City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 10
Chapter 10.08
Section 10.08.010

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division I. Penal Code

Chapter 10.08 Offenses Against Public Health

Article I. In General

Section 10.08.010 Litter and Rubbish
  1. The term “litter” as used in this section means and includes refuse, rubbish, garbage, discarded items and all waste material of every kind and description. No person may place:
    1. throw, deposit or otherwise dispose of litter in any public place, public park or in the waters within the City limits, except in accordance with the regulations of the solid waste management department;
    1. or deposit litter on the private property of another without the property owner’s permission;
    1. litter accumulated on private property, or burning or smoldering materials, or dead animals, in any receptacle provided by the City for litter disposal; or remove or disturb the contents of any such receptacle except as authorized by the City;
    1. or deposit any litter or any other thing into any garbage can, dumpster or other receptacle located on the property of another, except such containers or receptacles placed in an area open to the public and designated for deposit of litter by the public.
  1. No owner or occupant of private property may deposit or accumulate, or permit the deposit or accumulation of, litter upon such private property. This subsection does not prohibit the storage of garbage or rubbish in public or private litter receptacles, or in garbage cans or in securely tied bundles, when such storage meets the requirements of the solid waste management department.
  1. No owner or occupant of abutting property may allow the accumulation of litter on sidewalks or planting strips, whether or not such litter is deposited by such owner or occupant.
  1. The existence among any articles deposited in violation of this section of more than two items which identify a particular person creates a rebuttable presumption that the person so identified is responsible for the unlawful deposit.
  1. A violation of this section is a:
    1. class 3 civil infraction when a person litters in an amount less than or equal to one cubic foot;
    1. class 1 civil infraction when a person litters in an amount greater than one cubic foot; or
    1. class 1 civil infraction for which the maximum penalty and default amount in five hundred dollars when a person discards a cigarette, cigar or other tobacco product capable of being lit. (RCW 70.93.060)

Date Passed: Monday, June 4, 2007

Effective Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Recodification ORD C34041 Section 1