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HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE:  DEFINITION- Every waste accumulation and animal and vegetable matter which attends the preparation, use, cooking, processing, handling, or storage of meats, fish, fowl, fruits, vegetables, or other matter which is subject to decomposition, decay, putrification, and the generation of offensive and noxious gases or odors, or which during or after decay, may serve as breeding or feeding material for flies, insects, or animals. (For the purpose of this ordinance, “garbage” shall also include commercial rubbish.)

FREQUENCY OF COLLECTION:         

Frequency of collection under this ordinance shall be as follows:
  1. Domestic garbage shall be collected not less than two times per week.  There shall be at least a two-day interval between collections.  Exceptions will occur due to holidays and other exigent circumstance.  Such exceptions shall be noticed through the use of public service ads with the local news media and on the website of the City of Starkville.
  2. All solid waste to be collected by the City’s curbside service must be placed out by 6:00 a.m. and within five (5) feet of the traveled portion of the street and shall not block or impede travel on the city sidewalk. 
  3. Each resident will be provided waterproof plastic bags of heavy mill construction by the City’s Sanitation Department which can be safely and securely closed.  These are delivered twice per year, April and October.  Information will be posted on this site, should there be a delay in the delivery of theses bags.
  4. Tires shall not be placed at curbside and shall not be permitted to accumulate or remain exposed on residential property.  The residential property owner shall be held responsible for removal.

COMMERICAL GARBAGE: DEFINTION- Every waste accumulation of dust, paper carton, cardboard carton, rags and other accumulations which are usually attendant to the operation of stores, offices and similar businesses.

MAINTENANCE AND PROTECTION OF CONTAINERS:

  1. Solid waste containers shall be kept closed tightly except during the collection of deposit of garbage, trash, or refuse.  The contents of all containers shall be so protected that the wind cannot blow out and scatter the contents of receptacles over the right-of-ways, roadways, streets, alleys, and premises of the City
  2. Every solid waste container and its surrounding area shall be maintained by the user in as sanitary condition as possible.  Periodic treatment with a residual insecticide by the user may be required.
  3. All solid wasted holding or containing any liquid must be drained or dried before being deposited in a container.
  4. The City shall have the option of requiring solid waste containers (dumpsters) at any multi-family residential, commercial or industrial establishments within the City.  The decision to place a certain type or a certain number of a certain size container shall be based upon the type and amount of solid waste generated by said establishments as determined by the Sanitation Department Head.  All solid wasted to be removed by the City must be placed in such a container. 
  5. All containers placed by the City must be easily accessible to the collection Vehicle.  Any person blocking or hindering access to the container shall be considered in violation of this provision of this ordinance and subject to fines and /or other penalties.
  6. Any container placed by the city shall not be moved or relocated except by authorization from the Sanitation Department.
  7. Front-ended-loaded refuse container screening requirements.  Front-end-loaded refuse containers shall be opaquely screened from view from public streets and adjacent properties, to a height of at least six feet, or six inches higher than the height of the container (whichever is higher).  This screening may be achieved by a masonry wall, fencing, landscaping or by virtue of the location of the container on the building site.  A combination of the above methods may also be utilized.  Unscreened refuse containers currently located throughout the City shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Sanitation Department Head to determine appropriate screening of the container.  Establishments unable to comply with this requirement shall have their situation reviewed by the Sanitation Department Head with appeal to the Board of Alderman for the determination of the ability, utility and aesthetic impact of the compliance with the current ordinance standards.
  8. Roll-off compactor container location requirements.   
    1. Container pads.  Property or business owners shall provide roll-off compactor container pad(s) for all roll-off compactor containers, and shall be constructed of minimum 3,000 psi concrete, steel reinforced, six inches thick, and at a minimum, shall be ten (10) feet wide by twenty (20) feet long for each container.
    2. Service access.  A paved service vehicle access apron, constructed to a minimum load of 60,000 pounds and extending a minimum of 50 feet in front of each roll-off compactor container, is required.  Service height clearance of 25 feet is required in the container service access area. 
    3. Electrical requirements.  The industry recommendations for roll-off compactor electrical requirement are:  three-phase, 460 to 480 colt, 60 ampere electrical service to each compactor location.  Other electrical requirements may be approved by the Sanitation Department Head in consultation with the Electric Department Head.
  9. Solid Waste to be removed by the City shall be placed for collection only in a container rented to the lessee by the City, or on property owned or controlled by the lessee.  Additionally, the scavenging of solid waste from another lessee’s container is prohibited and will be considered a violation of this ordinance. 
  10. All establishments are responsible for controlling offensive odors in steel containers through sanitizing and deodorizing if necessary.  The Sanitation Department Head reserves the right to schedule and charge for additional weekly pickups if necessary in the Sanitation Department Head’s sole determination.

RUBBISH: DEFINITION- Every waste accumulation of dust, paper cartons, cardboard cartons, rags and other accumulations which are usually attendant to the operation of stores, offices, and similar businesses.

  1. Household rubbish: Any and all accumulations of waste material from the operation of a home, which is not included in the definition of garbage. Household rubbish may include all appliances, furniture or yard toys. Waste generated by contract or agreement for financial or material consideration of one-thousand dollars ($1,000) or more, or building material waste generated by contractors or do-it-yourself projects is not household rubbish. Solid waste generated by property clearance, tree removal, major trimming, or wood harvesting is not household rubbish.
  2. Wood cuttings placed at curbside may be no more than six (6) inches in diameter, and rigid materials shall be no more than seven (7) feet in length.
  3. Rubbish resulting from construction, demolition or renovation, including “do-it yourself” projects is not household rubbish, and it is the responsibility of the property owner, contractor and/or tenant to remove the same.
  4. Carpet and carpet padding may be placed at curbside only when bagged as garbage or legally placed in a commercial-type refuse container.

