Township of Teaneck, NJ
Bergen County
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ALUMINUM
Recyclable aluminum beverage cans.
AUXILIARY GAS BURNER
Equipment to supply additional heat by the combustion of gas fuel for the purpose of attaining temperatures sufficiently high to dry and ignite the waste material; to maintain ignition thereof; and to promote complete combustion of combustible solids, vapors and gases.
ASHES
The residue from coal or other fuel which has been consumed, but such term shall not include floor sweepings or any other waste materials or rubbish.
CONTROL APPARATUS
Any device which prevents or controls the emission of any air contaminant.
CORRUGATED PAPER
Structural material, shaped in parallel furrows and ridges for rigidity, used to make packing and shipping containers.
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLES – RESIDENTIAL SECTOR
Newspaper, glass beverage containers, aluminum cans, ferrous scrap, leaves, white goods, tin cans, grass, construction and demolition debris (concrete, brick, tree parts, nonferrous/ferrous metal, asphalt, corrugated cardboard, where practical), corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, Type 1 and 2 plastic containers.
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLES – COMMERCIAL SECTOR
Corrugated cardboard, high-grade office paper, glass beverage containers, ferrous scrap, white goods, aluminum cans, mixed paper, construction and demolition debris (concrete, brick, tree parts, nonferrous/ferrous metal, asphalt, corrugated cardboard, where practical), Type 1 and 2 plastic containers.
EXISTING INCINERATOR
An incinerator purchased, acquired or used before the effective date of this section.
FERROUS SCRAP
Large household appliances which are primarily composed of ferrous metals, i.e., refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves.
FLY ASH ARRESTER
A screen-like device to prevent fly ash, sparks, embers or other material from being expelled into the atmosphere.
GARBAGE
All animal, vegetable, fruit or food wastes, in liquid or solid forms, of any kind.
GLASS
All products made from silica, sand or soda ash and limestone, the product being transparent or translucent and being used for the packaging or bottling of various materials, and all other materials commonly known as "glass," excluding, however, blue and flat glass commonly known as "window glass."
GLASS CONTAINERS
Transparent or translucent jars, bottles and containers, made from silica, sand or soda ash and limestone, which are primarily used for the packaging and bottling of various materials and products, but only those glass containers that are green (emerald), brown (amber) or clear (flint). Glass containers of other colors are excluded, as are implements made of glass which are not containers, such as mirrors, window glass, light bulbs, ceramics and the like.
HIGH-GRADE PAPER
Computer paper, tab cards, white letterhead, ledger and nonglossy copier paper.
INCINERATOR
Any device, apparatus, equipment or structure used for destroying, reducing or salvaging by fire any material or substance, including but not limited to refuse, rubbish, garbage, trade waste, debris or scrap, or a facility for cremating human or animal remains.
LEAVES
Those herbaceous materials formed on trees and bushes that are suitable for composting and mulching purpose.
LITTER
Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any bottle, jar or can, or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match, ash or any flaming or glowing material, or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clipping, dirt or other lawn or garden waste, newspapers, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but does not include the waste of the primary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing. Material placed as part of other Township approved programs, such as recyclable pickup, leaf removal and garden debris removal, are not considered part of this definition.
LITTER RECEPTACLE
A container suitable for the depositing of litter.
METAL CANS
Containers, fabricated primarily of aluminum, steel, tin or a combination thereof, which are primarily used for the packaging or canning of various beverages and food products. Other implements made of metal that are not cans shall be excluded.
MULTIFAMILY DWELLING
Any housing structure of more than four units, including condominiums and co-ops.
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
All garbage and refuse (not designated as recyclable) generated by residents, commercial establishments, industrial establishments and institutions within the Township.
NEWSPAPER
Newsprint (the common, inexpensive machine-finished paper made chiefly from wood pulp) as well as all other inserts, including but not limited to glossy magazines, advertising brochures and coupons.
OVERFIRE AIR FAN AND NOZZLE SYSTEM
A blower operating in conjunction with streams of high-velocity air issuing from nozzles in the furnace enclosure to provide turbulence and oxygen to aid combustion, or to provide cooling air.
