City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 9-25-2003 by Ord. No. MC-3871. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 266.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 418.

§ 215-1

§ 215-2
Use regulations. 

A “dumpster” is defined as a container one-cubic yard or greater.

Persons making use of a dumpster shall:


Have the dumpster serviced only by a licensed private waste collector.


Not lease or purchase a dumpster in the City of Camden until they obtain or hold a valid license issued by the Department of Code Enforcement.


A license shall be issued for each dumpster. If a dumpster is located in the public right-of-way, the licensee shall affix the license to the wall or, if there is no wall, another available surface in the location in which the dumpster is permitted by the license. The license shall legibly display the license number and such other information as is required by regulation. In the event that the license is removed or made illegible, the user shall notify the Department of Code Enforcement and obtain a replacement license within five days.


A nonrecurring fee for a license shall be $69 if the dumpster(s) is not placed in the public right-of-way.

[Amended 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4431; 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. MC-4554]


The fee for a license shall be $414 annually per dumpster if the dumpster is placed in the public right-of-way.

[Amended 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4431; 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. MC-4554]


All regulations pertaining to this section shall be distributed by the Department of Code Enforcement when the license is obtained. The Department of Public Works and the Department of Code Enforcement shall promulgate such other rules or regulations as they deem desirable to implement this section.


Documentation must be filed with the Department of Code Enforcement, subject to public examination, which illustrates what alternative methods of refuse storage were considered prior to seeking a license for placement of a dumpster on any public cartway or roadway, sidewalk or alleyway.


Temporary construction dumpsters (five cubic yards or more) that are placed on the public right-of-way require a special permit, the fee is $69 per dumpster with a maximum placement of 30 days from time of placement.

[Amended 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. MC-4431; 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. MC-4554]


Enclose any dumpster located outside, on private property according to regulations issued pursuant to the Municipal Code of the City of Camden.


Individual businesses generating grindable garbage must have their premises equipped with garbage disposal units which shall be used to dispose of all grindable garbage which is not collected for composting or for farm livestock feed.


Place all nongrindable garbage in bags designed to hold garbage without leaking or other sealable container designed to hold garbage before placing it in dumpster.


Arrange to have dumpster emptied a minimum of once every week, unless it contains nongrindable garbage, in which case dumpsters shall be emptied at least every three days or more often if required by the Health, Fire, Police, Public Works or Code Enforcement Departments.


Keep dumpster lids tightly secured except when in use. Keep area around dumpster clean and void of any overflowing refuse, nongrindable garbage or spillage.


Affix to any dumpster assigned to his or her use, his or her business name, address and telephone number.


Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prohibit arrangement for collection of garbage for composting or for use as farm livestock feed, provided that such collections are conducted a minimum of twice per week, lightly closed and secured containers are used and the area around such containers is kept clean and free of any overflowing refuse, garbage or spillage.


Not place any dumpster in the public right-of-way in an Area Shopping Center District as defined in the Municipal Code of the City of Camden.


Any person who violates this section shall be subject to the provisions and penalties set forth in the Municipal Code of the City of Camden.


Anyone rejected for a dumpster license may appeal the decision to the City of Camden’s Municipal Court.