Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside: Art. I, 7-26-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-13 as Section 8:1 of the 1967 Code; Art. II, 6-22-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Littering — See Ch. 176.

Sewers — See Ch. 219.

ARTICLE I
Collection and Removal (§ 225-1 — § 225-9) 

ARTICLE II
Recycling (§ 225-10 — § 225-18) 

[Adopted 7-26-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-13 as Section 8:1 of the 1967 Code]

§ 225-1
Definitions and word usage. 

§ 225-2
Unlawful placement. 

§ 225-3
Placement for collection; receptacles; time restrictions. 

§ 225-4
Unlawful disturbance of materials left for collection. 

§ 225-5
Vehicle loads to be contained. 

§ 225-6
Littering. 

§ 225-7
Permit required for collection; revocation. 

§ 225-8
Collection from receptacles; hours. 

§ 225-9
Violations and penalties. 

§ 225-1 Definitions and word usage.

A. 

The definitions of certain words used in this Article are as follows:

ASHES
The residue from the burning of coal or coke and shall include accumulations of dirt and such other noncombustible materials not included in refuse or garbage or offal.
GARBAGE or OFFAL
Includes kitchen waste, the refuse of animals or vegetable matter, carrion, entrails of chicken, animals or fish and matter of a similar nature.
PERSON
One or more individual or individuals, male or female, partnership or partnerships, corporation or corporations.
REFUSE
Includes combustible debris, that is, paper, cardboard, rags, mattresses, discarded wearing apparel, furniture, carpets, rubber, grass cuttings, plant trimmings, leaves, bottles, broken glass, crockery, scrap metal and tin cans. It shall not include earth, sand or substances that accumulate incidental to building construction, nor shall it include trade wastes.
B. 

"He" or "his" shall mean singular or plural, male or female or neuter gender.

§ 225-2 Unlawful placement.

It shall be unlawful for any person to place or cause or suffer to be placed upon any vacant lot, street, alley, driveway, sidewalk, areaway or public place any ashes, refuse, garbage or offal or to disturb such material when properly placed except in compliance with the provisions of this Article.

§ 225-3 Placement for collection; receptacles; time restrictions.

A. 

Any person desiring his such ashes, refuse, garbage or offal to be removed by the Township of Riverside, its agents, assigns or contractors, shall provide suitable containers and place therein all ashes, refuse, garbage or offal which shall accumulate in, on or about his said property. Separate receptacles shall be provided for ashes, refuse and garbage or offal.

B. 

Ashes and refuse or ashes and garbage and offal or refuse and garbage or offal shall not be mixed and placed in the same container or containers. Newspapers, wastepaper, cardboard and similar materials shall be securely tied or fastened together in bundles or placed in a container so as to prevent their being distributed over any street, byway or public place. Receptacles in which ashes or refuse are placed shall be leakproof and of such material and so constructed as to properly withstand the use for which they are intended, without breaking or collapsing.

C. 

The receptacle in which garbage or offal is placed shall be watertight, preferably of metal, with a lid to properly fit said container so as to prevent the garbage or offal from being distributed over the surface of the adjacent ground or pavement.

D. 

The receptacles herein required, together with their contents, shall be of such weights and designs as to be conveniently handled by one man, and no receptacle and contents shall weigh more than 50 pounds.

E. 

No person shall place more than 200 pounds of ashes and refuse in front of or along the side of his property for collection or removal in any one-week collection period.

F. 

Any such person shall place such receptacle or receptacles with its contents upon the sidewalk adjacent to the curb in front of his/her respective property on days and time when collection of such ashes, refuse and garbage or offal are made and not sooner than 4:00 p.m. of the day prior to such scheduled collection(s) are made nor later than 7:00 a.m. of the day such materials are collected in his/her particular district. No such receptacle and its contents shall be placed in front of any street, alley, lane, road, highway or public place nor in front of nor along side of the property occupied by another without the consent of such other occupant.

[Amended 4-8-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-5]

§ 225-4 Unlawful disturbance of materials left for collection.

No ragpicker, scavenger or other persons shall break into, disturb, untie or otherwise unbundle any container, bundle or package of paper, ashes or refuse that has been placed on the sidewalk for collection, nor shall any person disturb, remove, untie, unbundle or otherwise scatter any ashes or refuse where such material has been placed in the open or along any street, sidewalk or alley for collection or removal by the Township of Riverside, except:

A. 

By the employees of said township in the line of their duties.

B. 

By a person to whom the Township of Riverside has awarded a contract for the collection, removal and disposal of garbage or offal.

§ 225-5 Vehicle loads to be contained.

No person shall cause or permit any cart, wagon, auto truck, motor vehicle or any other vehicle to be heaped up with manure, sand, earth, ashes, refuse, garbage or offal or any other material so that the contents or any part thereof may be scattered on the street, highway, public lane or alley or any other public place in the Township of Riverside.

§ 225-6 Littering.

No person shall throw, place or deposit any paper, circular, ashes, refuse or garbage or offal or waste of any kind upon any street, alley, lane, road or highway, nor in any inlet or catch basin in any such street or highway, nor in any other public place in the Township of Riverside, nor shall any such material be placed upon any lots or pieces of ground without the consent of the owner thereof. Any such material that shall fall or spill upon any street or highway shall be swept or cleaned up immediately by the owner thereof or by the person having such material in his possession.

