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Article I. General Provisions
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For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings set forth in this section, and words and phrases not ascribed a meaning herein shall be interpreted consistent with the definitions set forth in California Public Resources Code, commencing with Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 40100, the California Health and Safety Code, commencing with Cal. Health & Safety Code § 25110, and California Code of Regulations Title 14, commencing with § 17225, as these sections may be amended from time to time:

“Act” means the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, and all regulations adopted under that legislation, as they may be amended from time to time.

“Agricultural solid waste” means waste resulting from the production and processing of farm or agricultural products, including but not limited to manures, bedding straw, prunings and crop residues.

“Authorized recycling contractor” means a collector authorized by license, permit or contract by the county to collect and transport recyclables in the unincorporated area of the county.

“Authorized solid waste facility” means any site, facility, location, or premises permitted by law to be used for the processing and/or disposal of solid waste, including but not limited to a solid waste transfer or processing station, a landfill, a composting facility, a transformation facility, or a disposal facility.

“Board” means the Sierra County Board of Supervisors.

“Citizens Solid Waste Committee” means that committee established and appointed by the Board to make findings and recommendations to the Board on solid waste handling issues within the county.

“Collection” or “collect” means the act of collecting solid waste for transportation to an authorized solid waste facility by any person, firm or entity who is not the generator of the solid waste and may include the separate collection of recyclables and/or compostables.

“Collector” means the county, another local agency, a person, persons or other entity authorized by the county by license, contract, or permit to provide solid waste handling services within the unincorporated area of the county.

“Commercial bin” means a bin provided by a collector, usually two cubic yards or greater capacity, for the deposit of solid waste for collection at commercial or multifamily residential premises.

“Commercial premises” means all premises in the county other than residential premises, including but not limited to premises owned and operated by governmental entities and not-for-profit corporations, where solid waste is generated or accumulated.

“Compostables” means solid waste which is subject to being converted to compost, and which is source separated from the solid waste stream or separated at a centralized facility, and includes vegetable, yard, paper, and wood wastes which are not hazardous waste.

“Container” means any bin, vessel, can, or receptacle approved by the Solid Waste and Utilities Division to be used for collecting solid wastes for removal, whether owned by the collector, property owner or tenant.

“County” means the unincorporated area of Sierra County.

“Department” means the Department of Public Works of Sierra County.

“Designated recycling collection location” means the place where the Board of Supervisors has designated an authorized recycling contractor to pick up recyclables and will customarily be the curbside of residential premises and the service alley of commercial premises.

“Director” means the Director of the Department of Public Works or any person in the department authorized by the Director or the Board to act in his or her capacity.

“Disposal site” means the place, location, tract of land, transfer station, area, or premises in use, intended to be used, or which has been used for the landfill of solid wastes. “Disposal site” includes solid waste landfill, as defined in Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 40195.1.

“Environmental Health Officer” means the Health Officer of Sierra County.

“Farm” or “ranch” means property that is devoted primarily to commercial agricultural purposes, including but not limited to the feeding and raising of livestock or poultry.

“Green waste” means tree trimmings, grass cuttings, dead plants, leaves, branches, dead trees, and bedding straw.

“Gross revenues” shall have the meaning as defined in the license or contract between the county and a collector, or as otherwise determined by the Board.

“Landfill” means the county solid waste facility located one mile east of the city of Loyalton on Garbage Pit Road, Sierra County, California.

“License” means the right and privilege pursuant to a duly executed written agreement, license or permit to collect and transport to a permitted transfer station, landfill or other authorized recycling, mulching or composting facility, as determined by the county, all solid waste kept, generated and/or accumulated within the county, or a designated portion thereof, and may include the separate collection of recyclables, mulching and/or compostables.

“Licensee” means a person who possesses a right granted by the county to collect, haul, and/or transport solid waste in the county, and includes any continuing rights which are recognized by the Board or by a court as preexisting the adoption of this chapter and which cannot be wholly extinguished by the adoption of this chapter.

“Litter” means solid waste which is dumped, thrown, deposited or left on or about any street, highway, alley, road, right-of-way, park or other public place, or any lake, stream, watercourse, or other body of water, or private property.

