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(a) No person, regardless of intent, shall deposit litter or cause litter to be deposited on any public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the State, or Municipality, unless one of the following applies:
(1) The person is directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive;
(2) Except as provided in subsection (b) hereof, the person deposits the litter in a litter receptacle in a manner that prevents its being carried away by the elements;
(3) The person is issued a permit or license covering the litter pursuant to Ohio R.C. Chapter 3734 or 6111.
(b) No person, without privilege to do so, shall knowingly deposit litter, or cause it to be deposited, in a litter receptacle located on any public property or on any private property not owned by the person, unless one of the following applies:
(1) The litter was generated or located on the property on which the litter receptacle is located.
(2) The person is directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive.
(3) The person is directed to do so by a person whom the person reasonably believes to have the privilege to use the litter receptacle.
(4) The litter consists of any of the following:
A. The contents of a litter bag or container of a type and size customarily carried and used in a motor vehicle;
B. The contents of an ash tray of a type customarily installed or carried and used in a motor vehicle;
C. Beverage containers and food sacks, wrappings and containers of a type and in an amount that reasonably may be expected to be generated during routine commuting or business or recreational travel by a motor vehicle;
D. Beverage containers, food sacks, wrappings, containers and other materials of a type and in an amount that reasonably may be expected to be generated during a routine day by a person and deposited in a litter receptacle by a casual passerby.
(c) (1) As used in subsection (b)(1) hereof, "public property" includes any private property open to the public for the conduct of business, the provision of a service, or upon the payment of a fee but does not include any private property to which the public otherwise does not have a right of access.
(2) As used in subsection (b)(4) hereof, "casual passerby" means a person who does not have depositing litter in a litter receptacle as the person's primary reason for traveling to or by the property on which the litter receptacle is located.
(d) As used in this section:
(1) “Auxiliary container” means a bag, can, cup, food or beverage service item, container, keg, bottle, or other packaging to which all of the following apply:
A. It is designed to be either single use or reusable.
B. It is made of cloth, paper, plastic, foamed or expanded plastic, cardboard, corrugated material, aluminum, metal, glass, postconsumer recycled material, or similar materials or substances, including coated, laminated, or multilayered substrates.
C. It is designed for consuming, transporting, or protecting merchandise, food, or beverages from or at a food service operation, retail food establishment, grocery, or any other type of retail, manufacturing, or distribution establishment.
(2) “Deposit” means to throw, drop, discard, or place.
(3) “Litter” includes garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass, auxiliary containers, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature.
(4) “Litter receptacle” means a dumpster, trash can, trash bin, garbage can, or similar container in which litter is deposited for removal.
(e) No person shall cause or allow litter to be collected or remain in any place to the damage or prejudice of others or of the public, or unlawfully obstruct, impede, divert, corrupt or render unwholesome or impure, any natural watercourse.
(f) The owner, occupant or person having charge or management of any lot or parcel of land situated within the City, whether the same be improved or unimproved, vacant or occupied, within five days written notice to the last known address, served personally upon the owner, occupant or person having charge of the property involved, or by posting a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the premises or property involved by the City Administrator or his/her designee. Subsequent violations within one calendar year of the initial notice as specified herein may be subject to immediate abatement by the City as provided in this section without further notification.
(g) In addition to the penalty provided in Section 521.08 (f) and (g), if the accumulation of trash is not abated within the required time, the City Administrator or his/her designee may then cause it to be abated and require the owner, occupant, or person having charge of the property involved, to pay the cost of the nuisance abatement and any damages caused by the nuisance. After the abatement by the city or agent of the city, the City Administrator or his/her designee shall give notice by regular mail to the owner, occupant or person having charge of the property involved. The notice shall be accompanied by a statement of the amount of cost incurred. In the event the invoice is not paid within 30 days after the mailing of the notice, then the cost thereof shall be reported to the office of the City Administrator or his/her designee, which shall certify it to the County Auditor to be placed upon the tax duplicate and collected as taxes are collected.
(h) Whoever violates any provision of subsections (a) to (d) hereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. The sentencing court may, in addition to or in lieu of the penalty provided in this subsection require a person who violates subsections (a) to (d) hereof to remove litter from any public or private property, or in or on any waters.
(i) Whoever violates subsection (e) hereof is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 13-2018. Passed 5-7-18.)