Township of Washington, NJ
Warren County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 4-8-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 115.
Nuisances — See Ch. 134.
A. 
Word usage. 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 word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
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.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
IMMEDIATE
Solid waste is removed at once, without delay.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
LITTER
Garbage, refuse, rubbish, pet solid waste, as defined herein, and all other waste material which, if thrown, deposited or stored as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety and welfare.
[Amended 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM (MS4)
A conveyance or system of conveyances (including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, or storm drains) that is owned or operated by the Township of Washington or other public body, and is designed and used for collecting and conveying stormwater. This does not include combined sewer systems, which are sewer systems that are designed to carry sanitary sewage at all times and to collect and transport stormwater from street and other sources.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
OWNER/KEEPER
Any person who shall possess, maintain, house or harbor any pet or otherwise have custody of any pet, whether or not the owner of such pet.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, organization or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
[Amended 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
PET
A domesticated animal (other than a disability assistance animal) kept for amusement or companionship.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
PET SOLID WASTE
Waste matter expelled from the bowels of the pet; excrement.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
PROPER DISPOSAL
Placement in a designated waste receptacle or other suitable container, and discarded in a refuse container which is regularly emptied by the municipality or some other refuse collector; or disposal into a system designed to convey domestic sewage for proper treatment and disposal.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
PUBLIC PLACE
Any streets, sidewalks, alleys or other public ways and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and buildings.
PUBLIC STRUCTURE OR BUILDING
Any structure or building owned or operated by the federal, county or state government or any governmental agency.
REFUSE
All putrescible solid wastes, except body wastes, including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles, dismantled automobiles and parts thereof, scrap metal, junk, machinery and solid market and industrial wastes.
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes, consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as papers, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery, building materials and similar materials.
STORMWATER
Water resulting from precipitation (including rain and snow) that runs off the land’s surface, is transmitted to the subsurface, is captured by separate storm sewers or other sewerage or drainage facilities, or is conveyed by snow removal equipment.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
STREET
Any street, alley, 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.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Washington.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
YARD WASTE
Leaves and grass clippings.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
A. 
No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the township except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection; provided, however, that said public receptacles shall not be used by persons owning or occupying property in the vicinity of said public receptacles for the deposit of domestic, commercial and industrial litter arising from the conduct of said activities.
B. 
Persons placing litter in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any streets, sidewalks or other public places.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
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 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.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
A. 
The spilling, dumping, or disposal of materials other than stormwater to the municipal separate storm sewer system operated by the Township of Washington is prohibited. The spilling, dumping or disposal of materials other than stormwater in such a manner as to cause the discharge of pollutants to the municipal separate storm sewer system is also prohibited.
B. 
Exceptions to prohibition.
(1) 
Water line flushing and discharges from potable water sources.
(2) 
Uncontaminated groundwater (e.g., infiltration, crawl space or basement sump pumps, foundation or footing drains, rising groundwaters).
(3) 
Air-conditioning condensate (excluding contact and noncontact cooling water).
(4) 
Irrigation water (including landscape and lawn watering runoff).
(5) 
Flows from springs, riparian habitats and wetlands, water reservoir discharges and diverted stream flows.
(6) 
Residential car washing water, and residential swimming pool discharges.
(7) 
Sidewalk, driveway and street wash water.
(8) 
Flows from fire-fighting activities.
(9) 
Flows from rinsing of the following equipment with clean water:
(a) 
Beach maintenance equipment immediately following its use for its intended purposes; and
(b) 
Equipment used in the application of salt and deicing materials immediately following salt and deicing material applications. Prior to rinsing with clean water, all residual salt and deicing materials must be removed from equipment and vehicles to the maximum extent practicable using dry cleaning methods (e.g., shoveling and sweeping). Recovered materials are to be returned to storage for reuse or properly discarded.
(c) 
Rinsing of equipment, as noted in the above situation, is limited to exterior, undercarriage, and exposed parts and does not apply to engines or other enclosed machinery.
No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Township of Washington the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free of litter.
No person, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle, shall throw or deposit litter upon any street or other public place within the township.
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the township unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load or contents of litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any pond, lake, stream or any other body of water in a park or elsewhere within the township.
A. 
No person shall throw, deposit or store litter on any 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 and removal of same.
B. 
The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter, particularly one or more automobile bodies, frames or chassis, one or more automobiles unable to be self-propelled or one or more abandoned automobiles.
C. 
All pet 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. Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section while such animal is being used for that purpose.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $500, or may be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-31]
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Washington Township Police Department, the Principal Public Works Manager, the Zoning Official and, in cases of pet waste violations, the Washington Township Animal Control Officers.