PARTICLES
Any material, except uncombined water, which exists in a finely divided form as liquid particles or solid particles at standard conditions.
PERMIT
The permission of the Department of Health.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
PET PLASTIC BEVERAGE BOTTLES
Those plastic bottles which are comprised of polyethylene terephthalate and are commonly used to package or contain soda, seltzer, soft drinks and the like. Bottles made of other types of plastic or other implements made of plastic are excluded.
PROOF OF COLLECTION SERVICE
A written record, log, bill or document evidencing receipt of service for the collection of solid waste for the preceding month from a person lawfully engaging in private solid waste collection services within the Township.
RECYCLABLES
Those materials which would otherwise become municipal solid waste, which may be collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products. This includes the following materials, but may be modified or expanded as further mandated by law: newspapers, corrugated cardboard, high-grade paper, mixed paper, glass beverage containers, aluminum cans, ferrous scrap, white goods, tin cans, leaves, grass and construction and demolition debris.
REFUSE
Rubbish, rags, sweepings, small pieces of wood, excelsior, rubber, leather and similar waste material that ordinarily accumulates around the home, business or industry.
REGULAR COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL
The scheduled pickup and removal of solid waste from residential, commercial and institutional premises located within the boundaries of the Township, twice per week.
RESIDENTIAL DWELLING
Any housing structure with one to four units, including condominiums and co-ops.
RESPONSIBLE SOLID WASTE GENERATOR
Any property owner, tenant or occupant of any single-family residential dwelling or multiple dwelling or the owner of any commercial or institutional building or structure located within the boundaries of the Township who generated solid waste at those premises.
RINGELMANN SMOKE CHART
The Ringelmann Scale for Grading the Density of Smoke published by the United States Bureau of Mines or any chart, recorder, indicator or device for the measurement of smoke density which is approved by the Department as the equivalent of said Ringelmann scale.
RUBBISH
All loose and decayed material and dirt-like substances that tend to decay or which accumulate from buildings, storing or cleaning.
SMOKE
Includes small gas-borne and airborne particles arising from a process of combustion in sufficient number to be observable.
SOLID WASTE
Garbage, refuse and other discarded materials resulting from industrial, commercial and agricultural operations and from domestic and community activities, and shall include all other waste materials, including liquids, except for solid animal and vegetable wastes collected by swine producers licensed by the State Department of Agriculture to collect, prepare and feed such wastes to swine on their own farms.
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
The activity related to pickup and transportation of solid waste from its source or location to a solid waste facility or other destination.
SOLID WASTE CONTAINER
A receptacle, container or bag suitable for the depositing of solid waste.
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
The storage, treatment, utilization, processing or final disposal of solid waste.
SOLID WASTE FACILITIES
The plants, structures and other real and personal property acquired, constructed or operated or to be acquired, constructed or operated by any person pursuant to the provisions of law, including transfer stations, incinerators, resource-recovery facilities, sanitary landfill facilities or other plants for the disposal of solid waste, and all vehicles, equipment and other real and personal property and rights therein and appurtenances necessary or useful and convenient for the collection or disposal of solid waste in a sanitary manner.
VEGETABLE
The edible part of any plant.
WET SCRUBBER
Auxiliary equipment designed for wet removal of pollutants from the products of combustion.
WHITE GOODS
Large household appliances which are primarily composed of ferrous metals, i.e., refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 16, §§ 1, 4; Ord. No. 1065, § 1; Ord. No. 1258, § 1; Ord. No. 1384, § 1; Ord. No. 1624, § 1; Ord. No. 3136, 3-15-1988, § 1; Ord. No. 3140, 5-3-1988, § 1; Ord. No. 3235, 10-24-1989, § 1; Ord. No. 3322, 6-23-1992, § 1; Ord. No. 3392, 5-17-1994, § 2; Ord. No. 3881, 5-24-2005, § 1; Ord. No. 4119, 3-11-2009, § 1.]
