[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Hazlet 11-23-1970 as Ch. BH-VIII of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 369 of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- OFFAL, REFUSE, RUBBISH, GARBAGE, COMBUSTIBLE AND NONCOMBUSTIBLE WASTE
- These terms are interchangeable and shall include the following:
- A. Refuse, garbage, combustible or noncombustible waste solids.
- B. Animal or vegetable waste solids resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
- C. Combustible wastes, yard trimmings, rags, wood, cardboard and waste solids of a nonvolatile or explosive nature.
- D. Nonputrescible solid wastes of both combustible and noncombustible wastes.
- E. Putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, except body wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes and solid market and industrial wastes.
Required. The owner, agent, lessee, tenant or occupant of every dwelling house or other premises where waste accumulates shall provide and keep at such premises sufficient and suitable receptacles with tight-fitting covers for receiving and holding the waste.
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- At least one receptacle for each family unit or other occupant of premises and at least two receptacles for each commercial or business establishment where refuse shall accumulate; but each occupant of premises shall provide sufficient receptacle to store all waste which may be accumulated between the times when such refuse is disposed of as hereinafter provided.
- A watertight, metal, rubber or plastic receptacle with a tight-fitting cover so constructed as to prevent spilling or leakage of its contents. Each receptacle for use at a single residence shall have a capacity of not less than 20 gallons and be equipped with a pull handle or handles. In addition to the above, plastic bags of twenty-gallon capacity and of a grade of plastic intended for garbage use and which may be tightly sealed to prevent spilling or leakage may be used. The total weight of any container shall not exceed 50 pounds.
Multidwelling units; industrial premises. Receptacles for waste from multidwelling units or industrial premises may have a greater capacity than that prescribed in Subsection B, provided that they meet the qualifications of a suitable receptacle and are equipped for handling by motorized equipment, cleaned and sanitized as needed after emptying and replaced by the same type of receptacle if removed for emptying.
Collection of unsuitable receptacles; notice to owner. Receptacles that are badly broken or otherwise fail to meet the requirements of this section may be classed as refuse and collected and disposed of as such by the person or agency responsible for the collection of refuse, provided that such receptacle shall not be collected if it appears to have been suitable under the definition of the chapter at some previous time. Then and in that event, there shall be given a written notice to the owner of the fact that the receptacle is not deemed suitable at least 10 days before the receptacle is collected. Such notice may be given by a written statement placed on the unsuitable receptacle.
Location on premises. Receptacles shall be conveniently located on premises for the storage of refuse and maintained in such a manner with covers in place as to prevent creation of a nuisance or menace to public health.
The following regulations shall be observed:
Garbage shall be placed in a suitable receptacle at the curb as herein described.
Papers shall be secured and properly tied into bundles or other packages in a manner to prevent scattering while waiting for or during collection. The bundles or packages shall be of a size and weight to permit ease of handling by one person.
Combustible or noncombustible waste of such a nature that it cannot be deposited in a receptacle shall be securely and properly tied into bundles or packages to prevent spilling or scattering. The bundles or packages shall be of a size and weight to permit ease of handling by one person and shall be packaged or otherwise assembled in quantities weighing not more than 50 pounds.
In no event shall any package, bundle or material placed for collection be larger than four feet in length, unless prior notice of 24 hours be given to the person or agency responsible for collection.
Suitable receptacles shall not be placed out for collection more than 12 hours prior to the day scheduled for collection, nor shall they remain out at the curb for more than 12 hours after the day scheduled for collection.
Commercial or industrial. The person occupying any premises whereon a business or industry is conducted shall arrange for the removal of refuse on such premises each day unless sufficient and suitable facilities are provided and used for the storage of such refuse within a building on such premises until the refuse is removed.
Residential. The owner and/or occupant of any premises shall be required to contract for and maintain such contract for the pickup or collection of refuse from the premises at least once a week by a licensed refuse collector approved and authorized by the New Jersey Public Utilities Commission during the period when the premises are being occupied and used by such person.
Prohibited. No combustible waste may be burned on any homeowner's premises, including fallen leaves.
Exemptions for Fire Department.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed so as to prevent the Fire Department from the controlled burning of grass and weeds on vacant lots and meadow land in the Township for the purposes of public safety and fire prevention.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed so as to prohibit the Fire Department from conducting such training programs for members which shall include burning of various materials as are necessary for the continued high standards of the Department.
Vehicles shall be properly covered to prevent the scattering or spilling of rubbish either on private or public property.
Any authorized refuse collector who shall spill or scatter any refuse collected by him or her on either public or private property shall immediately collect such refuse for disposal. The authorized refuse collector shall not permit the throwing or scattering of receptacles but shall replace them in an upright position at the curb.
All authorized refuse collectors shall comply with state laws, the ordinances of Hazlet Township and the rules, regulations and orders of the local and state Boards of Health and State Public Utilities Commission.