Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights 8-20-1928 by Section 29 of Ord. No. 418; amended in its entirety 5-29-1990 by Ord. No. 1538. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 152.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 194.
Unsolicited permitted matter — See Ch. 257.

§ 178-1 Definitions and word usage.

A. 
Word usage. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall have the meanings given herein:
AIRCRAFT
Any contrivance now known or hereafter invented, used or designated for navigation or for flight in the air. The word "aircraft" shall include helicopters and lighter-than-air dirigibles and balloons.
AUTHORIZED PRIVATE RECEPTACLE
A litter storage and collection receptacle, as authorized by the Borough.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
COMMERCIAL HANDBILL
Any printed or written matter, any sample or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, paper, booklet or any other printed or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter or literature:
(1) 
Which advertises for sale any merchandise, product, commodity or thing.
(2) 
Which directs attention to any business or mercantile or commercial establishment or other activity for the purpose of either, directly or indirectly, promoting the interest thereof by sales.
(3) 
Which directs attention to or advertises any meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind for which an admission fee is charged for the purpose of private gain or profit, but the terms of this subsection shall not apply where an admission fee is charged or a collection is taken up for the purpose of defraying the expenses incident to such meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind when either of the same is held, given or takes place in connection with the dissemination of information which is not restricted under the ordinary rules of decency, good morals, public peace, safety and good order, provided that nothing contained in the subsection shall be deemed to authorize the holding, giving or taking place of any meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind without a license where such license is or may be required by any law or under Borough ordinance.
(4) 
Which, while containing reading matter other than advertising matter, is predominantly and essentially an advertisement and is distributed or circulated for advertising purposes or for the private benefit and gain of any person so engaged as advertiser or distributor.
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
LITTER
Garbage, refuse and rubbish, as defined herein, and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited, as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to the public health, safety and welfare.
NEWSPAPER
Any newspaper of general circulation as defined by general law, any newspaper duly entered with the United States Postal Service in accordance with federal statute or regulations and any newspaper filed and recorded with a recording officer as provided by general law and, in addition thereto, any periodical or current magazine regularly published, with not fewer than four issues per year, and sold to the public.
NONCOMMERCIAL HANDBILL
Any printed or written matter, any sample or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, newspaper, magazine, paper, booklet or any other printed or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter or literature not included in the aforesaid definitions of "commercial handbill" and "newspaper."
PARK
A playground, recreation center or any other public area in the Borough owned or used by the Borough and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PRIVATE PREMISES
Any dwelling, house, building or other structure designed to be used wholly or in part for private residential purposes, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant, including any yard, grounds, walks, driveway, park, steps, vestibule or mailbox belonging or appurtenant to such dwelling, house, building or other structure.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any and all streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys or other public ways and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and buildings.
REFUSE
All putrescible and nonputrescible solid waste, except body waste, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles and solid market and industrial wastes.
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible waste, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, grass, leaves, yard clippings, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

§ 178-2 Litter in public places.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or public place within the Borough except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection.

§ 178-3 Manner of placing litter in receptacles.

Persons placing litter in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon public property.

§ 178-4 Sweeping litter into gutters.

[Amended 4-27-1999 by Ord. No. 1853]
No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Borough the accumulation of litter from a building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Borough any leaf, grass or other refuse resulting from the maintenance of any landscaping except such compostable leaf and grass refuse which may be deposited in the roadway in front of the premises from which it is collected and immediately adjacent to the curb in accordance with and under the same limitations as provided in § 152-22 and any regulations promulgated thereunder for the seasonal collection of such compostable leaf and grass refuse. Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free of litter.

§ 178-5 Duties of merchants.

No person owning or occupying a place of business shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Borough the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying places of business within the Borough shall keep the sidewalk in front of their business premises free of litter.

§ 178-6 Litter thrown from vehicles.

No person, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle, shall throw or deposit litter upon any street or other public place within the Borough or upon private property.

§ 178-7 Trucks causing litter.

