TOWN OF BELMONT
ARTICLE 26, GENERAL BYLAWS
Adopted April 22, 1991 by Town Meeting
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR RECYCLING PROGRAM
Adopted June 24, 1991 by Board of Selectmen
26.1 There is hereby established a recycling program for certain solid waste pursuant to Chapter 40, Section 8H, of the General Laws.
26.2 The purposes of the program are to reduce the amount of solid waste generated in the Town that is disposed of by conventional means; to comply with State regulations concerning solid waste; to promote the recycling of materials that have economic value or beneficial use; to encourage the remarketing or other reuse of recyclable material; and to mitigate adverse environmental effects of consumption by returning solid waste materials to productive use.
26.3 As used in this Article 26, the word “recyclables” shall mean solid waste materials designated from time to time by the Board of Selectmen as materials that are appropriate for inclusion in the program. Such materials may include, but are not limited to, paper, glass, metal, rubber, plastics, used tires and compostable waste.
Regarding 26.3 The word “recyclables” shall be designated as follows:
Glass containers (clear, green and brown).
Plastic containers marked with “1” through “7”.
Metal (steel, bimetal, “tin”) containers.
Coated paper cartons (milk cartons) and aseptic containers (juice boxes).
Mixed paper – Newspapers, newsprints, catalogs, telephone books, junk mail, office paper, stationary, post it notes, memo pads, magazines, paperboard (cereal, pasta, snack boxes, etc.) Pizza boxes are not accepted in the program.
Appliances, including but not limited to, washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, stoves and ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and freezers (collectively known as “white goods”). These items being appliances employing electricity, oil, natural gas, or liquefied petroleum gas to supply heat or motive power to preserve or cook food, to wash or dry clothing, cooking, kitchen utensils or related items or to cool or heat air or water.
Leaves and yard waste as deciduous and coniferous seasonal (March to December) deposition, including but not limited to, grass clippings, weeds, hedge clippings, garden materials, and brush, one (1”) inch or less in diameter.
Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s). CRT’s (picture tubes) are found in television sets, computer monitors, some video games and certain scientific instruments such as oscilloscopes.
26.4 All residents and occupants of buildings for which curbside collection of solid waste is provided by the Town shall separate all recyclables from other solid waste and shall place such recyclables at curbside for collection in a manner specified in rules and regulations adopted from time to time by the Board of Selectmen.
Regarding 26.4 Curbside collection shall be as follows:
All recyclables must be available at the curb by 7:00 a.m. for pick up between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Town shall have two (2) routes for every other week collection. These routes will be further distinguished by different colored containers: blue and green. The routes will be collected on alternate weeks.
Glass, Plastics, Metal and Paper (as defined in Section 26.3 #1-7):
a Curbside collection will be every other week for glass, plastic, metal, aluminum containers, and mixed paper.
b Collection containers (bins) will be provided and delivered by the Town at no cost initially to every dwelling unit and will remain the property of the Town and should at all times be kept at the dwelling unit. Replacement bins will be available to residents at a cost of five ($5.00) dollars each.
c Glass, plastic, metal and aluminum containers, milk cartons and juice boxes shall be placed in the bin delivered by the Town for such purpose. Mixed paper will be contained in brown paper bags. Cardboard shall be flattened and/or cut into pieces no larger that 2 feet by 2 feet and put in brown paper bags, out loose or tied with string in bundles no higher than 9 inches. Residents shall place bins at the curb with mixed paper next to the bin and cardboard either under the bin or secured to prevent it from blowing, all clearly separate from the trash.
d Overflow of recyclables collected in the bin provided by the Town shall be placed in a durable container similar in size and shape to the one provided by the Town and placed next to it.
