Township of Greenwich, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Greenwich as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 409.
[Adopted 7-1-2002 by Ord. No. 10-2002]
For the purpose of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
BULK APPLIANCES/METAL
Large items such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens, ranges, hot water heaters, cold water tank, air conditioners, gas/oil/electric heaters, metal storage cabinets/shelves, swing sets, bicycles, large auto parts, metal lawn care equipment and/or any other large appliance commonly referred to as a "white good," whose size precludes or complicates normal handling.
BULK TRASH
Large items of solid waste, such as furniture, chemically treated woods, carpets and other oversize items whose size precludes or complicates handling by normal collection.
COLLECTED MATERIALS
All trash, garbage, bulk trash, bulk appliances/metal, yard/wood waste and recyclable materials.
CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS
Debris that is generated by a contractor or by an occupant in connection with construction or demolition.
DEBRIS
Stones, dirt, demolition material, broken concrete and other like material.
FIRST OFFENSE
Any violation of any of the rules or regulations set forth in this article; provided, however that no violation of any rule or regulation of this article occurred and was attributed to the same violator for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the violation.
GARBAGE
Animal or vegetable waste incident to and resulting from the use, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
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All uncontaminated paper material, such as newspaper, magazines, books, wrapping paper, bags, discarded letters and envelopes, coated magazines, catalogues and similar printed material, soft-covered books and "junk" mail.
B. 
All products made from silica or sand, soda ash and limestone, the product being transparent or translucent and being used for packaging or bottling of various matter and all other material commonly known as "clear (flint)," "green" or "brown (amber)". "Glass" shall not include crystal, ceramics, light bulbs and plate, window, laminated, wired or mirrored glass.
C. 
All products made of aluminum, commonly known as "metal cans," "tin cans," "bimetal cans," or "ferrous cans." "Bimetal cans" does not include paint, aerosol, oil lighter fluid or other such types of cans.
D. 
All uncontaminated double-layered brown cardboard.
E. 
Plastic bottles, such as these for milk, soda, water and detergent. These items are identified with a number "1" or a number "2" within the recycling triangle symbol located on the bottom of the plastic bottle.
SECOND OFFENSE
Any violation of any of the rules or regulations set forth in this article that occurs within one year of the first offense of any rule or regulation of this article by the same violator.
THIRD OFFENSE
Any violation of any of the rules or regulations set forth in this article that occurs subsequent to a second offense and within one year of a first offense by the same violator.
TRASH
Includes but shall not be limited to ashes, rubbish, refuse, yard woodwork, waste materials, rags, crockery, ordinary household refuse, waste food, bulk trash and bulk appliances deposited by residents along the curbline in containers and/or bundles. It shall not include recyclable materials as designated by this section and § 582-8, as amended.
YARD/WOOD WASTE
Leaves, trees, branches, stumps, bushes, hedge trimmings, weeds, pallets and untreated lumber.
All trash and garbage collected within and disposed of within this municipality shall be disposed of in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et seq. No trash and/or garbage collected or generated outside of Greenwich Township shall be brought into Greenwich Township for disposal or any other purpose.
The Township Mayor and Council shall establish by ordinance or resolution the days and hours for the collection of rubbish and the areas within the Township of Greenwich to be collected on the various days of the week. Hours of collection 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. normally. Trash is normally collected in four separate routes Monday through Thursday. Any changes to an individual trash route must be approved by Mayor and Council.
The following rules and regulations must be observed in the preparation of garbage and trash before placing it at curbside for collection. These rules and regulations may be changed or amended by resolution as circumstances may require.
A. 
Keep garbage and trash in rear of premises until the night before the scheduled collection day. Garbage and trash must be placed curbside by 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
B. 
Garbage and trash must be placed in suitable containers or bundles not exceeding 35 gallons' capacity and 50 pounds in weight when filled.
C. 
After collection, any empty containers shall be removed from the curbside promptly, but no later than 7:00 p.m. of the day of the collection.
D. 
Bulk appliances/metal, as defined above, including white goods, shall be put curbside the day before this scheduled collection. Any of the above referenced items with doors must be dismantled. Wheels and rubbers goods should also be removed when necessary.
E. 
No collections will be made of barrels, manure, construction debris, or other debris, as defined in this article, including but not limited to earth, plaster, cement, brick, lumber, stones, dirt, broken concrete.
F. 
