City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 2-28-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2109. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Advertising materials and graffiti — See Ch. 118.

Brush, grass, weeds and debris — See Ch. 159.

Fire prevention and protection — See Ch. 240.

Housing standards — See Ch. 295.

Junkyards — See Ch. 320.

Parks and recreation — See Ch. 390.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 418.

Sewers — See Ch. 465.

Snow, ice and debris removal — See Ch. 477.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 548.

§ 266-1

§ 266-2
Responsibilities and obligations of household, City or contractor. 

§ 266-3
Receptacles and containers. 

§ 266-4
Pad or base for placement of containers. 

§ 266-5
Snow and ice on containers. 

§ 266-6
Placement of front-loading containers. 

§ 266-7
Placement of receptacles. 

§ 266-8
Wastepaper to be securely fastened.  

§ 266-9
Placement of glass and metal containers.  

§ 266-10
Removal of construction, trade and surgical wastes. 

§ 266-11
Placing and disturbing contained wastes in public places. 

§ 266-11.1
Collection of recyclables. 

§ 266-11.2
Collection of large metal items. 

§ 266-12
Placement at curbs; placement on streets under construction. 

§ 266-13
Alley collection. 

§ 266-14
Collectors not required to enter public places. 

§ 266-15
Bulky wastes. 

§ 266-16
Bulky recyclable waste metals. 

§ 266-17
Cleanup program authorized. 

§ 266-18
Transfer site to be maintained. 

§ 266-19
Compliance with curbside recycling required. 

§ 266-20
License fee. 

§ 266-21
Improper disposal of toxic waste. 

§ 266-22
Improper disposal of surgical tissue remains. 

§ 266-23
Bulky waste metal disposal to comply with chapter. 

§ 266-24
Unauthorized disturbance of waste placed for collection. 

§ 266-24.1
Unauthorized collection of recyclable materials. 

§ 266-25
Vehicles heaped in manner to scatter refuse. 

§ 266-26
Placement and deposit of wastes in public places. 

§ 266-27
Removal by authorized persons only. 

§ 266-28
Violations and penalties. 

§ 266-29


As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Any large, heavy and/or bulky household appliances, furniture and furnishings which cannot easily and safely be placed in the common collection vehicle known as a "load packer" or "dumpster." This includes items of ferrous and nonferrous aluminum.
Any scrap lumber, metal, earth, sand, bricks, stone, plaster, roofing and siding material and any other debris of a similar nature which accumulates and is incidental to the construction or major renovation of buildings, public works or other projects. Light debris from minor repairs and renovations shall not be construed as "construction debris."
Includes, but is not limited to, refrigerators, stoves, hot-water heaters, washers, dryers, bicycles and tire rims.
[Added 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. 2309]
Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper or other natural or synthetic material or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any bottle, jar or can or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material but does not include the waste of the primary process of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling or farming.
[Added 6-23-1988 by Ord. No. MC-2390]
A container suitable for the depositing of litter.
[Added 6-23-1988 by Ord. No. MC-2390]
One or more individuals, male or female, partnership or partnerships, corporation or corporations.
Implies a family dwelling of four or fewer units.

Includes combustible debris, that is, paper, cardboard, rags, mattresses, discarded wearing apparel, furniture, carpets, rubber, grass cuttings, plant trimmings and leaves. It also includes ashes or the residue from the burning of coal or other fuel as well as accumulations of dirt and such other noncombustible materials. It shall also include bottles, broken glass, crockery, tin cans and discarded tires and rims.


Includes the useless, unwanted or discarded material with insufficient liquid content to be free-flowing and shall mean and include rubbish, garbage, kitchen waste, food waste, vegetable matter, condemned foods, animal or vegetable matter, offal, decaying and decomposing matter, leaves, ashes, tin cans, bottles, rags, glass, grass, yard cuttings, branches, wastepaper and waste products, household items, refuse and other customary household waste and discarded waste material which shall be collected and disposed of from residential dwelling units.

Includes, but is not limited to, by-products of medical clinics and by-products of oral surgery.

 — A material normally generated by or used in chemical, petrochemical, plastic, pharmaceutical, biochemical or microbiological manufacturing processes or petroleum refining processes, which has been selected for waste disposal and which is known to hydrolize, ionize or decompose, which is soluble, burns or oxidizes, which may react with any of the waste materials which are introduced into the landfill or which is buoyant on water or which has a viscosity less than that of water or which produces a foul odor. Chemical waste may be either hazardous or nonhazardous.