(a) 
Generally. The owner, lessee, agent, occupant or other person who manages or controls any building, except a single-family dwelling, shall provide and maintain separate receptacles for the deposit of ashes, garbage, refuse and liquid waste. The receptacles shall be provided for the exclusive use of each building and shall be of sufficient size and number to contain the waste accumulated in such building during a period of 60 hours. The receptacles shall be made of metal or plastic and constructed so as to hold their contents without leakage. They shall be provided with tight-fitting covers. Ashes, garbage, refuse and liquid waste shall be separated and placed in separate receptacles. No receptacle shall be filled to a height higher than four inches from the top nor weigh more than 50 pounds when filled. The Health Officer may grant permission to use larger master garbage and refuse containers.
(b) 
One-family dwellings. The owner, occupant or lessee of every one-family dwelling shall provide suitably covered metal or plastic containers for the storage of refuse and garbage. Ashes shall be kept in a separate container.
(c) 
All establishments selling food for off-premises consumption shall be required to install sufficient litter receptacles for the use of their patrons. The owner, lessee, agent, occupant or other person who manages or controls such establishment shall be responsible for emptying and maintaining said litter receptacles. The design of said receptacles shall be standard and subject to review and approval by the Teaneck Health Department.
[Ord. No. 1169; Ord. No. 3230, 9-26-1989, § 1.]
[R.O. 1951, ch. 16, § 3; Ord. No. 1169, § 12.]
The owner, lessee or occupant of every building occupied for or used for the purpose of transacting business or for residential purposes by more than two families shall have constructed, either within the building or as a separate structure on the premises, a masonry compartment for the purpose of storing containers containing the garbage and all other rubbish and waste material which accumulated on the premises between collections of garbage and rubbish, except that approved master garbage and refuse containers permitted pursuant to Section 19-2 need not be stored in such a compartment.
Such compartment shall be built large enough to contain the amount of garbage, rubbish and waste materials warranted by the size of the building and operation therein, and shall be constructed of such material as will avoid absorption of moisture and so arranged as to be easily cleaned and ventilated.
A permit for the construction or alterations of such compartments shall be obtained from the Building Inspector.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 2.]
Newspapers, wrapping paper or other like paper or rubbish which is likely to be blown or scattered about the streets shall be securely bundled, tied or packed before being placed for collection. Such material shall be kept and placed for collection in the same manner as receptacles.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 3.]
No person shall use an open mesh basket or enclosed litter receptacle placed on the streets by the Department of Public Works for deposit of household or commercial refuse.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 4; Ord. No. 3881, 5-24-2005, § 2.]
No person shall litter, sweep, lay or throw or permit his employees or any other person under his control to litter of any nature upon any public or private property other than in a litter receptacle, or having done so, to allow such litter to remain. However, clean ashes, sand or material specifically manufactured to melt ice may be placed upon ice which has formed upon any sidewalk or duly designated parking area.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to authority of Township to prevent dumping of ashes, etc., on streets, see R. S., § 40:67-1.
[Ord. No. 1156.]
No person shall abandon on, dump on or tow to or cause to be abandoned on, dumped on or towed to any property in the Township, owned by the Township, any abandoned automobile, automobile parts or other junk.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 7.]
No person shall place any rags, damaged merchandise, barrels, boxes, broken bales of merchandise or goods in any place where they or particles therefrom may or will pass into any street or public place.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 26, § 16.]
No person shall throw or place or permit or aid in the throwing or placing of any glass, tacks or other like sharp substances upon any public street or public place.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 5.]
No person shall burn in the open any rubbish or garbage or refuse, including leaves, wood and building debris. This section shall not be construed to prohibit outdoor cooking and the use of normal fuel therefor.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 6.]
No lime, ashes, dry sand, coal, hair, wastepaper, feathers or other substance that is likely to be carried by the wind shall be sieved, agitated or exposed, nor shall any carpet, mat, cloth, garment, yarn, material or other substance be shaken, beaten, cleaned or secured in any place where they or particles therefrom will pass into any street, public place or occupied premises.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 8.]
No owner or person in charge of any vehicle shall drop, spill or scatter or permit to be dropped, spilled or scattered therefrom any dirt, sand, gravel, clay, loam, stone, building rubbish, hay, straw, shavings, sawdust or any other light materials of any sort, ashes, trade, household or manufacturing wastes, rubbish, manure, garbage or refuse or any offensive matter, in or upon any street or public place in the Township.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 10.]
