Chapter 8.12


8.12.010    Purpose.

8.12.020    Definitions.

8.12.030    Appointment of sanitation inspector.

8.12.040    Accumulation of refuse.

8.12.050    Disposal restrictions.

8.12.060    Collection schedule.

8.12.070    Transfer station disposal method required.

8.12.080    Collector solely responsible for landfill use.

8.12.090    Collection and disposal charges.

8.12.100    Schedule for service charges.

8.12.110    Violation—Penalty.

8.12.120    Rates may be amended by resolution.

8.12.010 Purpose.

Establishing maintenance and operations of a system of garbage/refuse collection and disposal within the corporate city limits of the city. (Ord. 451 § 2 (part), 1987)

8.12.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

“Ashes” means and includes the solid wastes products of coal, wood and other fuels used for heating and cooking, from all public and private establishments and from all residences.

“Collector of refuse” means the person entering into the contract with the city for removal of refuse as provided in this chapter.

“Garbage” means and includes all putrescent wastes except sewage and body wastes, including vegetable wastes, animal offal and carcasses of dead animals, but not including recognized industrial by-products, and includes all such substances from all public and private establishments and from all residences.

“Health officer” means the city or county health officer as defined in RCW 70.05.010, or their authorized representative.

“Person” means every person, firm, partnership, association, institution and corporation. The term also means the occupant and/or owner of the premises for which serves herein mentioned are rendered.

“Refuse” means and includes garbage, rubbish, ashes, swill, and all other putrescent and nonputrescent wastes, except sewage from all public and private establishments and residences.

“Rubbish” means and includes all nonputrescent wastes, except ashes from all public and private establishments and residences.

“Sanitation inspector” means the person appointed by the city and authorized to administer this chapter.

“Swill” means and includes every refuse accumulation of animal, fruit or vegetable matter, liquid or otherwise, that attends the preparation, use and cooking, dealing in or storing of meat, fish, fowl, fruit and vegetable, except coffee grounds. (Ord. 451 § 2(A), 1987)

8.12.030 Appointment of sanitation inspector.

All moneys collected by the city under this chapter shall be deposited in the garbage fund from which all expenses of the administration of this chapter and all. moneys becoming due to the contractor shall be paid.

Administration of this chapter is delegated to the sanitation committee of the city council which shall have authority to appoint a sanitation inspector who shall have charge and control of the work of the collection of refuse. (Ord. 451 § 3, 1987)

8.12.040 Accumulation of refuse.

It shall be the duty of every person in possession, charge or in control of any dwelling, flat, rooming house, apartment house, hospital, school, hotel/motel, club, restaurant, boarding house or eating place or in possession, charge or control of any shop, place of business or manufacturing establishment where garbage, refuse or swill is created or accumulated, at all times be kept or cause to be kept portable appurtenances, metal or other approved cans for the deposit therein of garbage and refuse, and to deposit or cause it to be deposited therein. All garbage and refuse shall be wrapped in paper or similar material before depositing it in such cans.

Such cans shall be constructed in such a manner as to be strong, watertight, not easily corrodible, rodent-proof, insect-proof, of not less than fifteen (15) and not more than thirty-two (32) gallons capacity, of a tapered design having two handles and a tight fitting lid. Such lids shall not be removed except when necessary to place garbage and refuse in such cans or take it therefrom. When garbage and refuse is placed therein or taken therefrom, such lid shall be replaced by the person placing it therein or taking it therefrom. Such cans shall be kept in a sanitary condition with the outside thereof clean and free from accumulative grease and decomposing material. Each can shall be kept in a place accessible to the collector.

Provided however, that swill from hotels/motels, restaurants or other commercial eating houses or similar businesses shall be deposited in detachable containers, of one or two cubic yard capacity, unless other containers are specifically approved by the sanitation inspector. Trailer courts shall have such detachable containers as required, and any place of business which accumulates more than six garbage cans daily shall have detachable containers. Such containers shall be made available to businesses by the contractor either on a rental or purchase basis.

Each garbage can shall be kept clean inside and out so that no odor nuisance shall exist. The garbage collector shall place tags on garbage cans found to be in violation of this section and notify the sanitation inspector. The tag shall have a perforated stub with identification number and place of location and description.

It shall be the duty of every person in possession, charge or control of any dead animal or upon whose premises it may be located to forthwith cause it to be removed and disposed of by the collector of refuse. This shall apply to small animals, such as dogs and cats, only, and the dead animal shall be placed in a box or similar container for collection. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of the animal, if known, and otherwise the owner of the premises upon which a dead animal is found to make other provisions for the prompt removal of any larger dead animal.

