C. 6. Garbage, Refuse and Disposal

No lot shall be used or maintained as a dumping ground for rubbish. Trash, garbage or other waste shall be kept only in sanitary containers and screened so as not to be visible from roadways and adjoining lots.

Guidelines: ‘Garbage’ shall be defined as “any object in a broken or torn condition” and “worthless or discarded materials or objects.” This definition covers garbage, rubbish, and trash that is generally located in waste disposal containers. Other types of debris included in this definition and covered by this provision include, but are not limited to: construction waste, rotting firewood, discarded appliances or other household items, and/or other items which appear to be in a “broken” condition, but may not customarily be located in a garbage receptacle.

Also covered by this provision is the presence of vehicles which may be identified as “junk vehicles” as defined in the Revised Code of Washington RCW 46.55.010. This includes, but is not limited to, vehicles that are: extensively damaged or inoperable; missing wheels, tires, engines, transmissions, or other significant parts; or having a fair market value equal only to the approximate scrap value of the vehicle.

Homeowners must screen all waste disposal containers, landscaping materials, and compost bins. Acceptable screening methods are pursuant to the standard set forth in C.9 “Fences”. The screening must, at a minimum, hide the container or materials from the surrounding right-of-way and adjacent properties. Blue plastic tarpaulins (tarps) are not acceptable as appropriate screening material.

Enforcement- Reported violations of this provision will be addressed by notification to the Homeowner, followed by a requested removal of the garbage, refuse, or debris within ten (10) days of the date of notice. Failure to comply with such requests may result in, but not be limited to, actions in the Superior Court of Washington and/or other appropriate actions at law or in equity.

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