Junk, Trash and Debris, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont
Otherwise known as: All the stuff that belongs in the dump, but never seems to make it there.
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The storage and accumulation of trash, junk, rubbish and debris
provides a harborage for rodents, pests and varmints. These conditions compromise
public health and result in dangerous and unsanitary conditions.
Trash and debris also constitute a fire hazard and threat to public safety
and general welfare.
Unsightly accumulations otherwise erode the aesthetic conditions
of the community, degrading the quality of life of the citizens of Longmont.
It is a public nuisance and unlawful for any owner or occupant to permit
the accumulation, abandonment or storage of animal feces, trash, rubbish,
debris or junk on private or public property within the city. Littering is
Abandoned refrigerators, iceboxes, freezers and pieces of furniture such
as chests and closets are a dangerous, attractive nuisance for children. The
City of Longmont Municipal Code defines a dangerous compartment space as having
a capacity of one and one-half cubic feet or more.
Those items having a mechanical or magnetic lock or feature
designed to keep the door in a closed position can trap a small child inside.
Additionally, any article or device which is substantially airtight with the
door closed can cause unconciousness and suffocation of a child even if the
door does not have a latch.
It is unlawful for any person to abandon or discard in any public or private
place accessible to children any article which may either trap a small child
or be airtight. Such items may be temporarily placed outside if first removing
the doors or other devices.
Please remove the doors immediately or secure from entry, and arrange to
have the appliance(s) stored inside an enclosed structure and/or removed from
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Please be aware that antifreeze may be discarded in the Sanitary Sewer only,
such as flushing it down the toilet, or draining it into a sink located within
the residence. Up to 5 gallons may be discarded in this manner. Hazardous
materials such as antifreeze cannot be washed down the gutter at any time.
It is suggested, that if you wish to keep the compost pile, that you store
in an enclosed receptacle with a lid that can be closed to prevent flies and
rodents from finding it an attractive place to collect or feed. It will also
reduce the odor that comes from rotting matter and be less of a nuisance for
JUNK MOTOR VEHICLES
Only one junk motor vehicle may remain on the property in an inoperable
if it's covered with a commercial car cover or an opaque tarp which is securely
fastened at all times or if it is within a completely enclosed structure such as a garage.
Note: Vehicles may not remain on jack stands, blocks, or other supports,
and should be removed immediately. Vehicle means a machine propelled by power
other than human power. This includes, campers, trailers and other equipment designed
to be carried upon, or towed behind such powered vehicles, designed to travel
along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners, or slides, or upon such
vehicle, and shall include without limitation, automobile airplane, truck,
trailer, camper, motorcycle, motor scooter, recreational vehicle, tractor,
buggy and wagon.
All vehicles not stored as above must run, bear currently registered license
plates, have all four tires inflated and not be dismantled in any way. Any
car parts need to be stored inside or removed from the property.
Please be aware that the City will not automatically pick up tree limbs. The City conducts an annual tree limb collection, or residents may take tree limbs to the Tree Limb Diversion Center.
No person shall throw or deposit, or cause or permit to be thrown or deposited,
any bottles, cans or other litter, any offal composed of animal or vegetable
substance, or both, or any dead animal, excrement, garbage or other offensive
matter whatever, upon any private or public grounds or streets.
Any object which can penetrate the skin, such as needles, scalpels, broken
glass and broken capillary tubes contaminated by human body fluids, shall
be placed in a closing, leak proof, puncture resistant container to prevent
exposure of the contents to the collection personnel or others.
Please take the proper measures to dispose of any needles or sharps in this
manner, to prevent others from being hurt. Special containers are available
at most pharmacies. Solid Waste suggests that bleach bottles, or liquid laundry
containers be used as containers as the plastic is much thicker.
If you wish to discard large items, call Public Works Operations to arrange for a Special
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THE FOLLOWING ARE RELATED CITY OF LONGMONT MUNICIPAL
THAT PERTAIN TO TRASH AND DEBRIS.
- It is unlawful for any owner, possessor, or person who keeps any animal
to permit it to deposit any fecal matter on any public or private property
of another, or in any waters.
- It is an affirmative defense to this section if a person in immediate
control immediately removes and deposits in an appropriate trash container
fecal matter deposited by a domesticated animal. (Amended during 1993 recodification;
Ord. 0- 93-29 § 9: Ord. 0-88-65 § 1 (part))
9.04.100 Offensive premises - junk, rubbish and
- Declaration of Policy. The accumulation of junk, rubbish
and debris facilitates rodent, pest and vermin harborage, compromises public
health resulting from dangerous and unsanitary conditions, constitutes a
fire hazard and threat to public safety and general welfare, and otherwise
erodes the aesthetic conditions of the community, degrading the quality
of life of the citizens of Longmont. This section is intended to complement
the provisions set forth in Chapter 11.12 of this code relating to abandoned
and junked vehicles.
- Definitions. As used in this section, the following definitions
- "Junk" includes, but is not limited to,
scrap or remnant building materials, lumber or metals, discarded furniture,
fixtures, appliances, motor vehicle parts and tires, inoperable, abandoned,
demolished, dismantled machinery, trailers, and other goods in such
condition of deterioration or disrepair so as to be unusable in their
- "Rubbish" and "debris" mean all waste, refuse and rejected matter and material, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, manufactured or natural.
- Unlawful Accumulations. It shall be deemed a public nuisance
and unlawful to deposit, accumulate, store, keep, abandon, or to permit
the accumulation, storage, keeping or abandonment of junk, rubbish or debris
on private or public property within the city, unless such area is specifically
used and appropriately zoned for such deposit, accumulation, storage or
keeping of junk, rubbish or debris, and all applicable fencing, setback
and other requirements applicable to such use are complied with.
- The court shall sentence any person violating this section to pay a fine of up to nine hundred ninety-nine dollars, or to imprisonment
up to one hundred eighty days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Upon
second and subsequent offenses within a twelve-month period, the minimum
fine is one hundred dollars, which the court shall not suspend.
- In addition to the penal remedy stated in subsection D of this section, the city attorney may bring an action before any competent
court having jurisdiction to enjoin the continuation of any prohibited condition
of nuisance. (Ord. 0-94-61 § 9 (part); Ord. 0-86-39, § 1)
9.16.150 Prohibited accumulations.
It is unlawful for any person to place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate
any garbage, rubbish or trash in any building or on any premises, improved
or vacant, or on any open lot or alley so that the same shall or may afford
food or harborage for rats. It is unlawful for any person to permit to accumulate
on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley, any lumber,
boxes, barrels, bottles, cans, containers or similar materials that may be
permitted to remain thereon, unless same shall be placed on open racks that
are elevated not less than eighteen inches above the ground and evenly piled
or stacked. (Ord. 0-86.39 § 1; Ord. 0-94-61 §9; Ord. 0-2007-86 § 8)
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Last Updated: 4/9/12