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Junk, Trash and Debris, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont

Otherwise known as: All the stuff that belongs in the dump, but never seems to make it there.


Abandoned Refrigerators Junk Motor Vehicles Sharps/Needles/Glass
Antifreeze Tree Limbs Summary
Compost Piles Littering  
7.04.160 Littering—Actions constituting.
9.04.100 Offensive premises - junk, rubbish and debris


The storage and accumulation of trash, junk, rubbish and debris provides a harborage for rodents, pests and varmints. These conditions compromise public health and result in dangerous and unsanitary conditions.Trash

Trash and debris also constitute a fire hazard and threat to public safety and general welfare.

Unsightly accumulations otherwise erode the aesthetic conditions of the community, degrading the quality of life of the citizens of Longmont.

It is a public nuisance and unlawful for any owner or occupant to permit the accumulation, abandonment or storage of animal feces, trash, rubbish, debris or junk on private or public property within the city. Littering is also prohibited.


Abandoned refrigerators, iceboxes, freezers and pieces of furniture such as chests and closets are a dangerous, attractive nuisance for children. The City of Longmont Municipal Code defines a dangerous compartment space as having a capacity of one and one-half cubic feet or more.

Those items having a mechanical or magnetic lock or feature designed to keep the door in a closed position can trap a small child inside. Additionally, any article or device which is substantially airtight with the door closed can cause unconciousness and suffocation of a child even if the door does not have a latch.


It is unlawful for any person to abandon or discard in any public or private place accessible to children any article which may either trap a small child or be airtight. Such items may be temporarily placed outside if first removing the doors or other devices.

Please remove the doors immediately or secure from entry, and arrange to have the appliance(s) stored inside an enclosed structure and/or removed from the property

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Please be aware that antifreeze may be discarded in the Sanitary Sewer only, such as flushing it down the toilet, or draining it into a sink located within the residence. Up to 5 gallons may be discarded in this manner. Hazardous materials such as antifreeze cannot be washed down the gutter at any time.


It is suggested, that if you wish to keep the compost pile, that you store in an enclosed receptacle with a lid that can be closed to prevent flies and rodents from finding it an attractive place to collect or feed. It will also reduce the odor that comes from rotting matter and be less of a nuisance for neighbors.


Only one junk motor vehicle may remain on the property in an inoperable condition if it's Motorcovered with a commercial car cover or an opaque tarp which is securely fastened at all times or if it is within a completely enclosed structure such as a garage.

Note: Vehicles may not remain on jack stands, blocks, or other supports, and should be removed immediately. Vehicle means a machine propelled by power other than human power. This includes, campers, trailers and other equipment designed to be carried upon, or towed behind such powered vehicles, designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners, or slides, or upon such vehicle, and shall include without limitation, automobile airplane, truck, trailer, camper, motorcycle, motor scooter, recreational vehicle, tractor, buggy and wagon.

All vehicles not stored as above must run, bear currently registered license plates, have all four tires inflated and not be dismantled in any way. Any car parts need to be stored inside or removed from the property.

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Please be aware that the City will not automatically pick up tree limbs. The City conducts an annual tree limb collection, or residents may take tree limbs to the Tree Limb Diversion Center.

No person shall throw or deposit, or cause or permit to be thrown or deposited, any bottles, cans or other litter, any offal composed of animal or vegetable substance, or both, or any dead animal, excrement, garbage or other offensive matter whatever, upon any private or public grounds or streets.


Any object which can penetrate the skin, such as needles, scalpels, broken glass and broken capillary tubes contaminated by human body fluids, shall be placed in a closing, leak proof, puncture resistant container to prevent exposure of the contents to the collection personnel or others.

Please take the proper measures to dispose of any needles or sharps in this manner, to prevent others from being hurt. Special containers are available at most pharmacies. Solid Waste suggests that bleach bottles, or liquid laundry containers be used as containers as the plastic is much thicker.

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If you wish to discard large items, call Public Works Operations to arrange for a Special Trash collection.


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 7.04.160 Littering—Actions constituting.

  1. It is unlawful for any owner, possessor, or person who keeps any animal to permit it to deposit any fecal matter on any public or private property of another, or in any waters.
  2. It is an affirmative defense to this section if a person in immediate control immediately removes and deposits in an appropriate trash container fecal matter deposited by a domesticated animal. (Amended during 1993 recodification; Ord. 0- 93-29 9: Ord. 0-88-65 1 (part))

9.04.100 Offensive premises - junk, rubbish and debris

  1. Declaration of Policy. The accumulation of junk, rubbish and debris facilitates rodent, pest and vermin harborage, compromises public health resulting from dangerous and unsanitary conditions, constitutes a fire hazard and threat to public safety and general welfare, and otherwise erodes the aesthetic conditions of the community, degrading the quality of life of the citizens of Longmont. This section is intended to complement the provisions set forth in Chapter 11.12 of this code relating to abandoned and junked vehicles.
  2. Definitions. As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:
    1. "Junk" includes, but is not limited to, scrap or remnant building materials, lumber or metals, discarded furniture, fixtures, appliances, motor vehicle parts and tires, inoperable, abandoned, demolished, dismantled machinery, trailers, and other goods in such condition of deterioration or disrepair so as to be unusable in their existing condition.
    2. "Rubbish" and "debris" mean all waste, refuse and rejected matter and material, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, manufactured or natural.
  3. Unlawful Accumulations. It shall be deemed a public nuisance and unlawful to deposit, accumulate, store, keep, abandon, or to permit the accumulation, storage, keeping or abandonment of junk, rubbish or debris on private or public property within the city, unless such area is specifically used and appropriately zoned for such deposit, accumulation, storage or keeping of junk, rubbish or debris, and all applicable fencing, setback and other requirements applicable to such use are complied with.
  4. The court shall sentence any person violating this section to pay a fine of up to nine hundred ninety-nine dollars, or to imprisonment up to one hundred eighty days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Upon second and subsequent offenses within a twelve-month period, the minimum fine is one hundred dollars, which the court shall not suspend.
  5. In addition to the penal remedy stated in subsection D of this section, the city attorney may bring an action before any competent court having jurisdiction to enjoin the continuation of any prohibited condition of nuisance. (Ord. 0-94-61 9 (part); Ord. 0-86-39, 1)

 9.16.150 Prohibited accumulations.
It is unlawful for any person to place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage, rubbish or trash in any building or on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley so that the same shall or may afford food or harborage for rats. It is unlawful for any person to permit to accumulate on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley, any lumber, boxes, barrels, bottles, cans, containers or similar materials that may be permitted to remain thereon, unless same shall be placed on open racks that are elevated not less than eighteen inches above the ground and evenly piled or stacked. (Ord. 0-86.39 § 1; Ord. 0-94-61 §9; Ord. 0-2007-86 § 8)

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Last Updated: 4/9/12