[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 6-20-1988 by Ord. No. 22-88 (Sec. 6-1 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Putrescible animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
- 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 or any top, cap or detachable tab of 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 or other lawn or garden waste, newspapers, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packages or construction material.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- All streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys, beaches or other public ways, and all public parks, squares, spaces, docks, grounds and buildings.
- All putrescible and nonputrescible solid waste (except body wastes) including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, abandoned automobiles and solid market and industrial waste.
- Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as paper wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials.
- 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 on stationary rails or tracks.
No person shall sweep, throw or dump litter in or on any property, whether occupied, open or vacant and whether owned by that person, or in a public place or pond, lake or stream or other body of water within the Township, except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection.
Requirements for placement and service. Litter receptacles and their servicing shall be required at the following public places within the Township: 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; buildings held out for use by the public, including schools, government buildings, parks, self-service refreshment, construction sites, gasoline service stations, shopping centers and parking lots, and at public events to which the public is invited, including sporting events, parades, carnivals, circuses and festivals. The proprietors of these places or the sponsors of these events shall be responsible for providing and servicing the receptacles, such that adequate containerization is available and that the containers are not allowed to overflow.
Placing litter in receptacles. Persons placing litter in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles shall do so in a manner which prevents the litter from being carried or deposited by the elements upon a public place or upon private property.
[Amended 3-21-2005 by Ord. No. 13-05]
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to prohibit the spilling, dumping or disposal of materials other than stormwater to the municipal separate storm sewer system operated by the Township of Washington so as to protect public health, safety and welfare and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this section 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 word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- 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) and is designed and used for collecting and conveying stormwater.
- Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this State subject to municipal jurisdiction.
- 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.
Prohibited conduct. No person shall spill, dump, or dispose of materials other than stormwater to the municipal separate storm sewer system or spill, dump or dispose of materials other than stormwater in such a manner as to cause the discharge of pollutants to the municipal separate storm sewer system.
Waterline flushing and discharges from potable water sources.
Uncontaminated groundwater (e.g., infiltration, crawl space or basement sump pumps, foundation or footing drains, rising groundwaters).
Air conditioning condensate (excluding contact and non-contact cooling water).
Irrigation water (including landscape and lawn-watering runoff).
Flows from springs, riparian habitats and wetlands, water reservoir discharges and diverted stream flows.
Residential car-washing water, and residential swimming pool discharges.
Sidewalk, driveway and street wash water.
Flows from fire-fighting activities.
Flows from rinsing of the following equipment with clean water:
Beach maintenance equipment immediately following their use for their intended purposes; and
Equipment used in the application of salt and de-icing materials immediately following salt and de-icing material applications. Prior to rinsing with clean water, all residual salt and de-icing 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. 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, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle, shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any public or private property. No person shall cast, shoot or throw anything at, against or into any vehicle, railroad car, airplane or other facility of transportation or shall place any stick, stone or other substance upon any railroad track with intent to injure any car passing thereon or the passengers therein.
No person shall being, cart, remove, transport or collect any litter from outside the Township and bring it into the Township for the purpose of dumping or disposing thereof except in an established sanitary landfill. No truck or other vehicle containing litter which has been transported into the Township shall be parked or allowed to remain standing on any street in the Township or on any public property for a period in excess of two hours.
Advertisements, handbills, circulars and papers may be distributed in the Township only if they are so securely placed at each dwelling that they will not be blown away by the wind; otherwise, no person shall place any advertisement, handbill, circular or paper on or in any public street, sidewalk, building or vehicle within the Township.
In residential zones, no person, firm or corporation shall store or permit the storage of any out-of-service bulky items such as appliances, furniture, mattresses or tires, except in a fully enclosed structure. A farm, as defined in Chapter 217, Zoning, § 217-3, Definitions, shall be exempt from this prohibition, provided that the outdoor storage of any such item is in furtherance of a legitimate farm-related purpose.
Except in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act, it shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm, association or corporation, whether as principal or agent, servant or employee, clerk or otherwise to use or permit to be used any land, road, alley, lane or street as a dumping ground for garbage, ashes, trash, debris, rubbish, wastepaper, motor vehicle junk or other refuse matter or to establish a dump within the Township limits of the Township of Washington.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et seq.
No person, persons, firm, association or corporation, whether as principal or agent, servant or employee, clerk or otherwise, shall throw garbage, ashes, trash, debris, rubbish, wastepaper, motor vehicle junk or other refuse matter upon the public streets, roads or avenues or the lands directly abutting the public streets, roads or avenues within the limits of the Township.
Any materials unlawfully dumped within the limits of the Township may be examined in order to establish their point of origin. If their point of order can be established, the person, firm or corporation from which such materials originated shall be required to demonstrate that said materials were disposed of in a lawful manner.
Any person, corporation, partnership or other organization which drives or moves or causes to be driven or moved any commercial vehicle or truck with wheels or tires which carry onto or deposit mud, dirt, sticky substances, construction debris or foreign matter of any kind in any street or other public place so as to cause a health or safety problem shall immediately remove said materials from the public street or other public place.
[Amended 3-21-2005 by Ord. No. 13-05]
Enforcement. All police officers of the Township, regular and special, the Department of Public Works Superintendent or his/her duly authorized designee, the Health Officer or his/her duly authorized designee, the Zoning Officer and/or his/her duly authorized designee and the Township Engineer and/or his/her duly authorized designee, are hereby given full power and authority and are charged with the duty to enforce all provisions of this article.
[Amended 5-16-2005 by Ord. No. 17-05]