Solid Waste Treatment and Refuse Collection Customer Service Policy

     

    Refuse shall be collected a minimum of once a week. Residences, hotels, restaurants, institutions, and commercial establishments may be required to have more frequent collection, if determined by the city and borough of Sitka to be essential or desirable to protect the public health. (Ord. 05-15 § 4(C) (part), 2005.)

    All refuse shall be drained free from liquids before disposal. Garbage shall be wrapped in paper or similar materials. All cans, bottles, or other food containers shall be rinsed free of food particles and drained before disposal. Toxic, volatile or other hazardous materials are prohibited. (Ord. 05-15 § 4(C) (part), 2005.)

    Every resident head of household and business located within the city and borough of Sitka shall keep and maintain a clean refuse receptacle provided by the refuse collection contractor. All receptacles shall be placed at a convenient location for collection. Convenient location shall be a point designated by the director of public works. (Ord. 05-15 § 4(C) (part), 2005.)

    A.    In order to promote public health and reduce littering and illegal dumping, every residential unit, business, and live aboard vessel within one mile of the Sitka road system shall be required to pay a waste disposal fee as set by the assembly. There are no exceptions to paying a waste fee under these classifications regardless of the amount of waste generated and/or disposed. Failure to pay any amount of user and/or utility fees owed to the city and borough shall be grounds for disconnection of any or all services and utilities such as electrical service as provided for in Section 15.01.030.

    B.    Customers shall be permitted to dispose of acceptable waste in collection contractor-provided receptacles. “Acceptable waste” means all putrescible and nonputrescible waste including, but not limited to: garbage; refuse; ashes; paper and cardboard; and approved special waste. “Special waste” means any waste material which, because of its physical characteristics, chemical make-up, or biological nature, requires either special handling procedures and permitting, or poses an unusual threat to human health, equipment, property, or the environment. Customers shall not be permitted to dispose of unacceptable and/or special waste in collection contractor-provided receptacles. “Unacceptable waste” means waste that may not be disposed of at the disposal site under federal, state or local law, regulation, rule, code, permit or permit condition. Special waste shall be disposed of according to subsection (C)(10) of this section or at bi-annual city-sponsored collection events.

    C.    Fees and Policies Applicable to Specific Solid Waste Categories.

    1.    Junk automobiles and small trucks (three-quarter ton or smaller) may be delivered to Gary Paxton industrial park (GPIP) scrap yard at a rate of three cents per pound.

    2.    Trucks larger than three-quarter ton, larger vehicles, heavy equipment, and old trailers shall be billed at a rate of six cents per pound.

    3.    Scrap metals shall be billed at a rate of six cents per pound.

    4.    Fuel tanks must be cleaned and cut into pieces less than five feet by twelve feet (if over five hundred gallons) prior to delivery to the GPIP scrap yard.

    5.    Freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioning units shall be billed at a rate of twenty dollars each.

    6.    All other appliances or white goods besides freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioning units shall be billed at a rate of six cents per pound.

    7.    Recyclables including mixed paper, cardboard, and newsprint that are delivered to the GPIP scrap yard shall be billed at a rate of four cents per pound.

    8.    Tires off of large trucks and heavy equipment may be delivered to the transfer station or GPIP scrap yard and shall be billed at a rate of twenty-five dollars each.

    9.    No construction and demolition debris shall be disposed of at any Sitka landfill unless otherwise authorized by the director of public works.

    10.    Household hazardous or special waste may be disposed of during normal business hours at the GPIP scrap yard. Commercially generated household hazardous waste will not be accepted at any time.

    11.    Concrete and asphalt disposal shall be billed at a rate of twelve dollars per cubic yard.

    12.    Concrete and asphalt disposal is by appointment only with the public works superintendent.

    13.    Asbestos disposal shall be billed at a rate of fifty-five dollars per cubic yard.

    14.    Asbestos disposal is by appointment only with the public works superintendent.

    (Ord. 15-59 § 4 (part), 2016: Ord. 14-21 § 4 (part), 2014; Ord. 05-15 § 4(C) (part), 2005.)

    The refuse collection contractor will provide three sizes for refuse collection:

    A.    A thirty-two-gallon container;

    B.    A ninety-gallon container; and

    C.    A three-hundred-fifty-gallon container.

    (Ord. 05-15 § 4(C) (part), 2005.)