Township of Old Bridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge as Sec. 4-1 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Air pollution — See Ch. 21.
Festivals; mass gatherings — See Ch. 169.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 221.
Mobile lunch wagons — See Ch. 273.
Nuisances — See Ch. 305.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 366.
Solid waste — See Ch. 429.
Stormwater quality — See Ch. 432.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 463.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Putrescible animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
Garbage, refuse and rubbish as defined herein, and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety and welfare.
All streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys, beaches or other public ways, and all public parks, squares, spaces, docks, grounds and buildings.
All putrescible and nonputrescible solid waste (except body wastes), including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles, and solid market and industrial waste.
Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks.
[Amended 4-28-1994 by Ord. No. 16-94]
No person shall sweep, throw, deposit or dump litter in or on any property whether occupied, open or vacant and whether owned by that person, or in a public place or pond, lake or stream or other body of water within the Township except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection.
No person shall sweep, throw, deposit or dump litter, garbage, refuse or rubbish (including but not limited to leaves, grass and other forms of vegetative waste) into any inlet or other part of any stormwater sewer system within the Township of Old Bridge.
Persons placing litter in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles shall do so in a manner which prevents the litter from being carried or deposited by the elements upon a public place or upon private property.
No person, including merchants owning or occupying a place of business, shall sweep into or deposit in a gutter, road, right-of-way or other public place within the Township the accumulation of litter from a building or lot or from a public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free of litter.
No person while a driver or passenger in a vehicle shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any public or private property.
No person shall bring, cart, remove, transport or collect any litter from outside the Township and bring it into the Township for the purpose of dumping or disposing thereof. No truck or other vehicle containing litter which has been transported into the Township shall be parked or allowed to remain standing on any street in the Township or on any public property for a period in excess of two hours.
Advertisements, handbills, circulars and papers may be distributed in the Township only if they are so securely placed at each dwelling that they will not be blown away by the wind; otherwise no person shall place any advertisement, handbill, circular or paper on or in any public street, sidewalk, building or vehicle within the Township.
Throwing or distributing commercial handbills in public places. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public place within the Township; nor shall any person hand out, distribute or sell any commercial handbill in any public place; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful on any sidewalk, street, or other public place within the Township for any person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver, any noncommercial handbill to any person willing to accept it.
Placing commercial and noncommercial handbills on vehicles. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any vehicle; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful in any public place for a person to hand out or distribute without charge to the receiver thereof a noncommercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to accept it.
Depositing commercial and noncommercial handbills on uninhabited or vacant premises. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any private premises which is temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant.
Prohibiting distribution of handbills where property posted. No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill upon any private premises if requested by anyone thereon not to do so or if there is placed on the premises in a conspicuous position near the entrance a sign bearing the words "no trespassing," "no peddlers or agents," "no advertisement," or any similar notice indicating in any manner that the occupants of the premises do not desire to be molested or have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any handbills left upon the premises.
Distributing commercial and noncommercial handbills at inhabited private premises. No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon private premises which are inhabited, except by handing or transmitting the handbill directly to the owner, occupant or other person then present; provided, however, that in the case of inhabited private premises which are not posted, as provided in this section, the person, unless requested by anyone upon the premises not to do so, shall have the authority to place or deposit the handbill in or upon the inhabited private premises, if the handbill is so placed or deposited as to secure or prevent it from being blown or drifted about the premises or sidewalks, streets or other public places. Mailboxes may not be so used when prohibited by federal posted law or regulations.
Exemptions for mail and newspapers. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States Postal Corporation nor to newspapers.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89]
Litter receptacles and their servicing are required at the following public places which exist in the municipality, including sidewalks used by pedestrians in active retail commercially zoned areas, such that, at a minimum, there shall be no single linear quarter-mile without a receptacle; buildings held out for use by the public, including schools, government buildings and bus stations; parks; drive-in restaurants; all street vendor locations; self-service refreshment areas; construction sites; gasoline service stations' islands; shopping centers; parking lots; campgrounds and trailer parks; marinas and boat moorage and fueling stations; boat launching areas; public and private piers operated for public use; beaches and bathing areas; and at special events to which the public is invited, including sporting events, parades, carnivals, circuses and festivals. The proprietors of these places or the sponsors of these events shall be responsible for providing and servicing the receptacles such that adequate containerization is available.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89; amended 1-27-1994 by Ord. No. 3-94]
It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant of any property to store or permit storage of any household waste, including bulky household waste such as appliances, furniture and mattresses.
It shall be lawful to store materials on properties within the Township of Old Bridge when such materials are gathered for periodic pickup by authorized solid waste haulers. Materials gathered for periodic pickup by solid waste haulers under this section shall not be kept in excess of 10 days.
Should the Business Administrator of the Township of Old Bridge, any police officer, any designated health representative of the Township of Old Bridge, or the County of Middlesex or any code enforcement official of the Township of Old Bridge demand to any owner or occupant of a dwelling or place of business within the Township of Old Bridge, such owner or occupant shall produce proof that his or her property is covered by a contract with an authorized hauler for the disposal of solid waste. Such proof may be shown by producing canceled checks, cash receipt forms or documenting evidence of a contract for disposal. Each owner or occupant is obligated to have a contractual arrangement with a solid waste hauler that requires the periodic pickup of solid waste at intervals of 10 days or less.
In the case of dwellings or buildings occupied by persons other than owners, the occupant shall be primarily responsible for the disposal of solid waste in accordance with this chapter. In the event the occupant of the premises fails to comply with this chapter, the owner of the dwelling or building shall be responsible for the disposal of such solid waste.
For purposes of this chapter, "solid waste" is defined as garbage, refuse, and other discarded materials resulting from industrial, commercial and agriculture operations, and from domestic and community activities, and shall include all other waste materials, including liquids, except for solid animal and vegetable wastes collected by swine producers licensed by the State Department of Agriculture to collect, prepare and feed such wastes to swine on their own farms. Solid waste shall not include cans, bottles, plastics, newspapers or any other materials which are collected pursuant to a governmental recycling program.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89]
It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to store or permit the storage of tires in areas zoned residential. Storage does not include materials gathered for the periodic bulk pickup by the municipality.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89]
It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to be driven, moved, stopped or parked on any highway unless such a vehicle is constructed or loaded to prevent any of its load from dropping, shifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom. Any person operating a vehicle from which any glass or objects have fallen or escaped, which could cause an obstruction, damage a vehicle or otherwise endanger travelers or public property, shall immediately cause the public property to be cleaned of all glass or objects and shall pay the costs therefor.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89; amended 4-29-1993 by Ord. No. 16-93]
It shall be unlawful for any person to track soils onto a public roadway through the use of trucks or other construction equipment without immediately cleaning the roadway of such debris. Any development for which approvals have been obtained which has a total of four or more units shall provide a twenty-five-foot stone pad (consisting of stones one inch or greater in diameter) to be installed at the entrance to any improved public right-of-way. The purpose of the said pad shall be to vibrate soils from the construction trucks and equipment before the same enter the public roadway. A developer who fails to comply with this provisions shall be guilty of a separate offense for each day such measures are not installed at the construction site.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89]
It shall be unlawful for any individual to maintain an overflowing commercial, industrial or residential waste disposal bin.
[Added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89]
Every owner or occupant in charge of a building is required to keep the sidewalk and curb abutting said building free from obstruction and to keep said sidewalks, yards, courts and alleys free from litter and other offensive material.
[Amended 1-27-1994 by Ord. No. 3-94; 4-28-1994 by Ord. No. 16-94[1]]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction, to the penalty set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalty.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).