Borough of North Arlington, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Arlington 7-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1431 (Ch. 128 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

Dumping and dumpsters — See Ch. 147.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 273.

Recycling — See Ch. 281.

Curbing of dogs — See Ch. 369, Art. II.

Dumping and littering — See Ch. 386.

Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 398.

§ 221-1
Regulation of littering. 

§ 221-2

§ 221-3
Littering prohibited. 

§ 221-4
Receptacles required. 

§ 221-5
Unlawful acts. 

§ 221-6
Sidewalks and curbs to be kept free from obstruction or nuisance. 

§ 221-7
Violations and penalties. 

From and after the effective date of this chapter, the following regulations shall regulate littering in the Borough.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

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, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material, or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clippings, leaves or other lawn or garden waste, newspapers, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but does not include the waste of the primary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing.
[Amended 5-12-2005 by Ord. No. 1936]

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place litter of any nature upon public or private property, other than in a litter receptacle or structure or container designated for the collection of the particular item. Whenever litter is thrown or discarded or allowed to fall from a vehicle or boat in violation of this chapter, the operator or owner, or both, of the motor vehicle or boat shall also be deemed to have violated this chapter.

The use of litter receptacles shall be required at the following public places, which exist in the municipality. The proprietor of these places or sponsors of these events shall be responsible for providing and servicing the receptacles such that adequate containerization is available:


Buildings held out for use by the public, including schools, government buildings and railroad and bus stations.


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.


All parks, beaches and bathing areas.


All drive-in restaurants.


All street vendor locations.


All self-service refreshment areas.


All construction sites.


All shopping centers.


All gasoline service station islands.


All campgrounds and trailer parks.


All marinas, boat moorages and fueling stations, all boat-launching stations and all public and private piers operated for public use.


All special events to which the public is invited, including sporting events, parades, carnivals, circuses, barbecues and festivals.


It shall be unlawful for any person to discard or dump long any street or road, on or off any right-of-way, any household or commercial solid waste, rubbish, refuse, junk, vehicle or vehicle parts, rubber tires, appliances, furniture or private property, except by written consent of the owner of said property, in any place not specifically designated for the purpose of solid waste storage or disposal.


It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to store or permit storage of any bulky household waste, including household appliances, furniture and mattresses, in areas zoned residential, except in a fully enclosed structure or during days designated for the collection of bulky items.


It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to store or permit the storage of tires in areas zoned residential, except in a fully enclosed structure or on days designated for the collection of tires.


It shall be unlawful for any residential property owner to park or permit the parking of any vehicle on his or her residential lawn.


It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or permit the keeping on streets, vacant lots and residential lawns, except in a fully enclosed structure, of any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer which:


Is missing tires, wheels, engine or any essential parts;


Displays extensive body damage or deterioration;


Does not display a current, valid state license; or


Is wrecked, disassembled or partially disassembled.


It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to be driven, moved, stopped or parked on any highway unless such a vehicle is constructed or loaded to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom. Any person operating a vehicle from which any glass or objects have fallen or escaped, which could cause an obstruction, damage a vehicle or otherwise endanger travelers or public property, shall immediately cause the public property to be cleaned of all glass or objects and shall pay the costs therefor.


It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction or demolition site to permit the accumulation of litter before, during or after the completion of any construction or demolition project. It shall be the duty of the owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction site to furnish containers adequate to accommodate flyable or nonflyable debris or trash at areas convenient to construction areas and to maintain and empty the receptacles in such a manner and with such a frequency as to prevent spillage of refuse.


It shall be unlawful for any residential or commercial property owner to permit open or overflowing waste disposal bins on his or her property.


House owners and keepers are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person, unless the owner or keeper requires the use of a disability assistance animal while such animal is being used for that purpose.

Editor's Note: See also Ch. 369, Animals, Art. II, Curbing of Dogs.
[Added 5-12-2005 by Ord. No. 1936]

It shall be the duty of the owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or person in charge of any structure to keep and cause to be kept the sidewalk and curb abutting the building or structure free from obstruction or nuisances of every kind and to keep sidewalks, areaways, backyards, courts and alleys free from litter and other offensive material. No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street, catch basin or other public place any litter or accumulation of litter from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Every person who owns or occupies property shall keep the sidewalk in front of his or her premises free from litter. All sweepings shall be collected and properly containerized for disposal.

[Amended 4-23-1991 by Ord. No. 1527]

Any person, firm, corporation or association violating the terms of this chapter, whether as principal, agent or employee of another, shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty.


If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues constitutes a separate and distinct offense.