Property owners must provide sufficient containers for their needs. The owner, tenant and/or occupant shall maintain the receptacles and area for the location of such materials as described herein in a clean and safe condition for handling and for purposes of collection and/or recovery.
G. 
Garbage and trash is not to be put out for collection in paper bags or cardboard boxes as same tends to break and promote litter.
H. 
All garbage shall be drained and securely wrapped and tied in suitable material such as plastic bags and placed in or alongside trash containers.
I. 
All persons, firms or corporations setting out or causing to be set out any garbage, or trash, shall securely bundle the same to prevent any part thereof from being blown or scattered about.
J. 
Only Greenwich Township employees in the performance of their collection duties or persons specifically authorized by Township of Greenwich may collect trash or garbage after it has been placed at the curbline for collection.
K. 
All collected materials as defined above shall be placed between the curb and sidewalk, accessible to the collector and shall be placed so as not to block the sidewalk or make said sidewalk hazardous to or unusable by the public.
L. 
The collection of bulk trash, as defined above and including furniture, chemically treated woods and carpets, is limited to two items per week.
M. 
All yard/wood waste, as defined above, including tree clippings, brush, stumps and the like, which are generated by a private contractor shall be disposed of by the contractor by private means.
N. 
The litter receptacles located in the downtown area, parks and playgrounds which are for pedestrian-generated litter, are not to be used for disposing of household or commercially generated garbage or trash.
O. 
Materials generated from minor home repairs and cleanups that do not require a permit may be placed at curbside for collection. Loose boards, wood products and other like materials are to bundled and tied in lengths no to exceed four feet in length and not to exceed 50 pounds in weight or properly contained.
P. 
Discarded items with concrete attached, such as pipes and posts, shall have the concrete broken off and the item shall be placed at curbside for collection.
Q. 
Rolled goods, such as carpets, carpet padding, pool liners, fencing and the like, must be rolled in bundles and tied and must not be longer than four feet in length and 50 pounds in weight.
R. 
Tree trimmings and brush are to be placed at curbside for chipping on the day designated herein for chipping. All roots and dirt must be removed in order to be chipped.
S. 
All glass components of doors and windows must be broken out of their frames and put into proper containers for trash collection. This glass is not to be recycled.
T. 
Cleanup of leaves, grass, vines, roots and shrubs (other than during the spring and autumn leaf collection program) should be put in trash cans or bagged for collection on the regular aforementioned trash days. Leaves are not to be raked into the gutter except during the autumn leaf collection.
U. 
Only two tires per week will be collected. Businesses that generated used tires through business operations must dispose of them through a licensed recycling service.
V. 
Construction debris generated by a contractor or property owner will not be removed by the Township. Disposal is the responsibility of the property owner or contractor doing the work. This includes concrete, blocks, bricks and stone.
No trash, garbage, vegetable or animal waste, construction debris or any other solid waste collected or generated outside of Greenwich Township shall be brought into Greenwich Township for collection and/or disposal. Any person or any owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of any residential, commercial or industrial building within Greenwich Township who brings such trash, garbage, vegetable or animal waste, construction debris or any other solid waste generated outside of Greenwich Township into Greenwich Township for collection and/or disposal shall be in violation of this article and shall be subject to the penalties established herein.
It shall be the responsibility of the Director of Public Works and/or the Construction Officer and/or the Police Department and their designated agents to enforce all provisions of this article.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation that violates or neglects to comply with any provision of this article or any regulation promulgated pursuant hereto, or any provisions or regulation hereinafter enacted as an amendment or supplemental to this article shall receive a written warning for the first offense.
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Any person, firm or corporation that violates or neglects to comply with any provision of this article or any regulation promulgated pursuant hereto, or any provisions or regulation hereinafter enacted as an amendment or supplemental to this article, who has received a written warning, shall upon conviction be subject to a fine at an amount not exceeding $2,500 or a maximum penalty by a fine not exceeding $10,000.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Adopted 5-7-2007 by Ord. No. 8-2007]
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For the purpose of this article, the following words shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section.
CO-MINGLED
A combining of nonputrescible source-separated recyclable materials for the purpose of recycling (i.e., placed in the same container).
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials designated within the Gloucester County District Solid Waste Management Plan to be source-separated for the purpose of recycling. These materials include: glass, paper, plastic containers, aluminum and ferrous cans, food waste, corrugated and other cardboard, newspaper, magazines or high-grade office paper.
