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Emmetburg Solid Waste Ordinances

December 28, 2017
by Anna Veltri , Emmetsburg News

This past fall, The Reporter and The Democrat ran a series of articles regarding ordinances in the City of Emmetsburg. This article is a continuation of that series.

The purpose of chapters 105 and 106 in the Emmetsburg Code of Ordinances is to establish guidelines for solid waste control and collection respectively. The goal of these chapters is to maintain sanitary conditions throughout the city.

Chapter 105 addresses sanitary disposal of solid waste, "it is the duty of each owner to provide for the sanitary disposal of all refuse accumulating on the owner's premises before it becomes a nuisance." If any waste remains for longer than 30 days, it can be deemed a nuisance and the city may follow nuisance abatement procedures.

A person may not accumulate waste on any premises or public spaces that pose a threat to a person's health, sanitation, or is a fire hazard.

The Code of Ordinances addresses open burning restrictions, "no person shall allow, cause or permit open burning of combustible materials where the products of combustion are emitted into the open air without passing through a chimney stack, except that open burning is permitted in the following circumstances" These circumstances include: disaster rubbish (including landscape waste) which may be burned in the case that the city has officially declared emergency conditions exist; trees and tree trimmings may be burned at the city-operated burning location which is in compliance set forth by the DNR; Landscape waste though rubber tires shall not be used to ignite the waste; recreational fires that are used for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies; training fires which are set for the purpose of training public or industrial employees in fire fighting methods.

If a person wishes to openly burn material that is not included in the list above may obtain a permit from the city.

In Emmetsburg, all yard waste should be separated by the owner from all other solid waste that accumulates on the property. The city does not collect yard waste but there is an area where city citizens may deposit yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, brush and trees). As a point of interest, yard waste does not include tree stumps.

A person shall not litter in the City of Emmetsburg. If a person litters from a vehicle then the driver of the vehicle is responsible for the act if there is doubt as to which occupant of the vehicle actually discarded the litter.

It is unlawful for any person to deposit garbage in any solid waste container that is not owned by the person. A person may not interfere with the collection of solid waste so has to prevent equipment of collectors to be operated. It is illegal for a person to take or collect solid waste which has been placed out of collection.

Chapter 106 of the Emmetsburg Code of Ordinances addresses collection of solid waste for the City of Emmetsburg. In this chapter, it is stated that the city shall provide for the collection of solid waste except for bulky rubbish. All waste shall be collected from residential premises at least once per week. Bulky rubbish is defined as material that is too large or heavy to be collected by the city.

According to this chapter, solid waste collectors have permission to enter private property for the purpose of collecting waste, but they shall not enter units or residential buildings.

A residence shall be subject to a monthly recycling fee and a monthly charge per water meter. A two-bag shall not be exceeded unless there is a tag on the additional bag. These tags may be purchased from the City Clerk.

For any questions regarding solid waste and billing, please contact Emmetsburg City Hall at (712) 852-4030.



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