Township of Stillwater, NJ
Sussex County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater as § 4-1.1 through 4-1.17 of the 1971 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. III.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 123.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 303.
Solid waste; recycling — See Ch. 344.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 387.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
LITTER
Garbage, refuse and rubbish as defined herein, and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety and welfare.
PUBLIC PLACE
All streets, sidewalks, boulevards, alleys, beaches or other public ways, and all public parks, squares, spaces, docks, grounds and buildings.
REFUSE
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.
RUBBISH
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.
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 on stationary rails or tracks.
No person shall sweep, throw, deposit 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, stream, wetland or other body of water within the Township, except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection.
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.
No person, including merchants owning or occupying a place of business, shall sweep into or deposit in a gutter, road, right of way or other public place within the Township the accumulation of litter from a building or lot or from a 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 in or upon any public or private property.
No person shall bring, 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. 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.
A. 
Distributing commercial handbills in public places. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public place within the Township; nor shall any person hand out, distribute or sell any commercial handbill in any public place, provided that it shall not be unlawful on any sidewalk, street, or other public place within the Township for any person to hand out or distribute without charge to the receiver any noncommercial handbill to any person willing to accept it.
B. 
Placing commercial and noncommercial handbills on vehicles. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any vehicle, provided that it shall not be unlawful in any public place for a person to hand out or distribute without charge to the receiver a noncommercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to accept it.
C. 
Depositing commercial and noncommercial handbills on uninhabited or vacant premises. No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any private premises which are temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant.
D. 
Prohibiting distribution of handbills where property posted. No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill upon any private premises if requested by anyone thereon not to do so or if there is placed on the premises in a conspicuous position near the entrance a sign bearing the words "No Trespassing," "No Peddlers or Agents," "No Advertisement," or any similar notice indicating in any manner that the occupants of the premises do not desire to be molested or have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any handbills left upon the premises.
E. 
Distributing commercial and noncommercial handbills at inhabited private premises. No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon private premises which are inhabited, except by handing or transmitting the handbill directly to the owner, occupant or other person then present, provided that in the case of inhabited private premises which are not posted, the person, unless requested by anyone upon the premises not to do so, shall have the authority to place or deposit the handbill in or upon the inhabited private premises if the handbill is so placed or deposited as to secure or prevent it from being blown or drifted about the premises or sidewalks, streets or other public places. Mailboxes may not be so used when prohibited by federal postal law or regulations.
F. 
Exemptions for mail and newspapers. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States Postal Service nor to newspapers.
[Added 5-21-1985 by Ord. No. 85-6; amended 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
A. 
The owners or tenants of premises in the areas hereinafter designated, including governmental units, shall place litter receptacles for use by the public, and regularly empty said receptacles in an authorized manner, in the following public places which exist in the municipality:
(1) 
On sidewalks used by pedestrians in active retail commercially zoned areas by each commercial establishment located therein.
(2) 
In buildings held out for use by the public, including schools; government buildings; railroad and bus stations; parks; drive-in restaurants; all street vendor locations; self-service refreshment areas; construction sites; gasoline service station islands; shopping centers; parking lots; campgrounds and trailer parks; marinas; boat moorage and fueling stations; boat-launching areas; public and private piers operated for public use; beaches and bathing areas; and at special events to which the public is invited, including sporting events; parades; carnivals; circuses and festivals.
B. 
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.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
No household or commercial solid waste shall be discarded, dumped, placed or otherwise discarded or abandoned in any place not specifically designated for the purpose of solid waste storage or disposal by the Township of Stillwater.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
No household items, appliances, furniture, mattresses, new or used tires or other items of personal property shall be stored in any residential zone in the Township of Stillwater, except in a fully enclosed structure.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
No motor vehicles shall be parked on residential lawns, nor shall any person keep or maintain an inoperable, unregistered vehicle on any public street or on any vacant lot or on any other premises in the Township of Stillwater, except in an enclosed building.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
All open trucks or vehicles shall, when transporting any load which is likely to blow, drop or leak from the vehicle, keep said vehicle covered with a tarpaulin or other appropriate covering.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
No person shall accumulate debris in, on or around any construction site, nor shall construction materials be stored in such a manner that they are likely to be moved by natural forces, such as wind or water, onto adjacent property
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
No person shall maintain in the open any waste disposal bin, whether for commercial, industrial or residential waste, which is uncovered or overflowing.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or person in charge of any building or structure shall keep the sidewalk and curb abutting said building or structure free from obstruction and nuisances of every kind and shall keep all sidewalks, areaways, backyards, courts and alleys free from litter, as herein defined, and all other offensive materials.
[Added 5-21-1985 by Ord. No. 85-6; amended 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
The Township Committee shall be and is hereby authorized to pay a reward of $150 to any person who furnishes to the Police Department evidence leading to the conviction of any person, firm or corporation for violating any provision of this chapter; this provision shall be subject, however, to the appropriation of funds for the payment of such rewards in the annual Township budget.
[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 88-20]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties established in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.