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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALLEY. Any right-of-way, public utility easement, or public way commonly used for utility or public access.
ASSESSMENT. The fee that is or may be imposed for the recovery of refuse collection incurred for benefiting particular property of any person which is levied on pursuant to this subchapter.
BRUSH. Tree limbs and shrubbery clippings or prunings exceeding four feet in length.
BULK RUBBISH. Wooden or cardboard boxes, crates, appliances, large items of household furniture, and other refuse items which by size, shape or weight are not readily containable.
COLLECTION EMPLOYEE. Any individual employed by the city for the purpose of effectuating the provisions of this subchapter.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT. Includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Any establishment whose primary function or activity is for production of income.
(2) Governmental agencies including federal, state, county and city.
(3) Organizations, such as: service, fraternal, religious, charitable and any other similar types.
(4) Multiple dwelling establishments encompassing three or more units, such as: RV parks, mobile home parks, apartment complexes, motels and hotels. Exceptions to this requirement are individually owned and occupied units such as: mobile home subdivisions, townhouses, condominiums, cooperatives, and planned unit developments.
COMMERCIAL REFUSE GENERATOR. Any person in charge of owning, leasing, renting or occupying any business, industrial or commercial building other than a private residence, including, but not limited to, a store, office, factory, hotel, tourist court, motel, motor court, motor hotel, trailer court, apartment hotel or residential building ordinarily leased for a period of less than three months.
CONSTRUCTION WASTE. Material from construction, remodeling, construction site preparation, including, but not limited to, rocks, trees, debris, dirt, brick, fill, plaster and all types of scrap building materials.
CONTAINABLE RUBBISH. All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, including, but not limited to, wrapped garbage, wrapped small dead animals, wrapped or boxed ashes, waste paper, excelsior, rags, bottles, crockery, bedding, clothing, carpets, leather, tin cans, metal scraps, small light weight mechanical parts, wood or metal shavings, floor sweepings, grass and weed clippings, twigs, tree limbs not exceeding four feet in length, and other similar waste or debris.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. The head of the Department of Public Works or his or her duly authorized representative.
FILTH. Manure, excrement or similar substance.
GARBAGE. Putrescible and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
LIEN. A charge which attaches in favor of the city to real property benefited by the collection of any brush, trash, bulk rubbish, filth, construction waste or refuse; said lien also attaches to any other real or personal property of a person or any refuse generator, owning or in charge of benefited property, to secure the payment of unpaid monthly collection costs as hereinafter described.
OPEN AREA. Any park, street, alley, gutter, sidewalk, sewer, boulevard, greenbelt, square, vacant lot, space, ground or other areas where refuse may accumulate.
PERSON. Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, institution or other entity acting as principal, agent, officer, servant or employee for himself or itself, or for any other individual, firm, partnership, corporation, institution or other entity, who owns, leases, rents or occupies any real property within the city limits.
PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE. Any liquid, solid or gas with an ignition temperature or flash point of less than 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 degrees Celsius) including, but not limited to, gasoline, benzine, naphtha, or other flammable or explosive; any material having a pH lower than five and one-half or higher than nine or having any other corrosive or toxic property that could be injurious or hazardous to city collection employees, or the public in general, or which could cause damage to facilities and equipment; any substance that is noxious or malodorous to the human senses that is subject to depriving a neighborhood or any number of persons of the comfortable enjoyment of life or property; or any hyperdermic needle, syringe or contaminated or disease-infested substance or material; or any other material or object by which through shape, appendages or explosive nature could pose substantial hazard to collection employees, collection equipment or others during handling for collection or disposal, such as but not limited to items of sharp wood, metal, plastic or glass which protrude from the containers and fluorescent and television tubes. Materials regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, RCRA 1976, Subtitle C, Hazardous Waste Management, Sections 3001 through 3020 as amended.
REFUSE. All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes (except body wastes), including garbage, rubbish, ashes, sweepings, dead animals, abandoned, wrecked or junked vehicles or parts thereof; brush, and containable rubbish; filth, construction waste and prohibited substances when these terms are not specifically noted in this subchapter.
RESIDENTIAL REFUSE GENERATOR. Any person in charge of, owning, leasing, renting or occupying any building or buildings used solely for a family or private residential domicile, including, but not limited to, single and multiple family dwelling units, apartments, townhouses cooperatives, condominiums, board and rooming houses, trailers and/or mobile homes.
TRASH. Rubbish, waste, debris or refuse.
VICIOUS ANIMAL. Any animal of a vicious species or of a domesticated species, including, but not limited to, dogs and cats which, without provocation, is prone or subject to attacking human beings.
('80 Code, § 14-18) (Ord. 1417, passed 6-4-75; Ord. 2131, passed 6-15-83; Ord. 2266, passed 6-5-85; Ord. 2452, passed 7-6-89; Ord. 2531, passed 8-21-91)