[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Garbage Collection; Recycling
[Adopted as Sec. 19-9 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
- Any building, structure or premises not a residence, and shall include places of business, institutions, motels, hotels, motor courts or motor hotels.
- COMMERCIAL WASTE
- The miscellaneous waste resulting from operation of business enterprises and institutions, including garbage, rubbish and ashes from offices and stores or the like, and construction waste, but excluding trade wastes resulting from industrial operations.
- CONSTRUCTION WASTE
- Waste from building construction, alteration, demolition or repair and dirt from excavations.
- DOMESTIC WASTE
- Waste material resulting from the usual routine of housekeeping, and shall include garbage, rubbish and ashes.
- Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
- MUNICIPAL WASTE
- Consists of certain discarded products incident to household keeping and commercial enterprises, and further defined as commercial waste or domestic waste and construction waste.
- All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes, except body wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals and solid market and industrial wastes, specifically including abandoned furniture and household equipment and scrap building materials.
- Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cigars and tobacco wastes, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
Suitable approved containers for garbage pickups. For the purpose of this section, a "suitable approved container" shall mean a galvanized or plastic garbage can with handles and a tight-fitting cover, or plastic bags properly tied.
[Amended 3-13-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
Domestic garbage. Domestic garbage intended for collection shall be drained of all free liquid, shall be wrapped or sacked, then placed and stored in an approved container.
Commercial garbage. Commercial garbage intended for collection from eating establishments such as clubs, restaurants, institutions, grocery stores and other food-handling establishments need not be wrapped if picked up daily. Undrained garbage of liquid or semiliquid nature shall not be collected, whether in approved containers or not. All storage shall be in a proper approved container and maintained in a sanitary condition.
Rubbish. Rubbish may be stored in with garbage to utilize one container to its maximum of 50 pounds full weight. Newspapers, magazines or collapsible cardboard boxes or containers may be set out in securely tied bundles, provided no one bundle shall exceed 50 pounds in weight.
White goods. White goods, including refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and hot water heaters shall be picked up by appointment only. Residents must call the Public Works Department to schedule an appointment.
[Amended 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 38-2005; 3-13-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
Brush. Brush (branches, woody plants that do not exceed five inches in diameter and 40 pounds), bundled and tied with string and placed at the curb, shall be picked up by appointment only, March through September, by scheduling an appointment with the Public Works Department.
[Amended 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 38-2005; 3-13-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
Trees, stumps, commercial rubbish and construction waste. Arrangements for disposal of trees, tree stumps or commercial rubbish and construction waste shall be made by the owner, occupant or person in control of the premises affected, either personally or by agreement with a landscape contractor or other workman engaged in work resulting in such accumulation.
One- to three-family dwellings. A proper and sufficient number of approved containers, as herein defined, for the storage of garbage and rubbish between collections shall be provided by each family residing in a single-family dwelling or in a two- or three-family dwelling. It shall be the duty of the occupants to maintain such containers in good repair, in a clean and satisfactory condition and to store rubbish and garbage properly therein.
Multiple dwellings. In the case of a building housing more than three families, the owner, lessee or agent of the premises shall provide a sufficient number of suitable approved containers as herein defined for the storage of garbage and rubbish between collections and shall maintain them in good repair and in a clean and satisfactory condition.
Commercial and nonresidential establishments. The proprietor, manager, agent or person in charge of a commercial establishment, professional office, church or any other premises where occupancy is nonresidential in nature shall provide proper and sufficient approved containers as defined herein.
Broken and illegal receptacles. After 10 days' written notice has been given to the responsible party by the Health Officer or his duly authorized agent to dispose of defective or illegal waste containers, the condemned containers may be collected as rubbish.
[Amended 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 38-2005; 3-13-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006; 3-9-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-02]
All approved containers shall be placed for pickup not earlier than 5:00 p.m. of the day prior to collection and shall be removed not later than 10:00 p.m. of the day of collection.
[Added 3-9-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-02]
The collection of solid waste shall only occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
No person shall overturn, spill, scatter, root through or pull apart any garbage or refuse set out for collection, nor shall any person remove anything from any receptacle, bundle of garbage or refuse set out for collection.
[Added 7-30-1987 by Ord. No. 27-87; amended 1-3-1989 by Ord. No. 65-88; 10-2-1989 by Ord. No. 33-89; 11-4-1991 by Ord. No. 25-91; 3-13-1995 by Ord. No. 9-95; 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 38-2005; 1-14-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-01]
Collection program established. There is hereby established a mandatory recycling program for the separate collection of the following listed items for recycling purposes within the Township of Old Bridge. Such collections shall be made periodically under the supervision of the Director of Public Works. The following sectors of the community shall be responsible for source separating the following items:
For residential (including multifamily), commercial, industrial and institutional, governments and office parks:
Corrugated cardboard (from residential sources).
Metal cans, glass, and plastic known as co-mingled recyclables; metal such as soda, beer, canned pet food and tuna cans. Please rinse the cans. Plastics with #1 PETE and #2 HDPE containers such as milk, juice jugs, water bottles and soda bottles; glass bottles and jars of all colors. Co-mingled can be placed in the round recycling container.
Mixed paper: Glossy inserts, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, colored paper, computer paper, office paper, paperboard (chipboard and pressboard), nonmetallic wrapping paper, softcover books, hardcover books with covers removed and fine paper.
Textiles: clean, dry clothing or fabric and other recyclable textiles such as shoes, belts or handbags. Clothing or fabric larger than 12 square inches shall be placed in the textile bag provided by the MCIA. The bag shall be closed securely and left at the curb with other recyclables. The collection crew shall leave a replacement bag in its place.
