112 West Main Street
P.O. Box 111
Orange, Virginia 22960

Sec. 50-80. – Dumping trash, garbage or refuse.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or otherwise dispose of trash, garbage, refuse, litter, a companion animal for the purpose of disposal, or other unsightly matter, on public property, including a public highway, right-of-way, property adjacent to such highway or right-of-way, or on private property without the written consent of the owner thereof or his agent.

(b) When any person is arrested for a violation of this section, and the matter alleged to have been illegally dumped or disposed of has been ejected from a motor vehicle or transported to the disposal site in a motor vehicle, the arresting officer may comply with the provisions of Virginia Code § 46.2-936 in making such arrest. When a violation of this section has been observed by any person and the matter dumped or disposed of on the highway, city street, right-of-way or private property has been ejected from a motor vehicle, the owner or operator of such motor vehicle shall be presumed to be the person ejecting such trash, garbage, refuse or other unsightly matter; provided, however, that such presumption shall be rebuttable by competent evidence.

(c) Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not less than $1000.00 or more than $2,500.00, either or both.

(d) In lieu of the imposition of confinement in jail, the court may order the defendant to perform community service in litter abatement activities.

(Ordinance of 06-22-2021)



Sec. 50-36. – Provided.

The county provides for its citizens a system, plan or method for the disposal of solid waste at sites designated as public landfills. To facilitate the collection and disposal of household garbage, the county provides convenience centers at various locations in the county. The county or its contractual agent will transport the household garbage from the convenience centers to the public landfills.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 3(a); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-37. – Limitations on disposal.

It shall be unlawful to dump, burn, bury, destroy or otherwise dispose of solid waste within the boundaries of the county except at county-approved public or private landfills. This provision, however, shall not apply to the disposal of solid waste on private property by the owner or by others who have obtained written permission of the property owner to dispose of solid waste on the property, so long as the place of disposal does not become a public nuisance or create a hazard to health and welfare and is not prohibited by state or federal law.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 3(b); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-38. – Origin of refuse.

Refuse disposed at the county convenience centers and sanitary landfill must have been generated in Orange County, and such refuse may only be disposed of by residents and landowners of Orange County, or county approved commercial vendors. The county administrator is authorized to establish such policies and procedures are necessary to implement the requirements of this section.

(Ord. of 6-14-2016)

Sec. 50-39. – Disposal charges.

Disposal charges shall be adopted, by resolution, by the board of supervisors. No fees shall be waived except by authority of the board of supervisors.

(Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Secs. 50-40—50-60. – Reserved.



Sec. 50-61. – Use.

(a) Containers provided by the county shall be used only for the disposal of household garbage from households located within the county.

(b) It shall be unlawful for a person other than a resident or property owner of the county to deposit household or any other solid waste in a container.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 4(a); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-62. – No liquids allowed.

All household garbage shall be drained free of liquids before being placed in a container.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 4(b); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-63. – Transportation of commercial, industrial waste.

Persons engaging in commercial and industrial operations shall transport their solid waste directly to a public landfill or to some other approved landfill at such times and upon such conditions as the county or its contractual agent shall prescribe.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 4(c); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-64. – Disposal of household garbage.

Persons in the private business of collection and disposing of household garbage and receiving compensation shall transport such household garbage to a public landfill or to some other approved landfill. Household garbage collected by such persons shall not be deposited in the containers provided by the county.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 4(d); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-65. – Transportation of rubbish.

Any person disposing of rubbish shall transport to a public landfill in the same manner as is prescribed for persons engaging in commercial and industrial operations in section 50-63.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 4(e); Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-66. – Restrictions and limitations.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person other than a representative of the county or the contractual agent to enter a container for any other purpose of to remove any solid waste from a container unless prior written permission is obtained from the county administrator.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to scavenge in or around a container or to remove items deposited in a container by some other person unless prior written permission is obtained from the county administrator.

(c) It shall be unlawful to place dead animals, rubbish, or industrial waste in any container. These items may be brought directly to the landfill site.

(d) It shall be unlawful to litter container sites or to place any solid waste outside a container.

(e) It shall be unlawful to set fire to, to deface, or to overturn a container.

(Ord. 4-9-1985, § 5; Ord. of 6-8-2010)


Sec. 50-1 – Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:

Brush means decomposable waste materials generated by yard and lawn care, including but not limited to wood, wood chips, shrub and tree trimmings. Brush shall not include roots or stumps that exceed six inches in diameter.

Commercial waste means all solid waste which generated by establishments engaged in business operations other than manufacturing or construction. This category includes, but is not limited to, solid waste resulting from the operation of stores, markets, office buildings, restaurants and shopping centers.

Construction waste means solid waste which is produced or generated during construction, remodeling, or repair of pavements, houses, commercial buildings, and other structures. Construction waste include, but are not limited to, lumber, wire, sheetrock, broken brick, shingles glass, pipes, concrete, and paving materials. Paints, coatings, solvents, asbestos, any liquid, compressed gases or semi-liquids and garbage are not construction wastes.

Containers mean those receptacles or facilities located at various places in the county for the collection of solid waste.

