Township of Clark, NJ
Union County
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[Adopted by Ord. No. 90-29 (Sec. 22-2 of the 2002 Revised General Ordinances)]
[Added 1-21-2020 by Ord. No. 20-08]
The following definitions are hereby adopted:
CONTAINER
Ninety-six-gallon containers to be purchased by the Township and suitable for the placement of recyclable materials by the citizens of Clark and the provision of collection services by the authority at designated locations throughout the Township.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Boxes and packaging generally made from wood pulp and consisting of two smooth sides with a corrugated inner layer.
GLASS CONTAINERS
All glass containers used for packaging food or beverages. The same may be transparent or translucent and/or tinted brown or green.
MIXED PAPER
Glossy inserts, magazines, junk mail, colored paper, computer paper, office paper, and fine paper.
NEWSPAPERS
Deemed to include papers of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint," with colored inserts, such as comics or advertisements. Newspapers do not include magazines, periodicals, books, and such other paper and cardboard.
PAPER
All paper grades, including but not limited to, newspapers, magazines, office paper, computer ledger, mixed paper, and cardboard.
A. 
Polyethylene terephthalate: PETE or PET (SPI Code No. 1).
B. 
High-density polyethylene: HDPE (SPI Code No. 2).
C. 
Polyvinyl chloride: PVC or V (SPI Code No. 3).
D. 
Low-density polyethylene: LDPE (SPI Code No. 4).
E. 
Polypropylene: PP (SPI Code No. 5).
F. 
Polystyrene: PS (SPI Code No. 6).
G. 
Other plastics: other or O (SPI Code No. 7).
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials used and discarded by residents of Clark which would otherwise become solid waste, that may be collected, separated or processed, and returned to the economic mainstream for recovery and for the purpose of reclamation of all or a significant portion of the materials or products.
RECYCLING
Any process by which materials that would otherwise be disposed of as solid waste are separated, collected, processed, and returned to the economic mainstream or converted into economically valuable materials or products.
UNACCEPTABLE WASTE
Solid waste, hazardous waste, industrial waste, construction and demolition waste, and regulated medical waste, as such terms are defined in regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in Title 7 of the New Jersey Administrative Code.
WASTEPAPER PRODUCTS
All uncontaminated paper material, such as used newspaper, magazines, books, paper, food cartons, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, bags and discarded letters and envelopes.
[Amended by Ord. No. 93-27]
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of the following recyclable materials from residential solid waste by the occupants of the premises within the Township and the separate disposal of same:
A. 
Uncontaminated newspapers, which is defined as newspapers from which supplements and magazines have been removed and which have been securely bundled and tied without the use of paper or plastic bags.
B. 
Uncontaminated, clean aluminum, bimetal, metal and glass food containers and plastic beverage, soap and detergent containers which have been rinsed to remove residual food and other contents and which have had caps and rings removed and are commingled and containerized.
C. 
Mixed paper comprised of weekly or monthly consumer magazines and glossy newspaper inserts which have been bundled and tied securely without the use of plastic or paper bags; office paper, including fax paper, photocopy paper, white ledger, color ledger, NCR paper, envelopes and computer paper; junk mail, including catalogs, coupons, sweepstakes entries and envelopes; school paper, including notebook, construction paper and soft-covered workbooks; real estate books; and white page telephone books.
D. 
Uncontaminated, clean corrugated paper products, which is defined as corrugated paper which is free of all noncorrugated paper contents and which has been bundled and securely tied.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 22-2.1e, pertaining to the recycling of household batteries, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01.
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of the following recyclable materials from nonresidential solid waste by the occupants of nonresidential premises, including but not limited to offices, commercial businesses, industries or institutions, within the Township and the separate disposal of same:
A. 
Uncontaminated, clean corrugated paper products.
B. 
Uncontaminated office paper, including but not limited to computer printout and white ledger.
C. 
Glass containers and aluminum cans (in food service establishments, including but not limited to restaurants and taverns).
[Amended 1-21-2020 by Ord. No. 20-08]
A. 
There is hereby established a program for the following recyclable materials from residential solid waste by the occupants of the premises within the Township and the separate disposal of same:
(1) 
Corrugated cardboard.
(2) 
Glass containers.
(3) 
Mixed paper.
(4) 
Newspapers.
(5) 
Paper.
(6) 
Plastic containers and wastepaper products.
B. 
For the purpose of collection, the Township is divided into two zones. The authority shall perform collection services for each zone twice per month on the designated day in the contract. Each household shall be responsible for ensuring that recyclable materials are placed securely in the container. Larger amounts of cardboard should be flattened and tied into bundles of no more than 25 pounds.
C. 
There shall be a fee of $60 charged for the rental of one additional Township-issued ninety-six-gallon cart. The cart shall at all times remain on the property of the Township and shall stay with the property in the event the owner/lessee of that property moves and/or sells their home. In the event the owner of the property sells their home, it is the responsibility of the seller to ensure that the cart remains with that property.
It shall be the legal responsibility of the occupant of nonresidential premises to arrange for the recycling of the above-designated recyclables or to deliver same to a collection location as may be established by the Township.
Any occupant of residential or nonresidential premises in the Township may donate or sell the above-described recyclables to any person, partnership or corporation, whether operating for profit or not for profit. The person, partnership or corporation may not, however, under any circumstances, collect any of the above materials at curbside from residences in the Township unless duly authorized by the Township.
From the time of placement at the curb of any collection location established by the Township, the above-named materials shall become and be the property of the Township or its duly authorized agent. Each such collection in violation hereof from a residential premises or municipal collection location shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Any occupant of nonresidential premises or provider of collection services, including but not limited to solid waste haulers licensed by the State of New Jersey and not-for-profit organizations, shall provide the Township with quarterly reports as to the amount of the above materials collected and disposition of same.
The Recycling Coordinator of the Township is hereby authorized and directed to establish and promulgate regulations as to the manner, days, and time of collection of the above-named materials and the bundling, handling, location and time of placement of all materials for collection.
A. 
The Recycling Coordinator, Code Enforcement Officer and Health Officer of the Township are authorized to enforce this article and amendments thereto.
B. 
The Recycling Coordinator is hereby authorized to develop and implement a program whereby all nonresidential premises are visited and inspected for compliance with this article on a yearly or more frequent basis.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation who provides solid waste collection services in the Township is prohibited from collecting solid waste containing recyclable materials.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation who violates or neglects to comply with any provision of this article or regulation promulgated pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Article III, except that the maximum fine for failure to comply with § 302-9 hereof shall not exceed $50.