City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[Adopted 9-7-1967 as §§ 16-1 through 16-9 of the Revised General Ordinances]
The words and terms used in this article, unless the context indicates otherwise shall have the meanings given them in Chapter 150, Littering, § 150-2, or as herein defined.
A. 
Suitable approved containers for garbage pickups. For the purpose of this section, a suitable approved container for one- or two-family dwellings shall mean a galvanized or plastic garbage can with handles and a tight-fitting cover, with a capacity of from 10 to 32 gallons weighing no more than 50 pounds when filled, or plastic bags properly tied. A suitable approved container for multiple dwellings housing three families or more may require a front-end-load container with cover and capacity of up to eight cubic yards. Approval of the size and number of required containers per dwelling will be subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works.
[Amended 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
B. 
Municipal waste materials. Municipal waste materials shall be collected by the Department of Public Works, if properly stored in suitable approved containers or separate receptacles.
C. 
Garbage, domestic. 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.
D. 
Garbage, commercial. 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 semi-liquid nature shall not be collected, whether in approved containers or not. All storage must be in a proper approved container and maintained in a sanitary condition.
E. 
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 that no one bundle shall exceed 50 pounds in weight.
F. 
Bulk rubbish. Rubbish which is of such bulk that it cannot be put in the prescribed containers shall be securely tied in compact bundles not to exceed 50 pounds in weight, and placed in a location convenient for collection. Large bulky items, such as refrigerators, stoves, beds, crates, etc., shall be reported to the Division of Sanitation and arrangements made for a special pickup.
G. 
Dead animals. Dead animals shall be collected without charge upon notice to the Division of Sanitation or the Bureau of Animal Control of the Division of Health. For animals larger than a dog, a minimum fee of $5 shall be charged. A charge shall be made for the collection of animals from hospitals, kennels and the like.
H. 
Shrubs, clippings, rakings. Branches, clippings, shrubs and rakings in excess of 24 inches but not greater than four feet in length, and not in excess of 50 pounds in weight, may be placed at the curb for pickup if securely tied in bundles so as to prevent their being scattered, carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public or private place or premises.
I. 
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 worker engaged in work resulting in such accumulation.
J. 
Leaves. For the period between September 1 and December 31 each year, leaves shall not be combined with residential or commercial waste which is to be collected by the City collection system. During this period, leaves may be disposed of in one of two methods:
(1) 
Leaves may be placed loose at the curbline in front of a property owner's own property; or
(2) 
Leaves may be bagged and placed at the curb only on those days so designated in each neighborhood by the Director of Public Works.
K. 
Christmas trees. Christmas trees shall be placed at the curb for collection only on those days so designated in each neighborhood by the Director of Public Works.
L. 
Separation of recyclable commercial waste.[1] Effective September 5, 1989, or the effective date of mandatory residential recycling as established by the Mercer County Improvement Authority, whichever is later, it shall be a condition of municipal collection and shall be a requirement of this article that any commercial or institutional waste set out curbside or otherwise for municipal collection be divided into separately contained or bundled materials as follows:
(1) 
Corrugated cardboard. Corrugated cardboard shall be secured in bundles not to exceed 30 pounds each and shall not be contained in plastic bags.
(2) 
Container glass. Container glass (i.e. bottles, mirrors, jars, drinking glass), not including ceramics, window pane and light bulbs, shall be contained in a reusable metal or plastic occupant- or owner-supplied container.
(3) 
Aluminum cans. Aluminum cans shall be contained in a reusable metal or plastic container.
(4) 
Plastic containers. Plastic soda, milk, water and laundry bottles and plastic motor oil containers.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. II, Recycling, of this chapter.
A. 
One- or two-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-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.
[Amended 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
B. 
Multiple dwellings. In the case of a building housing three families or more, 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. In the case of buildings housing 75 units or more the owner, lessee or agent of the premises shall provide front-end-load containers and maintain them in good repair and in a clean and satisfactory condition.
[Amended 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
C. 
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.
D. 
Broken and illegal receptacles. After 10 days' written notice has been given to the responsible party by the Health Officer or his/her duly authorized agent or agents to dispose of defective or illegal waste containers, the condemned containers may be collected as rubbish by the Department of Public Works.