MULTIFAMILY DWELLING
Any building or structure, or complex of buildings in which three or more dwelling units are owner-occupied or rented or leased, or offered for rental or lease, for residential purposes (see N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.13a.) and shall include hotels, motels, or other guest houses serving transient or seasonal guests as those terms are defined under Subsection (j) of Section 3 of the "Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law," P.L. 1967, c. 76 (N.J.S.A. 55:13A-1 et seq.).
MUNICIPAL RECYCLING COORDINATOR
The person or persons appointed by the municipal governing body and who shall be authorized to, among other things, enforce the provisions of this article, and any rules and regulations which may be promulgated hereunder.
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE (MSW) STREAM
All solid waste generated at residential, commercial, and institutional establishments within the boundaries of Greenwich Township.
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
Those materials, which would otherwise become solid waste, and which may be collected, separated, or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
SOURCE-SEPARATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Recyclable materials, which are separated at the point of generation by the generator thereof from solid waste for the purposes of recycling.
SOURCE SEPARATION
The process by which recyclable materials are separated at the point of generation by the generator thereof from solid waste for the purposes of recycling.
B. 
All other terms and phrases shall be as defined in the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act (SWMA), the regulations promulgated under the SWMA, and the Gloucester County Solid Waste Management Plan, unless context clearly requires a different meaning.
A. 
Mandatory source separation. It shall be mandatory for all persons who are owners, tenants, or occupants of residential and nonresidential premises, which shall include but not be limited to retail and other commercial locations, as well as government, schools and other institutional locations within Greenwich Township, to separate designated recyclable materials from all solid waste. Designated recyclable materials shall be deposited separate and apart from other solid waste generated by the owners, tenants, or occupants of such premises and shall be placed separately at the curb in a manner and on such days and times as may be advertised by the Township and county.
B. 
Exemptions. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.16(d), Greenwich Township may exempt persons occupying commercial or institutional premises within its municipal boundaries from the source separation requirements if those persons have otherwise provided for the recycling of all designated recyclable materials. To be eligible for an exemption, a commercial or institutional generator of solid waste shall file an application for exemption with the municipal recycling coordinator on forms to be provided for this purpose. The form shall include, at a minimum, the following information: the name of the commercial or institutional entity; the street address location and lot and block designation; the name, official title and phone number of the person making application on behalf of the commercial or institutional entity; the name, address, official contact person and telephone number of the facility which provides the service of recycling those designated recyclable materials, and a certification that the designated recyclable materials will be recycled, and that, at least on an annual basis, said recycling service provider or commercial/institutional generator shall provide written documentation to the municipal recycling coordinator of the total number of tons collected and recycled for each designated material.
The collection of recyclable material shall be in the manner prescribed as follows:
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All recyclables placed at the roadside by residents for collection shall be prepared for collection in accordance with the following:
(1) 
All newspapers shall be placed in paper bags or tied with bundles not exceeding 35 pounds in weight nor exceeding one foot in thickness.
(2) 
Cardboard shall be flattened and tied in bundles with dimensions not exceeding one feet by three feet by three feet.
(3) 
Glass containers shall have caps and lids removed.
(4) 
Glass and cans shall be rinsed free of contaminants.
(5) 
Glass and cans shall be placed in separate containers. Plastic and/or paper garbage shall not be utilized as container for glass and cans.
(6) 
The owner or occupant of the premises shall keep all receptacles clean and in a safe handling condition.
B. 
No material shall be placed at the roadside earlier than the evening of the day preceding a scheduled collection day. Material must be placed at the roadside by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. The bundled paper, bundled cardboard and the containers of glass and cans shall be placed at the roadside for collection adjacent to one another and clearly separated from containers of solid waste. After collection, any containers shall be removed from the curbside by no later than 7:00 p.m. of the day of collection.
A. 
No person shall dispose of leaves, arrange for the disposal of leaves or cause leaves to be disposed of except as provided herein.
B. 
All persons occupying residential premises and who are served by a municipal program for separate collection of leaves shall source-separate all leaves during the period from September 1 through December 31, inclusive, and place them for collection at the times and in the manner heretofore or hereafter prescribed by Greenwich Township.
C. 
All persons occupying residential premises and who are not served by a municipal program for separate collection of leaves shall arrange for the separate disposal or processing of leaves at a composting facility or an agricultural, horticultural, silvicultural or other commercial operation which processes or utilizes leaves for compost, mulch or other beneficial uses.