RECYCLING: DEFINTION- Those components of solid waste capable of being recycled, including newspaper; glass; food and beverage containers; aluminum, tin-plated steel and bi-metal cans; polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE); and any other solid waste materials which are from time to time so designated by the City.

The City of Starkville provides 24 hours/seven days a week collection services through 2 permanent drop-off sites located in Starkville.

A.                  Fire Station #1, Lampkin Street at Russell Street

B.                  Fire Station #4, S. Montgomery Street and Academy Road


Recycling is only one part of a three-part strategy in the recycling loop.

The other two parts are "reduce" and "reuse." These two strategies are actually more effective than the "recycle" component alone. Consider, before each purchase, creative ways you can reduce your need for the product. Also consider the package that it comes in. Is it "Earth friendly"? Can it be recycled in our community? At every opportunity, buy products made from "post-consumer" recycled materials (% content will be listed on the package). This is the most crucial aspect in closing the recycling loop. If there is not a demand for products made from or packaged in recycled materials, then the collection process is irrelevant.

Please do not leave items outside of the collection containers.

Recycling bags are available to all citizens within the City of Starkville at 506 Dr. D.L. Conner Drive.

Recycling bags must be out by 6:30 a.m. and must be tied and placed at curb.

All recycling pickups will be on WEDNESDAY ONLY.  There will be no recycling pickups on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

This is a list of examples of items accepted by the City of Starkville Recycling Program

EXAMPLES

Plastics

Grade 1                                beverage bottles

Grade 2                                milk jugs, shopping bags, detergent bottles, etc.

Grade 3                                pill bottles

Grade 4                                plastic cookware

Grade 5                                stadium cups, Tupperware containers, Cool Whip containers, Dixie cups, food trays, etc. EXCLUDING, Styrofoam, shrink wrap, and visqueen and glass.  Also, no diapers or feminine hygiene products, ANY items with wax coating.

Newsprint         

Newspapers and Inserts, for example…… sales add, coupons, etc.

Office Paper

Copier paper, envelopes, shredded paper

Mixed Paper

Magazines, phonebooks, feed sacks with plastic barriers, catalogs, junk mail, books

Aluminum Cans

Beverage cans, tuna cans, aluminum foil

Steel &Tin Cans

Soup, vegetable and all metals

Cardboard

Shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and corrugated boxes

Starkville Landscape Division

The City of Starkville Landscape Division was organized in January 1998 by the joint effort of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to oversee the day-to-day landscaping concerns of the City.  The Landscape Division is made up of a superintendent and five crewmen who care for 29 square miles within the City.  The City of Starkville Landscape Division emphasizes litter control, right-of-way maintenance along with beautification. 

List of Landscaping Activities:

  1. Mows all city roadsides during growing season
  2. Runs street sweeper year round
  3. Mows and weed eats “hard to get to” areas (between curbs and sidewalks for example)
  4. Cuts limbs and branches away from road ways, traffic signs, and sidewalk year round
  5. Provides landscape services to the Heritage Museum and the Animal Shelter
  6. Selective herbiciding
  7. Litter pick up year round
  8. Mows Highway 25 bypass interchanges which the city “adopted” from MDOT in exchange for urban forestry grants that paid for the installation of trees

LANDFILL: DEFINITION- A location, tract of land, a site, without effective control, where solid waste is disposed of in an improper and unsanitary manner.

Landfill location: 2505 Old West Point Rd. Starkville, MS

Acceptable Wastes

  1. Construction and demolition debris, such as wood, metal, etc
  2. Brick, mortar, concrete, stone and asphalt
  3. Natural vegetation, such as tree limb, stumps, and leaves
  4. Cardboard boxes
  5. Appliances which have the motor removed, except those containing refrigerants
  6. Furniture
  7. Plastic, glass, crockery, and metal, except containers
  8. Sawdust, wood shavings, and wood chips
  9. Carpets or carpet backings generated from demolition or replacement

Prohibited Wastes

  1. Any waste listed above contaminated by a possible pollutant, such as food or chemical.
  2. Household garbage
  3. Food or drink waste
  4. Industrial waste, unless specifically approved by the Office of Pollution Control
  5. Liquids
  6. Sludge
  7. Contaminate soils
  8. Paint or paint buckets
  9. Oil and/or chemical containers
  10. Any metal, glass, plastic, or paper container, unless specifically approved by the Office of Pollution Control
  11. Fabric
  12. Paper wastes unless specifically approved by the Office of Pollution Control
  13. Engines or motors
  14. Refrigerators, unless specifically approved by the Office of Pollution Control
  15. Whole tires
  16. Cut or shredded tires, unless specifically approved by the Office of Pollution Control
  17. Batteries
  18. Toxic or hazardous waste
  19. Asbestos and asbestos containing material
  20. Medical waste
  21. Electronic devices (computers, TV’s, radios, stereos, etc.)
  22. Any other waste that may have an adverse effect on the environment

 

*If the operator or any entity should have any doubts as to acceptability of waste, he should contact the Solid Waste Compliance Branch of the O.P.C. at 601-961-5171


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Emma Gandy

Emma Gandy

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Ph: (662) 323-2652
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