Township of Washington, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Donation bins — See Ch. 195.
Municipal dump — See Ch. 205.
Housing standards — See Ch. 260.
Recycling — See Ch. 400, Art. I.
[Adopted 12-1-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-8]

§ 284-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LITTER
Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper, or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any bottle, jar or can, or any top, cap, or detachable tab of any bottle, jar, or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other law or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material but does not include the waste of the primary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing.
LITTER RECEPTACLE
A container suitable for the depositing of litter.

§ 284-2 Littering prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard, or otherwise place litter of any nature upon any public or private property other than a litter receptacle.

§ 284-3 Use of litter receptacles.

A. 
Litter receptacles and their servicing are required at the following public places which exist in the municipality, including:
(1) 
Sidewalks used by pedestrians in active retail commercially zoned areas, such that at a minimum there shall be no single linear 1/4 mile without a receptacle.
(2) 
Buildings held out for use by the public, including schools, government buildings, and railroad and bus stations.
(3) 
Parks.
(4) 
Drive-in restaurants.
(5) 
All street vendor locations.
(6) 
Self-service refreshment areas.
(7) 
Construction sites.
(8) 
Gasoline service stations islands.
(9) 
Shopping centers.
(10) 
Parking lots.
(11) 
Campgrounds and trailer parks.
(12) 
Marinas, boat moorage and fueling stations.
(13) 
Boat launching areas.
(14) 
Public and private piers operated for public use.
(15) 
Beaches and bathing areas.
(16) 
At special events to which the public is invited, including sporting events, parades, carnivals, circuses, and festivals.
B. 
The proprietors of these places or the sponsors of these events shall be responsible for providing and servicing the receptacles such that adequate containerization is available.

§ 284-4 Illegal dumping.

It shall be unlawful for any person to discard or dump along any street or road, on or off any right-of-way, any household or commercial solid waste, rubbish, refuse, junk, vehicle or vehicle parts, rubber tires, appliances, furniture, or private property, except by written consent of the owner of said property, in any place not specifically designated for the purpose of solid waste storage or disposal.

§ 284-5 Storage of bulky household waste.

It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to store or permit storage of any bulky household waste, including household appliances, furniture and mattresses, in areas zoned residential, except in a fully enclosed structure or during days designated for the collection of bulky items.

§ 284-6 Storage of tires.

It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to store or permit the storage of tires in areas zoned residential, except in a fully enclosed structure or on days designated for the collection of tires.

§ 284-7 Parking of vehicle on lawn.

It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to park or permit the parking of any vehicle on his or her residential lawn.

§ 284-8 Construction sites.

It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent, or contractor in charge of a construction or demolition site to permit the accumulation of litter before, during, or after completion of any construction or demolition project. It shall be the duty of the owner, agent, or contractor in charge of a construction site to furnish containers adequate to accommodate flyable or nonflyable debris or trash at areas convenient to construction areas, and to maintain and empty the receptacles in such a manner and with such a frequency as to prevent spillage of refuse.

§ 284-9 Open or overflowing waste disposal bins.

It shall be unlawful for any residential or commercial property owner to permit open or overflowing waste disposal bins on his or her property.

§ 284-10 Sidewalks, curbs and areaways.

It shall be the duty of the owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or person in charge of any structure to keep and cause to be kept the sidewalk and curb abutting the building or structure free from obstruction or nuisances of every kind, and to keep sidewalks, areaways, back yards, courts and alleys free from litter and other offensive material.

§ 284-11 Litter in streets from private properties.

No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street, catch basin or other public place any accumulation of litter from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Every person who owns or occupies property shall keep the sidewalk in front of his or her premises free of litter. All sweepings shall be collected and properly containerized for disposal.

§ 284-12 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $100 for each offense. Each day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense.
[Adopted 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-3]

§ 284-13 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to establish requirements to control littering in Washington Township so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.

§ 284-14 Definitions.

For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this article clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
LITTER
Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper, or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any bottle, jar or can, or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspapers, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but does not include the waste of the primary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing.
LITTER RECEPTACLE
A container suitable for the depositing of litter.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.

§ 284-15 Prohibited acts and regulated activities.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place any litter of any nature upon public or private property other than in a litter receptacle, or having done so, to allow such litter to remain.
B. 
Whenever any litter is thrown or discarded or allowed to fall from a vehicle or boat in violation of this article, the operator or owner, or both, of the motor vehicle or boat shall also be deemed to have violated this article.

§ 284-16 Enforcement.

This article shall be enforced by the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Forest Ranger or Code Enforcement Officer of the Washington Township.

§ 284-17 Violations and penalties.

Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $2,000, imprisonment or community services, or both, for a period not to exceed 30 days.