[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Marlboro 2-4-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-1.Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 284, Recycling, adopted 5-14-1987 by Ord. No. 12-87 (Ch. 118 of the 1981 Code), amended in its entirety 11-23-1993 by Ord. No. 50-93.
It shall be mandatory for all persons who are owners, lessees and occupants of residential properties, of business and industrial properties, and of private or public and government institutions and buildings, to separate newspaper, corrugated cardboard, clean mixed paper, aluminum cans, tin and bimetal cans, glass bottles and jars, and pourable plastic bottles ("designated recyclables"), from all other solid waste produced by such residences and establishments, for the separate collection and ultimate recycling of such materials.
Newspaper shall mean and include paper of the type commonly referred to as newsprint, and includes any inserts which are normally included in the newspaper. Specifically excluded are any pages of the newspaper used for household projects and crafts, such as painting or paper mache projects, or used for cleanup of pet waste.
Corrugated cardboard shall mean layered cardboard, including a waffled section between the layers, of the type commonly used to make boxes and cartons. Specifically excluded are waxed cardboard and any cardboard contaminated by direct contact with food, such as pizza boxes.
Clean mixed paper shall mean high-grade bond paper, mixed office and school papers, such as stationery, construction paper and writing tablets, including computer printouts, magazines, gift wrapping paper, softcover books, junk mail and single-layer cardboard (chipboard). Specifically excluded are carbon papers, hardcover books (unless cover and binder are removed), paper cups and plates, food wrappers or any other paper contaminated by direct contact with food products, and paper products used for personal hygiene, such as tissues.
Aluminum cans shall mean all disposable cans made of aluminum used for food or beverages. Specifically excluded are aluminum foils, pie tins, trays, cookware and other aluminum products.
Tin and bimetal cans shall mean all disposable cans made of tin, steel or a combination of metals, including, but not limited to, containers commonly used for food products. Specifically excluded are cans which contain toxic products, such as paints and oils.
Glass bottles and jars shall mean transparent or translucent containers made from silica or sand, soda ash and limestone, used for the packaging or bottling of various products. Specifically excluded are dishware, light bulbs, window glass, ceramics and other glass products.
Pourable plastic containers shall mean plastic bottles where the neck is smaller than the body of the container, and is limited to plastic resin type #1 PET and plastic resin type #2 HDPE. Specifically excluded are other resin types (#2 through #7) and non-bottle plastic containers such as margarine tubs and other consumer items and packages, such as film plastics, blister packaging, boxes, baskets, toys and other products.
Residences, businesses and institutions provided with recyclables collection service by Township forces or through Township contract shall place all designated recyclables in the appropriate containers at curbside or other area(s) in the manner and schedule as regularly published and distributed by the Township.
Any multifamily complex, business or institution not provided recyclables collection service by Township forces or through Township contract shall be responsible for arranging the appropriate separation, storage, collection and ultimate recycling of all designated recyclables.
Any multifamily complex, business or institution which is not provided recyclables collection service by Township forces or through Township contract shall provide the Township with, at a minimum, an annual report describing arrangements for both solid waste and recyclables collection services, including the size, number and location of storage containers, frequency of pickup service, the name and address of any contractor hired to provide such service, and phone and other contact information for the contractor.
Leaves shall be kept separate from other vegetative waste and shall only be placed for collection in the manner and schedule as shall be published and distributed by the Township. Grass clippings shall not be placed with other materials for solid waste collection. This requirement shall not prohibit any person or establishment from making arrangements to collect leaves and grass directly from their property through their own efforts or via contract with a landscape service or other appropriate company, for direct transportation to a permitted recycling operation.
The following bulky recyclables shall not be placed with solid waste at the curbside or in containers provided for waste collection and transportation to a disposal facility: concrete, asphalt, brick, block, tree stumps, tree limbs over three inches in diameter, metal appliances or bulk metal items larger than one cubic foot and/or heavier than five pounds.
Automotive and other vehicle or wet-cell batteries, used motor oil and antifreeze shall not be disposed as solid waste. Such items are to be kept separate from other waste materials and recyclables, and brought to local service stations, scrap yards, or publicly operated recycling facilities designed and permitted to handle such products.
Common, nonrechargeable dry-cell batteries, commonly labeled A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9-Volt, may be disposed with regular municipal solid waste. However, rechargeable dry-cell and button batteries still contain significant amounts of various toxic metals, including mercury, and shall be separated and brought to retail outlets or publicly operated recycling facilities providing specific arrangements for the proper packaging and shipment of rechargeable and/or button batteries to appropriate processing facilities.
Computers, computer monitors and other related electronic hardware, as well as analog and digital televisions, are prohibited from being placed with other solid waste for disposal. These and other electronic devices shall be kept separate and brought to retail outlets or publicly operated recycling facilities providing specific arrangements for shipment of these items to appropriate processing facilities.
