(A)   Equipment requirements. All solid waste collection and transportation vehicles, or other conveyance used by a hauler for the collection or transportation of solid waste, shall be easily cleanable, leak-proof, and covered with metal, canvas, or a fish-net type material so as to prevent escape of solid waste while in transit.
   (B)   Maintenance. The licensee shall maintain all solid waste collection and transportation vehicles in a safe and sanitary manner and provide brooms and shovels on each vehicle for the purpose of cleaning up spilled material caused by haulers. All safety equipment including, but not limited to, horns, lights, and reflectors shall be operable.
   (C)   Labeling.
      (1)   Decals may be issued by the department for each licensed vehicle or conveyance; these shall be displayed in a conspicuous place on the left side of the cab. If applicable, facility numbers shall be displayed as directed by the facility. The licensee shall maintain all decals, labeling, and license plates so that they are readily visible and legible at all times, and shall request replacement if they become damaged and illegible.
      (2)   The licensed hauler shall contact the department by telephone or in writing if it finds it necessary to use a vehicle other than one included in its original or amended license application.
      (3)   In addition, the business name and telephone number of the licensee shall be easily visible and be printed or painted in legible characters on both sides of all vehicles, containers, and conveyances used by the hauler to store, collect, or transport waste generated within the county.
   (D)   Storage. The licensee shall not allow solid waste to remain or be stored in any collection or transportation vehicle in excess of 48 hours for MSW, and 72 hours for any other type of solid waste, except in the event of an emergency such as inclement weather, equipment breakdown, or accident. The department may approve storage for greater than the above listed hours, on a case-by-case basis, for reasons other than emergencies, provided such storage will not adversely affect public health, safety, or the environment. Best efforts shall be provided by haulers to ensure that storage of solid waste in containers is done with water impermeable covers.
   (E)   Dumping in an emergency. The licensee shall be responsible for cleanup of any solid waste that shall be dumped in an emergency. In addition, a licensed hauler shall be responsible for cleaning up any litter or solid waste knowingly discharged onto roadways and or properties while in transit. Should the responsible hauler fail to clean up solid waste knowingly dumped in an emergency or knowingly discharged onto roadways and or properties while in transit, the county may charge such hauler the entire cost incurred of the removal and disposal of the solid waste.
   (F)   Charges on MSW. The department shall require licensees to impose charges for collection of mixed municipal solid waste that increase with the volume or weight of the waste collected. The licensee shall provide, upon request of a residential customer, a quote of the licensee’s charges.
   (G)   Charges on recycling. The licensee shall not impose a greater charge on residents who recycle than on residents who do not recycle.
   (H)   Source separated materials. Haulers shall not mix source separated materials with mixed municipal solid waste or knowingly handle source separated materials in any way that reduces the reusability or marketability of the recyclable materials.
   (I)   Recycling opportunities. At least once each year licensed haulers shall provide specific information concerning recycling opportunities available to their customers.
   (J)   Smoking, smoldering, or burning waste. The licensee may not collect or transport solid waste that is smoking, smoldering, or burning.
   (K)   Protecting private property. The licensee shall take reasonable care to protect the property of customers being served.
   (L)   Hours of operation. The licensee may not collect or transport solid waste from residential property or residential buildings before 6:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m.
   (M)   Banned materials. Haulers shall not knowingly accept for collection in the county any mixed municipal solid waste or materials that have been banned from solid waste or mixed municipal solid waste by any state statute.
   (N)   Collection of yard waste. If collection of yard waste is provided, the hauler-imposed fee for such collection shall be indicated as a separate line item on a customer’s bill.
   (O)   Yard waste collection criteria. Haulers shall only accept for collection, yard waste that meets the following criteria:
      (1)   Has been placed in paper bags or other containers that will decompose within the time period it takes to produce a finished compost product out of the material held by the container; or
      (2)   Is in a container that is not collected with the yard waste.
(Ord. 22-2, passed 10-25-2022)