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.