City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[Adopted 9-7-1967 as § 16-10 of the Revised General Ordinances]
This article is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by the New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, the Mercer County Recycling System, as set forth in Ordinance No. 88-33 passed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Mercer, State of New Jersey, as amended by County Ordinance 89-19, and as may be further amended from time to time, and as more fully set forth in the amendments to the Mercer County Solid Waste Management Plan detailing its recycling plan.
The City of Trenton hereby adopts the Mercer County Recycling Program as its official municipal recycling program.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCEPTABLE ALUMINUM CONTAINERS
Metal aluminum containers of the type commonly used for the packaging of beverages and food products.
ACCEPTABLE BIMETAL CONTAINERS
Those cans with side and bottom construction made of steel with top construction made of aluminum, with the exception of bimetal containers used for the packaging of nonfood or nonbeverage products.
ACCEPTABLE GLASS CONTAINERS
Any clear, amber or green glass container of the type commonly used for food or beverage products, but shall not include glass containers used for nonfood or nonbeverage products, and shall not include light bulbs, plate glass, safety glass, mirrored glass, ceramic or china.
ACCEPTABLE PAPER
Newspaper, associated inserts, magazines and corrugated cardboard.
ACCEPTABLE PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Any polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and any high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic container commonly used for beverages, and also includes other plastic containers bearing the stamp "HDPE 2" on the bottom, but does not include containers used for nonbeverage items.
ACCEPTABLE TIN-PLATE STEEL CONTAINERS
Metal containers of the type commonly used for packaging of food or beverage products, but does not include containers used for the packaging of nonfood or nonbeverage products.
BATTERIES
Groups of two or more cells connected together to furnish electric current.
BEVERAGE
Alcoholic beverages, including beer or other malt beverages, liquor, wine, vermouth and sparkling wine and nonalcoholic beverages, including milk, fruit juice, mineral water, soda water and similar nonalcoholic carbonated and noncarbonated drinks intended for human consumption.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those businesses which constitute wholesale, retail or service establishments such as restaurants, stores, markets, theatres, hotels, warehouses and offices.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Corrugated containers having liners of either test liner, jute or kraft.
COUNTY RECYCLING PROGRAM
The Mercer County collection programs as more fully described in the Mercer County Recycling Plan and amendments.
DEPARTMENT
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, unless the context indicates otherwise.
GRASS
Plants used as ground cover in lawns and landscape applications and clippings from such applications.
IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY
The Mercer County Improvement Authority.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those businesses which include manufacturing, industrial, research and development entities.
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
Those entities constituting schools, hospitals, research institutions and public entities.
MAGAZINES
All weekly, monthly or other consumer periodicals and glossy newspaper inserts.
MULTIFAMILY COMPLEX
Any building or structure containing two or more independent housing units not receiving municipal curbside waste disposal services prior to January 1, 1990, in those municipalities which provide directly by contract for its own waste disposal through some intermediate instrumentalities other than the owner, such as a condominium association, homeowners' association, apartment complex owner, superintendent or manager.
OFFICE PAPER
High-grade paper, fine paper, bond paper, offset paper, Xerographic paper, mimeograph paper, duplicator paper and related types of cellulosic material containing not less than 10% by weight or volume of noncellulosic material such as laminates, binders, coatings or saturates.
PAPER
All paper grades, inducing, but not limited to, newspaper, office paper, duplicator paper and related types of cellulosic material containing not less than 10% by weight or volume of noncellulosic material such as laminates, binders, coatings or saturates.
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials which would otherwise become solid waste and which may be collected, separated, processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw material or products.
RECYCLING
The activity whereby a secondary material introduced as a raw material into a process in which it is transformed into a new product in such a manner that its original identity is essentially lost.
RECYCLING ACT
The New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, P.L. 1987, Chapter 102, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.1 et seq. as amended.[1]
SOLID WASTE
Garbage, refuse and other discarded materials resulting from industrial, commercial or agricultural operations, and from domestic and community activities, and shall include all other waste materials including liquids, except for solid animal and vegetable waste collected by swine producers licensed by the State Department of Agriculture to collect, prepare and feed such wastes to swine on their own farms.
SOURCE SEPARATION
The act of segregating recyclable materials from residential, commercial and institutional solid waste by the generator thereof for the purpose of collection, disposition and recycling.
TIRE
A continuous solid or pneumatic rubber cushion encircling a wheel, usually consisting, when pneumatic, of an external rubber and fabric cover that contains and protects from injury an air-filled inner tube or area for use on a motor vehicle.
USED MOTOR OIL
Refined petroleum from motor vehicles, lawn mowers or other machinery which can be re-refined into petroleum products.
WHITE GOODS
Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers and other appliances of steel construction.
[1]
Editor's Note: Repealed by L. 2002, c. 128. See now N.J.S.A. 13:1E-213 et seq., the Clean Communities and Recycling Grant Act.
A. 
All residents, including residents of multifamily complexes, shall recycle or cause to be recycled the following categories of recyclable materials:
(1) 
Acceptable paper.
(2) 
Acceptable glass containers.
(3) 
Acceptable aluminum containers.
(4) 
Acceptable plastic containers.
(5) 
Acceptable tin-plate steel containers.
(6) 
Acceptable bimetal containers.
(7) 
Tires.
(8) 
Vehicle batteries.
(9) 
White goods.
(10) 
Leaves.
(11) 
Grass.
(12) 
Used motor oil.
(13) 
Ferrous automotive scrap.
(14) 
Batteries.
B. 
