Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Litter control — See § 3-3.
Weeds and trash — See § 3-13.
Submission of recycling plan — See § 13-15.
[Ord. No. 1031 §§ 1-6; Ord. No. 1031A §§ 1-6; Ord. No. 1031B §§ 1-4]
a. 
Preamble. Conservation of recyclable materials has become an important public concern by reason of the growing problem of solid waste disposal and its impact on our environment; and there is an increasing necessity to conserve our natural resources; and the reduction of the amount of solid waste to be disposed of will reduce the cost of disposal and at the same time, the separation, collection and sale of recyclable materials will reduce the financial burden of solid waste disposal; and the collection of used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper and aluminum cans for recycling purposes from commercial/industrial establishments and nonprofit institutions in the Borough of Ramsey will, for the reasons hereinafter set forth foster and promote the general public interest, as it is these establishments that contribute significantly to the solid waste stream and related disposal costs.
b. 
Definitions. As used in this subsection:
ALUMINUM
Recyclable aluminum cans and containers.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
All packaging, boxes, materials, etc. that are fabricated from wood pulp fibers, having two outer sheaths (liner board) of such material with a cross-section of fluted liner board adding strength and resiliency to such material commonly used for bulk shipping of merchandise and/or component parts to and from commercial/industrial establishments and nonprofit institutions.
GLASS
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 materials commonly known as "glass" excluding, however, blue and flat glass commonly known as "window glass."
MULTIFAMILY DWELLING UNITS
Those garden apartments, townhouses and condominiums from which the Borough does not presently collect solid waste materials.
NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS
Shall include by way of example and not limitation schools, churches, private clubs, hospitals and nursing homes.
PAPER
All newsprint, magazines, advertising brochures and fliers, computer paper and other office paper including Xerox paper and correspondence.
PLASTIC
All beverage containers composed of polyethylene terephthalate and high density polyethylene such as soft drink and liquor beverage containers and milk jugs.
SOLID WASTE
All garbage and rubbish normally placed in dumpster-type containers or at the curb by commercial/industrial establishments and nonprofit institutions of the Borough of Ramsey for regular municipal collection.
c. 
Procedure. It shall be mandatory for all owners, lessees and occupants of commercial and industrial establishments which are conducting business operations within the Borough and for all nonprofit institutions within the Borough and for all owners, lessees and occupants of multifamily dwelling units within the Borough to separate used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, and aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans from all other solid waste produced by such commercial and industrial establishments and nonprofit institutions and multifamily dwelling units in accordance with the following procedures:
1. 
The commercial and industrial establishments and nonprofit institutions and multifamily dwelling units shall separately bundle and tie corrugated cardboard and paper and shall contain glass and aluminum in containers for transport and delivery to the Ramsey Recycling Center. Such transport and delivery shall be the responsibility of the commercial and industrial establishments and nonprofit institutions and multifamily dwelling units.
2. 
As an alternative, a commercial or industrial establishment or a nonprofit institution or a multifamily dwelling unit may apply for an exemption to the procedures set forth in Paragraph c1 above if it establishes a recycling contract with a private garbage hauler whereby used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans are separated and recycled, and provided it files quarterly affidavits with the Borough with weight slips attached from a bona fide market to prove that it has diverted its used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans from the solid waste stream.
3. 
As an additional alternative to the procedures set forth in Paragraphs c1 and 2 above, a commercial or industrial establishment or nonprofit institution or multifamily dwelling unit may donate or sell used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans to any person, firm, or corporation whether operating for profit or not for profit, provided such materials are separated and recycled and provided it files quarterly affidavits with the Borough with weight slips attached from a bona fide market to prove that it has diverted its used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans from the solid waste system.
4. 
If temporary indoor storage of the aforementioned recyclable materials is not available at the respective commercial or industrial establishment or nonprofit institution or multifamily dwelling unit, such materials may be stored outside the building for a period not to exceed two business days prior to its transport and delivery to the Ramsey Recycling Center or its pickup, whichever is applicable.
d. 
Enforcement. The Borough Superintendent of Public Works is hereby authorized and directed to enforce this subsection. He is authorized and directed to establish rules and regulations as to the manner, days and times for the disposition of corrugated cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans in accordance with the terms hereof. Such rules and regulations shall be established not later than four months from the date hereof. Within 30 days from the date of the establishment and publication of such rules and regulations, the Borough governing body may, by majority vote, change, modify, repeal or amend any portion of such rules and regulations.
e. 
Unauthorized pickup prohibited. No person who has not been authorized to do so by the Borough shall collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans or tin cans. Each collection or pickup in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.
f. 
Registration. Private garbage haulers with recycling contracts with commercial and industrial establishments, nonprofit institutional and multifamily dwelling units shall register with the Borough.
g. 
Violation and penalty. Any commercial and industrial establishment and nonprofit institution and any owner, lessee or occupant of a multifamily dwelling and any other person which violates any provision of this subsection or any rules or regulation established pursuant thereto shall upon conviction thereof be punishable as follows:
1. 
