Refuse Storage and Disposal


10.1 Purpose

10.1.1 This chapter of this bylaw aims to regulate the collection, storage, and disposal of refuse in the Manawatu District, to:

· ensure that refuse is collected and disposed of safely

· minimise any obstruction of the District’s streets and footpaths due to refuse

· protect the health and safety of the public and of the Council's employees and contractors.

10.2 Accumulation of refuse

10.2.1 No occupier of any premises shall allow household refuse to remain upon such premises unless that refuse is stored in a safe and sanitary manner.

10.2.2 No occupier of any premises shall permit any accumulation of household refuse to remain upon those premises unless the refuse is contained in official bags, or other approved receptacles.

10.3 Placing bags and receptacles for collection

10.3.1 The Council will have no obligation to collect any refuse other than that adequately contained within an official bag.

10.3.2 The Council may specify another type or types of refuse bin, bag or other container that will be collected by the Council's refuse collectors. The Council may approve different types of refuse containers for different parts of the District.

10.3.3 Any broken bottles, glass items or sharp objects must be well wrapped to protect anyone handling the bag from injury.

10.3.4 Cold ashes must be well wrapped to protect anyone handling the bag from the risk of breathing ash dust.

10.3.5 Any liquids or wet materials are prohibited unless well wrapped or contained to prevent leakage from the bag.

10.3.6 No person shall place any refuse bag or recycling bin for collection that, with contents, weighs more than 15 kilograms.

10.3.7 No one shall put or cause or allow anyone else to put any of the following into an official bag for collection by the Council:

· hot ashes

· explosive or any highly flammable material

· infectious matter

· trade refuse

· garden refuse

· unwrapped sharp objects

· radioactive material

· any waste removed from any part of a drainage or sewerage system.

10.3.8 Household refuse put out for collection in residential areas must be placed:

· as close to the kerb as possible without obstructing the footpath or carriageway

· directly in front of the residence discarding the refuse, where possible

· out not earlier than 5 pm on the day preceding the collection day

· out at any other specified place or time as determined by the Council from time to time.

10.3.9 Any household refuse not collected, and reusable containers, must be recovered on the day of collection.

10.3.10 No one shall interfere with or remove refuse that has been put on any road for collection by the Council or its agents, except in the course of collecting it on behalf of the Council.

10.4 Collection of recyclable materials

10.4.1 The Council may arrange for the collection of specified recyclable materials, and may supply a specially marked container or containers for recyclable materials to be put in.

10.4.2 Material put out for recycling must be clean, and not contaminated by food or other organic material.

10.4.3 No one shall interfere with or remove recyclable materials that have been put on any road for collection by the Council or its agents, except in the course of collecting it on behalf of the Council.

10.4.4 Recyclable materials put out for collection and reusable containers must be placed:

· as close to the kerb as possible without obstructing the footpath or carriageway

· directly in front of the residence discarding the recyclable materials, where possible

· out not earlier than 5 pm on the day preceding the collection day

· out at any specified place or time as determined by the Council from time to time.

10.4.5 Any recyclable materials not collected, and reusable containers, must be recovered on the day of collection.

10.4.6 The Council may specify the location of recycling stations, where the public can leave recyclable materials, and may issue instructions for the use of recycling stations.

10.4.7 Where the instructions issued by the Council for the use of a recycling station are displayed on a sign at that station, no one may leave any material at the recycling station except in accordance with those instructions.

10.5 Obstruction of refuse collectors

10.5.1 No one shall obstruct or hinder any person engaged in any authorised Council refuse collection service on any road or from lawfully entering any premises to empty any refuse container on such premises, or from removing the contents to a refuse truck.

10.6 Public litter bins

10.6.1 No person shall use any public litter bin or other public refuse receptacle for depositing any dangerous or offensive matter or any household or trade refuse of any kind.

10.6.2 No person shall use any public animal waste litter bin for depositing any household refuse or trade refuse of any kind.

10.7 Commercial collection areas

10.7.1 The Council may designate a specific area and/or road as a commercial collection area that will receive a specific collection service different from other collection services provided.

10.7.2 In commercial collection areas, refuse shall not be placed out for collection between 10 am and 5.30 pm. The Council may change these hours from time to time.

10.7.3 Any bags or other refuse not collected, and reusable containers, must be recovered before 10 am.

10.7.4 Where refuse has been put on any road for collection by the Council or its agents, no one shall interfere with or remove the refuse, recycling or the recycling container, except in the course of collecting it on behalf of the Council.

10.8 Disposal of trade refuse

10.8.1 No trade refuse will be collected or disposed of by the Council except by prior agreement in writing, and subject to such conditions as Council may specify, including disposal times, disposal fees, and the nature, form, manner or position in which the refuse may be disposed of.

10.9 Refuse transfer stations

10.9.1 The disposal of refuse at any Council refuse transfer station shall be subject to such conditions as the Council may impose, including opening hours, fees, the nature of the refuse that may be disposed of, and the position in which refuse may be placed.

10.9.2 No unauthorised person shall loiter, or disturb any refuse on any refuse transfer station, or remove any article or material, except with Council’s express permission.

10.9.3 No person may deposit refuse at any refuse transfer station other than in an approved manner.

10.10 Offences against bylaw

10.10.1 No person shall place or leave on a street or at any refuse transfer station or recycling station::

a) Any refuse or trade waste in contravention of this bylaw.

b) Any refuse or trade waste in contravention of any conditions specified or imposed under this bylaw.

10.10.2 Council may seek action under clause 1.7 above to remedy any contravention of this chapter of this bylaw.

SEE ALSO:

 

Local Government Act 1974 (Part 31)

Reserves Act 1977 (Section 94)

Health Act 1956 (Sections 29-34)

Litter Act 1979