Dumpster Ordinance and Application Process

for dumpsters and portable storage devices placed in a public right-of-way. (Not required when being placed on private property.)

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Ordinance No. 2014-01—adding provisions relating to dumpsters and portable storage devices in a public right-of-way—was passed by the Board of Supervisors of Lancaster Township on April 14, 2014.

The Board determined that certain provisions of the Code of Lancaster Township should be revised, and that new provisions should be added to regulate dumpsters and portable storage devices in the public right-of way. Accordingly, the Board has determined that the following revisions, additions and amendments should be made.   

Dumpsters and Portable Storage Device in Public Rights-of-Way shall be added to Chapter 231 of the Code of Lancaster, and shall read as follows:

A.    Purpose
The primary purpose of public streets is for use by vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Reasonable regulation of obstruction in public streets and sidewalks is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

B.    Definitions
Dumpster – A metal storage receptacle used to temporarily store debris or garbage and which is then emptied of its contents or removed with its contents to a dumpsite.

Temporary Dumpster – Any dumpster used or intended as a disposal facility for construction, renovation, or demolition projects, special events, seasonal use, or other purposes not permanent in nature.

Portable Storage Device – Any item placed in a street that is not a motor vehicle as defined by the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, or a temporary dumpster, including, but not limited to, containers commonly known as “portable storage devices” or “PODS®.”

C.    Prior to the issuance of any permit for any dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device, its location and usage shall be reviewed and approved by the Township.

D.    A permit for a dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall be for an initial term of not more than 14 days. Provided the applicant is in compliance with all provisions of this article and all other applicable Township regulations, a renewal permit may be approved and issued for an additional 14 day period upon application and payment of the permit renewal fee. Not more than one renewal permit shall be issued by the Township for any dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device placed upon any Township street. The dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall be removed prior to the expiration of the permit.

E.    The following requirements shall apply to any dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device placed upon public streets or pedestrian ways in the Township:

No dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device may be placed on any Arterial or Collector roads in the township; within 40 feet of an intersection; or within any prohibited or restricted areas.

F.     Sufficient reflective tape shall be placed upon all four sides of the dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device in such a manner as to make it visible at night.

G.    Each of the dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device rollers or wheels (if any) must be placed upon a wooden pad of at least six inches by six inches and at least 3/4 of an inch in thickness, or on a similarly protective device in order to prevent damage to the road surface.

H.    No dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall be placed nearer than 15 feet to any fire hydrant within the cartway or other area intended for fire-fighting equipment.

I.      The name, address and telephone number of the dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device owner/operator shall be conspicuously placed on at least two sides of the device.

J.     No dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall be placed within the cartway of any street extending a distance of more than 9 feet from the curb line or edge of cart way.

K.    The location of any dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device upon any public street shall not interfere with any required clear sight distance across any intersection.

L.    The location of any dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device upon any public street shall not obstruct any pedestrian way or the travel lane of any public street.

M.   No dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall be loaded in such a manner as to cause its contents to spill onto any street, sidewalk, or other area intended for pedestrian travel.

N.    No dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall contain any hazardous waste unless pursuant to a permit for such waste issued by the appropriate governmental entity.

O.    No materials contained in a dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall emit any noxious or offensive odor or otherwise create any hazard or risk to public health.

P.     No dumpster, temporary dumpster, or portable storage device shall be placed in such a manner as to interfere with the operation or maintenance of any public utility.

Q.    The permit shall be conspicuously placed in a location that permits it to be identified from a public street.

R.    The placement of any dumpster shall be in accordance with all requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.

S.     If any damage or injury to the cartway, curb or sidewalk shall be caused or done by the use or occupancy of any street or road hereunder, the party to whom such permit shall have been issued shall be responsible and liable for the same and shall restore the cartway, curb and/or sidewalk to its original condition. If the permittee refuses to properly restore the cartway, curb and/or sidewalk to its original condition, the Township may do so and collect the cost of the same from the permittee.