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Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Bergen County
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[Adopted 7-10-1979 by Ord. No. 1142]
For the purpose of this article, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
ASHES
The cold residue from combustion of any type of solid fuel, such as wood, coal, coke, charcoal, paper and/or any similar substance.
[1]
A. 
A single-family residence which is a dwelling occupied by one or more persons, the occupants of which live and eat together.
B. 
A two-family residence which is a dwelling housing two separate single families.
C. 
A multifamily dwelling which is one or more buildings in the same building complex housing more than two families.
D. 
A business use which is a structure used entirely for commercial or business purposes or for commercial, business and residential purposes.
E. 
An industrial property which is premises devoted entirely to manufacturing or for any use other than residential or commercial, or property devoted partially to manufacturing jointly with any other use, except as provided in Class VI.
F. 
Such premises upon which there exists buildings primarily used for office purposes so long as within such buildings there are employed no more than 350 persons and so long as, in addition to the requirements contained throughout this article, the garbage and refuse to be collected therefrom shall be primarily dry paper products and contain no more than 1% food or other organic or wet waste material.
GARBAGE
Any waste material in the process of or subject to decomposition or decay incident to ordinary domestic or business use or purpose, and shall include, among other things, kitchen refuse, animal or vegetable matter, any decaying and decomposing substance and/or dog feces deposited in accordance with § 124-4 of this Code.
[Amended 11-23-2010 by Ord. No. 2247]
GARDEN REFUSE
Small tree branches capable of being broken by hand and hedge, bush and vine trimmings; excluded are grass clippings, weeds, garden plant and vegetable cuttings and leaves, the disposal of which is governed by another ordinance.[2]
[Amended 3-28-1988 by Ord. No. 1456]
HEAVY TRASH
Household items only.
NEWSPAPERS
All noncoated papers sold or distributed at regular or irregular intervals to convey or report news, opinions, advertisements or other matters of public or private interest, but excluding all magazines, books, periodicals, brochures, posters, cardboard boxes, containers and other paper or paper products of any kind or nature whatsoever.
OCCUPANT
The owner, agent, tenant, lessee, caretaker or any other person in charge of any premises affected by this article, whichever classification may be appropriate and effective for its enforcement.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, corporation, firm, aggregation or association of persons.
PRIVATE SCAVENGER
A person, firm or corporation duly licensed to render the service of the collection of garbage or other refuse within the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights for disposal elsewhere.
SUFFICIENT
Enough receptacles for each premises to eliminate the need for baskets, cartons, paper bags, etc.
SUITABLE CONTAINER
A receptacle, as herein defined, having a closely fitted cover or lid, so constructed as to prevent spillage or leakage of its contents, having handles or other appurtenances thereto of such type as to facilitate its emptying and which is maintained at all times in a clean condition. Permitted as suitable shall be two types of receptacles:
A. 
A Type 1 receptacle shall have a capacity of no more than 32 gallons, shall have handles to enable it to be handled by one man and shall be filled to a weight no greater than 40 pounds.
B. 
A Type 2 receptacle shall be one commonly known as a "dumpster," having a capacity of no greater than two cubic yards, and shall have standard appurtenant fixtures thereon to facilitate dumping into standard garbage-compactor trucks.
TRASH AND RUBBISH
All miscellaneous materials such as rags, paper products, cardboard, cartons, leather goods, rubber, bottles, tin cans, broken glass, crockery and/or any similar materials or substances, but shall not include logs, earth, sand, bricks, mortar or other substances which may accumulate from building operations.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also § 152-10 of this chapter.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Article III of this chapter.
The Division of Sanitation of the Public Works Department of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights shall be the enforcement authority charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of this article.
No ashes, trash, rubbish, garden refuse, garbage or newspapers shall be collected or disposed of except in accordance with the provisions of this article.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Articles II, III and IV of this chapter.
[Amended 3-28-1988 by Ord. No. 1454]
A. 
Within the limitations hereinafter established, the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights will provide two garbage collections per week throughout the Borough in accordance herewith, except in the event of an emergency which prevents collection. The day and approximate hour of such collections in the various areas of the Borough will be publicly announced and published. In case of any change in such schedule, such modification will be made on at least one week's notice, except in case of emergencies.
