Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article III - Anti-Litter Code

(A) Lit­ter Recep­ta­cles Required.  Any pub­lic place or pri­vate premis­es con­tain­ing any pro­vi­sion for park­ing vehi­cles shall be equipped with lit­ter recep­ta­cles in com­pli­ance with this Sec­tion.  Such premis­es shall include, but not be lim­it­ed to such places as shop­ping cen­ters, out­door the­aters, dri­ve-in restau­rants, gaso­line ser­vice sta­tions, apart­ment devel­op­ments, park­ing lots, and any oth­er place where pro­vi­sion is made for vehi­cles to stop or park in a des­ig­nat­ed area for any purpose.

(B) Num­ber of Recep­ta­cles. All premis­es hav­ing park­ing lots shall pro­vide in an eas­i­ly acces­si­ble loca­tion a min­i­mum of one (1) refuse con­tain­er for every fifty (50)park­ing spaces.

(C) Spec­i­fi­ca­tions.  Lit­ter recep­ta­cles shall have tight-fit­t­ing lids or tops and shall be weight­ed or attached to the ground or oth­er fixed struc­tures as nec­es­sary to pre­vent spillage.  A min­i­mum con­tain­er size of twen­ty (20) gal­lons or 75.7 liters shall be used.

(D) Clean­li­ness.  Premis­es used for the pur­pose des­ig­nat­ed here­in shall be kept in a lit­ter-free con­di­tion and all lit­ter shall be removed peri­od­i­cal­ly from the receptacles.

(E) Oblig­a­tion to Use Recep­ta­cles.  It shall be the duty and oblig­a­tion of all per­sons using park­ing areas to use such lit­ter recep­ta­cles as here­in above pro­vid­ed for the pur­pos­es intend­ed and it shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son or per­sons to deposit any lit­ter upon any such park­ing lot. 

(See 415 ILCS Sec. 105/1 et seq.) 

(In Part Ord. No. 11–19–90)

The per­son own­ing, oper­at­ing, or in con­trol of a load­ing or unload­ing dock shall main­tain pri­vate recep­ta­cles for col­lec­tion of lit­ter, and shall, at all times, main­tain the dock area free of lit­ter in such a man­ner that lit­ter will be pre­vent­ed from being car­ried or deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any pub­lic place or oth­er pri­vate premises.

(A) Each con­trac­tor shall be respon­si­ble for the job site so that lit­ter will be pre­vent­ed from being car­ried or deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any pub­lic place or oth­er pri­vate premises.

(B) Lit­ter or oth­er debris, includ­ing dirt and mud, deposit­ed as the result of nor­mal con­struc­tion process upon any pub­lic place or pri­vate premis­es, shall be removed by the con­trac­tor. 

No per­son shall post or affix any notice, poster, or oth­er paper or device, cal­cu­lat­ed to attract the atten­tion of the pub­lic upon any pub­lic place, except as may be autho­rized or required by law.  No per­son, except the own­er or ten­ant shall post any such notice on pri­vate prop­er­ty with­out the per­mis­sion of the own­er or tenant.

(A) Pub­lic Places.  No per­son shall deposit or sell any hand­bill in or upon any pub­lic place, pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that it shall not be unlaw­ful on any pub­lic place for any per­son to hand out or dis­trib­ute with­out charge to the receiv­er, any hand­bill to any per­son will­ing to accept it.

(B) Pri­vate Premis­es.  No per­son shall deposit or unlaw­ful­ly dis­trib­ute any hand­bill in or upon pri­vate premis­es or vehi­cles, except by hand­ing or trans­mit­ting any such hand­bill direct­ly to the occu­pant of such pri­vate premis­es.  Pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that in case of pri­vate premis­es or vehi­cles which are not post­ed against the receiv­ing of hand­bills or sim­i­lar mate­r­i­al, such per­son, unless request­ed by any­one upon such premis­es not to do so, may secure­ly place any such hand­bill in such a man­ner as to pre­vent such hand­bill from being deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any pub­lic place or oth­er pri­vate premis­es, except mail­box­es, may not be so used when pro­hib­it­ed by fed­er­al postal law or regulations.

(C) Exemp­tions for News­pa­pers and Polit­i­cal Lit­er­a­ture.  The pro­vi­sions of this Sec­tion shall not apply to the dis­tri­b­u­tion upon pri­vate premis­es only of news­pa­pers or polit­i­cal lit­er­a­ture; except that news­pa­pers and polit­i­cal lit­er­a­ture shall be placed in such a man­ner as to pre­vent their being car­ried or deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any pub­lic place or oth­er pri­vate premises.

(D) Plac­ing Hand­bills on Vehi­cles.  No per­son shall deposit any hand­bill in or upon any vehi­cle unless the occu­pant of the vehi­cle is will­ing to accept it.

(E) Cleanup. It shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of any per­son dis­trib­ut­ing hand­bills to main­tain the area which they are uti­liz­ing free of any lit­ter caused by or relat­ed to said hand­bill dis­tri­b­u­tion. 

No per­son shall deposit lit­ter in any park with­in the Coun­ty except in recep­ta­cles and in such a man­ner that the lit­ter will be pre­vent­ed from being car­ried or deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any part of the park or upon any oth­er pub­lic place or pri­vate premis­es.  Where recep­ta­cles are not pro­vid­ed, all such lit­ter shall be removed from the park by the per­son respon­si­ble for its pres­ence and prop­er­ly dis­posed of else­where in a law­ful manner.

No per­son in an air­craft shall throw out, drop or deposit any lit­ter with­in the County.

