Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 126.

§ 101-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter only, the term "solicitation" or "solicit" shall mean the request, directly or indirectly, for money, credit, property, financial assistance, or other thing of any kind or value. Solicitation shall include, but not be limited to, the use or employment of canisters, cards, receptacles or similar devices for the collection of money or other things of value. A solicitation shall take place whether or not the person making the solicitation receives any contribution.

§ 101-2 Permit fee.

The annual permit fee is $25 per bin.

§ 101-3 Application and requirements for placement; use of clothing bins for solicitation purposes.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no person shall place, use, or employ a donation clothing bin within the Township of Florence, for solicitation purposes, without meeting the requirements of this chapter and having obtained a permit as outlined herein:
A. 
The donation clothing bin must be owned by a charitable organization registered with the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey pursuant to P.L. 1994, c. 16.
B. 
The donation clothing bin cannot be placed without having first obtained a permit from the Municipal Clerk, which is approved by the Township Zoning Officer and the Township Administrator or his designee. Permits are renewable on an annual basis during the month of January.
C. 
Zoning approval is contingent upon the following information:
(1) 
The location where the bin would be situated, as precisely as possible as indicated on a property survey. For commercial properties or those properties subject to site plan approvals, a clothing donation clothing bin can only be placed in the location where the recycling and or waste collection for the business takes place. Site plan approval may be required as determined by the Zoning Officer. Clothing donation bins are not permitted in any right-of-way.
(2) 
The manner in which the charitable organization or person anticipates any clothing or other donations collected via the bin would be used, sold or dispersed, and the method by which the proceeds of collected donations would be allocated or spent.
(3) 
The name and telephone number of the bona fide office of the applicant and of any entity which may share or profit from any clothing or other donations collected via the bin.
(4) 
The schedule of pickups removing the articles from the bins, which can be no less often than once per week, and the name and telephone number of the person to be notified if the bin is overflowing prior to the scheduled date of pickup.
(5) 
Written consent from the property owner, or the owner's authorized representative, to place the bin on his/her property.

§ 101-4 Renewal application requirements.

In addition to the above application requirements, renewal applications must include:
A. 
A statement of the manner in which the person has used, sold, or dispersed any clothing or other donation collected via the bin, the method by which the proceeds of collected donations have been allocated or spent, and any changes the person anticipates he/she may make in this process during the period covered by the renewal.
B. 
The name and telephone number of the bona fide office of any entity which shared or profited from any clothing or other donations collected via the bin and of any entities which may do so during the period covered by the renewal.
C. 
If the location of the bin is to be moved, the new location where the bin is to be situated, as precisely as possible, and written consent from the property owner of the new location.

§ 101-5 Placement of bins.

Florence Township shall not grant an application for a permit to place, use, or employ a donation clothing bin if it determines that the placement of the bin could constitute a safety hazard. Such hazards shall include, but not be limited to, the placement of a donation clothing bin within 100 yards of any place which stores large amounts of, or sells, fuel or other flammable liquids or gases or the placement of a bin where it interferes with vehicular or pedestrian circulation. The person placing, using or employing a donation clothing bin shall maintain the bin and the area surrounding the bin such that there shall be no accumulation of clothing or other donations outside the bin.

§ 101-6 Display of permit.

The following information shall be clearly and conspicuously displayed on the exterior of the donation clothing bin:
A. 
The permit number and its date of expiration.
B. 
The name and address of the registered person who owns the bin and of any other entity which may share or profit from any clothing or other donations collected via the bin.
C. 
The telephone number of the owner's bona fide office and, if applicable, the telephone number of the bona fide office of any other entity which may share or profit from any clothing or other donations collected via the bin. For the purposes of this chapter, an answering machine or service unrelated to the person does not constitute a bona fide office.
D. 
In cases when any entity other than the person who owns the bin may share or profit from any clothing or other donations collected via the bin, a notice, written in a clear and easily understandable manner, indicating that clothing or other donations collected via the bin, their proceeds, or both, may be shared, or given entirely to, an entity other than the person who owns the bin, and identifying all such entities which may share or profit from such donations.
E. 
A statement, consistent with the information provided to the Township in the most-recent permit or renewal application, indicating the manner in which the owner anticipates any clothing or other donations collected via the bin would be used, sold, or dispersed and the method by which the proceeds of collected donations would be allocated or spent.

§ 101-7 Receipt and investigation of complaints relative to donation clothing bins.

A. 
The Zoning Officer and/or the Township Administrator or his designee shall receive and investigate, within 30 days, any complaints from the public about the bin. Whenever it appears to the Zoning Officer and or the Township Administrator or his designee that a person has engaged in or is engaging in any act or practice in violation of this chapter, the person who placed the bin shall be issued a warning, stating that if the violation is not rectified or a hearing with the appropriate municipal agency is not requested within 45 days, the bin will be seized or removed at the expense of the person who placed the bin, and any clothing or other donations collected via the bin will be sold at public auction or otherwise disposed of. In addition to any other means used to notify the person who placed the bin, such warning shall be affixed to the exterior of the bin itself.
B. 
In the event that the person who placed the bin does not rectify the violation or request a hearing within 45 days of the posting of the warning, Florence Township may seize the bin, remove it, or have it removed, at the expense of the person who placed the bin, and sell at public auction or otherwise dispose of any clothing or other donations collected via the bin. Any proceeds from the sale of the donations collected via the bin shall be paid to the Chief Financial Officer of the Township.

§ 101-8 Additional penalties; remedies.

In addition to any other penalties or remedies authorized by the laws of this state, any person who violates any provision of this chapter or the provisions of P.L. 2007, c. 209 (N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.60 et seq.) which results in seizure of the donation clothing bin shall be:
A. 
Subject to a penalty of up to $20,000 for each violation. The Township may bring this action in the Florence Township Municipal Court or the Superior Court of New Jersey as a summary proceeding under the Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999, P.L. 1999, c. 274 (N.J.S.A. 2A:58-10 et seq.), and any penalty moneys collected shall be paid to the Chief Financial Officer of the Township; and
B. 
Deemed ineligible to place, use, or employ a donation clothing bin for solicitation purposes pursuant to this chapter and P.L. 2007, c. 209 (N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.61). A person disqualified from placing, using, or employing a donation clothing bin by violating the provisions of P.L. 2007, c. 209 (N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.60 et seq.) may apply to the Township Council to have that person's eligibility restored. The Township Council may restore the eligibility of a person who:
(1) 
Acts within the public interest; and
(2) 
Demonstrates that he made a good-faith, effort to comply with the provisions of this chapter and P.L. 2007, c. 209 (N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.60 et seq.), and all other applicable laws and regulations or had no fraudulent intentions.