Township of Deptford, NJ
Gloucester County
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§ 18-1
GARBAGE COLLECTION. 

§ 18-1.1
Title. 

§ 18-1.2
Definitions and word usage. 

§ 18-1.3
Collection of garbage and refuse. 

§ 18-1.4
Garbage and refuse containers. 

§ 18-1.5
Placement of garbage, refuse or industrial waste. 

§ 18-1.6
Time limits. 

§ 18-1.7
Materials and wastes not to be collected. 

§ 18-1.8
Collections per week. 

§ 18-1.9
Township Manager; rules and regulations. 

§ 18-1.10
Violations and penalties. 

§ 18-2
MANDATORY RECYCLING PROGRAM. 

§ 18-2.1
Definitions. 

§ 18-2.2
Mandatory program for separation of used newspaper. 

§ 18-2.3
Mandatory separation of aluminum materials. 

§ 18-2.4
Mandatory recycling and separation of cans and glass products. 

§ 18-3
VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES. 

§ 18-1 GARBAGE COLLECTION.

§ 18-1.1 Title.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; 1967 Code § 55-1]

This section shall be known as the "Refuse and Garbage Collection Regulation of the Township."

§ 18-1.2 Definitions and word usage.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; 1967 Code § 55-2; Ord. 14-98 § 55-3]

For the purpose of this section, the terms used herein are defined as follows:

BULKY AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE
All waste generated by any industrial or manufacturing concern of any kind whatsoever and all bulky waste as defined by N.J.A.C. 7:26-1.4, which shall include but not be limited to the following: all items which exceed the size or weight requirements of subsection 18-1.4b, tree trunks or large limbs or stumps, auto bodies or any part thereof, demolition or construction materials, appliances, furniture and drums.
DWELLING UNIT
A structure, or an entirely self-contained portion thereof, which is designed for and occupied principally as a place of residence for one housekeeping unit. A dwelling unit must be suitable for year round occupancy and must contain facilities for cooking, sleeping, bathing, and human sanitation which are for the exclusive use of the occupants of the dwelling.
GARBAGE
All refuse, entrails and waste of animals and fish and all vegetable matter which has been or was intended to be used as food; all clam, oyster, crab and lobster shells; and all other material so specified by the State of New Jersey.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
All waste which is deemed to be chemical waste, hazardous waste or infectious waste as defined by N.J.A.C. 7:26-1.4, and which are flammable, corrosive or explosive or which by themselves or in combination with other waste could be hazardous to life or property.
MULTIFAMILY DWELLING
Any apartment building, garden apartment building or complex or rental housing complex containing more than four dwelling units.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
REFUSE OR RUBBISH
All solid wastes, both combustible and noncombustible, such as paper, wrappings, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, glass, rags, waste wood or cardboard, and other combustible solids of a nonvolatile or explosive nature, bedding, crockery and similar materials, ashes, street cleaning and dead animals, except bulky and industrial waste and hazardous waste, as defined in this section.
SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING
Any single family home, or any housing complex containing four or less dwelling units, plus any housing complex consisting of five or more dwelling units in which the majority of such units are separately owned in fee or as condominiums. The ownership of 50% of more of the dwelling units in any such complex by a single individual, a group of individuals or entity(s) shall disqualify such complex from being a single-family dwelling for purposes of this section.

§ 18-1.3 Collection of garbage and refuse.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; Ord. No. 0-3-79; 1967 Code § 55-3; Ord. 14-98 § 55-3]
a. 

The Township of Deptford through its Public Works Department or through a duly authorized contractor hereinafter referred to as the "collector" may collect and remove garbage and refuse except bulky and industrial and hazardous waste from single-family dwellings which refuse and garbage is generated within the Township of Deptford by such dwelling. Nothing contained herein shall required such collector to enter on private property to collect such garbage or refuse.

b. 

This section shall not prohibit the actual producers of refuse, or the owners of premises upon which refuse has accumulated, from personally collecting, conveying and disposing of such refuse or from contracting with rubbish contractors, provided that such producers or owners comply with the provisions of this section and with any other applicable statute, rule or ordinance of the State of New Jersey and/or the Township of Deptford.

c. 

Pickup location for garbage and refuse shall be at the roadside adjacent to the property being serviced; however, where the interest of the public safety and/or convenience of collection requires a redesignation of a pickup area, the Township Manager may designate such location upon seven days' written notice to the affected property owner. Service of notice may be made by ordinary mail or by personal service to the occupant of the premises, if any. Any affected resident contesting the redesignation of the trash and rubbish collection side may appeal the decision of the Township Manager within seven days to the Township Council, who shall be required to hold a hearing to determine the reasonableness of the Manager's decision within 30 days after receipt of notice of appeal.