 — Any waste or any combination of wastes which poses a present or potential threat to human health, living organisms or the environment. "Hazardous waste" shall include, but not be limited to, waste material that is toxic, corrosive, irritating, sensitizing, radioactive, biologically infectious, explosive or flammable.

Includes all solid waste material resulting from a multifamily dwelling (in excess of four units, a commercial, industrial or other nonresidential establishment, trailer courts, apartment developments or waste from construction, demolition or home improvements.
Includes paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at stated intervals, usually daily or weekly, having printed thereon news and opinions and containing advertisements and other matters of public interest.
Includes, but is not limited to, solid waste, construction debris, trade waste, bulk items and surgical tissue remains.
[Added 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]
Includes newspapers, corrugated cardboard, magazines, bags, computer printout, computer tabular cards, white ledger and colored ledger.
[Added 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. 2309]

"He" shall mean singular and plural, male, female or neuter gender.


It shall be the responsibility and obligation of the City and/or its contractor to remove, on a regular, scheduled basis, such solid waste as may normally be generated by a household between times of collection.


It shall not be the responsibility or obligation of the City and/or its contractor to remove, without prior agreement, any and all refuse which may be placed for collection at any time and in any place. When a household elects to clean out accumulated refuse from cellars, backyards, alleys, attics and spare rooms, it shall be the obligation of the household to place such material in such quantity and in such a manner as not to create a public nuisance and safety hazard or to arrange for private collection.


It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place litter of any nature upon any public or private property, other than a litter receptacle.

[Added 6-23-1988 by Ord. No. MC-2390]


Any person desiring his solid waste to be removed by the City of Camden or its duly authorized contractor shall provide suitable receptacles and shall place therein all solid waste which shall normally accumulate in, on or about his said property.


Receptacles in which solid waste shall be placed shall be leakproof and waterproof, with a lid to properly fit said container, in the case of metal or moulded rubber containers, so as to prevent the contents from being distributed over any street, byway or public place. Baskets, boxes or other receptacles with openings on the top or bottom shall not be used.


Receptacles herein required, together with their contents, shall be of such weights and designs as to be conveniently handled by one man, and no receptacle and contents shall weigh more than 50 pounds, except where conditions permit. Where it is in the interest of better and more efficient collection, wheeled containers of heavy metal or plastic not to exceed 1 1/2 cubic yards capacity, equipped with hinged lids and approved in design by the City or its contractor may be substituted for the previously designated fifty-pound containers. Such containers, where permitted, must be furnished and maintained in a tight and operable condition by the apartment owner or others and shall be provided in sufficient number to contain all the refuse generated between collections without spillage or overflow.


Litter receptacles and their servicing are required at the following public places which exist in the municipality: sidewalks used by pedestrians in active retail commercially zoned areas, buildings, held out for use by the public, including schools, government buildings, and railroad and bus stations, parks, drive-in restaurants, all street vendor locations, self-service refreshment areas, construction sites, gasoline service station islands, shopping centers, parking lots, campgrounds and trailer parks, marinas, 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 sponsors of these events shall be responsible for providing for and servicing the receptacles such that adequate containerization is available. In active retail commercially zoned areas, there shall be no single linear quarter mile without a receptacle.

[Added 6-23-1988 by Ord. No. MC-2390]

It shall be the responsibility of the owner to provide or utilize a suitable all-weather, hard pad or base upon which to locate the container so that it can be readily and freely wheeled to the point of contact with the loader without hand lifting.

Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 477, Snow, Ice and Debris Removal.

Containers shall be maintained by owners in an ice- and snow-free condition.

Front-loading containers shall be placed so as to be readily available for collection without moving.


All containers shall be placed as agreed between the City or its contractor and the owner.


The City will not enter private property to perform the task of solid waste removal.


It is the owner's responsibility to properly locate the solid waste to be removed.


Any such person shall place such receptacle(s), with its (their) contents, bundles or bulk items, upon the sidewalk, adjacent to the curb, in front of or along the side of his respective property or in the alley where alley collections are currently being made, on the days and times when the collection of such solid waste or bulk items shall be made.


No such receptacles, bundles or bulk items shall be placed on the sidewalk or alley for collection prior to 10:00 p.m. local time on the day before such materials are to be collected in his particular district.


No such receptacles, bundles or bulk items shall be placed in front of any street, alley, lane, road, highway or public place, nor in front of, nor along the side of nor behind the property occupied by another without consent of such other occupant.