No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Borough unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load, contents or litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place nor shall any person drive or move any vehicle or truck within the Borough, the wheels or tires of which carry onto or deposit in any street, alley or other public place mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or foreign accumulation of any kind.

§ 178-8 Litter in parks.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in any park within the Borough, except in public receptacles and in such a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any part of the park or upon any street or other public place. Where public receptacles are not provided, all such litter shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere, as provided herein.

§ 178-9 Litter in waters.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in any pond, stream or any other body of water in a park or elsewhere within the Borough.

§ 178-10 Litter in sewers.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in any storm or sanitary sewer, including rights-of-way.

§ 178-11 Handbills.

A. 
Distributing handbills in public places. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public place within the Borough nor shall any person hand out or distribute or sell any commercial handbill in any public place; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful on any sidewalk, street or other public place within the Borough for any person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver thereof, any noncommercial handbill to any person willing to accept it.
B. 
Placing handbills in or upon vehicles. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any vehicle; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful in any public place for a person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver thereof, a noncommercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to accept it.
C. 
Depositing handbills on vacant premises. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any private premises which are temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant.
D. 
Distributing handbills where property posted. No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill upon any premises if requested by anyone thereon not to do so or if there is placed on said premises, in a conspicuous position near the entrance thereof, a sign bearing the words "No Trespassing," "No Peddlers or Agents," "No Advertisements" or any similar notice indicating, in any manner, that the occupants of said premises do not desire to be molested or have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any such handbills left upon such premises.
E. 
Distributing handbills at private premises.
(1) 
No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon private premises which are inhabited except by handing or transmitting any such handbill directly to the owner, occupant or other person then present in or upon such private premises; provided, however, that in case of inhabited private premises which are not posted as provided in this section, such person, unless requested by anyone upon such premises not to do so, may place or deposit any such handbill in or upon such inhabited private premises if such handbill is so placed or deposited as to secure or prevent such handbill from being blown or drifted about such premises or sidewalks, streets or other public places and except that mailboxes may not be so used when so prohibited by federal postal law or regulations.
(2) 
Exception for mail and newspapers. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States nor to newspapers, as defined herein, except that newspapers shall be placed on private property in such a manner as to prevent their being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon private property.

§ 178-12 Litter from aircraft.

No person in an aircraft shall throw out, drop or deposit within the Borough any litter, handbill or any other object.

§ 178-13 Litter on occupied private property.

No person shall throw or deposit litter on any occupied private property within the Borough, whether owned by such person or not, except that the owner or person in control of private property may maintain authorized private receptacles for collection in such a manner that litter will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon any private property.

§ 178-14 Duty of owner of private property.

The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter; provided, however, that this section shall not prohibit the storage of litter in authorized private receptacles for collection.

§ 178-15 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 178-15, Violations and penalties, was repealed 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 2201. See now Ch. 204, Penalties.

§ 178-16 Shopping carts.

[Added 4-13-1999 by Ord. No. 1849]
A. 
No person shall surrender or abandon a shopping cart on any private or public premises within the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights except the premises upon which is located the commercial enterprise from which that cart was taken.
B. 
Any shopping cart abandoned or surrendered in violation of the prohibition contained in Subsection A hereof may be collected by the Department of Public Works and stored by it at such premises as the Superintendent may, in his sole discretion, deem appropriate, without any responsibility of or liability upon this Borough in respect to the collection and storage thereof. Any shopping cart so collected and stored may be retrieved by the owner thereof upon presentation of proof of ownership in such form as the Superintendent may reasonably require, at such place and during such hours as he or she may reasonably designate and upon the payment to the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights of a collection fee in the amount as set forth in Chapter 133, Fees, per cart so collected plus a storage fee in the amount as set forth in Chapter 133, Fees, per day per cart so stored; thereupon, the owner of such cart or carts shall immediately remove the same from the said storage place at its sole cost and expense.
[Amended 4-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1893]
C. 
The penalties provided for the violation of any provision of this section shall be the same as those provided in § 178-15 of this chapter.