For a first offense, a fine not to exceed $25.
2. 
For a second offense, a fine not to exceed $250.
3. 
For a third and subsequent offenses, a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or both.
As an alternative to the penalties set forth above, the Municipal Court Judge may in his discretion order the convicted person to perform community service in the Borough's recycling program for a period not to exceed 90 days. Each violation of this subsection and every day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense and shall be punishable as such.
[Ord. No. 1038 §§ 1-5; Ord. No. 1038A §§ 1-4]
a. 
Preamble. Conservation of recyclable materials has become an important public concern by reason of the growing problem of solid waste disposal and its impact on our environment; and there is an increasing necessity to conserve our natural resources; and the reduction of the amount of solid waste to be disposed of will reduce the cost of disposal and at the same time, the separation, collection and sale of recyclable materials will reduce the financial burden of solid waste disposal; and the collection of used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper and aluminum for recycling purposes from residential properties in the Borough of Ramsey will, for the reasons hereinbefore set forth foster and promote the general public interest.
b. 
Definitions. As used in this subsection:
ALUMINUM
Recyclable aluminum cans and containers.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
All packaging, boxes, materials, etc. that are fabricated from wood pulp fibers, having two outer sheaths (liner board) of such material with a cross-section of fluted liner board adding strength and resiliency to such material commonly used for bulk shipping of merchandise and/or component parts to and from commercial and industrial establishments.
GLASS
All products made from silica or sand, soda ash and limestone, which are transparent or translucent and used for packaging or bottling of various matter and all other materials commonly known as glass excluding, however, blue and flat glass commonly known as window glass, plate glass, ceramics, mirrors, light bulbs and wired glass.
PAPER
All newsprint, magazines, advertising brochures and fliers and paper bags.
PLASTIC
All beverage containers composed of polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene such as soft drink and liquor beverage containers and milk jugs.
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
Those residential dwelling units from which the Borough presently collects solid waste materials.
SOLID WASTE
All garbage and rubbish normally placed at the curb of residential properties in the Borough of Ramsey for regular municipal collection.
c. 
Procedures. It shall be mandatory for all owners, lessees and occupants of residential properties within the Borough to separate used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans from all other solid waste produced by such residential properties in accordance with the following procedures:
1. 
The owner, lessee or occupant of residential property shall separately bundle and tie paper and shall contain glass, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans in containers and all of the aforementioned shall be placed at curbside for collection and pickup by the Borough.
2. 
As an alternative to the procedures set forth in Paragraph c1 above, the owner, lessee or occupant of a residential property shall separately bundle and tie corrugated cardboard and paper and shall contain glass and aluminum in containers for transport and delivery to the Ramsey Recycling Center. Such transport and delivery shall be the responsibility of the residential property owner, lessees or occupant.
3. 
As an additional alternative to the procedures set forth in Paragraphs c1 and 2 above, the owner, lessees or occupant of a residential property may donate or sell used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans to any person, whether operating for profit or not for profit, provided such materials are separated and recycled and provided the owner, lessee or occupant of the residential property files quarterly affidavits with the Borough with weight slips attached from a bona fide market to prove that they have diverted their used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans, and tin cans from the solid waste stream.
d. 
Enforcement. The Borough Superintendent of Public Works is hereby authorized and directed to enforce this subsection. He is hereby authorized and directed to establish rules and regulations as to the manner, days and times for the disposition of corrugated cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, steel cans and tin cans in accordance with the terms hereof. Such rules and regulations shall be established not later than four months from the date hereof. Within 30 days from the date of the establishment and publication of such rules and regulations, the Borough governing body may, by majority vote, change, modify, repeal or amend any portion of such rules and regulations.
e. 
Unauthorized pickup prohibited. No person who has not been authorized to do so by the Borough shall collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any used corrugated cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, steel cans or tin cans. Each collection or pickup in violation hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.
f. 
Violation and penalty. Any owner, lessee or occupant of a residential property and any other person violating any provision of this subsection or any rules or regulation established pursuant thereto shall upon conviction thereof be punishable as follows:
1. 
For a first offense, a fine not to exceed $25.
2. 
For a second offense, a fine not to exceed $250.
3. 
For a third and subsequent offenses, a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or both.
As an alternative to the penalties set forth above, the Municipal Court Judge may in his discretion order the convicted person to perform community service in the Borough's Recycling Program for a period not to exceed 90 days. Each violation of this subsection and every day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense and shall be punishable as such.
[Ord. No. 720, Preamble]
Conservation of recyclable materials has become an important public concern by reason of the growing problem of solid waste disposal and its impact on our environment and there is an increasing necessity to conserve our natural resources. The collection of newspapers and magazines for recycling purposes from residences in the Borough will, for the reasons hereinabove set forth foster and promote the general public interest. The Bergen County Board of Freeholders has indicated that they intend to prohibit the acceptance of newspapers and magazines at the county landfills as of January 1, 1975.
