[Adopted 12-6-1994 by Ord. No. 18:9-94]
The New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act establishes a goal of 50% reduction of solid waste collection through source separation and recycling by residential, commercial and institutional establishments in all New Jersey municipalities.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.11 et seq.
The Morris County District Recycling Plan designates glass, aluminum beverage cans, newspaper, yard waste, corrugated cardboard and office paper to be source-separated for recycling in various sectors of the community.
Municipalities are responsible for outlining and implementing procedures for collection, documentation and enforcement.
Recycling will reduce the expense of disposal, conserve valuable resources and produce some revenues.
There is hereby established a mandatory recycling program for all residential, institutional and commercial inhabitants of the Township of Chester for the purpose of separating recyclables from other waste.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALUMINUM CANS
- Cans made entirely of aluminum which were used to hold beverages. Specifically excluded are cans of other types of materials and other aluminum products, such as foil, pie pans and aluminum siding.
- Any nonresidential building or establishment, including but not limited to those used for retail, wholesale, dining, offices, professional services, shipping and receiving areas and cafeterias.
- CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
- The term used to identify a type of paper in which a portion has been made to have a wavy surface (alternating ridge and grooves) and is placed between two flat surfaces for the sake of strength and which is commonly used to form cartons.
- DESIGNATED MATERIALS
- Those recyclable materials listed in the Morris County District Recycling Plan which are mandated to be source-separated for recycling: namely, glass (bottles and jars), aluminum beverage cans, newspaper and yard waste for residential units; glass, aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard and office paper for commercial and institutional establishments.
- Bottles and jars made of silica, soda ash and limestone, being transparent or translucent and breakable. Specifically excluded are plastics or any other glass products, such as window glass and ceramics.
- An established organization or foundation dedicated to public service or culture, including but not limited to religious, educational, health care and governmental establishments.
- MINI-GENERATOR BUILDING
- Commercial, business and industrial buildings where more than one tenant occupies space in the building.
- Newsprint-grade paper which is printed and distributed daily or weekly that contains news. The recycling of such material excludes soiled paper.
- OFFICE PAPER
- High-grade papers generally used in offices that are of high quality and do not have a glossy finish, including but not limited to computer, letterhead, ledger and photocopy paper.
- Any person who owns, leases, rents or occupies one or more dwellings within the Township, including any person residing in a multifamily or single-family development.
- YARD WASTE
- Fallen leaves and brush (chippable up to three inches in diameter) and grass clippings.
On and after the date of final approval of this article, it shall be mandatory for all residential, institutional and commercial inhabitants of the Township of Chester to source-separate designated materials from all other solid waste for recycling. This shall be done in the manner described in § 149-9.
All residential, commercial and institutional entities are required to separate and recycle all:
Newspaper, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper (high-grade, magazines, junk mail, scrap paper, etc.).
Aluminum food and beverage containers, plastic bottles (No. 1 PETE and No. 2 HDPE), glass bottles and jars.
Ferrous containers (steel and bimetal cans).
Yard waste (leaves, grass and brush) by backyard composting.
White goods (appliances). CFC's must be recovered where applicable.
Oil-contaminated soil (nonhazardous Type 27).
Stumps (logs, branches, natural wood waste).
Asphalt roofing shingles.
Household dry-cell batteries.
Commercial and institutional entities are required to submit quarterly reports indicating the volume of material recycled to the Township Recycling Coordinator.
In the case of a multi-generator building, such as an office building, the building management as well as the generator shall be responsible for compliance with county- and Township-mandated source separation recycling requirements.
The Township of Chester shall provide weekly residential curbside pickup of recyclables which include the following materials:
Aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars (all colors).
Newsprint, corrugated cardboard (includes brown paper grocery bags).
Tin cans (bimetal).
Plastics (shall include all plastic bottles, containers, jugs, bags, plastic caps and lids and polystyrene and PET and HDPE containers).
Commingled mixed paper (includes junk mail, computer paper, office and school paper, cardboard boxes (chipboard such as cookie, cracker and cereal boxes).
Magazines, telephone books, catalogs, paper products and envelopes with windows.
Passenger tires and vehicular batteries brought to the Township Garage on a regular basis are taken to a recycling market by the Department of Public Works.
Leaves and grass are composted in backyards by the residents.
Used motor oil is received by Fox Chase Gulf Station, Route 24, Chester Township, and a tonnage report received by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator.
Used household dry-cell batteries are collected at the Township Library and Municipal Building and brought to the Morris County Consolidation Center by the Department of Public Works on a regular basis.
Construction and demolition contractors are also required to contract with private vendors or recycling facilities to recycle their category-specific materials.
Enforcement of the above shall be through inspections, violation notices and court action, if necessary, to ensure compliance.
All commercial, institutional, multifamily or single-family developments which are not served by municipal recycling collection systems must submit recycling documentation on a quarterly basis to the Municipal Recycling Coordinator. Due dates for report periods are as follows:
The Municipal Recycling Coordinator will compile all recycling documentation and report to the County Recycling Coordinator on a quarterly basis by the 15th of the months stated above under due dates.
Recyclable materials placed at the curb are the property of the hauler under contract with the Township of Chester. It is a violation of this article for any person unauthorized by the Township of Chester to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such recyclables. Any and each such collection in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided in § 149-16.
Any person who is an owner, lessee or occupant may donate or sell recyclable materials to any person, partnership or corporation (whether operating for profit or not for profit), as long as the recycling individual or company submits documentation to the Municipal Recycling Coordinator as described in § 149-11.
The Municipal Administrator and/or the Municipal Board of Health and/or the Zoning Officer are hereby authorized and directed to enforce all provisions of this article.
It shall be unlawful to combine designated, unsoiled recyclables with other solid waste. Failure to source-separate designated materials for recycling is a violation of this article.
It shall be unlawful for solid waste collectors to collect solid waste that contains visible signs of designated recyclable materials.
It shall be the responsibility of the nonrecycler whose solid waste was not removed because it contained recyclables to properly segregate the uncollected waste for proper recycling. Allowing such unseparated refuse to accumulate will be considered a violation of this article and the local sanitary code.
It shall be unlawful to place leaves, grass or any other type of yard waste, either containerized or noncontainerized, within the cartway, curbline or traveled way of a public street.
[Added 11-15-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-12]
Any person, firm or corporation who violates or neglects to comply with any sections of this article, or any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each and every day that said violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. Enforcement shall commence upon the effective date of this article.