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Borough of Somerdale, NJ
Camden County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerdale as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 91.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 135.
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 152.
Junkyards — See Ch. 159.
Littering — See Ch. 170.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 197.
Recycling — See Ch. 201.
Vacant/abandoned properties — See Ch. 245.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 273.
[Adopted as Ch. 58, Art. I, of the 1973 Code]
[Amended 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
All garbage, trash, and solid waste collected within the municipality shall be disposed of at an approved disposal facility in accordance with the applicable standards and regulations, as may be currently in effect, of the appropriate governmental entities having jurisdiction for such matters, including but not limited to the Camden County Solid Waste Management Plan and the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
[Amended 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:09]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to any combination of the following:
A. 
A fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
B. 
A term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days.
C. 
A period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[Adopted as Ch. 58, Art. II, of the 1973 Code]
[Amended 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
A. 
The Borough of Somerdale, through its authorized contractors, designated agents and/or employees, will collect and remove weekly only the garbage, trash and solid waste described herein, when such matter is placed in proper containers or bundles and is placed for collection in the manner prescribed. No return call will be made for any garbage, trash or solid waste not placed at the curb at the times prescribed.
B. 
Collection shall be for only single family homes, townhouses, twin homes, duplexes, apartment units, condominium units, all municipal buildings and facilities including the fire company, all churches, the community center, certain designated businesses, and the two elementary schools, but collection shall not include the large industries in the industrial park, any shopping center with more than five stores, the high school, or any large business.
For the purposes of this article, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
ASHES
Residue from the combustion of any type of solid fuel such as wood, coal, coke, charcoal or like substances.
GARDEN REFUSE
Christmas trees, small branches of trees, hedge, bush and vine trimmings, stalks of vegetables and flower plants, grasses, weeds and similar material found in residential yards, except leaves in bulk, tree roots, portions of tree trunks and large tree branches.
RUBBISH
Miscellaneous material such as rags, leather goods, rubber, broken glass, crockery and similar materials. "Rubbish" shall not include logs, earth, sand, bricks, mortar or other substances which may accumulate from building operations.
[Amended 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:09]
SOLID WASTE
All garbage and trash as included within the definition of "sold waste" types 10 and 13 pursuant to the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste regulations, N.J.A.C. 7:26 et seq., as currently defined or as may be amended from time to time.
[Added 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
[Amended 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:09; 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
A. 
Residential solid waste containers.
(1) 
Containers shall be watertight and of metal or plastic with tight-fitting cover and handles. Each container shall have a capacity of not less than 15 gallons when containing garbage or solid waste material. Containers that are badly broken or otherwise fail to meet the requirements of this provision shall be classified as solid waste and be subject to disposal. Containers must be maintained in a manner that is not a danger to the health and safety of the community. Plastic disposal bags not less than three mils thick and clearly deemed "heavy duty" will be accepted as solid waste containers. The owner or tenant shall be responsible for the removal of any solid waste spilled by animals or vandals as a result of defective or inadequate containers or covering of containers. In order to assure the best possible compliance with the regulations of this article, whenever there is more than one unit disposing of solid waste or trash from any one lot, each container shall be clearly and properly marked to identify the address or unit number for which said container is being utilized.
(a) 
Any reference to plastic disposal bags being an acceptable means of disposing of trash is removed. Hereafter, the only acceptable containers for trash disposal shall be watertight metal or plastic containers.
(b) 
The owner of the real property from which the trash and recyclables are generated is responsible to ensure that recyclable materials and trash are segregated and placed in separate containers. For the purposes of placing recyclables for collection the property owner shall use a thirty-five-gallon container supplied by the Borough. There may be a fee for such containers.
(c) 
Any violation of this article shall result in a fine of $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for the second and each subsequent violation. For any violation of the requirement that recyclables be segregated in a separate container from trash, each item of recyclable material in the trash container shall constitute a separate violation.
(2) 
Any provisions of the Code inconsistent with the above are repealed.
[Added 6-9-2011 by Ord. No. 2011:05]
B. 
Commercial solid waste containers. The commercial containers for the institutional or municipal collection sources shall be sturdy and free of damage which could cause harm or injury to a collector's equipment or personnel.
[Amended 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
All garbage, trash and solid waste shall be prepared for collection as follows:
A. 
Containers shall not be filled higher than three inches below the top. Metal or plastic covers shall be placed on the containers to prevent any solid waste from being scattered about by wind or other elements. Damaged or leaking containers shall be replaced at the expense of the owner. No containers shall weigh more than 50 pounds.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsections B and C, dealing with cardboard and newspapers, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:09. See now Ch. 201, Recycling.
B. 
Hedge trimmings, light brush clippings, etc., shall be securely tied into bundles not to exceed four feet in length and 18 inches in diameter and shall not exceed 50 pounds in weight. All such brush waste that is less than four feet in length shall be bundled for collection with the regular solid waste pickup.
A. 
Each and every owner, tenant, or other person occupying any dwelling or structure or portion thereof in the Borough of Somerdale shall be required to:
[Amended 11-12-1986 by Ord. No. 86:13; amended 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
(1) 
Procure proper containers for the storage of all solid waste.
(2) 
Collect, store and place all accumulations of such solid waste in proper containers or bundles.
(3) 
Place all containers or bundles at the curb on the public street in front of each lot, building, apartment or dwelling house where the same shall be accessible for collection from 7:00 a.m. of the day specified for collection.
(4) 
No owner or tenant shall place any container or bundle at the curb on the public street for collection and disposal prior to 4:00 p.m. of the day preceding the day specified for collection.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to place or store any solid waste in any paper bags, wooden barrels, baskets, drums or any other type of container other than the type of container specified in this article. Any containers other than those specified in this article may be classified as solid waste and carted away.
C. 
It shall be unlawful to place for the solid waste collection any recyclable material that should instead be placed for the recyclable material collection. All materials that are deemed recyclable pursuant to Chapter 201 of the Borough Code shall be placed for the recyclable collection and not for the solid waste collection. All persons who participate in the solid waste collection shall be required to also participate fully in the recyclable material collection.
[Amended 2-13-1991 by Ord. No. 2000:04]
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person or corporation to collect, pick up, or in any other way disturb the solid waste deposited in any container or bundle laid or placed for collection on any curb, street or public place.
[Amended 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:09]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to any combination of the following:
A. 
A fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
B. 
A term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days.
C. 
A period of community service not exceeding 90 days.