[Amended 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2309]

Wastepaper products shall be bundled separately and secured in bundles not to exceed 40 pounds and shall not be contained in plastic bags.

[Added 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2309
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 266-9, Bundling used newspaper.

Glass bottles and glass jars shall have the caps removed, and bottles and jars shall be rinsed and then placed into plastic or metal containers along with all of the metal caps and aluminum cans and/or tin cans. All of these materials may be placed in the same container. The containers shall not exceed 12 gallons' capacity.

[Amended 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]

It shall not be the responsibility of the City or its contractor to furnish collection vehicles or personnel to remove and dispose of construction debris, trade waste or surgical tissue remains. It shall be the responsibility of the construction contractor, property owner or his agent to have the construction debris, trade waste and/or surgical tissue remains removed and disposed of at his expense.

[Amended 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]

It shall be unlawful for any person to place or cause to be placed upon any vacant lot, street, alley, driveway or public place, any ashes, surgical remains, solid waste, construction debris, trade waste or bulk items or to disturb such material when properly placed, except in compliance with the provisions of §§ 266-2 through 266-11.

[Added 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2309]

The designated day for recyclable materials for each section of the City will be other than the day designated for normal trash refuse. The designated days for each collection shall be established by the Director of Public Works.

[Added 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2309]

Metal items, such as old refrigerators, stoves, hot-water heaters, washers, dryers, bicycles, tire rims (without tires) and any accumulation of ferrous or nonferrous metals, shall be collected by members of the Department of Public Works; however, the occupant must call the Public Works Service Center to make the arrangements for a special pickup.

All solid waste to be collected, removed and disposed of shall be placed at the curb (except alley collection) or within five feet of improved roadway at one collection point. In the case of corner lots, solid waste shall be placed at the improved roadway most accessible to the collection vehicle. This shall include all streets, accepted or otherwise, and shall include those streets that are temporarily closed for construction. In the latter case, special collection points shall be designated by the City of Camden if the condition of the street would prevent access thereto by the collector's trucks.

The contractor shall provide alley collection in those areas within the City of Camden where alley collection services are currently being provided. The contractor is advised that said alleys are narrow and of limited access. Small collection vehicles may be required to provide the alley collection services. It is estimated there are approximately 175 alleys throughout the City of Camden that require alley collection services.

[Amended 12-12-1991 by Ord. No. MC-2720]

No collection vehicle or employee of the City or its contractor shall be required to enter any private property, including apartment or condominium complexes, in order to collect any bundle, bulk item or the contents of any receptacle or dumpster, nor shall any vehicle of the City or its contractor enter into or under any building in order to collect such materials.


Residents who require the removal of any appliance, hot-water heater or furnishing that requires a special collection vehicle shall notify the contractor, who shall make provisions for the removal of the same within five working days at no additional cost to the residents or the City of Camden. The contractor shall be responsible to keep an ongoing schedule calendar of appointments of all bulk pickups. The residents will be assured that, on the day that has been scheduled by the contractor, he or his agent will pick up the bulk items as scheduled.


It shall be the responsibility of the City or its contractor to remove up to three bulk items at a time on the latter or second collection day of the week. Such items shall be reduced in size, where feasible, by partial or total disassembly or breakage. Refrigerators and other items which constitute a safety hazard to children or others by reason of sharp edges. self-locking doors, escaping gas or collapse shall be dismantled to the extent that they shall be rendered harmless. The placement of more than three such bulk items at a time on the proper collection day or the placement of any bulk items on any day other than the proper day shall be a violation of this chapter and shall be subject to fines as noted below.

[Added 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]

The City of Camden has instituted a metal recycling program. Any person wishing to discard recyclable items shall call the City Department of Public Works within 10 working days before the disposal of the item. The Department of Public Works shall then establish a specific date for the collection of the item.

The City of Camden may elect to provide the residents of the City with a cleanup campaign under the auspices of the Department of Public Works.

The City of Camden shall maintain a transfer site at the Federal Street location, which will be maintained and operated at Department of Environmental Protection levels.

[Amended 6-25-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2309]

The citizens of this City are mandated to comply with the curbside recycling program. This program mandates the source separation and recycling of all wastepaper products, glass bottles, glass jars, aluminum cans, tin cans and large metal items.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289; 1-24-2002 by Ord. No. MC-3720]

Any contractor handling solid waste disposal in the City of Camden must obtain a license from the City for a fee of $159 per year.

[Amended 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]

No person shall improperly dispose of toxic waste.


Generators and haulers of toxic materials must follow state standards concerning disposal.


