Township of Wyckoff, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Wyckoff 3-1-1988 as Ord. No. 1025.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Littering — See Ch. 133.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 152.
Solid waste disposal — See Ch. 161.
[1]:
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 155, Recycling, adopted 12-30-1985 as Ord. No. 976.

§ 155-1 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to comply with the mandatory, statewide recycling program, P.L. 1987, c. 102, and the Clean Communities and Recycling Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-92 et seq.

§ 155-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALUMINUM
All products made from aluminum and being used as containers for various matter, and any and all materials known by this term.
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (C/D)
Source-separated nonputrescible recyclable material generated from the construction, alteration, repair, maintenance and/or demolition of structures within Bergen County. This material shall include concrete, bricks, block, ferrous and nonferrous scrap, asphalt, asphalt shingles, recyclable wood scrap and any and all other material generated from the construction, alteration, repair, maintenance and/or demolition of a structure or structures within Bergen County that a municipality may deem recyclable.
[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those recyclable materials, including metal (white goods), glass, aluminum, paper or plastic containers, food and waste, corrugated and other cardboard, newspaper, magazines or high grade office paper designated in this chapter to be source separated.
DISPOSITION OR DISPOSITION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Transportation, placement, reuse, sale, donation, transfer or temporary storage for a period not exceeding six months of designated recyclable material for all possible uses except for disposal as solid waste.
ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
Includes printers, modems, televisions, computer monitors, computer scanners, keyboards, scanners, speakers, power sources, hard drives, lap tops, stereo equipment, iPod, CD, DVD and VCR players.
[Added 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]
FERROUS SCRAP
All metal scrap containing steel and/or cast iron.
[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
GLASS
Includes all products made from silicon or sand, soda ash and limestone (the product being used for packaging or bottling of various matter) and all other material known by this term, excluding, however, blue, white and flat glass commonly known as "window" or "plate glass."
GRASS
Green herbage sending up spike-like shoots or blades.
[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
HOUSEHOLD-GENERATED BATTERIES
Any type of button, coin, cylindrical, rectangular or other shaped, enclosed device or sealed container consisting of a combination of two or more voltaic or galvanic cells, electrically connected to produce electric energy, composed of lead, lithium, manganese, mercury, mercuric oxide, silver oxide, cadmium, zinc, copper or other metals, or any combination thereof, and designed for household use, including any alkaline, manganese, lithium, mercuric oxide, silver oxide, zinc-air or zinc-carbon battery, nickel-cadmium rechargeable battery or sealed lead rechargeable battery.
[Added 1-17-1995 by Ord. No. 1212]
MAGAZINES
Includes all magazines or periodicals printed on glossy stock or paper of heavier quality than that commonly recognized as newsprint.
MIXED PAPER
Source-separated mixture of all types of paper, including but not limited to corrugated, high-grade paper, newspaper, magazines, telephone directories, wrapping paper, box board, books, grocery bags and junk mail.
[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE STREAM
All residential, commercial, industrial and institutional solid waste generated within the boundaries of the Township as measured in tons.
NEWSPAPERS
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.
PAPER
Includes all newspaper, high grade office paper, fine paper, bond paper, offset paper, Xeroxed paper, mimeo paper, duplicator paper and related types of cellulosic material containing not more than 10% by weight or volume of noncellulosic material, such as laminates, binders, coatings or saturants.
PAPER PRODUCT
Any paper items or commodities, including but not limited to paper napkins, towels, corrugated and other cardboard, construction material, toilet tissue, paper and related types of cellulosic products containing not more than 10% by weight or volume of noncellulosic material, such as laminates, binders, coatings or saturants.
PERSON
Includes all individuals, partnerships, corporations, owners, tenants, lessees, firms, societies, schools, churches, associations and institutions, either profit or nonprofit.
PLASTIC CONTAINER
A hermetically sealed, or made airtight with a metal or plastic cap, container with a minimum wall thickness of not less than 0.010 inch and composed of thermoplastic synthetic polymeric material.
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
Those materials which would otherwise become municipal solid waste which may be collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
RECYCLED PAPER PRODUCT
Any paper product consisting of not less than fifty-percent secondary wastepaper material.
RECYCLED PAPERS
Any paper having a total weight consisting of not less than fifty-percent secondary wastepaper material.
RECYCLING
Any process by which materials which would otherwise become solid waste or collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
RECYCLING CENTER
Any facility designed and operated solely for receiving, storing, processing and transferring source metal, glass, paper, plastic containers, corrugated and other cardboard or other recyclable materials approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.
RECYCLING COORDINATOR
The person appointed and authorized to coordinate the Township's recycling program and assist with the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder.
RECYCLING SERVICES
The services provided by persons engaged in the business of recycling, including the collection, processing, storage, purchase, sale or disposition or any combination thereof of recyclable materials.
SOURCE-SEPARATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Recyclable materials, including but not limited to paper, metal (white goods), glass, food waste, office paper and plastic, which are kept separate and apart from residential, industrial, commercial and institutional solid waste by the generator thereof for the purposes of collection, disposition and recycling.
TIN CANS (FERROUS CONTAINERS)
Cans made of steel or tin. The most common are tin-plated steel cans which contain food.
[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
WHITE GOODS
Used appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves.
[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]

