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Solid Waste Ordinance

Chapter 50

Solid Waste*

Article I. In General


Sec. 50-1 Definitions.

Sec. 50-2 Penalties.

Secs. 50-3—50-35 Reserved.

Article II. Collection and Disposal


Division 1. Generally

Sec. 50-36 Provided.

Sec. 50-37 Limitations on disposal.

Sec. 50-38 Origin of Refuse.

Sec. 50-39 Disposal Charges.

Secs. 50-40—50-60 Reserved.

Division 2. Containers

Sec. 50-61 Use.

Sec. 50-62 No liquids allowed.

Sec. 50-63 Transportation of commercial, industrial waste.

Sec. 50-64 Disposal of household garbage.

Sec. 50-65 Transportation of rubbish.

Sec. 50-66 Restrictions and limitations.


*Cross references –


Buildings and building regulations, ch.10; environment, ch.26; utilities, ch.66


Sec. 50-1 Definitions


The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section.

Brush means decomposable waste materials generated by yard and lawn care, including but not limited to wood, wood chips, shrub and tree trimmings. Brush shall not include roots or stumps that exceed six (6) inches in diameter.

Commercial waste means all solid waste which generated by establishments engaged in business operations other than manufacturing or construction. This category includes, but is not limited to, solid waste resulting from the operation of stores, markets, office buildings, restaurants and shopping centers.

Construction waste means solid waste which is produced or generated during construction, remodeling, or repair of pavements, houses, commercial buildings, and other structures. Construction waste include, but are not limited to lumber, wire, sheetrock, broken brick, shingles glass, pipes, concrete, and paving materials. Paints, coatings, solvents, asbestos, any liquid, compressed gases or semi-liquids and garbage are not construction wastes.

Containers mean those receptacles or facilities located at various places in the county for the collection of solid waste.

Contractual agent means the person with whom the county has entered into a contract for the collection and disposal of solid waste in the county.

Convenience Center means a collection point for the temporary storage of solid waste provided for individual solid waste generators within the county who choose to transport solid waste generated on their own property to an established point, rather than directly to a disposal facility. A convenience center may not receive waste from collection vehicles that have collected waste from more than one real property owner.

Cover Material means compactable soil or other approved material which is used to blanket solid waste in a landfill

Disposal means the storage, collection, placing, handling, removing, transporting, burying and getting rid of solid waste.

Household garbage means all animal, vegetable and mineral wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, or consumption of foods and beverages and personal property, including but not limited to cans, bottles, food containers, paper containers and cardboard containers generated solely in the normal operation of a household.

Industrial waste means all solid waste resulting from manufacturing or industrial process that is not a regulated hazardous waste.

Nonputrescible means material that cannot be decomposed by biological methods.

Residents mean those persons residing in the county.

Rubbish includes all other solid wastes not included in the term "household garbage" and shall include but is not limited to large metal objects such as old stoves, refrigerators, auto parts, etc., wood, brush, building demolition, or other nonputrescible solid waste.

Public landfill means a site operated by and established by the county or its authorized contractual agent and permitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the disposal of solid waste.

Solid waste means all refuse except body wastes, and shall include household garbage and rubbish.

Tires includes both whole tires dismounted from rims and tires that have had side walls removed (this is considered shredded). Shredded tires may be disposed of in the landfill and is considered commercial waste.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 2)

Cross references:


Definitions generally, § 1-2.

Sec. 50-2. Penalties.


Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine as provided in section 1-15.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 6)

Secs. 50-3--50-35. Reserved



Sec. 50-36. Provided


The county provides for its citizens a system, plan or method for the disposal of solid waste at sites designated as public landfills. To facilitate the collection and disposal of household garbage, the county provides Convenience Centers at various locations in the county. The county or its contractual agent will transport the household garbage from the Convenience Centers to the public landfills.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 3(a))

Sec. 50-37. Limitations on disposal


It shall be unlawful to dump, burn, bury, destroy or otherwise dispose of solid waste within the boundaries of the county except at county-approved public or private landfills. This provision, however, shall not apply to the disposal of solid waste on private property by the owner or by others who have obtained written permission of the property owner to dispose of solid waste on the property, so long as the place of disposal does not become a public nuisance or create a hazard to health and welfare and is not prohibited by state or federal law.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 3(b))

Sec. 50-38 Origin of Refuse


Refuse disposed at the County Convenience Centers and Sanitary Landfill must have been generated in Orange County.

Sec. 50-39 Disposal Charges


Disposal Charges shall be adopted, by resolution, by the

Board of Supervisors. No fees shall be waived except by authority of the Board of Supervisors.

Secs. 50-40--50-60. Reserved.


Sec. 50-61. Use.


(a) Containers provided by the county shall be used only for the disposal of household garbage from households located within the county.

(b) It shall be unlawful for a person other than a resident or property owner of the county to deposit household or any other solid waste in a container.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 4(a))

Sec. 50-62. No liquids allowed.


All household garbage shall be drained free of liquids before being placed in a container.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 4(b))

Sec. 50-63. Transportation of commercial, industrial waste.


Persons engaging in commercial and industrial operations shall transport their solid waste directly to a public landfill or to some other approved landfill at such times and upon such conditions as the county or its contractual agent shall prescribe.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 4(c))

Cross references:


Business, ch. 14; traffic and vehicles, ch.62.

Sec. 50-64. Disposal of household garbage.


Persons in the private business of collection and disposing of household garbage and receiving compensation shall transport such household garbage to a public landfill or to some other approved landfill. Household garbage collected by such persons shall not be deposited in the containers provided by the county.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 4(d))

Sec. 50-65. Transportation of rubbish


Any person disposing of rubbish shall transport to a public landfill in the same manner as is prescribed for persons engaging in commercial and industrial operations in section 50-63.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 4(e))

Cross references:


Traffic and vehicles, ch. 62.

Sec. 50-66. Restrictions and limitations.


(a) It shall be unlawful for any person other than a representative of the county or the contractual agent to enter a container for any other purpose of to remove any solid waste from a container unless prior written permission is obtained from the county administrator.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to scavenge in or around a container or to remove items deposited in a container by some other person unless prior written permission is obtained from the county administrator.

(c) It shall be unlawful to place dead animals, rubbish, or industrial waste in any container. These items may be brought directly to the landfill site.

(d) It shall be unlawful to litter container sites or to place any solid waste outside a container.

(e) It shall be unlawful to set fire to, to deface, or to overturn a container.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 5)