SOUTHBRIDGE — Locals with uncontained trash or whose trash toters sit at the curb before or after designated times may soon be fined by the town.

Starting May 1, solid waste violations are slated to result in citations of up to $200 to tenants, landlords, multi-family property owners, single family property owners, commercial property owners, and owners of vacant land. There are a number of potential infractions that may result in a 21D violation, including uncontained trash or recycling, bulk items or toters at the curb “outside the allotted window,” or the placement of items such as tires, televisions, household hazardous waste, and other banned items.

According to the Board of Health’s code regulations, property owners are responsible for supplying appropriate containers for waste and recycling while occupants are responsible for the proper placement of garbage in receptacles.

All trash and recycling containers must include an appropriately placed “grab bar,” a tight-fitting cover that closes fully, and have a capacity no greater than 96 gallons. Trash and recycling containers must be placed curbside prior to 7 a.m. of the day of collection but not placed earlier than the day of collection. Placement of the container may not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic and in a location that is accessible without entering private property. Receptacles are to be removed from curbside no later than 12 hours following collection. Any business, commercial enterprise, charitable organization, or multi-family dwelling exceeding six units is responsible to take appropriate actions to dispose of waste and recyclables.

Recycling of paper, cardboard, glass bottles, cans and all single polymer plastics is mandatory. All recycling containers are to be marked recycling.

Any owner or occupant found in violation is subject to a $50 fine for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $200 for a third or subsequent violation. Each day the violation exists constitutes a separate violation. Violators of commercial waste disposal and storage are subject to a $100 fine for a first violation, $200 for a second violation, and $300 for a third and subsequent violation.

8 thoughts on “Trash tickets to be issued for health code violations”

  1. I am a senior citizen, I usually put my bins down the night before. I hope you can change your rules. It is too early to get up in the morning to put out bins of that day. They never pick up bins 7ntilnoon time or later.

  2. This is absolutely ridiculous that we cannot put our trash out the night before. If Casella could come ON TIME every time then sure but sometimes they are there by 6am sometimes they are there by 2pm. This is stupid. Does the town have nothing better to do with their time?

  3. So I leave at 430am for work Monday through friday. I don’t get home from till 8pm. How is this supposed to work for me? Or do I just get fined every week because your rules don’t work for everyone. Not everyone works a 9 to 5. But thanks guys

  4. People who work for living clearly are not on town govts mind. Make people lose jobs to keep cushy state support? MUST BE TRUE! Winter is over, town decision makers on thin ice.

  5. This is absurd. My recycling bin has been left half full the last two recycling weeks, and there are weeks they don’t come to my neighborhood at all .. do we get to fine them for faulty trash pick up too?

  6. You might want to check your information, trash and recycling could be put out 12 hours prior to the 7:oo AM pick up (7:00 PM the night before) and must be taken in within 12 hours after pickup ends at 5:00 PM (5:00 AM the morning after). I’ve complained GREATLY over the years of the Health Departments failure to enforce curb-side pick-up rules and regs as it pertains to the hauler to no avail. With this new program the residents are responsible for the cost of replacement of damaged toters will the enforcement include that the hauler not damage the toter or ensure the lid is closed especially during rainy weather. This is one more example of how the Health Department is MOST concerned with what is best for Casella then what is right, responsible and respectable to the Town’s residents.

    1. While past practice has allowed for trash and/or recycling to be placed at the curb the night before, the recently updated and enacted rules and regulations no longer make such an accommodation. The updated recycling regulation 5.2.3.2 reads: “Recycling must be placed at the curb prior to 7:00 a.m. of the day of collection but shall not be placed earlier than the day of collection.” Similarly, 5.3.2.2., which concerns trash regulations, reads: “Waste must be placed at the curb prior to 7:00 a.m. of the day of collection but shall not be placed earlier than the day of collection.” Regulations for both recycling and waste also contain the provision that containers be removed from curbside no later than 12 hours following collection.
      It is not the purview of The Citizen Chronicle to opine how stringently the regulations might be enforced, but the information in the article is correct regarding the time allotment for toters to be placed curbside. For further review, the entire code of regulations is available at https://www.ci.southbridge.ma.us/sites/southbridgema/files/alerts/final_signed_solid_waste_regulations_dec_7_2017.pdf

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