Township of Plainsboro, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Plainsboro 7-8-2009 by Ord. No. 0-09-08.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peddlers and solicitors — See Ch. 75.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was adopted as Ch. 75A but was renumbered to retain the alphabetical organization of the Code.

§ 59A-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BONA FIDE OFFICE
A location where a representative of the person or entity responsible for the donation bin can be reached during normal business hours. An answering machine or answering service does not constitute a bona fide office.
PERSON
Any individual, business entity or organization, whether for-profit or not-for profit, that is the registrant and owner and is responsible for the donation bin.
SOLICITATION or SOLICIT
The request, directly or indirectly, for money, credit, property, financial assistance, or other thing of any kind or value in conjunction with the maintenance of a donation bin. Solicitation shall include, but not be limited to, the use or employment of canisters, cards, receptacles or similar devices for the collection of money or other thing of value. A solicitation shall take place whether or not the person making the solicitation receives any contribution.

§ 59A-2 Permit required; application; terms for issuance; renewal; fees.

A. 
No person shall be permitted to place, use or employ a donation bin for solicitation of clothing or any other thing of value, on any property located in the Township, unless a permit is first obtained.
B. 
Application requirements.
(1) 
In applying for a permit, the person shall set forth on the application:
(a) 
The location of the bin, described as precisely as possible.
(b) 
The manner in which the donations collected will be used, sold, or dispensed, and the method by which the proceeds of collected donations will be allocated or spent.
(c) 
The name, address and telephone number of the bona fide office of all persons who may share or profit from any donations collected.
(d) 
Written consent from the property owner to place the bin on the property.
(2) 
An application fee of $25 shall be included with the application.
C. 
Each permit issued under the terms of this chapter shall be valid:
(1) 
For a single donation bin, to which the permit must be affixed.
(2) 
For the specific location described in the permit application.
(3) 
For a period of 12 months from the date of issuance.
D. 
The Township shall not grant an application for a permit to place, use, or employ a donation bin if it determines that the placement of the bin could constitute a safety hazard. Such hazards shall include, but not be limited to, the placement of a donation bin within 100 yards of any place which stores large amounts of, or sells, fuel or other flammable liquids or gases.
E. 
An expiring permit may be renewed upon submission of an application for renewal and payment of a renewal fee of $25. Such renewal application shall include:
(1) 
The location where the bin is currently situated and, if the person intends to move the bin, the location where the bin will be situated after the renewal is granted.
(2) 
Written consent from the property owner to place the bin on his property.
(3) 
The manner in which the person has used, sold or dispensed any donations collected, the method by which the proceeds of collected donations have been allocated or spent, and any changes the person anticipates being made in the use, sale or dispensation of any donations collected during the period covered by the renewal.
(4) 
The address and telephone number of the bona fide office of any person who shared or profited from any donations collected and of any persons who may do so during the period covered by the renewal.
F. 
Upon the permit being granted, the following information must be clearly and conspicuously displayed on the exterior of the donation bin:
(1) 
The permit number and the date of expiration;
(2) 
The name, address and telephone number of the bona fide office;
(3) 
A list of all entities, including name, address and telephone number, which may share or profit from any donations collected; and
(4) 
A statement indicating the manner in which donations will be used, sold, or dispersed, and the method by which the proceeds of the donations will be allocated or spent.

§ 59A-3 Complaints; violations and penalties.

A. 
The Township Zoning Officer shall investigate any complaints received about a donation bin within 30 days of the receipt of the complaint. Whenever it appears that a violation of this chapter of the Township Code has occurred, the person who placed the bin shall be issued a warning stating that, if the violation is not rectified or a hearing before the governing body is not requested within 45 days of the notice being issued, the Township may seize the bin and remove it, or have it removed, at the expense of the person who placed the bin, and sell at public auction or otherwise dispose of any clothing or other donations collected via the bin. Any proceeds from the sale of the donations collected via the bin shall be paid to the Township's general fund.
B. 
Notice shall be deemed to have been made on the date that the violation notice is affixed to the exterior of the bin. The Township may, in its sole discretion, make notice by any other additional means.
C. 
In addition to any other penalties or remedies authorized by the laws of this state, any person who violates any provision of this chapter which results in seizure of the donation bin shall be:
(1) 
Subject to a penalty of up to $20,000 for each violation. The Township Zoning Officer may bring this action in the municipal court or Superior Court as a summary proceeding under the Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999[1], and any penalty monies collected shall be paid to the Township's general fund.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2A:58-10 et seq.
(2) 
Deemed ineligible to place, use, or employ a donation bin pursuant to this chapter. A person disqualified from placing, using, or employing a donation bin may apply to the Township to have eligibility restored. The Township may restore the eligibility of a person who:
(a) 
Acts within the public interest; and
(b) 
Demonstrates that he/she made a good-faith effort to comply with the provisions of this chapter and all other applicable laws and regulations or had no fraudulent intentions.