All designated recyclables become the property of the Township and/or the contracted collector once placed at the curbside, in a container provided by the contractor, or brought to and accepted at the Township recycling center.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any unauthorized person to pick up or cause to be picked up from the curbside or the Township recycling center any recyclable materials as defined herein. Each such unauthorized pickup shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, any person may donate or sell self-generated recyclable materials to any person, partnership or corporation, whether or not they are operating for profit. The person, partnership or corporation, however, shall not pick up the recyclable materials at curbside or from the Township recycling center.
No liquids of any type shall be placed with recyclables, or with solid waste for collection and disposal.
No chemicals, liquid paints, pesticides, herbicides, reactive polishes or cleansers, cleaning or automotive products, or other hazardous wastes shall be placed with recyclables, or with solid waste for collection and disposal.
All apartment and other multifamily complexes, businesses, schools and other public or private institutions shall provide separate and clearly marked containers for use by residents, students, employees, customers or other visitors, for trash and the various types of recyclables, as appropriate.
Any company or agency providing dumpsters, roll-off or other containers to any apartment or other multifamily complex with shared disposal and recycling areas, or to any business, school or other institution, or for any construction/demolition project, shall clearly mark such container for trash or for specific recyclables, as may be appropriate.
Marlboro Township shall issue construction and demolition permits only after the applicant has provided a debris management plan identifying the estimated number and types of containers to be used for the handling of all solid wastes and recyclables generated during the project, and arrangements for the proper disposition of the generated materials.
A refundable deposit of $50 to $1,000 shall be submitted with the debris management plan, which will be returned after completion of the project and submittal of appropriate records documenting the quantity and disposition of solid wastes and recyclables. Inadequate or incomplete documentation may result in the forfeiture of some or all of the required deposit.
All individuals or entities collecting recyclable material within the Township of Marlboro must be registered with the county. Each such individual or entity shall file a quarterly report with the Recycling Coordinator, which shall be signed by an officer of the company, within 30 days of the end of each quarter, which shall include the quantities and destination of each recyclable material which has been collected from Marlboro Township residents, businesses and institutions. The destination of the recyclable material(s) must be approved by the county. Additionally, such individual or entity shall, within 30 days of the end of each year, file an annual report with the Recycling Coordinator, which shall be signed by an officer of the company, indicating the total quantities of each recyclable material which have been collected over the year from Marlboro Township residents, businesses and institutions.
All recycling facilities receiving recyclable materials from residents, businesses, institutions and/or multifamily housing developments within the Township must be registered with the county. Each such facility shall file a quarterly report with the Recycling Coordinator, which shall be signed by an officer of the receiving facility, within 30 days of the end of each quarter showing the quantities of each recyclable material which originated from Marlboro Township. Additionally, all such facilities shall, within 30 days of the end of each year, file an annual report with the Recycling Coordinator, which shall be signed by an officer of the receiving facility, indicating the total quantities of each recyclable material which have been collected over the year from Marlboro Township residents, businesses and institutions.
The position of Recycling Coordinator is hereby created and established within the Township of Marlboro.
The duties of the Recycling Coordinator shall include, but are not limited to the preparation of annual or other reports as required by state and county agencies regarding local solid waste and recycling programs, reviewing the performance of local schools and Township agencies in conducting recycling activities, periodic review of local residential and business recycling practices and compliance, review and recommendation on local subdivision and site plan submittals and local construction and demolition projects for appropriate waste disposal and recycling provisions, reports to the Township Council on the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, and such other reports and activities as may be requested by the Township Council.
The Recycling Coordinator shall be required to comply with the certification requirements for Municipal Recycling Coordinators, as established by the State of New Jersey. The Recycling Coordinator shall have completed or be in the process of completing the requirements for certification as a Certified Recycling Professional (CRP) no later than January 13, 2012, as required by the New Jersey Recycling Enhancement Act, P.L. 2007, c.311.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 13:1E-96.2 et seq.
The duly appointed Township Recycling Coordinator, the Monmouth County Health Department, the Marlboro Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Marlboro Township Division of Police are hereby jointly and severally empowered to inspect solid waste and recycling arrangements and compliance at local residences, businesses, schools and institutions, and to enforce the provisions of this chapter, by issuance of warnings, notices, summonses and complaints. A typical inspection may consist of sorting through containers and opening bagged solid wastes to detect the presence of recyclable materials.
Those persons authorized to inspect pursuant to this section shall issue a warning rather than a summons following an initial inspection, with a follow-up visit to determine compliance within a stated period of time.
Violation or noncompliance with any of the provisions of this chapter, or of the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder, shall be punishable by a fine as follows:
For a first offense: a written warning shall be issued by the Recycling Coordinator;
For a second offense: a fine of $25 to $100 shall be imposed by the Municipal Court;
For a third offense: a fine of $50 to $250 shall be imposed by the Municipal Court; and
For fourth or subsequent offense: a fine of $250 to $1,500 shall be imposed by the Municipal Court, and/or the performance of community service at the direction of the recycling center, for a period not to exceed 90 days.
Each day that such violation or neglect is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and be punishable as such.
Fines levied and collected in Municipal Court pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be deposited into the Township Recycling Trust Fund. Monies in the Township Recycling Trust Fund shall be used for the expenses of the Township recycling program.