Toxic waste will not be picked up by the City or any contractor thereof.

[Amended 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]

No person shall improperly dispose of surgical tissue remains.


State disposal standards must be followed.


The City and its contractors are not responsible for the collection of surgical tissue remains.

[Amended 11-14-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2175]

No person shall dispose of any bulky waste metal items except as provided in this chapter.


No scavenger or other person shall break into, untie or otherwise unbundle any container, bundle or package of paper, solid waste or bulk item that has been placed on the sidewalk for collection.


No person, other than the employees of the City or its duly authorized contractor, shall disturb, remove, untie, unbundle or otherwise scatter any ashes, solid waste or bulk items where such material has been placed in the open or on any street, sidewalk or alley for collection or removal.

[Added 6-25-1998 by Ord. No. MC-3396]

Recyclable materials placed at curbside for collection or in any recycling receptacle placed by the City are the property of the City of Camden or its authorized collection agent. It is a violation of this chapter for any person unauthorized by the City to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such recyclable materials or receptacles.


Nothing in this section is intended to prevent any lawful occupier of lands and the structures located thereon from donating or selling recyclable material generated by that person or that person's immediate family or business' activities on that land or in those structures.


No person shall transport recyclable material on the public streets and sidewalks in any means of conveyance other than a lawfully registered motor vehicle.

No person shall cause or permit any cart, wagon, auto, truck or any other vehicle to be heaped up with manure, sand, earth, ashes, solid waste or any other material so that the contents, or any part thereof, may be scattered on any street, highway, public lane or alley or any other public place in the City of Camden.

[Amended 6-23-1988 by Ord. No. MC-2390]

No person shall throw, place or deposit any paper, circulars, ashes, solid waste or bulk items or wastes of any kind upon any street, alley, lane, road or highway nor in any inlet or catch basin in any such street or highway or any other public place in the City of Camden.


No person shall place or deposit ashes, solid waste or bulk items or other waste material upon any City properties.


No person shall discard or dump along any street or road, on or off any right-of-way, any household or commercial solid waste, rubbish, refuse, junk, vehicle or vehicle parts, rubber tires, appliances, furniture or private property, except by written consent of the owner of said property, in any place not specifically designated for the purpose of solid waste storage or disposal.


No residential property owner shall store or permit storage of any bulky household waste, including household appliances, furniture and mattresses, in areas zoned residential, except in a fully enclosed structure or during days designated for the collection of bulky items.


No residential property owner shall store or permit the storage of tires in areas zoned residential, except in a fully enclosed structure or on days designated for the collection of tires.


No residential property owner shall park or permit the parking of any vehicle on his or her residential lawn.


No person shall keep or permit the keeping on streets, vacant lots and residential lawns, except in a fully enclosed structure, any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer which is missing tires, wheels, engine or any essential parts; which displays extensive body damage or deterioration; which does not display a current, valid state license; or which is wrecked, disassembled or partially disassembled.


No vehicle shall 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, sifting, 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.


No owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction or demolition site shall permit the accumulation of litter before, during or after completion of any construction or demolition project. It shall be the duty of the owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction site to furnish containers adequate to accommodate flyable or nonflyable debris or trash at areas convenient to construction areas and to maintain and empty the receptacles in such a manner and with such a frequency as to prevent spillage of refuse.


No residential or commercial property owner shall permit open or overflowing waste disposal bins on his or her property.


It shall be the duty of the owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or person in charge of any structure to keep and cause to be kept the sidewalk and curb abutting the building or structure free from obstruction or nuisances of every kind and to keep sidewalks, areaways, backyards, courts and alleys free from litter and other offensive material. No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street, catch basin or other public place any accumulation of litter from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Every person who owns or occupies property shall keep the sidewalk in front of his or her premises free of litter. All sweepings shall be collected and properly containerized for disposal.

No person shall remove or gather solid waste or bulk items from the streets, highways or alleys or from any lot, yard, house or other building in the City of Camden, except the duly authorized person with whom the City of Camden shall contract for the collection, removal or gathering of solid waste from the streets, highways or alleys or from any lot, yard, house or other building in the City of Camden.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289; 6-23-1988 by Ord. No. MC-2390; 5-23-2002 by Ord. No. MC-3752; 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.

[Amended 8-22-1991 by Ord. No. MC-2683]

This chapter and the penalties provided for herein shall apply to all forms of waste disposal in the City of Camden, except to the extent that the enforcement of this chapter and the penalties provided herein are preempted by federal or state law.