§ 18-1.4 Garbage and refuse containers.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; Ord. No. 0-3-79; Ord. 14-98 § 55-4]
a. 

Containers shall be provided by the owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of the premises. Refuse contains shall be maintained in a clean, safe and good condition. Any container that does not conform to the provisions of this section or that may have ragged or sharp edges or any other defect liable to hamper or injure the person collecting the contents thereof shall not be utilized. The collector shall have the authority to refuse collection services for failure to comply herewith.

b. 

Requirements.

1. 

The containers shall be of galvanized or plastic composition, shall not exceed 30 gallons in capacity, shall be no heavier than 60 pounds when filled, shall have a lid or cover and shall have two sturdy handles.

2. 

Plastic bags not less than two mils thick not larger than 40 gallons may be used if properly tied. Substitute containers may be used in place of approved containers, such as another bag, water repellent and animal repellent, treated paper garbage and refuse bag or a bag of similar nature. These bags shall be not less than two mils thick, not larger than 40 gallons. All bags used shall be properly tied and secured.

c. 

Wooden, cardboard, composition paper, fiber or similar containers are specifically prohibited for use as refuse containers. The collector may, at his election, refuse to collect refuse in such container or remove it from site.

d. 

Any garbage or refuse that emits a foul, pungent or offensive odor shall be secured in an approved bag.

e. 

Tree trimmings, hedge clippings and other such clippings or materials need not be placed to a container, but all such items shall be cut to length not to exceed five feet, shall not exceed 60 pounds in weight and shall be securely tied in bundles before being deposited for collection.

f. 

All garbage and refuse, intended for collection shall be placed in an approved container.

g. 

All rubbish and garbage shall be drained of excessive liquid before placing it into a container for collection, or it must be secured in an approved bag.

§ 18-1.5 Placement of garbage, refuse or industrial waste.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; Ord. No. 0-3-79; 1967 Code § 55-5; Ord. No. 0-3-00 § 1; Ord. No. 0-6-00 § 1]
a. 

No person shall place any garbage, refuse or industrial or bulky wastes in any street, alley or other public place or upon any private property, whether owned by such person or not, except in an approved container; neither shall any person throw or deposit any garbage, refuse or industrial or bulky waste in any stream or storm drain.

b. 

Accumulation of refuse; failure to remove.

1. 

Any accumulation of refuse on any premises, except in the manner herein provided, is prohibited.

2. 

Failure to remove any existing accumulation of refuse within 30 days after the effective date of this section shall be deemed a violation of this section.

c. 

No person shall cast, place, sweep or deposit any grass clippings, brush, sod or other refuse upon any street, sidewalk, alley, sewer, parkway or other public place within the Township hereafter, except at such times as designated by the Township Manager or the Township Council for leaf collection.

d. 

All refuse and garbage placed for collection shall be placed within the boundaries of one's own property and no less than 15 feet from the property line.

§ 18-1.6 Time limits.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; 1967 Code § 55-6]

No owner or occupant of premises shall place garbage and/or refuse containers for collection before 6:00 p.m. of the day prior to collection. All garbage and/or refuse containers shall be placed at the pickup site no later than 6:00 a.m. of the day of collection. Each owner or occupant of premises placing garbage and/or refuse for collection shall remove all containers from the collection site during the periods of noncollection to an area within or adjacent to the home or building. All garbage and refuse containers shall be stored and maintained in a manner consistent with the provisions of this section.

§ 18-1.7 Materials and wastes not to be collected.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; Ord. No. 0-3-79; 1967 Code § 55-7; Ord. 14-98 § 55-7]
a. 

Bulky and industrial wastes and hazardous wastes, as defined in this section, shall not be placed in containers for collection but shall be disposed of by the owner at the expense of the owner or possessor thereof.

b. 

The actual producers of refuse or the owners of premises upon which refuse is accumulated who desire personally to collect and dispose of such refuse, and persons who desire to dispose of waste material not included in the definition of refuse, and collectors of refuse from outside of the Township who desire to haul over the streets of the Township shall use a watertight vehicle provided with a tight cover and so operated as to prevent offensive odors escaping therefrom and refuse or waste material from being blown, dropped or spilled therefrom.

c. 

Disposal of bulky waste items, including but not limited to automobiles, vehicles, parts of vehicles, building materials, sod, soil, concrete, large tree limbs, tree stumps, tree trunks and commercial and industrial wastes shall be the responsibility of the producers or owners thereof.

d. 

Disposal of all garbage, refuse or rubbish, bulky and industrial waste, hazardous waste, construction debris and any and all waste generated by multiple-family dwellings shall be the sole responsibility of the owners of such multiple-family dwellings.

