[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood 5-4-2015 by Ord. No. 1570. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 113
Littering and dumping — See Ch. 197.
Solid waste — See Ch. 261.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 233, Recycling, adopted 2-19-1985 by Ord. No. 829, as amended.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- All products made of aluminum, including aluminum cans, foil, wrappers, containers for prepared dinners or other foods, screen frames and lawn chairs.
- The placement of yard waste in a trash can, bucket, bag or other container, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
- All products made from silica or sand, soda ash and limestone, the product being transparent or translucent and being used for packaging or bottling of various matter, and all other material commonly known as "glass," excluding, however, blue and flat glass and glass commonly known as "window glass."
- All products made of metal, exclusive of aluminum, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, hot-water heaters, tire rims, springs, bicycles, bimetal cans (tin cans) or scrap metal.
- MOTOR OIL
- Oil commonly used in automobiles, motor-driven vehicles and combustion engines.
- Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
- Any recyclable materials made of metal, glass, plastic, cardboard, used newspaper, or wastepaper products.
- Any street, avenue, boulevard, road, parkway, viaduct, drive, or other way, which is an existing state, county, or municipal roadway, and includes the land between the street lines, whether improved or unimproved, and may comprise pavement, shoulders, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, parking areas, and other areas within the street lines.
- USED NEWSPAPER
- Includes paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at stated intervals, usually daily or weekly, having printed therein news and opinions and containing advertisements and other matters of public interest.
- WASTEPAPER PRODUCTS
- All uncontaminated paper material, such as magazines, books, papers, food cartons, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, bags and discarded letters and envelopes.
- YARD AND VEGETATIVE WASTE
- Leaves, brush, roots, weeds, grass clippings, logs, stumps, vegetative waste, and Christmas trees.
The Borough shall collect the recyclables listed in § 233-2 of this chapter from residential and commercial premises. All persons occupying residential and commercial premises shall separate recyclables from solid waste (as defined in Chapter 261 of the Borough Code) and shall arrange for the disposal and removal of said recyclables in accordance with this section. Recyclables shall be placed for curbside collection after 5:00 p.m. on the night prior to the scheduled pick-up date, or before 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled pickup date.
All recyclables shall be placed in labeled recycling containers or paper bags, in accordance with this section. Recyclables shall be placed at the curb, no less than two feet away from solid waste.
When not placed at the curb in accordance with this chapter, all labeled recycling containers, bags, or any other receptacles containing recyclables shall not be placed in an area that is visible from the street. Labeled recycling containers, bags, and other receptacles containing recyclables shall be stored in the rear yard or the side yard of residential and commercial properties. For purposes of this chapter, the area(s) comprising the rear yard or the side yard shall be in accordance with § 141-4 of the Borough Code.
All recyclables will be commingled in a labeled recycling container.
Recyclables shall be washed as clean as possible, and shall have all lids and caps removed.
Only plastics marked as No. 1 (PETE), No. 2 (HDPE), No. 4 (LDPE), No. 5 (PP), and No. 7 (other; containing resin) shall be placed into a labeled recycling container. Plastic should be crushed before being placed into a recycling container. The placement of plastic bags and plastic caps into any recycling container is prohibited.
Cardboard boxes shall be flattened prior to placement into a recycling container. Flattened cardboard boxes shall not be bundled or tied together any larger than 18 inches by three feet, or in a manner weighing more than 50 pounds.
Used newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, cardboard and pizza boxes, and junk mail may be placed into a labeled recycling container with other permissible recyclables. Any used newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, or junk mail that is not placed in a labeled recycling container shall be bundled and tied, or placed into paper bags.
From the time of placement at the curb or at any place designated by regulation by any one of the categories described herein for collection by the Borough of Collingswood in accordance with the terms hereof, items shall be and become the property of the Borough of Collingswood or its authorized agent. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person unauthorized by the Borough of Collingswood to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such items, including recycling buckets. Any and each such collection in violation hereof from one or more residences shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.
The Borough shall collect yard waste from residential and commercial premises. All persons occupying residential and commercial premises shall separate yard waste from solid waste (as defined in Chapter 261 of the Borough Code) and shall arrange for the disposal and removal of said yard waste in accordance with this section, unless yard waste is stored or recycled for the purpose of composting.
Yard waste over four inches in diameter (large brush) shall be placed at the curb and will be picked up by the Borough Public Works Department. Residents must contact the Borough Public Works Department to arrange for the removal of large brush.
Yard waste that is less than four inches in diameter (small brush) shall be placed loose in cans or tied in bundles, between May 1 and September 30 of any given calendar year. Small brush shall not be placed in plastic bags and will not be accepted by the Borough. The placement of small brush into plastic bags shall be a violation of this chapter.
Grass shall be placed in containers with no lids. Grass shall not be placed in plastic bags and will not be accepted by the Borough. The placement of grass into plastic bags shall be a violation of this chapter.
Leaves shall be collected by the Borough between October and December in any given calendar year. Advanced notice of said collections will be provided by the Borough.
Christmas trees will be collected by the Borough Public Works Department. Christmas trees shall be placed at the curb for collection on the regularly scheduled trash collection date.
The owner or occupant of any property, or any employee or contractor of such owner or occupant engaged to provide lawn care or landscaping services, shall not sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste in the street. If yard waste that is not containerized is placed in the street, the party responsible for placement of yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing yard waste that is not containerized at the curb or along the street is only allowed during the seven days prior to a scheduled announced collection and shall not be placed closer than 10 feet from any storm drain inlet. Placement of such yard waste at the curb or along the street at any other time or in any other manner is a violation of this chapter. If such placement of yard waste occurs, the party responsible for placement of the yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to place motor oil in any containers used for recyclables or yard waste, or to otherwise comingle motor oil with recyclables or yard waste. Residents must bring motor oil in a sealed and labeled container to the Borough Garage, located at 713 North Atlantic Avenue, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Any person who violates or neglects to comply with any provisions of this chapter or any regulation promulgated pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 for the first offense, imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department, Public Works Department, and the Nuisance Officer of the Borough of Collingswood.