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§ 10-8-480 Casting refuse and liquids.

It shall be unlawful for any person, in person or by his agent, employee or servant to cast, throw, sweep, sift or deposit in any manner in or upon any public way or other public place in the city, or in or upon the waters of Lake Michigan, or any river, canal, public water, drain, sewer or receiving basin within the jurisdiction of the city, any kind of litter. Nor shall any person cast, throw, sweep, sift or deposit any litter anywhere within the jurisdiction of the city in such manner that it may be carried or deposited, in whole or in part, by the action of the sun, wind, rain or snow, into any of the aforementioned places.

Litter includes but is not limited to the following: (a) picnic or eating utensils, such as paper plates, cups, napkins, towels, plastic utensils, metal foil, cellophane, wax paper, paper bags, or any food wrappings; (b) liquid or beverage containers such as beer, soft-drink, and juice cans, beer, soft-drink, liquor and wine bottles, and milk or juice cartons; (c) tobacco and confection wrappers, such as cigarette packages, candy, ice cream, popsicle, gum or any other type of dessert or confection wrapping or container; (d) food wastes, such as fruit or vegetable peelings, pulp, rinds, leftovers or any other type of table wastes; (e) newspapers, books, placards, handbills, pamphlets, circulars, notices or papers of any type; (f) or any other type of rubbish, garbage, refuse matter, article, thing or substance such as discarded clothing, boxes, dust, manure or ashes.

Provided, that this section shall not apply to the deposit of material under a permit authorized by any ordinance of the city; or to goods, wares, or merchandise deposited upon any public way or other public place temporarily, in the necessary course of trade, and removed therefrom within two hours after being so deposited; or to articles or things deposited in or conducted into the city sewer system through lawful drains in accordance with the ordinances of the city relating thereto.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $200.00 for each offense.

(Prior code § 36-46; Amend Coun. J. 12-4-02, p. 99931, § 7.4)