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Chapter 409 Residential Composting
Section:

409.01:         Definitions

409.02:         Applicability

409.03:         Compost Containers

409.04:         Location on Property

409.05:         Compost Materials

409.06:         Maintenance

409.07:         Abatement


409.01: DEFINITIONS
COMPOSTING: a microbial process that converts plant materials to a usable organic soil amendment or mulch.

409.02: APPLICABILITY
Rules set forward in Chapter 409 are applicable only to parcels designated R-1 Single-Family Residential under Chapter 1004.

409.03: COMPOST CONTAINERS
Composting shall be conducted within a composting area(s) or composting container(s) not to exceed five feet in length, width, or height. Lots of up to ten thousand square feet in area may have up to two composting areas or containers per lot and lots greater than ten thousand square feet in area may have up to three composting areas or containers per lot. Compost containers shall be constructed or made of a durable material; including, but not limited to, sturdy woven wire fencing, rot-resistant wood, or a commercially purchased composting unit that will provide for adequate aeration. Containers shall be constructed and maintained in a structurally sound manner.

409.04: LOCATION ON PROPERTY
Compost container(s) shall be located in the rear yard no closer than five feet to any rear or side property line and no closer than twenty (20) feet to any habitable building, other than the resident's own home.

409.05: COMPOST MATERIALS
Material such as grass clippings, leaves, soft-bodied plant materials, straw, sawdust, fruit or vegetable scraps, flowers, lake plants, coffee grounds, eggshells, and commercially available compost ingredients may be placed in compost container(s). Material such as meat, bones, fat, oils, grease, dairy products, brush greater than one-fourth inch in diameter, human or pet waste, plastics or synthetic fibers shall not be placed in compost container(s).

409.06: MAINTENANCE
Compost materials shall be managed to minimize odor generation and to promote effective decomposition of the materials in a safe, secure and sanitary manner.

409.07: ABATEMENT
All compost containers and/or compost materials not in compliance with this section shall be declared a nuisance and are subject to abatement as provided in Chapter 407 of this Code.
(Ord. 1384, 7-13-2009)

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