§ 155-3 Recycling Coordinator.

There is hereby created the position of Wyckoff Recycling Coordinator. He/she shall work in coordination with the Environmental Commission and report to the Township Administrator on all recycling projects. The Recycling Coordinator shall be appointed by the Township Administrator, with approval of the Township Committee, for a term of one year, expiring December 31 of each year. The term of the person first appointed as Recycling Coordinator shall expire December 31 of the year of that person's appointment.

§ 155-4 Designation of recyclable materials.

[Amended 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
The following materials are designated as recyclable:
A. 
Residential sector.
(1) 
Corrugated cardboard.
(2) 
Newspaper.
(3) 
Mixed paper.
(4) 
Glass beverage containers.
(5) 
Aluminum cans.
(6) 
Leaves.
(7) 
White goods.
(8) 
Tin cans.
(9) 
Grass.
(10) 
Plastics.
(11) 
Ferrous scrap.
(12) 
Household-generated batteries.
[Added 1-17-1995 by Ord. No. 1212]
(13) 
Construction and demolition debris (concrete, brick, tree parts, nonferrous/ferrous metal, asphalt, corrugated cardboard; where practical).
[Added 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]
(14) 
Electronics and computer equipment.
[Added 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]
B. 
Commercial sector.
(1) 
High-grade paper.
(2) 
Corrugated cardboard.
(3) 
Glass beverage containers.
(4) 
Ferrous scrap.
(5) 
White goods.
(6) 
Aluminum cans.
(7) 
Mixed paper.
(8) 
Construction and demolition debris (concrete, brick, tree parts, nonferrous/ferrous metal, asphalt, corrugated cardboard; where practical).
[Amended 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]
(9) 
Plastic.
(10) 
Leaves and grass.
(11) 
Electronic and computer equipment.
[Added 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]

§ 155-5 Property owners' obligations.

[Amended 7-17-1990 by Ord. No. 1101; 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
A. 
On and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be mandatory for all persons who are owners, lessees or occupants of residential or commercial property in the Township of Wyckoff to separate the recyclable materials designated in § 155-4 above or in the administrative rules and regulations adopted pursuant to § 155-14 herein from all other solid waste.
B. 
The owner, lessee or occupant of every residential or commercial property within the Township shall source-separate leaves and grass from solid waste generated at that property. During the respective collection periods, leaves shall be placed at the edge of the property, spread along the entire frontage but not placed in the roadway or transported by the property owner to the Township's Recycling Center in accordance with the administrative rules and regulations adopted pursuant to § 155-5 adopted herein.
[Amended 9-20-2005 by Ord. No. 1510]
C. 
All newspaper and mixed paper and corrugated cardboard shall be bundled securely to ensure that they will not be capable of being windblown or distributed in the public streets, and provided further that the maximum weight of any bundle does not exceed 50 pounds [approximately 12 inches high].
D. 
Recyclable materials delivered to the Wyckoff Recycling Center at West Main Street shall be placed in the appropriate designated collection containers. Materials will be accepted from Wyckoff residents and businesses only. All materials delivered to the Center shall emanate from Wyckoff.
E. 
Recyclable materials placed at the curb for curbside collection shall not be placed at the curbside pickup point for collection before 6:00 p.m. on the date prior to the collection day, nor shall any empty containers be allowed to remain at the curbside pickup point after 7:00 p.m. of the day of the collection. No containers shall at any time be placed in the street or roadway nor be placed upon the sidewalk in such a manner as to obstruct or interfere with pedestrian passage.

§ 155-6 Household appliances.

Collection of domestic or household bulky items, such as washing machines, refrigerators, stoves, dryers and other household appliances, shall be placed at the curbside pickup point for collection.

