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Township of Cranbury, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury 9-27-2010 by Ord. No. 09-10-14.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted as Ch. 121, but was renumbered to maintain the organization of the Code.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BRUSH
Branches, woody plants, and other like vegetative materials with a trunk that does not exceed eight inches in diameter, including Christmas trees. "Brush" does not include leaves and grass clippings.
A. 
The Township of Cranbury shall provide for a collection system for brush generated from residential premises, and require that persons occupying residential premises within the municipal boundaries shall source-separate brush from solid waste generated at those premises, and place the brush for collection in the manner provided in this chapter.
B. 
The Township will be responsible for collecting leaves and brush prepared and located at the curb in accordance with this chapter. The Township will collect tree branches, shrubbery, and other yard clippings on or about the third Wednesday of each month.
C. 
Leaf collection requirements. Leaves shall be placed between the sidewalk and the curb for pickup, and shall not be placed closer than 10 feet to any storm drain inlet. Placement of leaves shall be allowed no sooner than the weekend preceding a scheduled or announced collection date as listed in the Authority (MCIA) Recycling brochure specific to the Township of Cranbury. Any placement at any other time or in any other place shall be in violation of this chapter. Leaves shall be free of branches, vines, grass clippings and other debris. Leaves not properly prepared or placed will not be picked up by the Township and the party responsible shall remove the leaves or be deemed in violation of this chapter. Persons shall only place leaves at the curb or along the street that is directly abutting their property lines.
D. 
Brush collection requirements:
(1) 
Brush shall be chipped. Placement of brush shall be allowed no sooner than the weekend preceding the third Wednesday of each month, or as otherwise scheduled or announced. It is recommended residents notify the Public Works Department of requests for chipping services by the Monday before the third Wednesday of the month.
(2) 
Materials should be tree branches and shrub branches preferably longer than three feet. All materials should be stacked at the curb or as near to the curb as possible, along the curb abutting the property owner's lot. Hedge clippings, twigs, small branches less than three feet (but not less than one foot) must be bundled with string only (no wire) and must be free of foreign debris, such as stones, dirt, metal, sweepings and rakings. No lumber, construction material, roots, stumps, mulch, sand, landscape construction material and debris, or soil left at the curb will be collected. All material to be chipped should be placed at the curb and no closer than ten feet to a storm drain inlet by 7:00 a.m. on the collection day. Any material placed at the curb that does not conform with these specifications will not be picked up by the Township.
(3) 
Brush and limbs placed at the curb must be aligned parallel and facing with the flow of traffic.
E. 
Leaf or brush collection may not occur in the event of Office of Emergency Management calls, natural disasters, vehicle blockages, acts of nature (such as snowfall) or other unforeseen occurrences.
Enforcement of this code shall be provided by the Superintendent of Public Works or the Superintendant's designee.
Any resident or small business of the Township of Cranbury who is found to have violated the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the following procedures and penalties:
A. 
A warning on the first three occasions that the chapter is violated;
B. 
After three warnings, a fine of up to $500 per day of violation depending upon the extent of and circumstance of the violation.