Borough of Wallington, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wallington 3-26-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-06. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 181-1 Requirements for placement of bins.

Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, no person shall place, use or employ a donation clothing bin, for solicitation purposes, unless the following requirements are met:
A. 
The donation clothing bin is owned by a charitable organization registered with the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey pursuant to P.L. 1994, c. 16 (N.J.S.A. 45:17A-18 et seq.) or any person; and
B. 
The registered charitable organization or the person has obtained a zoning permit valid for a period of one year, from the Zoning Officer in accordance with this chapter.

§ 181-2 Application for permit.

A. 
In applying for such a zoning permit, the registered charitable organization or person shall include:
(1) 
The location where the bin would be situated, as precisely as possible;
(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 pick-ups 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 pick-up; and
(5) 
Written consent from the property owner, or the owner's authorized representative, to place the bin on his/her property.
B. 
The Zoning Officer shall not grant an application for a zoning permit to place, use, or employ a donation clothing bin if it determines that the placement of the bin is either in the front yard setback or could constitute a safety hazard. Such hazards shall include, but are not limited to, the placement of a donation clothing bin in parking spaces, in any area that interferes with pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or any place which stores large amounts of, or sells, fuel or other flammable liquids or gases.
C. 
The fee for such application for the zoning permit shall be $25 annually for each bin.
D. 
An expiring zoning permit for a donation clothing bin may be renewed by a charitable organization or person upon payment of the $25 renewal fee and by application that shall include the following information:
(1) 
The location where the bin is situated, as precisely as possible, and, if applicant intends to move it, the new location where the bin would be situated after the renewal is granted;
(2) 
The manner in which the person has used, sold or dispersed any clothing or other donations collected via the bin, the method by which the proceeds of collected donations have been allocated or spent, and any changes the person anticipates it may make in these processes during the period covered by the renewal;
(3) 
The name, and telephone number of the bona fide office of the applicant and 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;
(4) 
The schedule of pick-ups 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 date of pick-up; and
(5) 
Written consent from the property owner, or the owner's authorized representative, to place the bin on his/her property.

§ 181-3 Information on bins.

The following information shall be clearly and conspicuously written in either paint or permanent marker on the exterior of the donation clothing bin:
A. 
The name and address of the registered charitable organization or person that owns the bin, and of any other entity which may share or profit from any clothing or other donations collected via the bin;
B. 
The telephone number of the organization'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. The telephone number of an answering machine or service unrelated to the charitable organization does not satisfy this requirement; and
C. 
The charitable organization's registration number, permit number and its date of expiration.
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; and
E. 
A statement, indicating 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.

§ 181-4 Complaints; violations and penalties.

The Zoning Officer shall receive and investigate, within 45 days, any complaints from the public about the bin.
A. 
Whenever it appears to the Zoning Officer that an organization or a person has engaged in or is engaging in any act or practice in violation of this ordinance, the organization or person who placed the bin shall be issued a warning, stating that if the violation is not rectified or an appeal taken within 15 days, then the bin, any clothing or other donations collected via the bin will be sold at public auction. In addition to any other means used to notify the person or organization who placed the bin, a warning shall be affixed to the exterior of the bin itself.
B. 
In the event that the person or organization who placed the bin does not rectify the violation or request a hearing within 15 days of the posting of the warning, the Borough may seize the bin, remove it or have it removed, at the expense of the person or organization who placed the bin, and sell it 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 Borough.
C. 
In addition to any other penalties or remedies under this ordinance, any person or organization who violates any provision which results in the seizure of the donation clothing bin shall be subject to a penalty of up to $500 for each violation.