B. 
As to Class I and II services, such garbage collection shall be from rear yards or, in the event that the Superintendent of Public Works determines that a particular rear yard is not reasonably or practically accessible, from such other yard as he may designate and, in either case, from Type 1 receptacles as herein defined and as hereinafter regulated.
[Amended 6-25-1991 by Ord. No. 1590]
C. 
As to Class III services, such garbage collection shall be from such places as hereinafter designated and shall be limited to one Type 1 container per living unit or the bulk equivalent in Type 2 receptacles.
D. 
As to Class IV, V and VI, only such services shall be provided as may be authorized and directed by resolution of the Mayor and Council hereinafter adopted. The operators of such properties shall engage, at their own expense, the services of private, duly licensed scavengers or collectors so as to provide collection of all garbage from these premises with such frequency and in such manner so that they are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition. Such collection shall be in accordance with the standards set forth herein and further in accordance with the regulations hereafter adopted by resolution of the Mayor and Council. Such private scavengers or collectors shall operate in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and all such operations shall be only on weekdays, including Saturdays, and shall further operate only in accordance with all other terms and conditions of this article and in accordance with the rules and regulations which may be hereafter adopted by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
A. 
In general. All materials and substances to be collected shall be sorted and held in receptacles as defined herein. Any ashes, trash, rubbish, garden refuse and/or garbage of such nature or size that it cannot be placed in a receptacle shall be properly and securely tied into bundles or packages to prevent spilling or scattering. Such bundles or packages shall be of a size to permit ease of handling by one man and shall not, in any case, weigh more than 40 pounds when full and shall not exceed three feet in length. All ashes shall be cool to the touch and capable of being handled. Residents having household items of a larger or heavier nature than permitted under this article will place these items out only after first notifying the Sanitation Department and on the date so advised by the Department. Newspapers shall be separated and kept apart from other refuse for special collection, as provided herein.
B. 
Specific regulations.
(1) 
The owner, agent, lessee, tenant and/or occupant of every dwelling and other premises shall provide and keep on such premises sufficient and suitable receptacles as specified herein for the receiving and holding of the substances and/or materials referred to herein.
(2) 
All receptacles shall be of metal or plastic sufficiently strong for collection purposes and have a capacity of not more than 32 gallons or two cubic yards, as specified herein. They shall be watertight and shall have a close-fitting metal or plastic cover. Receptacles shall be located on the premises for convenient emptying thereof and shall be maintained in such a manner as to prevent the creation of a nuisance or a danger to health.
(3) 
All receptacles shall be kept covered.
(4) 
The occupant shall keep all receptacles clean and in proper condition for safe handling.
(5) 
After the receptacles are emptied by the personnel of the Sanitation Department, they shall be returned to the point from which they are taken by said personnel.
(6) 
Plastic trash bags may be substituted for metal containers for garden refuse, trash and rubbish, but specifically not for garbage, all as defined herein. These bags must be securely tied and of sufficient strength to allow being picked up without tearing or breaking. Such plastic trash bags will be placed at the curbline by the householder not earlier than sunset or 7:00 p.m., whichever occurs earlier, on the day prior to the day fixed for collection.
[Amended 2-26-2013 by Res. No. 51]
(7) 
All garbage shall be, as far as practically possible, drained of all liquids, placed securely in paper or plastic bags and placed in suitable receptacles.
[Amended 5-29-1990 by Ord. No. 1538]
(8) 
Newspapers placed out by the householder for pickup shall be securely tied or bound with bindings of sufficient strength to permit the bundles to be lifted by the binding, the bundles to weigh not more than 25 pounds each and not to exceed 12 inches in height. All newspapers placed on the curb on the designated days in accordance with this article shall be deemed the property of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, and it shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person or persons to remove, destroy or interfere with the same after they have been so placed for collection.
(9) 
Paper shall be securely and properly tied in bundles or other packages in a manner to prevent any scattering while waiting for or during collection. All pasteboard and corrugated boxes and papers shall be collapsed and securely tied. The bundles or packages shall be of a size and weight to permit handling by one man.
