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Township of Pemberton, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Pemberton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 75.
Littering — See Ch. 126.
Property maintenance — See Ch.145.
Solid waste — See Ch. 152.
[Adopted 10-6-2005 by Ord. No. 14-2005; amended in its entirety 7-11-2018 by Ord. No. 10-2018[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. II, Containerized Waste, adopted 10-6-2005 by Ord. No. 20-2005, as amended, and provided for the redesignation of Art. III as Art. II.
This chapter establishes a yard waste collection and disposal program in the Township of Pemberton, sets forth requirements for the proper handling of yard waste and prohibited conduct to protect public health, safety and welfare, and prescribes penalties for the failure to comply.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The work "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
CONTAINERIZED
The placement of yard waste in a trash can, bucket, bag or other vessel, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
STREET
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, getters, curbs, sidewalks, parking areas, and other areas within the street lines.
YARD WASTE
Grass clippings generated from grass cutting or dethatching lawns.
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, or permit another to sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste in or adjacent to the street unless the yard waste is containerized, and on dates and times designated by the Township as appropriate for disposal. The owner and/or occupant of the property and/or any other person performs the prohibited conduct shall be jointly and severally responsible under this chapter.
The provisions of this article shall be enforced by the Township of Pemberton Director of Community Development, Code Enforcement Officers of Pemberton Township, and the Pemberton Township Police Department.
Any person in violation of this article shall be issued a written notice to abate within 10 days of receipt of said notice for a first offense. The failure to abate within said notice period shall subject the person to the issuance of a summons for a violation of this chapter. Second and subsequent offenses within a period of one year from a previous offense shall not require a notice to abate, and shall be subject to the issuance of a summons immediately.
[Adopted 3-2-2011 by Ord. No. 4-2011]
This is an article to establish requirements for the proper handling of leaves and other yard debris in the Township of Pemberton, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
For the purposes of this article, the following terms, phrases and words shall have the meanings given herein:
BRUSH
Consists of twigs and branches that arise from general landscape and yard maintenance. It does not include any tree stumps or materials arising from tree removal, land clearing or development activities.
LEAF DISPOSAL
The placement of leaves in plastic bags with a maximum weight of 30 pounds, which can be composted together with pine needles, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
LEAVES
Leaves generated from residential premises located within the Township of Pemberton which have been source separated from solid waste, including but not limited to sticks, branches, grass clippings generated from grass cutting or dethatching lawns, foreign material and construction material.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
RESIDENCE
Single-family dwellings and duplex-type dwellings. No multiple-family housing greater than a four-plex unit is eligible (i.e., apartments, condominiums, mobile home parks, etc.).
STREET
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.
A. 
Leaf pickup.
(1) 
Leaf disposal shall take place at the curb of any public roadway for collection by the Township of Pemberton with one collection occurring each spring and one collection occurring each fall. Specific collection dates shall be determined by the Superintendent of Public Works and approved and advertised by the Business Administrator.
(2) 
Bagged leaves and pine needles must be placed at the edge of the road between Saturday and 6:00 a.m. of the first collection date in your area.
(3) 
Bags are to be placed along the edge of the road, upside down, with the tied end facing down.
(4) 
Grass clippings generated from grass cutting or dethatching lawns, trash, tree limbs, dirt/sand and other yard debris are not to be included within the leaves.
B. 
Brush pickup.
(1) 
Brush must be at the curb or edge of a public road only.
(2) 
Brush must be placed at the curb or edge of a public road prior to calling to schedule pickup. Public works will not wait for homeowner to stack the pile.
(3) 
Brush must be placed parallel to the road, pointing in the same direction as traffic.
(4) 
Curbside must be clear of motor vehicles so Township equipment has access.
(5) 
No material with a trunk larger than six inches in diameter can be accepted.
(6) 
Brush or tree trimmings should be as long as possible, but not to exceed 12 feet in length.
(7) 
Please adhere to the following volume restrictions for brush piles:
Length
(in feet)
Width
(in feet)
Height
(in feet)
12
6
4
(8) 
Do not bundle.
(9) 
No briars, thorns, poison ivy, oak or sumac, or vines may be placed in the pile.
(10) 
No wood boards, decking, fencing, construction material, etc., is acceptable.
(11) 
Brush collection is by appointment only.
(12) 
Residents are limited to two scheduled pickups per year. In the case of a severe storm, and if determined to be necessary by the Superintendent of Public Works, the department will use a contingency collection procedure and collect brush by zones. This collection with not count towards the two allowed annual collections.
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 leaves in the street, unless the leaves are placed in plastic bags as required herein. If leaves that are not containerized are placed in the street, the party responsible for the placement must remove the leaves from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this article.
A. 
The provisions of this article shall be enforced by representatives of the Division of Code Enforcement of the Township of Pemberton or a member of the Township of Pemberton Police Department.
B. 
Public Works employees will issue warning stickers for residents to be found in violation. Residents will have 10 business days to comply before fines are issued.
Any person found to be in violation of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $300 per violation. Each violation is considered a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.