The city has received complaints from residents that its contracted trash hauler, Waste Industries, has not picked up trash in some neighborhoods because the trash is not in appropriate containers, according to the proposed Ordinance 999, which sets the guidelines for trash pickup in the city.
It is also meant to encourage recycling, Councilwoman Monica Worrell said.
“We are a recycling city and we want to do what we can to motivate people,” she said as she introduced the ordinance.
Recycling in Havre de Grace is up to 22 to 25 percent last year versus 11 percent the year before, according to Tim Whittie, director of public works.
The proposed ordinance states that trash and recycling containers “shall have a capacity of not more than 30 gallons, unless provided by and/or accepted by the city’s refuse contractor.”
But the size of the container isn’t as important as how much the container weighs, Whittie said after a brief back and forth with Worrell and Council President David Glenn about which was more relevant, the size or weight.
“We’re talking about the size of the container when size doesn’t matter, it’s the weight that matters,” and if it can be lifted by the trash company, Glenn said.
He said he would like the council to consider an amendment to the ordinance that would say a full trash container may not weigh more than 50 pounds, but will wait to introduce it until the next council meeting to the public works department can look into it further.
The ordinance also adds that all containers must be set out on pickup days by 7 a.m.
A brewery would be defined as a place that sells 25 percent or more of its beer on-site and also has a Maryland pub-brewery license.
“The beer is often dispensed directly from the brewery’s storage tanks,” the ordinance states.
A distillery is a business “primarily engaged in the manufacturing of intoxicating liquors with a maximum 50,000 gallon annual production capacity,” and spirits are made, packaged, sold and stored on the premises.
A craft distillery is similar, but the spirits also are for sale off-premises and such places shall include a tasting area for limited sale and consumption during tours, educational programs and special events, according to the ordinance.