§ 18-1.8 Collections per week.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; Ord. No. 0-3-79; 1967 Code § 55-8; Ord. 14-98 § 55-8]

Collections shall be made once per week in accordance with a schedule to be determined by the Township Manager except those days of the week which are approved employee or national holidays for which the Manager may make appropriate pick up scheduling accommodations.

§ 18-1.9 Township Manager; rules and regulations.

[Ord. No. 0-12-72; Ord. No. 0-3-79; 1967 Code § 55-9]
a. 

Garbage and refuse collected in the Township shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of by the collector under the supervision of the Township Manager. The Manager shall have the authority to make necessary and reasonable rules and regulations implementing the day and time of collection, type and location of waste containers and such other matters pertaining to the collection, conveyance and disposal of refuse and other materials as he shall find necessary in the public interest.

b. 

The Township Manager is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regulations for the disposal of bulky and industrial waste and hazardous waste, as defined in this section, and all other waste material not included within the definition of refuse, where such waste material originates within the Township, such as for the collection of large items of garbage and refuse produced by the household which cannot be picked up during the course of regular trash collection by the standard equipment used. Any person desiring to dispose of such waste shall do so in accordance with such statutes, ordinances and regulations of the State of New Jersey and the Township as established.

§ 18-1.10 Violations and penalties.

[New]

Any violator of any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be subject to the General Penalty established in Section 1-5 of this Code.

§ 18-2 MANDATORY RECYCLING PROGRAM.

§ 18-2.1 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 0-4-85 § 2; Ord. No. 0-13-87 § 2; Ord. No. 0-4-88 § 1]

As used in this section:

CANS
All containers comprised of aluminum, metal, tin, steel or a combination thereof which contain or formerly contained only non-aerosol compatible substances or such other substances as have been approved for recycling by the New Jersey Office of Recycling.
GLASS
All products made of silica or sand, soda ash and limestone; the product being transparent or translucent and being used for packaging or bottling of substances, and all other material commonly known as glass.
USED ALUMINUM MATERIALS
And shall be deemed to include beverage cans, containers and materials constructed and consisting solely of aluminum.
USED NEWSPAPER
And include 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.

§ 18-2.2 Mandatory program for separation of used newspaper.

[Ord. No. 0-4-85 §§ 3-5]
a. 

Program established. There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of used newspaper within the Township. The occupant or owner of any building within the Township who shall place for disposal, removal or collection of the following named item shall do so in strict conformity within the following added regulations:

b. 

Used newspaper shall be bundled separately and received in bundles not to exceed 50 pounds and shall not be contained in plastic bags.

c. 

Collection by unauthorized person. From time of placement at the curb by any one of the categories described herein for collection by the Township in accordance with the terms hereof, items shall become the property of the Township or its authorized agent. It shall be a violation of this section for any person unauthorized by the Township to collect or pick-up or cause to be collected or picked up any such items. Any and each such collection in violation hereof from one or more residences shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.

§ 18-2.3 Mandatory separation of aluminum materials.

[Ord. No. 0-13-87 §§ 3-5]
a. 

Program established. There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of used aluminum materials within the Township.

b. 

Method of placing used aluminum materials.

1. 

The occupant or owner of any building within the Township who shall place for disposal, removal or collection of the following named item shall do so in strict conformity within the following added regulations:

2. 

Used aluminum materials shall be placed in galvanized or plastic containers not exceeding 30 gallons in capacity and shall be no heavier than 60 pounds when filled, and shall have a lid or cover and two sturdy handles.

c. 

Collection by unauthorized person. From time of placement at the curb by any one of the categories described herein for collection by the Township in accordance with the terms hereof, items shall be and become the property of the Township of Deptford or its authorized agent. It shall be a violation of this section for any person unauthorized by the Township to collect or pick-up or cause to be collected or picked-up any such items. Any and each such collection in violation hereof from one or more residences shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.

§ 18-2.4 Mandatory recycling and separation of cans and glass products.

[Ord. No. 0-4-88 § II-IV]
a. 

Materials to be separated. All materials set forth in subsection 18-2.1 shall be separated from other trash and newspapers and shall be placed in containers, galvanized or plastic composition not exceeding 30 gallons or 60 pounds when filled. The containers shall have two sturdy handles.

b. 

Mandatory compliance. The recycling of used newspaper, aluminum, metal, tin or glass or products thereof as more specifically set forth in this section shall be mandatory and not discretionary.

§ 18-3 VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.

[Ord. No. 0-4-88 § V]

Any violator of any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be liable to the General Penalty established in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.