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Falls Church, Va., Code of Ordinances § 34-7 (current through Aug. 1, 2019)
Brief Summary
This provision sets standards for composting on private property, including composting of organic food waste.
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Surplus/Waste
State: Virginia
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Falls Church
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. The intent section states that Chapter 34 (which includes § 34-7) is intended "to promote health and general welfare of the city." § 34-2.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Unclear. The section is titled "Composting on private property" § 34-7 and the chapter's overarching purpose is "to promote health and general welfare of the city" § 34-2, however no specific environmentally-focused purpose is listed.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "It is hereby declared to be the policy of the city to promote the health and general welfare of the city by regulating the collection and disposal of solid waste in accordance with an integrated, comprehensive strategy for the management of solid waste generated within the city, to be referred to henceforth as the solid waste management plan. The provisions of this chapter shall not affect the right of any person to sell or otherwise dispose of solid waste material as provided in the Code of Virginia Code, § 15.2-933, nor permitted under any other law of the Commonwealth of Virginia." § 34-2.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 34-1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Violators are subject to a fine of $100 for first violation, $150 for subsequent violations (up to $3,000 in total fines for all violations arising out of the same set of facts). § 34-9(c).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Falls Church, Virginia Code of Ordinances Chapter 34 - Solid Waste. History: Ord. No. 1883, 9-24-2012.