(a)   All refuse and other matter which has been placed on any curb lawn or into any City bin, trailer or container for recycling purposes shall be the property of the City of Amherst and no person, not authorized to do so, shall knowingly separate and collect, carry off or dispose of the same.  “Refuse and other matter” as used in this section shall not include chemicals, explosives or any hazardous material that, pursuant to local, state or federal law, requires for its possession or disposal any license or permit.
   (b)   Whoever is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of Section 1 shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor and fined not more than $100.00.  If the offender has previously been convicted of a violation of the above, then he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, and shall be fined not more than $250.00, and/or imprisoned not more than thirty days. 
(Ord. 96-104.  Passed 11-25-96.)