Brush (branches, woody plants that do not exceed five inches in diameter and Christmas trees).
Newspapers: clean newsprint and newspaper inserts only. Newsprint shall be tied with string or sturdy cord in bundles no higher than 12 inches. The bundles shall be placed at the curb next to recycling bins. Newspapers shall not be placed in the blue rectangular mixed-paper container, nor shall newspapers be placed in plastic bags. Mail and mixed paper shall not be tied with newspaper bundles.
Masonry/paving material: asphalt, block, brick, cinder and concrete.
Rechargeable batteries: nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion) and small sealed lead (Pb).
Tires: rubber-based scrap automotives, truck, and equipment tires.
White goods: washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners. Note: All devices that contain CFC's must be properly evaluated by licensed individuals and all CFC's recovered must be sent to an EPA-approved reclaimer.
Commercial, industrial and institutional, governments and office parks shall also be subject to mandatory source-separated collection as follows:
Electronics: televisions, CPU's, monitors, laptops, and mercury-containing devices.
Fluorescent bulbs: lamps that contain mercury.
Plastic film: Stretch/shrink wrap, plastic shopping bags — only for warehouses, retail establishments and supermarkets with 25 or more employees.
Wood scrap: unfinished lumber from new construction projects including pallets. "Unfinished" shall mean nonchemically treated (not pressure treated, impregnated with preservatives, insecticides, fungicides, creosote, or other chemicals, and not painted, resin-coated or otherwise surface treated, and not laminated or bonded; and not similarly altered from its natural condition) — only for new construction sites.
Regulations authorized. Said Director is hereby authorized and directed to establish and promulgate regulations as to the manner, days and times of such collections and the bundling, handling, location and time of placement of all materials for collection.
Separation of certain items from refuse; authorized use. The items listed in Subsection A above which are appropriate for recycling shall be kept separate from and not mixed with regular refuse which is collected by any private garbage collection contractor. The residential, commercial, business, institutional and industrial sectors of the community shall be responsible for the separating of items as listed in Subsection A above. Newspaper shall be considered clean and uncontaminated if it has not been exposed to substances or conditions rendering it unusable for recycling. Persons may wrap refuse in used newspapers and discard the same with regular refuse to the extent necessary to properly dispose of said refuse.
Ownership of recyclable material; offense. From the time of placement at the curb by any resident, commercial business or institution of any recyclable material for collection within the Township of Old Bridge, pursuant to the mandatory recycling program established hereby and the rules and regulations established hereunder, such materials shall become and be the property of the Township of Old Bridge, and it shall be a violation of this section for any person other than authorized personnel of the Department of Public Works, or an authorized garbage collection contractor, to collect, pick up or cause to be collected or picked up such recyclable materials. Each such collection in violation hereof from each location shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Residential compliance requirements (single-family and up to four-family houses). Citizens are responsible for source-separating mandated items.
Multifamily compliance requirements.
The management must provide dropoff or curbside collection for all mandated materials.
Dropoff containers must be clearly marked and adequate to hold materials between collections.
The management is responsible for arranging for recyclables to be removed from the premises and for assuring that they are marketed.
The management must issue notifications to tenants every three months and send copies of these notices to the Municipal Recycling Coordinator.
The management must arrange for reports of recycling tonnage information to be submitted to the municipality on a yearly basis.
Commercial compliance (retail and wholesale businesses, restaurants, taverns, schools, institutions, warehouses, factories, offices, construction sites, etc.).
A recycling system must be established for all mandated materials by the owner/operator.
Recycling containers must be clearly marked and adequate to hold materials between collections.
The owner/operator is responsible for arranging for recyclables to be removed from the premises and for assuring that they are marketed.
The owner/operator must provide notice to employees and customers if they are impacted by the recycling system.
The owner/operator must arrange for reports of recycling tonnage information to be submitted to the municipality on a quarterly basis.
Violations and penalties; enforcement. Any person, firm or corporation who violates or neglects to comply with any provision of this article or any regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalty in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalty. This section shall be enforceable by the Township Health Officer and/or the Old Bridge Township Police Department.
Additional methods of disposal. Any resident, commercial business or institution may donate or sell recyclable materials to any person, partnership or corporation for proper disposal as recyclable material. Said person, partnership or corporation will not, however, under any circumstances, pick up or collect said recyclable material from the curbside within the Township of Old Bridge.
[Added 1-14-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-01]
Any application to the Planning or Zoning Board of the Township of Old Bridge for subdivision or site plan approval for the construction of multifamily dwellings of three or more units, single-family developments of 50 or more units or any commercial, institutional, or industrial development for the utilization of 1,000 square feet or more of land must include a recycling plan. This plan must contain, at a minimum, the following:
A detailed analysis of the expected composition and amounts of solid waste and recyclables generated at the proposed development; and
Locations documented on the application's site plan that provide for convenient recycling opportunities for all owners, tenants, and occupants. The recycling area shall be of sufficient size, convenient location and contain other attributes (signage, lighting, fencing, etc.) as may be determined by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator.
Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Township of Old Bridge, the owner of any new multifamily housing or commercial, institutional, or industrial development must supply a copy of a duly executed contract with a hauling company for the purposes of collection and recycling of source-separated recyclable materials, in those instances where the municipality does not otherwise provide this service.
Provision shall be made for the indoor, or enclosed outdoor, storage and pickup of solid waste, to be approved by the Municipal Engineer.
Building permit. At the time of issuance of any building permit, the Building Code Official will provide written instruction on proper disposal and recycling of construction and demolition waste and furnish a notification of construction/demolition activity form that must be filled out by the permittee and faxed to the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management (MCDSWM) within 48 hours of the issuance of a municipal permit.