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File #: 2019-1459    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 3/1/2019 In control: Committee on Public Works
On agenda: 3/5/2019 Final action: 3/19/2019
Enactment date: 3/19/2019 Enactment #: 13
Effective date: 3/28/2019    
Title: Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances at Title VI: Conduct, Article I: Regulated Actions and Rights, by repealing the existing language of Chapter 619: Refuse Collection and Recycling, in its entirety and replacing it with a new Chapter 619: Municipal Waste and Recycling to streamline municipal waste and recycling practices in the City of Pittsburgh.
Sponsors: Erika Strassburger, Bruce A. Kraus, Darlene M. Harris
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 06 - CONDUCT
Title
Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances at Title VI: Conduct, Article I: Regulated Actions and Rights, by repealing the existing language of Chapter 619: Refuse Collection and Recycling, in its entirety and replacing it with a new Chapter 619: Municipal Waste and Recycling to streamline municipal waste and recycling practices in the City of Pittsburgh.

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WHEREAS, the City of Pittsburgh must build a culture of proper waste disposal and increase recycling participation in order to meet its defined goals within the Roadmap to Zero Waste; and,

WHEREAS, the City's Chapter 619 waste and recycling code outlines requirements for collection, storage, and disposal of waste and recycling, as well as enforcement for non-compliance, but has not been updated in a number of years; and,

WHEREAS, a holistic update that reflects current and best practices is necessary to not only meet sustainability goals but also to improve the quality of life in each of our 90 neighborhoods; and,

WHEREAS, updates of onsite storage requirements and landlord and tenant responsibilities promote the overall health and welfare of Pittsburgh residents; and,

WHEREAS, mandates regarding waste and recycling affect every person in Pittsburgh whether renting or owning a home, running a business, or managing a facility, and such mandates must be conveyed in plain language; and,

WHEREAS, presented in a clear and concise manner in accordance with the Plain Language Resolution of 2015, Chapter 619 is now more accessible and thus more relevant; and,

WHEREAS, the City must better promote, educate, and offer resources to ensure compliance with Chapter 619 while simultaneously enforcing the requirements; and,

WHEREAS, food scraps and yard waste make up over 30% of trash sent to landfills, and composting standards provide guidance for residents to process organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment; and,

WHEREAS, sustainability is defined as meeting th...

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