Sec. 20-31. - Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Garbage means all refuse, animal, fruit and other vegetable matter, all tin cans, glassware and crockery in which any such matter has been put up or stored, and all rags, wastepaper, floor sweepings and other combustible refuse, except building material, scraps and tree trimmings.

Trash means all refuse resulting from the use and maintenance of property, regardless of the nature of the activity thereon, except garbage.

(Code 1974, § 7-4)

Cross reference— Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.

Sec. 20-32. - Collection fee; effect of failure to pay collection charges.


The garbage collection fee as set by the town board, as amended from time to time, shall be the legal obligation of the person renting and occupying the residential unit, be it a house or apartment, or the owner-occupant, and if not the obligation of the occupant, but is furnished by the owner or landlord, then it shall be the legal obligation of the owner or landlord, as the case may be. This shall apply only where garbage collection is required where there is no service of town water or sewer on the residential unit involved.


Charges for garbage collection service shall be collectible by any remedy provided by law for collecting and enforcing private debts, in accordance with G.S. 160A-314(b).

(Code 1974, § 7-6; Ord. of 11-8-84, § 1)

Sec. 20-33. - Garbage to be promptly removed.

No garbage that is decayed or otherwise is a menace to health or cleanliness shall be allowed to remain in any dwelling house, hotel, boardinghouse, cafe, restaurant, lunch stand, fruit stand, meat market, store or other building on any premises longer than is reasonably necessary to remove and deposit such garbage in a can as provided in this article.

(Code 1974, § 7-7)

Sec. 20-34. - Containers generally.


The occupant of every building, premises or place where garbage exists shall provide himself with containers, made of substantial galvanized iron or other suitable nonrusting material, in which he shall deposit all garbage existing at the place occupied by him. Such containers shall be provided with handles or bails and with a tightfitting cover made of the same material as the container. All garbage containers shall be watertight and of a size that can be conveniently handled by the garbage collector, not to exceed a capacity of 30 gallons, unless specified otherwise by the board of commissioners. All garbage containers shall be placed so that they can be conveniently reached by the garbage collector. All garbage containers shall be kept reasonably clean by the use of effective cleaners. Containers used for holding garbage or refuse shall be maintained in good condition.


Any container that does not conform to the provisions of this article or that has ragged or sharp edges or any other defect likely to hamper or injure the person collecting the contents shall be promptly replaced by a proper container upon receipt of notice to that effect from the superintendent of public works. Failure to replace a nonconforming or defective container within ten days shall be sufficient reason for the department to collect and dispose of such defective container and to discontinue service until compliance is effected.

(Code 1974, § 7-8)

Sec. 20-35. - Wet garbage.

All wet garbage shall have the liquid drained off and shall be wrapped in paper or other combustible material before it is placed in the garbage can, thus preventing smell and the breeding of flies in summer and freezing and adhesion to the can in winter.

(Code 1974, § 7-9)

Sec. 20-36. - Garbage collection by private persons.


Permit required. No person shall collect, handle, haul or transport on any of the streets or public places in the town any garbage without first having procured a permit therefor from the town clerk.


Spillage. No person engaged in the private collection or transportation of garbage or trash shall cause or allow spillage of garbage, trash or other refuse resulting from improper use of containers or from the employment of a vehicle not meeting the requirements of subsection (c). Such spillage shall, in addition to any penalty that may be imposed, subject the holder of the permit to revocation of such permit.


Vehicles. No person holding a permit required by subsection (a) shall transport garbage or trash over the streets of the town without first having secured from the superintendent of public works a certificate to the effect that the vehicle designated for such use is suitable for hauling such garbage or trash. Vehicles which allow spillage of garbage or trash will be considered unsuitable for hauling garbage or trash.


Construction and demolition waste. Construction and demolition waste shall be collected, removed and disposed of by the contractor or builder. Contractors and builders must obtain a permit from the town.

The town will remove residential construction and demolition debris deposited by the homeowner, current occupant, family or family relative, or any noncommercially licensed agent of the homeowner or occupant, up to two truck loads per year.

Construction and demolition debris must be separated from other debris by the owner/current occupant, family relative or agent, when placed curbside.


Yard debris. The town will remove any normal yard maintenance debris deposited curbside. Yard debris must be separated from other debris. Normal debris is considered to be grass, straw, shrubs, leaves and tree limbs not to exceed three inches in diameter or five feet in length. Tree limbs, whole trees and tree trunks exceeding these dimensions will not be picked up by town staff.


Containers for collection. One 90-gallon container (green) will be provided a town resident upon application to town staff for household refuse, along with one 90-gallon container (blue) for plastic recycling materials. Household refuse is scheduled for pickup on the west side of town on Mondays and the east side on Tuesdays. Recycling pickup is the third Wednesday of each month.

(Code 1974, §§ 7-11—7-13; Ord. of 6-11-87, § 1; Ord. of 12-8-2011)