§ 155-7 Collection of materials.

Collection from the curbside pickup point of paper and leaves, as well as other solid waste, shall be made by Township employees or by contract for outside services as directed by the Township Committee, with primary administrative supervision under the control of the Township Administrator.

§ 155-8 A sale of materials.

The Recycling Coordinator may be authorized from time to time to sell and deliver, by bid or by contract approved by the Township Committee, recyclable materials so collected in order to obtain the best possible price.

§ 155-9 Private disposal of recyclable materials.

[Amended 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 1178]
A. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to prohibit any residential or commercial person, owner, lessee or occupant from disposing of recyclable materials privately through a sale or gift, provided that in no event shall such recyclable materials be left at the curb for any private pickup, and further provided that in no event shall any such recyclable materials be disposed of as part of the solid waste collection by the Township of Wyckoff in accordance with its normal collection program. Such person, owner, lessee or occupant, however, shall submit a report to the Recycling Coordinator monthly, following the effective date of this chapter, designating the type and tonnage of recyclable materials disposed of privately.
[Amended 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]
B. 
In the event that any person, including an owner, tenant, contractor or builder, during the course of a demolition activity, shall discover the existence of construction and demolition debris recyclable items, the same shall be recycled and documentation shall be reported to the Recycling Coordinator within 30 days.

§ 155-10 Materials to be property of Township.

From the time recyclable materials are placed at the curb by the owner, lessee or occupancy for collection by the Township of Wyckoff, such recyclable materials shall become the property of the Township. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any such person unauthorized by the Township to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such recyclable materials for any purpose whatsoever once placed at the curbside pickup point. Each violation of this section from one or more premises shall constitute a separate and distinct offense and violation, punishable as hereinafter provided.

§ 155-11 Annual report.

The Recycling Coordinator shall annually submit a recycling tonnage report to the New Jersey Office of Recycling.

§ 155-12 Public notice.

[Amended 9-20-2005 by Ord. No. 1510]
The Recycling Coordinator shall notify all persons owning, leasing or occupying property within the Township of Wyckoff of the Township's recycling opportunities and the source-separation requirements of this chapter. This notice shall be accomplished by placing an advertisement in a newspaper circulating in the Township of Wyckoff or by posting this information on the Township's Website and by mailing this information contained in the municipal calendar.

§ 155-13 Newspaper drives.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to limit volunteer, charitable or other organizations from conducting newspaper drives. The date, time, place and nature of these collections shall be presented in advance and in writing to the Township Administrator who shall approve or disapprove the date, time, place and nature of the recycling in accordance with the regulations promulgated.

§ 155-14 Referral to Planning Board.

This chapter shall be referred to the Planning Board of the Township of Wyckoff for a revision of the Master Plan in accordance with N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.16c, specifically with regard to the collection, disposition and recycling of designated recyclable materials within any development proposal for the construction of 50 or more units of single-family residential housing or 25 or more units of multifamily residential housing or any commercial or industrial development proposal for the utilization of 1,000 square feet of land. The Planning Board shall also make recommendations to the Township Committee for amendments to the Township's Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision and Site Plan Ordinance in accordance with this section.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Ch. 186, Zoning, and Ch. 168, Subdivision and Site Plan Review.

§ 155-15 Enforcement.

This chapter may be enforced by the Recycling Coordinator, Municipal Departments of Health, Police, Engineering and Construction Code Enforcement, Zoning Officer or Assistant Zoning Officer and such other employees or departments of the Township as designated in writing by the Township Administrator. The Recycling Coordinator, in conjunction with the Environmental Commission and subject to the approval of the Township Committee, shall establish and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations as to the manner, days and times for the collection, storing, transportation, sale and/or marketing of recyclable materials in order to encourage the preservation of material resources while minimizing the costs of the recycling program to the Township of Wyckoff. Said rules and regulations are subject to change, modification, repeal or amendment by the Township Committee.

§ 155-16 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-5-2009 by Ord. No. 1599]
Any person, firm or corporation violating or neglecting to comply with any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant thereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in an amount not to exceed $25 for a first offense, not to exceed $250 for a second offense and not to exceed $500 or up to 90 days in jail, or both, for any third or all subsequent offenses. As an alternate penalty, any convicted person may be ordered to perform community services in the recycling program, for a period not to exceed 90 days. Each day such violation or neglect is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and be punishable as such. The fines for a first and second offense may be paid through the Violations Bureau without the necessity of a court appearance.