Township of Hazlet, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet 5-16-1989 by Ord. No. 747-89 as Sec. 6-16 of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 213 of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 336.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 392.

§ 255-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall have the meanings given herein:
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
HANDBILL
Any printed or written matter, any sample, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, paper, booklet, newspaper, magazine or any other printed or otherwise reproduced original copies of any matter of literature, whether or not produced for commercial purposes.
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, of any type, 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, grass, 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, saw milling, farming or manufacturing.[1]
PARK
A park, playground, recreation center or any other public area in the Township of Hazlet.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PRIVATE PROPERTY
Any dwelling house, building, commercial establishment or other structure, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited, used or not, or vacant building or structure or lot, and shall include any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps or vestibule appurtenant to or adjoining any such dwelling house, building, commercial establishment or other structure.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any and all streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys, rights-of-way or other public ways, and all public areas, spaces, grounds or buildings.
REFUSE
Ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned motor vehicles, tires, construction material, toxic waste, paint products chemical products, wood, metal, tin, abandoned equipment, furniture and bedding, household furnishings, crockery and similar items.
RUBBISH
Paper, wrappings, tobacco products, cardboard and similar items.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 255-2 Use of public receptacles.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any park or public place within the Township of Hazlet except in public receptacles. Persons placing litter in public receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any park or public place, or upon private property.

§ 255-3 Responsibilities of property owners.

The owner or person in control of any private property shall, at all times, maintain such property free of litter, including the sidewalk or right-of-way in front of the premises, and no person shall sweep or deposit in any street or gutter or other public place within the Township of Hazlet the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. The storage of litter in private receptacles for collection shall not be prohibited under this section, provided that persons placing litter in private receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or private property or upon any public place.

§ 255-4 Prohibited acts.

The following acts are specifically prohibited under this chapter:
A. 
No person, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle, shall throw or deposit litter upon any street or other public area within the Township of Hazlet, or upon private property.
B. 
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Township of Hazlet unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load or contents from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public area.
C. 
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any pond, lake, stream, bay or any other body of water in the Township of Hazlet.
D. 
No person shall throw or deposit any handbill in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public area within the Township of Hazlet. Nor shall any person hand out or distribute or sell any commercial handbill in any public area; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful in a public area in the Township of Hazlet for any person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver thereof, any noncommercial handbill to any person willing to accept it. Moreover, no person shall throw or deposit any handbill in or upon any vehicle; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful in any public area for a person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver thereof, a noncommercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to accept it. Finally, no person shall throw, deposit or distribute any handbill upon any private property, if requested by anyone therein not to do so or if there is placed on said property in a conspicuous position near the entrance thereof a sign bearing the words "No Trespassing," "No Peddlers or Agents," "No Advertisement" or any similar notice indicating in any manner that the occupants of said property do not desire to be molested or have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any handbills left upon such premises. No person shall throw or deposit any handbill in or upon any private property which is temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant.
E. 
No person shall post or affix any signage or handbills, calculated to attract the attention of the public, to any lamppost, public utility pole or shade tree or upon any public structure or building, except as may be authorized by law. Signage to include, but not limited to, are garage sales, political, advertisements and real estate.
[Amended 8-5-1997 by Ord. No. 1061-97]

§ 255-5 Notice to remove litter; removal by Township; costs to become lien.

The Code Enforcement Officer is hereby authorized and empowered to notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of any private property upon which litter has been thrown or deposited to properly dispose of the litter located on such property. Such notice shall be provided by certified mail, return receipt requested, or in person. Upon the failure, negligence or refusal of any such person to remove the litter from the private property within the time period specified in the written notice, the Code Enforcement Officer is hereby authorized and empowered to have the litter removed, and where such litter has been removed at the expense of the Township of Hazlet, the actual cost thereof shall be charged to the owner of such property on the next regular tax bill and shall become a part of the taxes, bearing interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected in the same manner as taxes. The cost assessed herein shall be in addition to any penalties imposed for violations of this chapter.

§ 255-6 Violations and penalties; enforcement.

A. 
Each violation of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, or any subsequent amendments thereto.
[Amended 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93][1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Each and every day in which any violation exists and each and every premises upon which a violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense under this section.
C. 
In lieu of a fine or imprisonment, the Municipal Judge may impose community service for a period not to exceed 90 days in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.
D. 
Enforcement of this section for the purpose of charging violations of this section shall be by the Code Enforcement Officer or his or her designee, the Township Police Department or the Health Officer or Sanitary Inspectors of the Monmouth County Health Department.
[Amended 8-5-1997 by Ord. No. 1061-97][2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).