaded weight of roll-out carts shall not exceed 100 pounds.

E. Roll-out carts shall be placed for collection at or within two feet of the curb in front of the dwelling unit to which the cart is assigned, so as not to cause diversion of normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, and so that mechanical collection of the refuse from the carts can be done without interfering with vehicular traffic; provided, carts assigned to dwelling units on corner lots may be placed at or near the curb on the side street with the Refuse Commissioner's permission; provided further, carts shall at no time be placed on sidewalks, unless directed by the Refuse Commissioner.

F. Carts not placed for collection shall be stored so that they are not visible from the street and shall be kept clean at all times. No such cart shall be placed or allowed to remain on the public right-of-way before six p.m. on the day preceding the day on which the refuse is scheduled to be collected. No such cart shall be placed or allowed to remain on the public right-of-way after eleven p.m. on the day on which the refuse is collected.

G. The Refuse Commissioner may replace carts at no charge as needed not more often than every five years. More frequent replacement may be made but only if the City is reimbursed in advance for the cost to the City of the replacement cart.

H. If yard waste is collected from roll-out carts by the Refuse Division, the placement of refuse which is not yard waste in roll-out carts on days designated for yard waste storage and collection by the Refuse Division is prohibited; provided, however, that the Refuse Commissioner may designate by rules and regulations recyclable items that may be placed in the roll-out carts on days designated for yard waste storage and collection by the Refuse Division.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 61760 2, 1989; Ord. 59121 7 (j), 1984.)

11.02.250 Handicapped persons waiver.

The Refuse Commissioner may waive provisions of Sections 11.02.200 and 11.02.245, or provide special assistance in connection with refuse collection for severely handicapped persons living alone.
(Ord. 64116 3 (part), 1997: prior: Ord. 59121 7 (k), 1984.)

11.02.255 Collection from non-residential premises.

The following provisions, in addition to the applicable provisions of Sections 11.02.140 through 11.02.190, govern the preparation and placement for collection of refuse from non-residential premises:

A. The owner, operator or person in charge of such premises must in all cases provide a refuse container or containers as required by subsection B of Section 11.02.145, at his own expense, for storage of refuse from such premises.

B. No person shall place or cause to be placed refuse from non-residential premises in any container for residential refuse, or in any container other than the containers provided for the premises from which the refuse originates.

C. Any container for non-residential refuse shall be at all times clearly labeled with the name and address of the owner of the container, and, if different from the owner, with the name and local telephone number of the person responsible for collecting the refuse from the container.

D. Refuse from non-residential containers shall be removed at least once per week.

E. Containers for non-residential refuse shall be located in an area screened from view from the street, unless it is absolutely necessary to have the container viewable from the street. The provisions of this section are not applicable to construction sites for which a building permit has been issued by the Building Commissioner.

F. No refuse shall be collected from non-residential premises within two hundred (200) feet of residentially zoned premises or any premises used as a dwelling including, but not limited to, a single-family dwelling, a two-family dwelling, a multi-family dwelling, a town home, or a semi-attached two-family, between the hours of eight p.m. and six a.m.

G. It is a violation of this chapter for any person other than the owner of the container wilfully to damage or destroy, or wilfully to alter the appearance of any refuse container provided pursuant to this section.

H. No person, other than the owner, operator, or person in charge of the premises for which a refuse container is provided pursuant to this section, shall place or cause to be placed refuse in such container.
(Ord. No. 68530, 1, 12-14-2009: prior: Ord. 61654 1, 1989; Ord. 59121 8, 1984.)

11.02.260 Public receptacles.

Public refuse receptacles may be placed in public places by a private party after a permit for same has been obtained from the Board of Public Service. The Board of Public Service will approve the design of all such receptacles so approved and the collection and placement of said receptacle and the collection of refuse from said containers shall be the responsibility of the Department of Streets or the private party placing such container. Public receptacles placed on the sidewalks and City streets shall be used only for such refuse as persons may have for disposal while passing along the streets. Such containers shall in no case be used for the disposal of refuse accumulated in residences or places of business.
(Ord. 59121 9, 1984.)

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