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 3-13-1991 by Ord. No. 91:02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Discarding of alcoholic beverage containers — See Ch. 73.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 147.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 186.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 197.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 223.
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
AIRCRAFT
Any contrivance now known or hereafter invented, used or designed for navigation or for flight in the air. The word "aircraft" shall include helicopters and lighter-than-air dirigibles and balloons.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Somerdale, Camden County, New Jersey.
HANDBILL
Any printed or written matter, any sample or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, paper, booklet or any other printed or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter of literature.
LITTER
Garbage, trash, refuse, building and construction debris and any other matter or material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a nuisance or danger to public health, safety and welfare or otherwise creates an unsightly, unclean or unattractive condition.
PARK
Any park, playground, recreation center or any other public place in the Borough, owned or used by the Borough and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERSON
Any natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, public utility or organization of any kind.
PRIVATE PREMISES
Any dwelling house, building or other structure designed or used either wholly or in part for private residential purposes, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant, and shall include any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps, vestibule or mailbox belonging or appurtenant to such dwelling house, building or other structure.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any and all streets, sidewalks, alleys or other public ways, and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and buildings.
No person shall throw, drop, discard or otherwise place any litter of any nature upon public or private property other than in a litter receptacle.
Persons placing litter in public or private receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon private property.
No person shall sweep into, deposit or otherwise place in any gutter, street or other public place within the Borough the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway, except the occupants may rake fallen leaves into the gutter for purposes of collection.
Persons owning or occupying places of business within the Borough shall keep the sidewalks, parking areas and other common areas surrounding their business premises, including alleyways and rear areas, free of litter.
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Borough unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load, contents or litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place. No person shall drive or move any vehicle or truck within the Borough the wheels or tires of which carry onto or which deposit in any street, alley or other public place mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or foreign matter of any kind.
No person shall throw, drop, discard or otherwise place any litter of any nature in any park within the Borough except in receptacles and in such a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any part of the park or upon any street or other public place. Where receptacles are not provided, all litter shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any handbill in or upon private premises, except by handing or transmitting any such handbill directly to the owner, occupant or other person then represent in or upon such premises, or by placing or depositing any such handbill in such a manner as to secure or prevent such handbill from being blown or drifted about the premises, sidewalks, streets or other public places, except to the extent that mailboxes may not be so used when prohibited by federal postal law or regulations. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States, nor to newspapers, except that newspapers shall be placed on private property and in such a manner as to prevent their being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon private property.
No person in an aircraft shall throw, drop, discard or otherwise place within the Borough any litter of any nature upon public or private property.
No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device calculated to attract the attention of the public to any lamppost, public utility pole, shade tree or upon any public structure or building, except as may be authorized or required by law.
A. 
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereat, be subject to any combination of the following:
(1) 
A fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500.
(2) 
A term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 days.
B. 
In addition to any penalty imposed under Subsection A above, the court may direct the person to perform community service, including litter pickup and removal from any public property or any private property, with permission of the owner, upon which the person deposited litter, for a term of not less than 20 hours nor more than 40 hours.
C. 
A person who is convicted of an offense under this chapter within one year of the date of a previous conviction thereunder may be sentenced to imprisonment for a definite term not to exceed 60 days; may, in addition, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000; and may be directed to perform community service, including litter pickup and removal from any public property or from any private property, if permission of the owner has been granted, for a term of not less than 40 nor more than 80 hours.