For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   APPROVED RECEPTACLE. A polycart container of various sizes furnished by the city's solid waste collection contractor to residential and commercial customers to store solid waste for collection. The polycart containers furnished by the city's solid waste collection contractor hereunder shall remain the property of the contractor.
   BULKY ITEMS. Any items, other than heavy brush and construction debris, that will not physically fit within, or that exceed the weight limits of, the containers required by this chapter.
   BUNDLED BRUSH. Tree, shrub and brush trimmings securely tied together forming an easily handled package, not to exceed four feet in length, six inches in diameter, or 50 pounds in weight. Bundled brush to be placed in approved receptacles for collection.
   CITY. The City of Harker Heights located in Bell County, Texas.
   COLLECTION CONTRACTOR. The person or entity hired or employed by the city to collect and dispose of solid waste from within the corporate limits of the city.
   CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS. Dirt, brick, scrap, concrete, tile, plaster, rocks, fence pickets, carpet, carpet padding, lumber, and other materials generally used in construction that will not physically fit within, or that exceed the weight limits of, the containers required by this chapter.
   DISABLED HOUSEHOLD. A residential dwelling unit where all occupants over the age of 16 are physically incapable of transporting garbage and/or rubbish to the property curbside. A statement or certification from a licensed medical doctor shall be required to substantiate the incapacity.
   HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIAL. Any solid waste identified or listed as a hazardous waste by the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Federal Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C., §§ 6901 et seq., as amended.
   HEAVY BRUSH. Trees, limbs, shrubs, root balls, weeds, other plant matter, or portions thereof that:
      (1)   Will not physically fit within, or that exceed the weight limits of, the containers required by this chapter; and
      (2)   Cannot be tied and bundled as provided in this chapter.
   MEDICAL WASTE. Waste generated by healthcare-related facilities and associated with healthcare activities, not including garbage generated from offices, kitchens, or other non-healthcare facilities. The term includes special waste from healthcare-related facilities which is comprised of animal waste, bulk blood and blood products, microbiological waste, pathological waste, and sharps as those terms are defined in 25 Texas Administrative Code § 1.132 (relating to Definitions).
   POLYCART. A rubber-wheeled receptacle with a maximum capacity of 96 gallons constructed of plastic, metal and/or fiberglass, designed for automated or semi-automated solid waste collection systems, and having a tight-fitting lid capable of preventing entrance into the container by small animals.
   SOLID WASTE, TRASH or GARBAGE. All manner of wasted or spoiled food, discarded matter, or refuse, other than heavy brush, bulky items, hazardous waste, medical waste, special waste and construction debris, including:
      (1)   All wasted, discarded or spoiled animal and vegetable matter, including dead animals and waste material and refuse from kitchens, residences, grocery stores, butcher shops, cafes, restaurants, drugstores, hotels, rooming, boarding, and apartment houses; and
      (2)   All rubbish, such as, but not limited to, feathers, coffee grounds, ashes, tin cans, paper bags, boxes, glass, newspaper, handbills, magazines, other such paper products, product packaging, grass, shrubs, flowers, yard cleaning, bundled brush, grass clippings, leaves and tree trimmings that can be contained within the containers and weight limits for said containers as described in this chapter.
   SOLID WASTE DROP SITE. The city's SOLID WASTE DROP SITE refers to the location the city has designated to receive bulk items, brush and recycling. It may also be referred to as the city's transfer station or the city's recycling drop center.
   SPECIAL WASTE. Any commercial or residential garbage, trash, rubbish, hazardous waste, infectious waste, or other solid waste that because of its quantity, concentration, physical or chemical characteristics or biological properties is not collected by the city's collection contractor.
(Ord. 85-18, passed 10-22-85; Am Ord. 99-34, passed 10-12-99; Am. Ord. 2009-17, passed 6-9-09; Am. Ord. 2021-11, passed 3-9-21)