Township of North Brunswick, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Mayor and Council) of the Township of North Brunswick 7-6-1976. This ordinance superseded the former chapter regarding littering, adopted 9-21-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 135.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 184.

§ 216-1 Definitions.

Certain words, as used in this chapter are defined as follows:
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
LITTER
Any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including but not limited to any bottle, jar or can, or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material, or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but does not include the waste of the preliminary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing.
[Amended 9-6-1988]
LITTER RECEPTACLE
A container suitable for the depositing of litter.
[Added 10-11-2005 by Ord. No. 05-21]
PARK
A park, reservation, recreation center or any other area in the township owned and used by the township and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PRIVATE PREMISES
Any dwelling, house, building or other structure used either wholly or in any part for private residential purposes, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant, and shall include any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps, vestibule or mailbox belonging to or appurtenant to such dwelling, house, building or other structure.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any and all streets, sidewalks, boulevards, parking areas open to the public, alleys and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and public buildings.
REFUSE
All putrescible and nonputrescible solid wastes (except body wastes), including ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles, dismantled vehicles, other abandoned personal property and solid market and industrial wastes.
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as circulars, leaflets, pamphlets, wrappers, handbills, newspapers and all and any other printed material, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, building materials and other like materials.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of North Brunswick.

§ 216-2 Littering prohibited.

[Amended 9-6-1988; 10-11-2005 by Ord. No. 05-21]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place any litter of any nature upon public or private property other than in a litter receptacle, or having done so, to allow such litter to remain.
B. 
Whenever any litter is thrown or discarded or allowed to fall from a vehicle or boat in violation of this section, the operator or owner, or both, of the motor vehicle or boat shall also be deemed to have violated this section.

§ 216-3 Manner of placement in receptacles.

[Amended 9-6-1988]
Litter receptacles and their servicing shall be required at the following public places: sidewalks used by pedestrians in active retail commercially zoned areas, such that at a minimum there shall be no single linear quarter mile without a receptacle; buildings held out for use by the public, including schools, government buildings and railroad and bus stations; parks; drive-in restaurants; all street vendor locations; self-service refreshment areas; construction sites; gasoline service station islands; shopping centers; parking lots; boat-launching areas; and at special events to which the public is invited, including sporting events, parades, carnivals, circuses and festivals. The proprietors of these places or the sponsors of these events shall be responsible for providing and servicing the receptacles such that adequate containerization is available.

§ 216-4 Litter in bodies of water.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in any fountain, pond, lake, stream or any other body of water within the township.

§ 216-5 Litter thrown by persons in vehicles.

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

§ 216-6 Litter on occupied private property.

No person shall throw or deposit litter on any occupied private property within the township, 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. Such owner or person in control of 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 private receptacles for collection.

§ 216-7 Litter in parks.

No person shall throw or deposit litter in any park within the township 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 shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.

§ 216-8 Litter on vacant lots.

No person shall throw or deposit litter on any open or vacant private property within the township, whether or not owned by such person.

§ 216-9 Sweeping litter into gutters and streets.

[Amended 10-11-2005 by Ord. No. 05-21]
No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter or street within the Township any accumulation of litter. Nothing herein recited, however, shall prevent the disposal of leaves, except that in no instance shall leaves be placed on any streets, gutters or public right-of-way within the Township, except in conformity with the provisions of Chapter 184, Solid Waste, § 184-5, Collection procedures and policies, Subsection F, Leaves, of the Code of the Township of North Brunswick.

§ 216-10 Responsibility for keeping premises litter free.

Persons owning or occupying a place of business or a place of residence shall keep the sidewalks, entrance walks and parking areas in front of or upon their premises free of litter.

§ 216-11 Truck loads causing litter.

No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the township, unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded so as to prevent any load, contents or litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon any private property.

§ 216-11.1 Storage of tires and inoperable or unregistered vehicles.

[Added 9-6-1988]
A. 
The storage of tires in areas zoned residential shall be prohibited except that tires may be stored in a fully enclosed building or structure, except on days designated for the collection of tires.
B. 
The keeping of inoperable or unregistered vehicles on streets, vacant lots and residential lawns shall be prohibited.

§ 216-12 Enforcement.

[Amended 9-20-2010 by Ord. No. 10-29]
The provisions of this chapter shall be administered and enforced by the Township of North Brunswick Police Department, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. All three Township departments are charged with the duty to enforce this chapter and, to that end, to make and sign complaints for violations in the Municipal Court of the Township of North Brunswick.

§ 216-13 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $200 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.