521.08  LITTERING AND DEPOSIT OF GARBAGE, RUBBISH, JUNK, ETC.
   (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 him, 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; or
      (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 him, 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 he 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 may reasonably 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 may reasonably 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 his 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.
         (ORC 3767.32)
   (e)   No person shall cause or allow litter to be collected or remain in any place to damage or prejudice of others or of the public, or unlawfully obstruct, impede, divert, corrupt or render unwholesome or impure.  This shall include public property and private property.  In the case of private property, whether residential or commercial, the owner, agent, or person in control and the person and/or persons responsible for depositing the litter or debris shall be jointly and severally liable.  Each day said debris or litter remains shall constitute a separate offense. 
(Ord.  1997-62.  Passed 10-15-97.)
   (f)   No person, owner, occupant, tenant or agent of any commercial or multi- family building, shall place rubbish, garbage or other debris in any container which cannot be closed to prevent spillage or blowing out of the container; fail at all times to keep the container closed to prevent spillage or blowing out of the container; store, keep or allow rubbish, garbage or other debris to accumulate on such property outside an enclosed building, other than in an enclosed container. 
(Ord. 1979-45.  Passed 10-17-79.)
   (g)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.