No garbage or refuse container shall contain earth, rocks, heavy refuse, or hot ashes. The occupant of property shall keep the area around the garbage receptacle clean and shall keep the receptacle easily available during periods when snow is on the ground. (Ord. 451 § 4, 1987)

8.12.050 Disposal restrictions.

It is unlawful for any person to burn, deposit, throw, dump or place garbage, refuse, or swill in any lane, alley, street, or other public place, or to dispose of it upon any private property, regardless of ownership.

It is unlawful for any person to collect, remove or in any manner dispose of garbage, refuse or swill upon any streets, alleys, public or private property with the city otherwise than as herein provided.

No compost pile shall be kept or maintained unless sufficient appropriate material or substance, approved by the sanitation inspector, is used to prevent the presence of flies, insects, bugs, rodents or other pests or menaces to public health and welfare.

It is unlawful for any person to deposit, throw, dump or place any garbage or refuse not generated in the city parks in any of the garbage or refuse containers in the city parks. (Ord. 451 § 5, 1987)

8.12.060 Collection schedule.

The collector of refuse shall collect, remove and dispose of all garbage and refuse in the residential sections of the city at least once each week, and in the business and commercial zones of the city as required. (Ord. 451 § 6, 1987)

8.12.070 Transfer station disposal method required.

All disposal of refuse shall be a disposal site method or methods specifically approved by the State Department of Health and Okanogan County health department, and animal offal and carcasses of dead animals shall be buried as directed by the sanitary inspector. (Ord. 451 § 7, 1987)

8.12.080 Collector solely responsible for landfill use.

Every person shall dispose of all garbage promptly according to the terms of this chapter and rules and regulations, and no person shall perform any of the provisions of the contract referred to above except the collector of refuse. Only the collector of refuse shall use, or permit to be used, the disposal site and he or she shall be responsible at all times and shall be required to maintain the place or places of disposal in a sanitary manner at all times and in compliance with all applicable statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances of the State Department of Health and Okanogan County health department and orders of the sanitation inspector and health officer. (Ord. 451 § 8, 1987)

8.12.090 Collection and disposal charges.

Charges for refuse collection and disposal shall be universal and compulsory for every occupied building in the city and shall be billed in conjunction and simultaneously with statements issued by the city for water and sewer services. The charges or accounts shall be paid at the City hall following date of billing, and if not paid, shall become delinquent after the fifteenth day of the month. Service may be suspended for nonpayment of such account. Suspension shall not relieve the person owing such account from the duty of complying with the provisions of this chapter. Such suspension shall render the premises where such service is suspended subject to condemnation for sanity purposes. It shall be the responsibility of each person furnished garbage collection service to notify the sanitation inspector of any desired suspension of service during vacancy of the premises. Upon failure to pay the charges for garbage collection and disposal, the amount thereof shall become a lien against the real estate as provided in RCW 35.21.130. (Ord. 451 § 9, 1987)

8.12.100 Schedule for service charges.

The rates and charges assessed by the city for the collection and disposal of garbage and refuse shall be as follows, and are established on a monthly basis, and shall not vary with number of receptacles in any one pickup:

Table 1: Class of Service

Single-Family Residence:
one through three cans$ 7.95
additional charges for carryout service3.55
Multi-Family Residence and Commercial Enterprise Cans:
pick up once per week: 
one through three cans10.75
four through six cans3.75
pick up twice per week: 
one through three cans20.50
four through six cans26.50

Over six cans required to obtain commercial dumpsters.

Commercial Dumpsters (Furnished by Contractor):
pick up once per week: 
one yard dumpster bin27.50
two yard dumpster bin43.50
three yard dumpster bin47.00
four yard dumpster bin83.00
pick up twice per week: 
one yard dumpster bin47.50
two yard dumpster bin77.50
three yard dumpster bin83.00
four yard dumpster bin151.00

If the detachable dumpsters are furnished by the customer, the following allowances shall be deducted from the monthly rate:

one yard dumpster bin6.50
two yard dumpster bin8.50
three yard dumpster bin10.00
four yard dumpster bin14.00
Loose Yardage 
Each cubic yard4.50
Burning Barrels
Will not be picked up by the contractor.

(Ord. 451 § 10, 1987)

8.12.110 Violation—Penalty.

Violation of the terms of this chapter shall constitute a civil infraction with a monetary penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00). For the purposes of this chapter, each day that a person is found to be in violation constitutes a separate violation. (Ord. 98-571 § 3(H), 1998: Ord. 451 § 11, 1987)

8.12.120 Rates may be amended by resolution.

All rates and charges assessed by the city for the collection and disposal of garbage and refuse may be increased or decreased from time to time by resolution of the city council of the city. (Ord. 98-571 § 3(I), 1998: Ord. 451 § 13, 1987)

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