§ 225-7 Permit required for collection; revocation.

No person shall collect, remove or gather ashes or refuse from the streets, highways or alleys in the Township of Riverside unless a permit to do so has been granted by the Township Committee. No such collection shall be made on Sunday or other legal holidays nor on any weekday between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Such permit may be revoked or recalled by the Township Committee at any time after issuance for the violation of any provision of this Article or any other rule or regulation of the Township of Riverside concerning the same.

§ 225-8 Collection from receptacles; hours.

No person shall remove or gather garbage or offal from the streets, highways or alleys or from any lot, yard, house or other building in the Township of Riverside unless the same is deposited in a properly closed, watertight vehicle or barrel. Such collection may be made only after a permit so to do has been granted by the Township Committee. No such collection shall be made on Sunday or other legal holidays, nor any weekday between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. local time. Such permit may be revoked or recalled by the Township Committee at any time after issuance for the violation of any provision of this Article or of any other rule or regulation of the Township of Riverside concerning the same.

§ 225-9 Violations and penalties.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.

[Adopted 6-22-1983 as Ord. No. 1983-11]

§ 225-10
Purpose. 

§ 225-11
Statutory authority. 

§ 225-12
Definitions. 

§ 225-13
Program established. 

§ 225-14
Separation and placement for collection required. 

§ 225-15
Collection by authorized persons only. 

§ 225-16
Donation of recyclables to nonprofit organizations. 

§ 225-17
Commercial and institutional separation program. 

§ 225-18
Monitoring of participation; violations and penalties. 

§ 225-10 Purpose.

The reduction of the amount of solid waste and conservation of recyclable materials is an important public concern because of the growing problem and cost of solid waste disposal and its impact on the environment. The collection of used newspaper, glass and cans for recycling from residences in the township will not only serve the general public interest, but will also result in a financial advantage to the residents and taxpayers of the township by reason of the cost savings realized from the recycling of these various materials. It is vital that the regulation of this collection be established in order to ensure the fullest possible citizen participation in the program and thereby divert the maximum amount of recyclable materials from landfilling.

§ 225-11 Statutory authority.

This article is adopted pursuant to the authority granted in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.

§ 225-12 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following definitions shall apply:

CANS
Those metal containers made of aluminum, tin, steel or a combination thereof, which are commonly found in the home. Such containers include beverage cans, food cans and soup containers, etc. Not acceptable are aerosol cans or cans that have been used to contain any substance that has been or may be declared a contaminant, such as but not limited to cans used to hold paint, tar, motor oil, thinners or other materials not expressly approved for recycling by the Burlington County Health Department.
CARDBOARD
All corrugated cardboard normally used for packing, mailing, shipping or containerizing goods, merchandise or other material, but excluding plastic, foam or wax-coated or soiled corrugated cardboard.
[Added 3-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]
GLASS
All color glass of the type commonly found in the home, such as glass beverage containers, as well as those type containers various foods are packed in, such as mayonnaise jars, pickle jars, etc. Plate and window glass are acceptable; however, laminated, wired or mirrored glass is expressly prohibited.
NEWSPAPER
Paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at stated intervals, usually daily or weekly, having printed thereon news and opinions and containing advertisements and other matters of public interest.
PERSON
Includes an individual, firm, corporation or other business association, and shall include a lessee as well as an owner.
PLASTIC BOTTLES
All milk, water, soda and detergent bottles that are labeled as made from polyethylene terapthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene terapthalate (HDPE). Specifically excluded are all bottles that formerly contained hazardous materials, including but not limited to motor oil, antifreeze and pesticides.
[Added 3-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]
SOLID WASTE
All garbage and rubbish normally placed by a resident for regular collection.

§ 225-13 Program established.

There is hereby established a program for separate collection of used and/or old newspaper, glass and cans from selected residences of the township for hauling and resale by the person or organization designated by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington for the purpose of recycling. The collections shall be made at least bimonthly (twice per month) according to a schedule of residences and dates to be publicly advertised by the township and the County of Burlington. Newspapers only shall be collected for the first several months of the program. Pickup of glass and cans shall commence 30 days following notice to the township governing body by the Office of Waste Management Programs and 14 days following notice by the township to the affected residents.

§ 225-14 Separation and placement for collection required.

On and after the date of commencement of the program, all persons, except those physically disabled, who are residents of the township designated in the schedule referred to in § 225-13 and who occupy premises designated in said schedule, will separate used and/or old newspaper from all other waste produced at the residences. The newspaper shall be compacted and tied in bundles not exceeding 35 pounds in weight nor exceeding one foot in thickness. The bundled newspaper shall be placed at the curb or streetside for collection at such time as will be publicly advertised pursuant to § 225-13 of this article. No material shall be placed at the curb or streetside earlier than the evening of the day preceding a scheduled collection day. Material must be placed curbside or streetside by 7:00 a.m. of a given collection day. Collection shall occur rain or shine. Thirty days following notification to the township by the Office of Waste Management Programs and 14 days following notice by the township to the affected residents, all persons, except those physically disabled, who are residents of the township designated in the schedule referred to in § 225-13 and who occupy premises designated in said schedule will separate used and/or old glass and cans from all other solid waste produced at the residences. Glass and cans shall be placed together in a waterproof bucket or container. Plastic garbage bags are unacceptable containers for this purpose. The bundled newspaper and the container of commingled glass and cans shall be placed at the curb or streetside adjacent to each other for collection. The time for placement of all material shall remain the same as for newspaper as set forth above in this section.

