Borough of Hawthorne, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Borough of Hawthorne 10-19-2005 by Ord. No. 1863-05. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bushes, hedges, trees and other plant life — See Ch. 153.
Landscapers and tree service providers — See Ch. 287.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 370.
Recycling — See Ch. 376.
Solid waste — See Ch. 425.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this chapter clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
CONTAINERIZED
The placement of vegetative yard waste in a trash can, bucket, paper bag or other vessel, other than any plastic bag, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
LEAF SEASON
That period of time, as determined by the Borough of Hawthorne and published annually, designated as leaf pickup season.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of the state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
STREET
Any street, avenue, boulevard, road, parkway, viaduct, drive, or other way, which is an existing state, county, or municipal roadway, and includes the land between the street lines, whether improved or unimproved, and may comprise pavement, shoulders, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, parking areas, and other areas within the street lines.
YARD WASTE
Leaves and grass clippings.
The Borough shall provide for the pickup and disposal of containerized vegetative yard waste, in reasonable amounts and generated within the Borough of Hawthorne, on such days and in such manner as may be designated for collection. Notice of any regulation pertaining to the manner of pickup and schedule therefor shall be provided in a manner substantially similar to the provisions of § 376-2B.
Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing yard waste that is not containerized at the curb or along the street is only allowed during the seven days prior to a scheduled and announced collection, and shall not be placed closer than 15 feet from any storm drain inlet. Placement of such yard waste at the curb or along the street at any other time or in any other manner is a violation of this chapter. If such placement of yard waste occurs, the party responsible for placement of the yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
A. 
Containerized leaves placed in receptacles or in paper bags specifically designed for such purpose will be collected at the curb on a weekly basis and in accordance with a schedule established for pickup by the Administration.
B. 
Leaves may be transported to the recycling center and deposited into the receptacle made available for such purpose.
C. 
Leaves may be placed in the street for collection by the Borough during leaf pickup season, in accordance with a schedule to be established by the Administration and subject to the following limitations:
(1) 
No leaves may be placed in the street or along the curb sooner than three days preceding or the weekend preceding the scheduled pickup date.
(2) 
No leaves may be placed nearer than 15 feet from any storm sewer inlet.
(3) 
Leaves may not be placed upon any road or street in such area or manner where the same would constitute a public nuisance or danger.
[Amended 10-18-2006 by Ord. No. 1886-06]
The owner or occupant of any property, or any employee or contractor of such owner or occupant engaged to provide lawn care or landscaping services shall not sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste, unless the yard waste is containerized or is placed in accordance with § 499-3, in the street. If yard waste that is not containerized is placed in the street, the party responsible for placement of yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Hawthorne Police Department or the Property Maintenance Officer.
[Amended 3-19-2008 by Ord. No. 1931-08; 4-6-2011 by Ord. No. 2035-11]
Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $2,000. Notwithstanding the same, in the event a summons is issued to a property owner, as opposed to a landscaper, contractor or other person performing services as set forth herein, for a first offense hereunder, the fine shall be $100 and payable upon the issuance of a summons as authorized hereunder.