E. 
Permit for servicing of large movable receptacles. Where the need exists for the use of receptacles with a capacity of more than 32 gallons at any establishment, these receptacles may be serviced by the City upon application to the Director of Public Works for a permit to use one or more large movable receptacles, and payment of the required permit and service fees. All such receptacles must be located on private property, accessible and equipped for handling and pickup by motorized equipment; must be watertight, constructed of metal or plastic; cleaned and sanitized as needed by the collection agency, and replaced by the same type of receptacle if removed for emptying. The Director of Public Works shall have the authority to designate the type and location of such receptacles and must approve plans to construct a proper base from which the receptacles shall be serviced. A permit shall be issued only after payment of a fee of $5. A service fee based on time and materials shall be charged for maintaining these receptacles in a sanitary condition.
All plans for new buildings and major alterations to buildings relevant to the proper storage of garbage and refuse as defined in § 150-1 of Chapter 150, Littering, and § 248-2A of this article shall be referred to the Division of Health for review and approval.
A. 
Domestic waste. Domestic waste shall be collected by the Director of Public Works according to §§ 248-2A and B without charge, except that waste material scattered on the ground or placed in other than suitable approved containers may be classed as commercial waste and may be assessed for the time and material used in its collection, plus 25% overhead.
B. 
Residential buildings containing 10 or more units. The City shall not be responsible for the collection of domestic waste from residential buildings containing 10 or more units. The owner of any such building shall provide for domestic waste collection through a private collection company.
C. 
Commercial waste. The Director of Public Works, by resolution, shall establish, from time to time, the rates which shall be charged for the disposal of all commercial garbage, commercial rubbish or other wastes delivered to a City-operated disposal system or other disposal system paid by the City but operated by another contractor.
The collection of all municipal waste is made conditional to the observance of all provisions of this article and is subject to weather and other conditions beyond the control of the Department of Public Works.
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.
A. 
Garbage and trash. Domestic garbage and trash shall be collected in accordance with a definite schedule announced by the Department of Public Works.
B. 
Refuse. Refuse, other than garbage and trash, shall be collected in accordance with a definite schedule to be announced one week in advance by the Department of Public Works.
C. 
Recyclable waste. Collection of recyclable domestic waste and recyclable commercial and industrial waste shall be in accordance with a designated schedule announced by the City's Recycling Coordinator.
D. 
Set-out time. All approved containers must be placed for pickup, curb or alley, not earlier than 10:00 p.m. of the day preceding the day of collection, but not later than 7:00 a.m. collection day. Location of approved containers will be subject to the approval of authorized enforcement personnel of the Department of Public Works, Division of Solid Waste Management.
[Amended 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
E. 
Legal holidays. When a regular collection falls on a legal holiday, refuse and garbage shall not be set out by the owner, operator or occupant until the next regularly scheduled collection, unless announced otherwise through the newspaper or other form of media including public announcement flyers.
[Amended 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
F. 
Owner responsibilities. Upon occupancy of a dwelling, the owner shall supply each new tenant and all present tenants with a schedule of approved garbage and rubbish collection days and maintain a signed record of such notification for every rental unit on a yearly basis.
[Added 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
G. 
Prohibited collection hours. It shall be unlawful to collect garbage and trash or refuse of any nature, domestic, commercial or otherwise, in any location within the City of Trenton, regardless of zone, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. of any day and 7:00 a.m. of the following day.
H. 
Public and private places. No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, alley, sidewalk or other public place, except in authorized receptacles for collection or in official municipal disposal areas.[1]
[Added 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 150, Littering.
[Amended 1-6-2001 by Ord. No. 03-8]
A. 
Enforcement. The Director of Public Works is authorized and empowered to exercise the powers under this article, and to appoint, fix the duties of and delegate any of his/her functions and powers under this article to such officers and agents as (s)he may designate, including, Sanitation Superintendent and sanitation inspectors to issue summonses for this article and related chapters within the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court.
B. 
Penalty. Any person violating an order issued by a Solid Waste Management official, or a provision of this article adopted for the control of the disposal of solid waste, shall be subject to the penalty provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.