§ 225-15 Collection by authorized persons only.

It shall be a violation of this article for any person other than the one designated by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders to collect the newspaper, glass and cans. Each such collection in violation hereof from one or more residences during the term of the program shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

§ 225-16 Donation of recyclables to nonprofit organizations.

Any resident may donate or sell newspaper, glass and cans to any person, whether operating for profit or not for profit, provided that the receiving person may not under any circumstances collect the donated or sold materials from curbside or streetside unless that person is granted special prior written permission from the township to collect at curbside or streetside on Saturday and/or Sunday only. Individuals may collect materials away from the curbside during the day.

§ 225-17 Commercial and institutional separation program.

[Added 6-25-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-9]
A. 

All persons within this municipality who are not residents shall source-separate and arrange for the collection for recycling of all designated recyclables within 60 days of the date upon which the municipality published notice in a newspaper of general circulation.

B. 

Designated recyclables for the mandatory commercial and institutional source separation program shall consist of the following materials:

(1) 

High-grade paper, including but not limited to white letterhead paper, white bond paper, white typing paper, white copier paper, white notepad paper, white writing paper, other nonglossy white office paper without plastic, computer printout paper, manila folders, computer tab cards and white onionskin paper.

(2) 

Cardboard.

(3) 

Glass bottles and aluminum cans generated by food and beverage service establishments.

(4) 

Other recyclable materials as designated by this municipality at all time 30 days after said designation and publication of notice in a newspaper of general circulation.

C. 

The arrangement for collection of designated recyclables for disposition hereunder shall be the responsibility of the highest management individual of any commercial or institutional establishment generating designated recyclables. Said arrangements may include, without limitation, direct marketing of recyclables, delivery to an authorized municipal dropoff, contracts with solid waste collectors/haulers for separate collection of any or all designated recyclables, contracts with other persons for separate collection of any or all designated recyclables or direct delivery to a county recycling facility upon notification by OWM that deliveries of specified designated recyclables will be accepted at this facility.

D. 

The governing body of a municipality may exempt persons occupying commercial and institutional premises within its municipal boundaries from the source separation requirements of this article if those persons have otherwise provided for the recycling of recyclable materials designated in the district recycling plan from solid waste generated at those premises. To be eligible for an exemption pursuant to this subsection, the establishment applying for the exemption must provide the municipality with documentation that demonstrates that the contractor responsible for recycling has an approved solid waste facility for this purpose. In addition, the commercial or institutional solid waste generator annually shall provide written documentation to the municipality of the total number of tons recycled, including the markets for the recyclables and manner in which the material was recycled.

E. 

Commercial and institutional generators shall bear responsibility for the proper disposition of recyclables even though said generator may contract with another party for disposition. Each generator shall submit to the Municipal Recycling Coordinator by the first of February of each year documentation verifying the previous year's total recycling (expressed by weight). Documentation shall take the form of letters verifying weight issued by the receptor to the generator of the recycled material. Weight slips or paid invoices must be maintained by the generator and/or receptor for inspection if requested by this municipality, county or state.

§ 225-18 Monitoring of participation; violations and penalties.

A. 

In an attempt to increase public awareness of the necessity for and benefits of the source separation program, the county shall assist in the conduct of and maintain a source separation public awareness program. The authorized collector shall be responsible for notifying the county of neighborhoods, streets or areas of the township where participation is low. The county shall give particular attention to the public awareness and educational program in such neighborhoods, streets or areas.

B. 

The township shall enforce § 225-15 of this article. Any person who violates the provisions of § 225-15 shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

C. 

The township shall also enforce § 225-14 of this article. Any person who violates the provisions of § 225-14 of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $5 for the first offense or $25 for any succeeding offense, in the discretion of the Municipal Court, provided that no enforcement of § 225-14 of this article shall be made during the first month of the implemented program for newspaper and the first month of the implemented glass and can collection, as well.

D. 

In addition to the current enforcement regulations, the Township of Riverside hereby empowers the Burlington County Health Department as the enforcement officer for the implementation and enforcement of the commercial and institutional recycling requirements of this article.

[Added 3-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]

E. 

Enforcement of this article shall be commenced in the Superior Court or in the Municipal Court of the municipality and penalty or fine shall be collected with costs in a summary civil proceeding.

[Added 3-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]

F. 

Any penalties or fines collected in an enforcement action shall be paid to the municipality when such action is brought by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator or Code Enforcement Officer. Any penalties or fines collected in an enforcement action shall be paid to the Treasurer of Burlington County when such an action is brought by the Burlington County Health Department.

[Added 3-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]