“Person” means every natural person residing in Sierra County and any firm, partnership, association or corporation with an established place of business within Sierra County.

“Place” or “premises” means every dwelling house, dwelling unit, apartment house or multiple dwelling unit, trailer or mobile home park, store, restaurant, rooming house, hotel, motel, office building, department store, manufacturing, processing, or assembling shop or plant, and every other place or premises where any person resides, or any business is carried on or conducted within the county or any other site within the county upon which solid waste is produced or accumulates.

“Putrescible solid waste” means waste that is capable of being decomposed by micro-organisms with sufficient rapidity as to cause nuisances because of odors, gases or other offensive conditions, and includes but is not limited to materials such as food wastes, offal and dead animals.

“Recyclables” means solid waste, which is subject to recycling as determined by the Solid Waste and Utilities Division.

“Regular solid waste handling services” means those services for the prearranged and scheduled collection of solid waste provided by a collector who has an exclusive license or contract with the county and may include the collection and transportation of recyclables.

“Residential” means single-family residences and multifamily residences, including apartments and condominiums, but does not include hotels or motels.

“Responsible party” means every owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or other person responsible for the day-to-day operation or otherwise in charge of any residential, commercial or other premises in Sierra County, including the proprietor or manager of any commercial premises.

“Roll-off container” means a container which is designed to be loaded and unloaded from a truck, supported on casters, used to collect and transport solid waste from residential or commercial premises, and approved by the Solid Waste and Utilities Division.

“Single-family residential” means single-family residences and any other residences that do not require commercial bin services.

“Site monitor” means a county employee or an employee of a private contractor designated by the Solid Waste Administrator to determine and collect fees at a county-owned and/or county-operated solid waste facility.

“Solid waste” means all putrescible and nonputrescible solid, semisolid, and liquid wastes, including garbage, trash, papers, rubbish, ashes, industrial wastes, demolition and construction wastes, discarded home and industrial appliances, manure, vegetable or animal solid or semisolid wastes, and other discarded solid and semisolid wastes. As used herein, solid waste does not include medical waste, hazardous waste, low-level radioactive waste or sewer sludge, whether combustible or noncombustible, or any other toxic or hazardous substance which federal and/or state law prohibit from disposal in landfills such as that operated by Sierra County. Depending upon the context in which it is used, solid waste may include recyclables.

“Solid Waste Administrator” is the Director of Public Works.

“Solid waste enterprise” means any individual, partnership, joint venture, unincorporated private organization, or private corporation regularly engaged in the business of providing solid waste handling services.

“Solid waste enterprise fund” means the county fund maintained by the Auditor on a segregated basis from all other county revenues and appropriations for the sole purpose of reflecting the revenue and expenses and operating Sierra County solid waste system.

“Solid waste fee administrator” means Sierra County public official designated with the authority to administer the Solid Waste Benefit Assessment Fee system and other solid waste fees as provided by this chapter.

“Solid waste handling service” means the collection, transportation, storage, transfer, or processing of solid wastes.

“Source separated” means the separation, at the place of generation, production, or disposal, of solid wastes for separate collection, processing, recycling, reuse, recovery or disposal into those categories as established by the Act or the Board of Supervisors, including but not limited to the categories of glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, liquid waste, hazardous waste, white goods, tires, putrescibles, wood waste, and agricultural waste.

“Transfer site” means any one or all of the facilities owned or leased by the county for the collection of solid wastes, which are subsequently transported to the landfill.

“Truck” means any truck, trailer, semi-trailer, conveyance, or vehicle approved by the County Solid Waste and Utilities Division used to collect, hold, or transport solid waste, including recyclables and/or compostables upon and along the streets, roads, and highways of the county.

“Unscheduled solid waste handling services” means those services that are not regular solid waste handling services and which are provided by a collector who has been granted a permit by the county.

“Wood waste” means solid waste consisting of wood pieces or particles which are generated from the manufacturing or production of wood products, harvesting, processing or storage of raw wood materials, or construction and demolition activities.

“Zone” means a geographic territory established by the county pursuant to the provisions of this chapter for the collection, disposal, regulation, and control of solid waste. (Ord. 1048, eff. 10/19/13; Ord. 880, eff. 3/4/99; Ord. 844, eff. 10/1/96)