Leaves and Yard Waste (as defined in section 26.3 #9):
a Curbside collection will be every other week for leaves and yard waste from April to late October, and weekly for seven (7) weeks from the last week in October through the first week in December.
b Leaves and yard waste will be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags and/or clearly marked, rigid open-top containers with lids (neither to exceed 32 gallons and/or 50 pounds in weight), on the resident’s regularly scheduled recycling collection day and week (blue or green), clearly separate from the resident’s trash. Rigid, open-top containers with lids should be marked by placing two stickers designating yard waste on opposite sides of the containers. The stickers will be made available to residents by the Town.
5. White Goods (as defined in section 26.3 #8):
White Goods will be collected weekly on the resident’s scheduled trash collection day. Residents are required to purchase an appliance sticker for each appliance for a fee of $20.00 and affix it to the exterior of the appliance, facing the street so that it is clearly visible. The Public Works Highway Division shall be notified by 12:00 noon on the business day before the resident’s regular collection day to schedule an appliance collection.
6. Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s) (as defined in section 26.3 #10):
CRT’s will be collected weekly on Thursdays. Residents are required to purchase a CRT sticker for each CRT for a fee of $15.00 and affix it to the exterior of the CRT, facing the street so that it is clearly visible. The Public Works Highway Division shall be notified by 12:00 noon on Wednesdays to schedule a pick up on the next available CRT collection.
Regarding Section 26.4:
Any person who does not comply with Section 26.4 may be subject to a fine of fifty ($50.00) dollars. Each day or part thereof if any violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
26.5 The Town or a solid waste collector authorized by the Board of Selectmen may refuse to collect the solid waste of any person who fails to comply with Section 26.4. In such case, such person shall remove such solid waste from curbside no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day following such refusal. Any person who fails so to remove such solid waste shall be subject to a fine not exceeding fifty ($50.00) dollars for each offense. Each day or part thereof if any violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
26.6 No person shall pick up, collect or procure any recyclables at curbside within the Town except as specifically authorized in rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Selectmen.
No one other than the Contractor is authorized to pick up, collect or procure any recyclables at curbside.
Any person violating this provision of this Bylaw shall be subject to a fine of fifty ($50.00) dollars on the third offense. The first and second offense being verbal and written, respectively. Each occurrence shall constitute a separate offense.
26.7 The Board of Selectmen may establish and from time to time amend rules and regulations for purposes of implementing the recycling program.
26.8 The non-criminal disposition of violations of this Article 26 or any rule or regulation of the Board of Selectmen adopted hereunder is hereby authorized in according with the provisions of Chapter 40; Section 21D, of the General Laws (Section 21d”).
26.8.1 “Enforcing person” as used in this Section 26.8 shall mean any police officer of the Town, the Highway Division Director, and any representative of the Highway Division Director, and any other Town employee designated by the Board of Selectmen as an enforcing person.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall also be an enforcing person.
26.8.2 An enforcing person taking cognizance of a violation of this Article 26 or any rule or regulation of the Board of Selectmen adopted hereunder shall give the offender a written notice to appear before the clerk of the district court having jurisdiction thereof for the non-criminal disposition thereof in accordance with Section 21D. The provisions of Section 21D are incorporated herein by reference.
26.9 The invalidity of any part or parts of this Bylaw shall not affect the validity of the remaining parts.
Unanimously adopted by voice vote at the
Annual Town Meeting held on April 24, 1991
Rules & Regulations adopted by the
Board of Selectmen on June 24, 1991
Revised June 22, 1992 – added the separate collection of leaves and white goods to recyclables
Revised September 21, 1992 – added all yard waste to recyclables
Revised June 27, 1994 – added all recyclable newspaper products and white paper (formerly just newspaper) to recyclables
Revised January 28, 2002 – added plastics numbers 3-7 and all mixed paper to recyclables
Revised July 12, 2004 – added fee schedule for CRT ($15) & Appliance ($20) recycling pick ups
Revised December 3, 2007 – added corrugated cardboard, coated paper cartons (milk cartons) and aseptic containers (juice boxes) to recyclables
Notes: July 27, 2000 began the separate collection of CRT’s for recycling