Township of Plainsboro, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Plainsboro 8-24-1987 as Ord. No. 0-87-19. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garbage, rubbish and refuse generally — See Ch. 70.

§ 77-1 Definitions.

[Amended 2-27-1995 by Ord. No. 0-95-03; 6-11-2008 by Ord. No. 0-08-10]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALUMINUM
Includes all recyclable aluminum, cans.
BRUSH
Branches, woody plants, and other like vegetative material not exceeding five inches in diameter, and Christmas trees. Brush does not, include leaves and grass clippings,
CLEAN CORRUGATED CARDBOARD (I.E., NONFOOD CONTAINERS)
Nonfood containers constructed of two pieces of paper with a corrugated center, i.e., appliance boxes, etc. The term does not include cardboard items made of chipboard, such as shirt boxes, shoe boxes, milk cartons, cereal boxes and all other similarly constructed items.
ELECTRONICS
Televisions, CPUs, monitors, laptops and mercury-containing devices.
FLUORESCENT BULBS
Lamps that contain mercury.
GLASS
Includes all products made from silica or sand, soda ash and limestone, the product being transparent or translucent and being used for packaging or bottling of various matter and all other materials commonly known as "glass," excluding, however, blue and flat glass commonly known as "window glass."
MASONRY/PAVING MATERIALS
Asphalt, block, brick, cinder and concrete.
MIXED PAPER
Glossy inserts, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, colored paper, computer paper, office paper, paperboard (chipboard and pressboard), nonmetallic wrapping paper, soft-cover books, hard-cover books with covers removed and fine paper.
PERSON
Includes all individuals, partnerships, corporations, owners, tenants, lessees, occupants, associations and organizations residing or owning, operating, managing, leasing or occupying any premises or business, commercial or industrial within the Township of Plainsboro.
PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Soda bottles made of PETE (SPI code No. 1) and milk, water and laundry product bottles made of HDPE (SPI code No. 2); excluding products containing or that contained household hazardous waste.
PLASTIC FILM
Stretch/shrink wrap, plastic shopping bags for warehouses, retail establishments and supermarkets with 25 or more employees.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES
Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (LI-ion) and small sealed lead (Pb).
SOLID WASTE
Includes all garbage and rubbish normally collected for the residents and commercial occupants of the Township of Plainsboro.
STEEL CANS
Tin plated, bi-metal and other ferrous food and beverage containers.
TEXTILES
Clean, dry clothing or other fabric measuring at least one foot by one foot in size.
TIRES
Rubber-based scrap automotive, truck and equipment tires.
USED NEWSPAPER
Includes 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.
WHITE GOODS
Washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air conditioners. Note: all devices that contain CFCs must be properly removed by licensed individuals and all CFCs recovered must be sent to an EPA approved reclaimer.
WOOD SCRAP
Unfinished lumber from new construction projects, including pallets. Unfinished shall mean nonchemically treated wood. This term shall not include pressure-treated wood which has been impregnated with preservatives, insecticides, fungicides, creosote, or other chemicals; wood that has been painted, resin-coated or otherwise surface treated; wood that is laminated or bonded; or other wood which has been similarly altered from its natural conditions.

§ 77-2 Separation of recyclables required.

[Amended 2-27-1995 by Ord. No. 0-95-03; 6-11-2008 by Ord. No. 0-08-10]
A. 
On or after the date fixed and promulgated by the regulations issued by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator and in accordance with the terms hereof, it shall be mandatory for all residents and nonresidents who are owners, lessees or occupants of commercial businesses and offices, industrial and institutional facilities, government and office parks located within the Township of Plainsboro to separate used newspaper, mixed paper, clean corrugated cardboard, glass and plastic containers, aluminum and steel cans, masonry/paving materials, rechargeable batteries, tires, white goods, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, plastic film, textiles, wood scrap, brush, leaves and motor oil from all other solid waste produced and deliver such items to the designated dropoff point within the Township of Plainsboro or comply with whatever other regulations for recycling promulgated by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator.
B. 
On or after the date fixed and promulgated by the regulations issued by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator and in accordance with the terms hereof, it shall be mandatory for all residents and nonresidents who are owners, lessees or occupants of residential structures, including multifamily residences, located within the Township to separate used newspaper, mixed paper, clean corrugated cardboard, glass and plastic containers, aluminum and steel cans, masonry/paving materials, rechargeable batteries, tires, white goods, textiles, brush, leaves and motor oil from all other solid waste produced and deliver such items to the designated dropoff point within the Township or comply with whatever other regulations promulgated by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator.