Contractual agent means the person with whom the county has entered into a contract for the collection and disposal of solid waste in the county.

Convenience center means a collection point for the temporary storage of solid waste provided for individual solid waste generators within the county who choose to transport solid waste generated on their own property to an established point, rather than directly to a disposal facility. A convenience center may not receive waste from collection vehicles that have collected waste from more than one real property owner.

Cover material means compactable soil or other approved material which is used to blanket solid waste in a landfill.

Disposal means the storage, collection, placing, handling, removing, transporting, burying and getting rid of solid waste.

Household garbage means all animal, vegetable and mineral wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, or consumption of foods and beverages and personal property including, but not limited to, cans, bottles, food containers, paper containers and cardboard containers generated solely in the normal operation of a household.

Industrial waste means all solid waste resulting from manufacturing or industrial process that is not a regulated hazardous waste.

Nonputrescible means material that cannot be decomposed by biological methods.

Residents mean those persons residing in the county.

Rubbish includes all other solid wastes not included in the term “household garbage” and shall include but is not limited to large metal objects such as old stoves, refrigerators, auto parts, etc., wood, brush, building demolition, or other nonputrescible solid waste.

Public landfill means a site operated by and established by the county or its authorized contractual agent and permitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the disposal of solid waste.

Solid waste means all refuse except body wastes, and shall include household garbage and rubbish.

Tires includes both whole tires dismounted from rims and tires that have had side walls removed (this is considered shredded). Shredded tires may be disposed of in the landfill and is considered commercial waste.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 2; Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Sec. 50-2. – Penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine as provided in section 1-15.

(Ord. of 4-9-1985, § 6; Ord. of 6-8-2010)

Secs. 50-3—50-9. – Reserved

Sec. 50-10. – Unlawful conditions of trash, garbage, refuse, litter and other substances generally.

(a) No owner of any lot or parcel of land within the county shall permit to remain on the lot or parcel, any Household Garbage or any furniture, appliances, or other substances that are ordinarily and customarily located in the interior of a dwelling which are visible from the road or any adjoining lot, and are reasonably liable to endanger the health of any person or injuriously affect public health or safety.

(b) Household Garbage shall be stored in receptacles designed for that purpose, and shall be disposed of in authorized facilities provided for such purpose, and in no other manner not authorized by law.

(Ord. 05-10-16)

State law reference- Authorized by Code of Virginia, § 15.2-901.

Sec. 50-11. Enforcement; Liens

(a) The county administrator shall develop, implement and maintain an administrative policy for the enforcement of this chapter. Whenever the county administrator (or his designee) determines that any such unlawful conditions exist, he shall notify the property owner of record of such determination by certified mail, return receipt requested, sent to the address listed in the real estate tax records, requiring such property owner to correct the condition. If the condition is not substantially corrected within ten days after receipt of such notice, and if the county administrator (or his designee) determines in his sole discretion that no good faith effort is being made to correct the condition, then the county administrator (or his designee) may order such condition to be corrected, either by county forces or by a private contractor. The actual cost, together with an administrative handling charge of $50.00, shall be billed to the property owner and if not paid shall be added to and collected in the same manner as the real estate tax on such property. The county administrator (or his designee) shall certify the costs and expenses to the treasurer of the county, who shall collect such amount; and if such amount shall remain unpaid for a period of 60 days, then the treasurer shall certify such charges as being unpaid to the clerk of the circuit court of the county, who shall maintain a record book of such delinquent costs and expenses on file in the records of his office.

(b) Every charge authorized by this section with which the owner of any such property shall have been assessed and which remains unpaid shall constitute a lien against such property ranking on a parity with liens for unpaid local taxes and enforceable in the same manner as provided in Article 3 (§58.1-3940 et seq.) and Article 4 (§58.1-3965 et seq.) of Chapter 39 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia, as amended. The county may waive such liens in order to facilitate the sale of the property. Such liens may be waived only as to a purchaser who is unrelated by blood or marriage to the owner and who has no business association with the owner. All such liens shall remain a personal obligation of the owner of the property at the time the liens were imposed.

(Ord. 05-10-16)

State law reference- Authorized by Code of Virginia, § 15.2-901.

Sec. 50-12. Penalties.

(a) Violations of this article shall be subject to a civil penalty of $50.00 for the first violation, or violations arising from the same set of operative facts. The civil penalty for subsequent violations not arising from the same set of operative facts within 12 months of the first violation shall be $200.00. Each business day during which the same violation is found to have existed shall constitute a separate offense. In no event shall a series of specified violations arising from the same set of operative facts result in civil penalties that exceed a total of $3,000.00 in a 12-month period.

(b) Such violations shall be a Class 3 misdemeanor in the event three civil penalties have previously been imposed on the same defendant for the same or similar violation, not arising from the same set of operative facts, within a 24-month period. Classifying such subsequent violations as criminal offenses shall preclude the imposition of civil penalties for the same violation.

(Ord. 05-10-16)

State law reference- Authorized by Code of Virginia, § 15.2-901.

Secs. 50-13—50-35. – Reserved