(A) No per­son, while the oper­a­tor of or pas­sen­ger in a vehi­cle, shall deposit lit­ter upon any pub­lic place or pri­vate premises.

(B) No per­son shall dri­ve or move any loaded or part­ly loaded truck or oth­er vehi­cle with­in the Coun­ty unless such vehi­cle is so con­struct­ed or so loaded as to pre­vent any part of its load, con­tents or lit­ter from being blown or deposit­ed upon any pub­lic place or pri­vate premis­es.  Nor shall any per­son dri­ve or move any vehi­cle or truck with­in the Coun­ty, the wheels or tires of which car­ry onto or deposit in any pub­lic place or pri­vate premis­es, mud, dirt, sticky sub­stances, lit­ter or for­eign mat­ter of any kind.

(A) The own­er or per­son in con­trol of any pri­vate premis­es shall, at all times, main­tain the premis­es free of litter.

(B) The own­er or per­son in con­trol of pri­vate premis­es shall, if pub­lic recep­ta­cles are unavail­able, main­tain autho­rized pri­vate recep­ta­cles for col­lec­tion in such a man­ner that lit­ter will be pre­vent­ed from being car­ried or deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any pub­lic place or pri­vate premises.

Per­sons own­ing, occu­py­ing or in con­trol of any pub­lic place or pri­vate premis­es shall keep the side­walks and alleys adja­cent there­to free of litter.

No per­son shall upset or tam­per with a pub­lic or pri­vate recep­ta­cle designed or used for the deposit of lit­ter or cause or per­mit its con­tents to be deposit­ed or strewn in or upon any pub­lic place or pri­vate premises.

Per­sons plac­ing lit­ter in pub­lic recep­ta­cles or in autho­rized pri­vate recep­ta­cles shall do so in such a man­ner as to pre­vent lit­ter from being car­ried or deposit­ed by the ele­ments upon any pub­lic place or pri­vate premises.

No per­son shall deposit any lit­ter with­in the Coun­ty except in pub­lic recep­ta­cles, in autho­rized pri­vate recep­ta­cles for col­lec­tion, or in any duly licensed dis­pos­al facility.

For the pur­pose of this Arti­cle, the fol­low­ing terms, phras­es, words, and their deriva­tions shall have the mean­ings giv­en herein: 

AIRCRAFT is any con­trivance now known or here­after invent­ed, used, or designed for nav­i­ga­tion or for flight in the air.  The word “air­craft” shall include heli­copters and lighter-than-air pow­ered craft and balloons.

  AUTHORIZED PRIVATE RECEPTACLE is a con­tain­er of water-tight con­struc­tion with a tight-fit­t­ing lid or cov­er capa­ble of pre­vent­ing the escape of con­tents with­in.  Such recep­ta­cles shall have han­dles or oth­er means for safe and con­ve­nient han­dling and be of such size or suf­fi­cient capac­i­ty to hold all lit­ter gen­er­at­ed between col­lec­tion peri­ods and shall be in com­pli­ance with the reg­u­la­tions promulgated.

CONSTRUCTION SITES means any pri­vate or pub­lic prop­er­ty upon which repairs to exist­ing build­ings, con­struc­tion of new build­ings or demo­li­tion of exist­ing struc­tures is tak­ing place.

HANDBILL is any print­ed or writ­ten mat­ter, any sam­ple or device, dodger, cir­cu­lar, leaflet, pam­phlet, paper, book­let, or any oth­er print­ed mat­ter of lit­er­a­ture which is not deliv­ered by the Unit­ed States Mail Ser­vice, includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to those which: (A) adver­tise for sale any mer­chan­dise, prod­uct, com­mod­i­ty or thing; or (B) direct atten­tion to any busi­ness or mer­can­tile or com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment, or oth­er activ­i­ty for the pur­pose of either direct­ly or indi­rect­ly pro­mot­ing the inter­est there­of by sales; or (C) direct atten­tion to or adver­tise any meet­ing, the­atri­cal per­for­mance, exhi­bi­tion, or event of any kind for which an admis­sion fee is charged for the pur­pose of pri­vate gain or prof­it. LITTER is garbage, refuse and rub­bish and all oth­er waste mate­r­i­al which, if thrown or deposit­ed as here­in pro­hib­it­ed, tends to cre­ate a dan­ger to pub­lic health, safe­ty and wel­fare. LOADING AND UNLOADING DOCK means any dock space or area used by any mov­ing vehi­cle for the pur­pose of receiv­ing, ship­ping and trans­port­ing goods, wares, com­modi­ties and per­sons locat­ed on or adja­cent to any stream, riv­er or land. PRIVATE PREMISES means all prop­er­ty includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, vacant land or any land, build­ing or oth­er struc­ture designed or used for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, busi­ness, indus­tri­al, insti­tu­tion­al or reli­gious pur­pos­es, togeth­er with any yard, grounds, walk, dri­ve­way, fence, porch, steps, vestibule, mail­box, and oth­er structure(s) appur­tenant there­to. PUBLIC PLACE means any and all streets, side­walks, boule­vards, alleys or oth­er pub­lic ways, lakes, rivers, water­cours­es, or foun­tains and any and all pub­lic parks, squares, spaces, grounds, and build­ings. PUBLIC RECEPTACLES means any recep­ta­cles pro­vid­ed by or autho­rized by the Coun­ty. VEHICLE is every device in, upon or by which any per­son or prop­er­ty is or may be trans­port­ed or drawn upon land or water, includ­ing devices used exclu­sive­ly upon sta­tion­ary rails or tracks.