§ 77-3 Method of separation.

The owner, lessee and occupant of any residential, commercial business, commercial office or institutional use located within the Township of Plainsboro, who shall place for disposal, removal or collection the following items, shall conform to the following regulations:
A. 
Used newspaper, used paper and clean corrugated cardboard shall be bundled separately and secured in bundles not exceeding 50 pounds and shall not be contained in plastic bags.
B. 
Glass and aluminum cans shall be contained in suitable containers supplied by owners, lessees or occupants.
C. 
Before glass and aluminum containers are delivered to the designated dropoff points, they shall be thoroughly rinsed.

§ 77-4 Recyclables to be municipal property.

[Amended 9-13-1995 by Ord. No. 0-95-28]
From the time of dropoff at any designated center or curbside of used newspaper, used paper, clean corrugated cardboard, glass and aluminum cans for collection by the Township of Plainsboro, in accordance with the terms hereof, such used newspaper, used paper, clean corrugated cardboard, glass and aluminum cans shall be and become the property of the Township of Plainsboro or its authorized agent. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person unauthorized by the Township of Plainsboro to collect, remove or cause to be collected or removed any such recyclables. Each such collection in violation hereof from any one or more sources shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.

§ 77-5 Rules and regulations.

The Municipal Recycling Coordinator is hereby authorized and directed to establish and promulgate reasonable regulations as to the manner, days and time for the collection of used newspaper, used paper, clean corrugated cardboard, glass and aluminum cans in accordance with the terms hereof. Such regulations shall be promulgated and become effective not later than four months from the date hereof. The governing body may change, modify, repeal or amend any portion of said rules and regulations.

§ 77-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or entity who violates or neglects to comply with any provision of this chapter or any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500, except that the maximum fine for failure to comply with §§ 77-2 and 77-3 hereof, and rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto, shall not exceed $25. No enforcement of this chapter shall be made until six months after the effective date of regulations authorized to be promulgated hereunder.

§ 77-7 Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of the Municipal Recycling Coordinator to enforce all of the provisions of this chapter. Upon his becoming aware of any violation of any provision of this chapter, the Municipal Recycling Coordinator or his authorized designee shall institute such action as may be necessary to terminate the violation, including issuing a summons to appear in the Plainsboro Township Municipal Court or any other appropriate tribunal.

§ 77-8 Additional requirements.

[Added 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 0-88-34]
A. 
Leaves shall be added to the Plainsboro Recycling Ordinance as an item requiring separation and recycling by all residents and nonresidents who are owners, lessees or occupants in Plainsboro Township.
B. 
The owners or managers of all commercial businesses, commercial offices and institutional uses located within the Township of Plainsboro shall have the following additional recycling requirements:
(1) 
A recycling system must be established for all mandated materials.
(2) 
Recycling containers must be clearly marked and adequate to hold materials between collections.
(3) 
The owner/manager is responsible for arranging for recyclables to be removed from the premises and assuring that they are marketed.
(4) 
The owner/manager must provide notice to employees and customers if they are impacted by the recycling system.
(5) 
The owner/manager must arrange for reports of recycling tonnage information to be submitted to Plainsboro Township on a quarterly basis.
C. 
The owners or managers of all multifamily uses within the Township of Plainsboro shall have the following additional recycling requirements:
(1) 
Drop-off or curbside collection must be provided for all mandated materials.
(2) 
Drop-off containers must be clearly marked and adequate to hold materials between collections.
(3) 
The management is responsible for arranging for recyclables to be removed from the premises and assuring that they are marketed.
(4) 
Management must issue notifications to tenants every three months.
(5) 
Management must arrange for reports of recycling tonnage information to be submitted to Plainsboro Township on a quarterly basis.

§ 77-9 Municipal Recycling Coordinator, duties.

[Added 2-27-1995 by Ord. No. 0-95-03]
The Municipal Recycling Coordinator shall cooperate with the Middlesex County Improvement Authority to develop and implement a comprehensive public education program to elicit the full cooperation of the Township's citizens in the recycling effort.