Every person who has contracted or undertaken to remove any diseased or dead animal, rubbish, garbage, dirt or any offensive matter or who is engaged in such removal shall do so promptly. The operation shall be conducted in a clean and sanitary manner and shall not create any hazard to life or health. Any offensive matter shall not lie piled up or partially raked together in any street or public place before its removal, and the loading or unloading of such matter or its transportation through any street, place or premises shall not consume an unusual period of time.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 11.]
Vehicles used for the carrying and transporting of any offensive matter shall be kept in a sanitary condition. They shall be properly covered at all times, except as otherwise required during the loading and unloading operation. Such vehicles, when loaded, shall not be allowed to stand or remain unnecessarily in front of or near any occupied premises. When not in use, they shall be stored and kept in a manner so as not to cause any nuisance.
[Ord. No. 1169, § 13; Ord. No. 1500, § 2; Ord. No. 3214, 6-13-1989, § 1.]
The owner, agent, lessee, occupant or other person who manages or controls or is in charge of any building, lot or structure shall be jointly and severally responsible for keeping and causing the sidewalk, flagging, curbstone and gutter area and the public right-of-way abutting the premises, building or structure free from obstructions and nuisances of every kind and for keeping such sidewalks, flagging, curbstone, gutter area and the public right-of-way abutting the premises, building or structure, and the airshafts, areaways, backyards, courts, parking lots, alleys or lot, clean and free from litter, debris, garbage, refuse, rubbish, junk cars and other offensive matter or accumulations of stagnant water from all of said areas and from the area between the property line and a point extending 18 inches from the curb into the street portion of the public right-of-way adjacent to the front of the building, lot, structure or premises.
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Editor's Note: As to duty of abutting landowner to keep sidewalks free of ice, snow, weeds, brush, etc., see § 32-6 of this Code.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 25; Ord. No. 1242, § 2.]
The owner or tenant of lands lying within the Township from which it is necessary and expedient to remove brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, including poison oak, poison ivy and ragweed, filth, garbage, trash and debris for the preservation of the public health, safety, general welfare or to eliminate a fire hazard shall remove the same within 10 days after notice to do so has been given to him by the Superintendent of Shade Trees, Health Officer or Fire Chief. The notice shall be given by personal service upon the owner or tenant or by registered mail addressed to his last known address.
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Editor's Note: For state law authorizing Township to require removal of weeds, brush, debris, etc., see N.J.R.S. 40:48-2.13.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 26.]
Wherever the owner or tenant shall have refused or neglected to remove the nuisance or fire hazard in the manner and within thetime provided in Section 19-16, the Township Manager is authorized to provide for the removal of the same.
In all cases where brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris are removed from any lands under this section, the Township Manager shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Council, which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against such lands. The amounts so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.[1]
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Editor's Note: For similar state law, see N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.14.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 16, § 8; Ord. No. 3214, 6-13-1989, § 2; Ord. No. 3270, 6-26-1990, § 1.]
Any person disposing of construction and/or destruction debris, any form of unapproved fill material, ashes, garbage or refuse within the Township shall only dispose of same at sites within the Township designated from time to time as public dumps by the Township Engineer or Township Manager.
[Ord. No. 3913, 10-6-2005, § 1.]
No person, company or corporation shall engage in the collection of municipal solid waste or recyclables on weekends before the hours of 7:30 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. in all zones unless an emergency has been declared by the Township Manager or his/her designee.
(a) 
Any person who violates or fails to comply with Sections 19-3 through 19-6, 19-8, 19-9, 19-10, 19-11, 19-12, 19-15, 19-16 and 19-19 of this article shall pay a penalty of $100 for the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense in lieu of a court appearance.
(b) 
Any person who violates or fails to comply with Section 19-18 of this article shall pay a penalty of $1,000 for each offense and a court appearance is required.
[Ord. No. 1981, 3-15-1983, § 1; Ord. No. 3270, 6-26-1990, § 2; Ord. No. 3913, 10-6-2005, § 2.]