D. 
All other persons shall dispose of leaves, arrange for the disposal of leaves or cause leaves to be disposed of in accordance with state, county and municipal regulations.
E. 
Nothing herein shall require any person to gather leaves or prevent any person from utilizing leaves for compost, mulch or other agricultural, horticultural, silvicultural, gardening or landscaping purposes.
F. 
Brush shall be placed at curbside.
The owner of any property shall be responsible for compliance with this article. For multifamily units, the management or owner is responsible for setting up and maintaining the recycling system, including collection of recyclable materials, in accordance with guidelines or regulations established by the appropriate municipal office. Violations and penalty notices will be directed to the owner or management in those instances where the violator is not easily identifiable. The management shall issue notification and collection rules to new tenants when they arrive and every six months during their occupancy.
A. 
All commercial and institutional generators of solid waste shall be required to comply with the provisions of this article.
B. 
The arrangement for collection of designated recyclables hereunder shall be the responsibility of the commercial, institutional or industrial property owner or their designee, unless the municipality provides for the collection of designated recyclable materials. All commercial, institutional or industrial properties which provide outdoors litter receptacles and disposal service shall also provide receptacles for designated recyclable materials in the location of the litter receptacle, and shall provide for separate recycling service for their contents.
C. 
Every business, institution, or industrial facility shall report on an annual basis to the Recycling Coordinator, on such forms as may be prescribed, on recycling activities at their premises, including the amount of recycled material, collected and recycled and the vendor or vendors providing recycling service.
D. 
All food service establishments shall, in addition to compliance with all other recycling requirements, be required to recycle grease and/or cooking oil created in the processing of food or food products, and maintain such records as may be prescribed for inspection by any code enforcement officer.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.13a and 99.16c:
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Any application to the Planning Board of Greenwich Township for subdivision or site plan approval for the construction of multifamily dwellings of three or more units, single-family developments of 50 or more units, or any commercial, institutional, or industrial development for the utilization of 1,000 square feet or more of land, must include a recycling plan. This plan must contain, at a minimum, the following:
(1) 
A detailed analysis of the expected composition and amounts of solid waste and recyclables generated at the proposed development; and
(2) 
Locations documented on the applicant's site plan that provide for convenient recycling opportunities for all owners, tenants, and occupants. The recycling area shall be of sufficient size, convenient location and contain other attributes (signage, lighting, fencing, etc.) as may be determined by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator with advice from the Board's professionals.
B. 
Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by Greenwich Township, the owner of any new multifamily housing or commercial, institutional, or industrial development must supply a copy of a duly executed contract with a hauling company for the purposes of collection and recycling of source-separated recyclable materials in those instances where the municipality does not otherwise provide this service.
C. 
Provision shall be made for the indoor, or enclosed outdoor, storage and pickup of solid waste, to be approved by the municipal engineer.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for solid waste collectors to collect solid waste that is mixed with, or contains visible signs of, designated recyclable materials. It is also unlawful for solid waste collectors to remove for disposal those bags or containers of solid waste, which visibly display a warning, notice sticker or some other device indicating that the load of solid waste contains designated recyclable materials.
B. 
It shall be the responsibility of the resident or occupant to properly segregate the uncollected solid waste for proper disposal or recycling. Allowing such unseparated solid waste and recyclables to accumulate will be considered a violation of this article and the local sanitary code.
C. 
Once placed in the location identified by this article, or any rules or regulations promulgated pursuant to this article, no person, other than those authorized by the municipality, shall tamper with, collect, remove, or otherwise handle designated recyclable materials.
The Code Enforcement Official, the Department of Health, the Recycling Coordinator, the Property Maintenance Official, the Housing Officer, and the Gloucester County Department of Health are hereby individually and severally empowered to enforce the provisions of this article. An inspection may consist of sorting through containers and opening of solid waste bags to detect, by sound or sight, the presence of any recyclable material.
A. 
Any person, corporation, occupant, or entity that violates or fails to comply with any provision of this article or any of the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine in an amount not exceeding $2,500 or a maximum penalty by a fine not exceeding $10,000. Each day for which a violation of this article occurs shall be considered a separate offence.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Fines levied and collected pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be immediately deposited into the Municipal Recycling Trust Fund (or equivalent). Monies in the Municipal Recycling Trust Fund shall be used for the expenses of the municipal recycling program.