(10) 
The Sanitation Department may affix a notice to containers which do not qualify under the requirements of this article indicating that the containers do not qualify and that further use of said containers may result in confiscation of the containers and/or refusal to make the collection as specified in this article. If, at the next regularly scheduled collection date, said containers still do not conform to the requirements of this article, the Sanitation Department may collect the containers as specified and/or refuse to make the collections as specified in this article.
(11) 
In Class I and II services, no trash, heavy trash or refuse, garden refuse, rubbish or newspapers, as defined herein, shall be set out for collection on the curb in front of the property earlier than the night before the collection day.
(12) 
In all other classes of services, no articles for collection, as provided herein, of any nature shall be placed outside for collection before 5:00 a.m. or later than 9:00 a.m. on the date of collection.
(13) 
No article of any nature placed outside for collection shall be placed in a way so as to obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic upon either any street or any sidewalk.
C. 
Heavy trash pickup. Heavy trash will be picked up according to the schedule as may be fixed for regular pickup under § 152-4 hereof. All self-locking appliances, cabinets or other containers, including but not limited to refrigerators and freezers, shall have removed therefrom such devices which cause contents therein to be locked before such appliances, cabinets or containers are placed for pickup.
D. 
Collection schedule. Collection shall be on such days and at such times and hours as shall be designated by the Borough Clerk under § 152-4 hereof.
E. 
Acts prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to:
(1) 
Place or store any of the substances and/or materials referred to in this article in any paper bag, parcel, wooden keg or barrel, basket, drum or any type of container whatsoever other than the type of receptacle herein specified.
(2) 
Co-mingle newspapers with other refuse, and any refuse which contains newspapers, as herein defined, will be removed from any property by Borough employees.
F. 
Noncollectible items. The following refuse shall be considered not acceptable for collection by the Sanitation Department:
(1) 
Industrial waste materials or substances such as poisons, acids, caustics, animal feces except such deposited in accordance with § 124-4 of this Code, noxious chemicals, infected materials, explosives and ammunitions or any other materials likely to cause injury to persons employed or damage to equipment used in making collections.
[Amended 11-23-2010 by Ord. No. 2247]
(2) 
Materials resulting from the demolition, repair, excavation or construction of buildings or structures or such earth, plaster, mortar, lumber or roofing materials.
(3) 
Loose piles of vegetation or tree branches, unless properly prepared for collection, as provided herein.
(4) 
Materials which have not been prepared for collection in accordance with the standards set forth in this article.
(5) 
Materials which cannot be disposed of in accordance with the standards and regulations prescribed by the Department of Health and State of New Jersey for disposal of waste materials in the sanitary landfill method.
G. 
Nothing herein contained is intended to restrain any resident or occupant from making alternate and private arrangements for disposing of newspaper or to prevent charitable or other organizations, authorized by residents or occupants, from collecting newspapers placed on the curb for that purpose at other times than those days designated for municipal collection.
The Mayor and Council may, by resolution, establish additional rules and regulations covering the collections provided herein. Said rules and regulations, upon promulgation, shall be posted on the bulletin board maintained by the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights and published in a newspaper acceptable for general legal advertisements by the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights. The Mayor and Council shall have specific authority to amend the provisions of the schedule of collections, as provided herein, by resolution, to increase, decrease or change the number of collections per week and the days of collection in any zone.
Nothing herein contained shall prevent the municipality from seeking injunctive relief to prevent violations of the provisions of this article, and said remedies shall be considered to be in addition to such other remedies as are specified in this article.
[Amended 2-10-1986 by Ord. No. 1344; 5-23-1988 by Ord. No. 1463; 5-29-1990 by Ord. No. 1538; 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 2201]
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to such penalties as are provided in Chapter 204 of this Code.
B. 
In fixing the fine provided under Chapter 204, the court shall consider the additional or extraordinary cost to the Borough resulting from the violation of the terms of this article as such cost may be certified to the court by the Superintendent of Public Works.