City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 2-7-2019 by Ord. No. 19-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish requirements for the proper handling of yard waste in the City of Trenton, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
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. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
CONTAINERIZED
The placement of yard waste in a trash can, bucket, bag or other vessel, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this 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.
A. 
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, 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.
B. 
Exceptions. Areas scheduled for leaf collection through the Leaf Collection Program are exempt from the containerized yard waste ordinance, provided that the noncontainerized yard waste placed at the curb or along the street is more than 10 feet away from any storm drain inlet. Additionally, noncontainerized yard waste cannot be placed at the curb or along the street at any time prior to the scheduled pick up date, except as described in the Leaf Collection Program.
This chapter shall be enforced by the City of Trenton Police Department.
Any person who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $2,000, as stated in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, § 1-17.
Each section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase of this chapter is declared to be an independent section, subsection, clause and phrase, and the finding or holding of any such portion of this chapter to be unconstitutional, void, or ineffective for any cause, or reason, shall not affect any other portion of this chapter.
This chapter shall take effect in accordance with applicable law, after adoption, publication and execution.