General statement. The responsible party of any premises, business establishment, or industry is responsible for the sanitary condition of the premises, business establishment, or industry and for the proper storage, containment, and placement for collection of all solid waste, green organics, recyclables, and household hazardous waste. All solid waste, green organics, recyclables, and household hazardous waste must be stored in a manner that does not present a health or safety hazard or public nuisance, including but not limited to the breeding of insects. No person may place, deposit, or allow to be placed or deposited on their premises or private property, any public street, alley, or right-of-way any solid waste, green organics, recyclables, or household hazardous waste except in a manner prescribed in this chapter.
A. General requirements.
1. All responsible parties using or occupying any dwelling unit, commercial, industrial or institutional establishment, or premises within the corporate limits of the City where solid waste and recyclables accumulate must store their solid waste, green organics, recyclables, and household hazardous waste in watertight and fly-tight containers.
2. Solid waste, green organics, recyclables, and household hazardous waste must be stored, collected, and hauled for disposal in accordance with the Maricopa County Health Code, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Regulations.
3. It is the container users’ and responsible parties’ obligation to properly store solid waste, green organics, or recyclables generated on their premises and to keep the area around the container continuously clear and free of all debris. If the property has alley solid waste service, the term area includes the alley.
4. A minimum service level of not less than one-fourth cubic yard per dwelling unit, collected twice weekly, is required. One-fourth cubic yard is equivalent to 43 U.S. gallons.
5. All solid waste, green organics, and recycling containers must be maintained in a sanitary condition. Containers may not be stored or maintained in such a manner as to constitute a nuisance, health, or safety hazard.
6. It is unlawful for any person not authorized by the responsible party to remove, collect, or disturb the solid waste, green organics, and recyclables stored in such containers or to remove from a solid waste, green organics, or recycling container any solid waste, green organics, or recyclables set out for collection and disposal by the City, agents of the City, or licensed solid waste haulers. This prohibition does not apply to law enforcement officers acting within the scope of their official duties.
7. It is unlawful for any person to utilize the solid waste, green organics, or recycling containers or receptacles assigned to other persons for the disposal of solid waste, green organics, or recyclables without their permission. This does not apply to the automated solid waste or recycling collection system where residents share the use of common containers.
8. The lids or covers of any solid waste, green organics, and recycling containers must at all times be kept secure in such a manner to prevent intrusion of moisture, infestation of insects, and scattering of solid waste, green organics, or recyclables. Covers must be kept closed except when containers are being loaded or emptied.
9. Each solid waste, green organics, or recycling container must be placed on or adjacent to the property of the authorized user at a location approved by the Director.
10. Alley solid waste and recycling containers must be placed on one side of the alley, as determined by the Director. No container may be placed so as to restrict egress from an exit door or beneath a fire escape. No container may be placed under a street floor window unless such window is of fire-resistant construction.
11. Non-alley solid waste, green organics, and recycling containers must be located in such a manner to not interfere with pedestrians or vehicles at a location approved by Director.
12. All boxes, cartons, and crates must be collapsed before being placed in solid waste or recycling containers. Ashes must be soaked with water to extinguish any live embers and contained in tied bags before placement in solid waste containers.
13. Explosives or flammable materials of any kind may not be placed in any solid waste, green organics, or recycling container.
14. Corrosives, reactives, oxidizers, lead acid batteries, or any hazardous waste may not be disposed of in solid waste, green organics, or recycling containers.
15. Pool chemical containers must be emptied, rinsed, drained, and moisture free prior to being placed in a solid waste or recycling container.
B. Residential user requirements.
1. All household solid waste and grass must be bagged and securely tied before being placed in a solid waste container. Solid waste must be drained of all liquids and tied in waterproof bags before being placed in a solid waste container.
2. Green organics materials must be disposed of as specified in Section 27-27.
3. Recyclable materials must be disposed of as specified in Section 27-25.
4. Construction and demolition solid waste may not be placed in a solid waste, green organics, or recycling container. If such construction and demolition solid waste is generated, the responsible party is responsible for the removal and disposal of such solid waste. All construction and demolition solid waste must be removed promptly and may not be stored in any location where it may be blown or otherwise dispersed beyond the construction site. The City may, upon request from the responsible party, provide containers for such construction and demolition solid waste for a different and separate fee.
5. It is unlawful to place material in any solid waste, green organics, or recycling container of a volume or weight that prevents the collection vehicle from emptying the container or that damages the collection vehicle or container. The maximum weight of material placed in any container up to 100 gallons may not exceed 200 pounds. The maximum weight of material placed in a 300-gallon container may not exceed 500 pounds.
6. It is unlawful for any person not authorized by the City to utilize for other than its intended purpose the lid from any solid waste, green organics, or recycling container.
C. Commercial user requirements.
1. The owner or responsible party of any commercial or privately owned recycling, solid waste, or green organics container placed on private property, alley or in the City right-of-way is responsible for maintaining the area within a 25-foot radius around the container or bin in a sanitary condition, and preventing the scattering or blowing around of materials deposited.
2. Commercial users must, where the volume of solid waste or recyclables accumulated cannot be conveniently handled in cans or bags, provide bins or compactor bins for containment of solid waste or recyclables. Such bins or compactor bins must be constructed of durable non-absorbent, noncombustible material, and have suitable fly-tight and watertight covers.
3. All commercial containers located on commercial users’ premises must be placed or concealed in such a manner so as to minimize visibility from the street or public walkways.
4. All non-City solid waste and recycling containers that have a capacity in excess of 32 gallons, or are accessible to the general public, must be identifiable by indicating the responsible party’s name and telephone number on the container and must meet all City zoning and permit requirements. The container identification must be legible from a minimum distance of ten feet.
5. All solid waste generated by commercial, institutional and industrial establishments is prohibited from being deposited or disposed of in any City-owned container unless collection service is being provided to the establishment by the City.
6. Commercial users will, upon request of the Director, be required to show documentation of the method of collection and removal of solid waste or recyclables they generate. (Ord. No. G-4623, § 1, 2004; Ord. No. G-5756, 2012; Ord. No. G-5920, 2014; Ord. No. G-6782, § 3, 2021)