All residents, including residents of multifamily complexes, shall separate the following items on designated recycling collection days, or in collection containers provided for recycling, and such additional days as designated by the Improvement Authority: acceptable paper, acceptable glass containers, acceptable aluminum containers, acceptable plastic containers, acceptable tin-plate steel containers and acceptable bimetal containers. Private contractors servicing multifamily complexes within the City shall collect for recycling the same materials collected by the Improvement Authority.
C. 
All residents, including residents of multifamily complexes, shall recycle tires, vehicle batteries, white goods, leaves, grass, used motor oil and ferrous automotive scrap and batteries in the manner prescribed by the Department of Public Works. The Recycling Coordinator shall advise residents not less than once every six months of the manner in which these items are to be recycled.
D. 
The landlord, building owner, property manager and/or private association of multifamily complexes shall be jointly responsible to ensure that recycling collection services are provided to residents of their complexes and that sufficient space is provided for the collection and storage of recyclable materials designated for collection.
E. 
The landlord, building owner, property manager and/or private association of multifamily complexes shall be jointly responsible for informing both current and new residents, at a minimum annually, of the manner, time and place for collection of recyclable materials.
F. 
Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prohibit residents from donating or selling designated recyclable materials to any person, whether operating for profit or not-for-profit, provided that the receiving person may not perform curbside collection of designated recyclable materials unless authorized by the Improvement Authority to do so.
A. 
All commercial, industrial and institutional establishments shall recycle, or cause to be recycled, the following categories of recyclables:
(1) 
Acceptable paper.
(2) 
Acceptable glass containers.
(3) 
Acceptable aluminum containers.
(4) 
Acceptable plastic containers.
(5) 
Acceptable tin-plate steel containers.
(6) 
Acceptable bimetal containers.
(7) 
Tires.
(8) 
Vehicle batteries.
(9) 
White goods.
(10) 
Leaves.
(11) 
Grass.
(12) 
Used motor oil.
(13) 
Ferrous automotive scrap.
(14) 
Batteries.
B. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall have the right to exempt persons occupying commercial and institutional premises from the source separation requirements of this section if those persons have otherwise provided for the recycling of recyclable materials designated in the recycling plan from solid waste generated at those premises.
C. 
The Director of the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture shall provide for the collection and recycling of designated materials in all public parks.
D. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall provide for the collection and recycling of designated materials in all municipal public buildings.
A. 
All recyclable materials placed at the curb or street side or in designated dropoff areas in multifamily complexes for collection by the Improvement Authority shall be considered the sole property of the Improvement Authority.
B. 
All recyclable materials collected from multifamily complexes by private contractors shall be considered the sole property of the private contractor.
Private contractors providing recycling service to multifamily complexes shall provide monthly reports to the Director of the Department of Public Works showing the total tonnages recycled from multifamily complexes.
The City shall enter into no contract for solid waste collection and/or disposal unless the Director of the Department of Public Works certifies that the contract is consistent with this article and with the recycling plan.
A. 
All residents, including residents of multifamily complexes, shall source-separate leaves from solid waste generated at those premises, and, unless such leaves are stored for recycling, composting or mulching by the generator, shall place the leaves for collection in the manner provided below.
B. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall collect leaves generated from residential premises from September 1 to December 31 of each year. The Director of the Department of Public Works shall dispose of all leaves so collected in a manner consistent with the recycling plan.
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall accept tires generated from residential premises at 500 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey. The Director of the Department of Public Works shall dispose of all tires so collected in a manner consistent with the recycling plan.
A. 
The Recycling Coordinator, at least once every six months, shall notify all persons occupying residential, commercial and institutional premises within these municipal boundaries of recycling opportunities, collection schedules, the source-separation requirements of this article and of the recycling plan and other aspects of recycling.
B. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works, at least once annually, shall inform the Improvement Authority, in writing, of the manner in which such notification was given.
A. 
At least once every 36 months after January 21, 1994, the Planning Board shall conduct a review and make necessary revisions to the Master Plan and development regulations adopted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.,[1] which revisions shall reflect changes in state, county and City policies and objectives concerning the collection, disposition and recycling of designated recycling materials.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 315, Zoning and Land Development.
B. 
Any revisions of the Master Plan made pursuant to this section shall include provisions for the collection, disposition and recycling of recyclable materials designated in this article and for the collection, disposition and recycling of designated recyclable materials within any development proposal for the construction of 50 or more units of single-family housing or 25 or more units of multifamily housing and any commercial or industrial development proposal for the utilization of 1,000 square feet or more of land.
C. 
The Director of the Department of Housing and Economic Development shall notify all commercial, industrial and institutional establishments making application to the Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Adjustment of the requirements of the recycling plan and of this article.
All construction permits, demolition permits and road opening permits shall specify the quantity of materials to be recycled, where they will be taken and how they will be handled.
The Mercer County Improvement Authority shall be responsible for the enforcement of this article.
A. 
Any resident of this City who is found to have violated the provisions of this article shall be subject to the following procedures and penalties:
(1) 
Three warnings with cessation in collection of garbage containing recyclable materials until recyclables are removed from garbage; thereafter
(2) 
Penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, per day of violation, depending upon the extent and circumstances of the violation.
B. 
Any commercial, industrial or institutional establishment which is found to have violated the provisions of this article shall be subject to the following procedures and penalties:
(1) 
Three warnings with cessation in collection of garbage containing recyclable materials until recyclables are removed from garbage; thereafter
(2) 
Penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, per day of violation, depending upon the extent and circumstances of the violation and the size of the violating establishment.