Garbage Collection & Accumulation/Nuisance

Sec. 6-5-4      Refuse Storage Areas.

 Storage areas shall be kept in a nuisance- and odor-free condition. Litter shall not be allowed to accumulate. Collection crews will not be responsible for cleaning up loose materials from any containers which have become ruptured or broken due to wet conditions, animals, vandalism or other cause. The occupant and/or owner shall be responsible for cleaning up this litter. Litter not collected shall not be allowed to accumulate. Violation will result in the occupant and/or owner being notified to clean up his/her area with continued violation resulting in the owner being prosecuted under the provisions of this and other City ordinances. If the owner or occupant fails to do so, the same shall be done by the City under the direction of the Health Officer or Director of Public Works and the expense thereof charged against the premises and become a lien against the same and be included as a special assessment against the property.

Sec. 6-5-6      Collection of Refuse.

 (a)     Placement For Collection.

     (1)     Residential solid waste shall be accessible to collection crews. Residential solid waste in approved containers shall be placed immediately behind the curb of the public street for collection. Yard and bulky wastes from residential units shall likewise be placed in neat, orderly fashion behind the curb. During winter months, solid waste shall not be placed on top of the snow bank, nor shall it be placed in the roadway. The owner shall either shovel out an area behind the curb in which to place his/her wastes or he/she shall place it in his/her driveway. Collection crews will not collect residential solid waste unless it is placed at the curb of a public street. Residential units shall bring their solid waste to the public right-of-way for collection. Should collection crews be unable to discharge contents of garbage cans into collection vehicles using normal handing procedures, the cans, including contents, will be left at curb side. The owner shall make provisions to assure that the solid waste therein can be collected on the next collection day. Collection crews will not empty garbage cans by means other than dumping.

     (2)     Vehicles must be parked so as not to hinder locating or collecting the refuse placed at the curb.

     (3)     The City of Elroy will not be liable for damage to any property where sanitation crews collect refuse from other than the curb.

     (4)     Business establishments shall provide access to collection sites. All business establishments are responsible for their collection sites. The City will dispose of items in and around mechanical dumpsters, as they see necessary. Those sites blocked by vehicles or other obstructions will not be collected.

     (5)     No garbage containers or other containers for refuse other than those of the City shall be placed, kept, stored or located within the right-of-way of a street or alley; provided, however, that the Common Council may authorize the location of such containers within the public right-of-way at specified places and times when such location is necessary for the expeditious collection and disposition of refuse.

(b)    Restriction on Time of Placement. All receptacles and containers for refuse and rubbish and all bundles of rubbish shall be placed in collection locations as designated in Subsection (a) above by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection, but not before 5:00 p.m. on the evenings prior to the regular collection time the following day. All receptacles, bags and containers for refuse and garbage disposal shall be removed from the curbside collection point within twenty-four (24) hours after the regular collection time. City employees or employees of licensed collectors will not enter any structures to remove garbage or refuse, except by written agreement with the property owner.

(c)    Standards of Service.

     (1)     Residential Solid Waste. Residential solid waste shall be collected once a week from single-family and multiple-family dwelling units according to schedules established by the Director of Public Works.

     (2)     Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste.

          a.    Commercial solid waste shall be defined as that solid waste resulting from commercial establishments.

          b.    Commercial solid waste at establishments accumulating less than six (6) yards per week shall be collected once per week.

          c.    Commercial establishments accumulating in excess of six (6) yards per week shall be collected only if there is an agreement with the Director of Public Works. Collections from establishments in excess of six (6) yards per week may be made in the discretion of the Director of Public Works for a fee, the determination of which is within the discretion of the Director of Public Works.

          d.   Additional or varied collections beyond those provided in this Subsection may be contracted for through a private hauler, properly disposing of refuse pursuant to the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

          e.    The City of Elroy does not collect solid waste resulting from the end product of manufacturing or large wholesale operations. All collections in excess of the limit of six (6) yards per week are subject to the regulation of the Director of Public Works as set forth above.

(d)     Spring or Fall Cleanup Collection. Rubbish shall be collected annually or at the discretion of the Director of Public Works. Rubbish must be on the terrace by 7:00 a.m. of that day, and there may be a charge for removal of some items.

(e)      Collection of Brush or Tree Limbs. Brush, tree limbs, and yard waste shall be collected every Friday during the months of April through October, or at the discretion of the Director of Public Works.  Material for collection shall be placed on the terrace by 7:00 a.m. on Fridays in the aforementioned months.  These collections are intended to provide a means of disposing of tree, shrub and/or brush trimmings, not as a mean for disposing of entire trees.  Professional and/or hired services used to cut down large amounts of trees must remove their own materials.  Materials placed for collection shall be bagged, boxed or securely bundled.  Each bag, box or securely tied bundle shall contain material 60 inches in length or less, 6 inches in diameter or less, and weigh 50 lbs or less.  Any material placed for collection that does not comply with these criteria will not be collected.  Property owners that have material exceeding the above requirements should make appropriate arrangements for its special collection and disposal with the City of Elroy.  A property owner may request special collection with the City of Elroy; however, the cost of the collection and disposal of this material will be billed to the property owner, accordingly.  The only exception to this policy will be for any tree or brush, which is damaged by a storm.  The city of Elroy will provide the collection and disposal of any storm damage material at no cost to the property owner so long as it is properly placed on the terrace for collection.

 Sec. 6-5-8      Garbage Accumulation; When a Nuisance.

 The accumulation or deposit of garbage, trash or putrescible animal or vegetable matter in or upon any lot or land or any public or private place within the City which causes the air or environment to become noxious or offensive or to be in such a condition as to promote the breeding of flies, mosquitoes or other insects, or to provide a habitat or breeding place for rodents or other animals, or which otherwise becomes injurious to the public health is prohibited and declared to constitute a nuisance.