[Ord. No. 720 § 1]
As used in this section:
DWELLING UNIT
And include a one-family home, two-family home, multifamily home and apartments.
MAGAZINES
And include all magazines or periodicals printed on glossy stock or paper of heavier quality than that commonly recognized as newsprint.
NEWSPAPERS
And include paper of the type commonly referred to as "newsprint" and distributed at stated intervals, usually daily or weekly, having printed thereon news and opinions and containing advertisements and other matters of public interest.
[Ord. No. 720 § 2]
There is hereby established a program for the collection of newspapers and magazines within the Borough for the purpose of resale and disposal of same by the Borough for recycling purposes.
[Ord. No. 720 § 3]
All owners, lessees or occupants of dwelling units shall be required to separate from their solid wastes or trash all newspapers and magazines which shall be picked up and disposed of separately by employees or agents of the Borough; such separation shall be in accordance with the following terms and conditions:
a. 
All newspapers shall be bundled with twine or other secure arrangements to insure that they will not be capable of being wind blown or distributed on the public streets and shall be protected from inclement weather. The maximum weight of any bundle shall not exceed 30 pounds (approximately 12 inches high).
b. 
All magazines will be bundled with twine or other secure arrangements to insure that they will not be capable of being wind blown or distributed on the public streets, and shall be protected from inclement weather. The maximum weight of any bundle shall not exceed 30 pounds (approximately 12 inches high).
c. 
Bundles of newspapers and magazines as described in Paragraphs a and b above shall, in the case of one- and two-family houses, be placed by the owner, lessee or occupant at the curb separately from any other refuse or debris. In the case of other dwelling units, such as apartment houses, the owner or manager of multidwelling units shall insure that a special place is designated for the storage of magazines and newspapers and all lessees of dwelling units shall be required to separate such items and place same in designated place as aforesaid; dwellings units shall notify the Borough Administrator of the location of the area (which shall also be satisfactory to the Borough Fire Marshal).
[Ord. No. 720 § 4]
Rules and regulations relative to the manner, days and times for the collection of newspapers and magazines in accordance with the terms hereof shall be established by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
[Ord. No. 720 § 5]
The Borough Administrator is authorized, by bid or by contract, approved by the Mayor and Council, to sell and deliver the newspapers and magazines so collected in order to obtain the best possible price therefor depending upon market conditions at the time of sale.
[Ord. No. 720 § 6]
Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prohibit any owner, lessee or occupant from disposing of newspapers and magazines privately through sale or gift. Charitable and community service organizations desiring to sponsor fund raising drives shall have the right to pick up newspapers and magazines from the curbside, provided they make application to and obtain the permission of the Mayor and Council. The application shall specify the dates, hours, and geographical locations of the pickup.
[Ord. No. 720 § 7]
Except as otherwise provided, all newspapers and magazines placed at curbside shall be the property of the Borough or its authorized agent, and it shall be unlawful for any other person to pick up newspapers or magazines from the curbside.
[Ord. No. 720 § 8]
It shall be the duty of the Board of Health of the Borough to enforce the provisions of this section and to prosecute all violation hereunder.
[Ord. No. 720 § 9]
Any person that violates or neglects to comply with any provisions of this section or any regulation promulgated pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty established in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
[Ord. No. 1019 § 1]
As used in this section:
LEAVES
Those material naturally formed from trees and bushes that are suitable for composting and/or mulching purposes.
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
And include all garbage and rubbish normally placed at the curb by the residents and commercial occupants of the Borough for regular collection.
[Ord. No. 1019 § 2]
Upon adoption of this section and in accordance with rules and regulations which may be hereafter established by the governing body, it shall be mandatory for all persons, except those physically disabled, who accumulate leaves to separate same from municipal solid waste and to place the leaves at curbside for collection in accordance with this section at a scheduled interval particular to that specific geographical area of the Borough as prescribed in the aforementioned regulations to be promulgated.
[Ord. No. 1019 § 3]
All persons shall accomplish those obligations contained in the previous subsection in strict conformity to the following regulations:
a. 
Leaves shall be raked, blown or otherwise transported to curbside and placed in appropriate piles.
b. 
The use of any and all plastic container bags in conjunction with actual leaf collection by the Borough is prohibited.
c. 
All leaves shall be separated from municipal solid waste generated within the Borough and as a consequence are prohibited from inclusion in the regular curbside collection of municipal solid waste.
[Ord. No. 1019 § 4]
The following shall constitute acceptable alternate means of disposal:
a. 
Any person may choose to compost and/or mulch their particular leaves on site for their personal horticultural benefit providing such activities are of no adverse consequence to health and safety codes currently governing or to be promulgated to govern such activity and providing that such alternate means of disposal are accomplished at no cost to the Borough.
b. 
At the option and expense of persons required to separate leaves from municipal solid waste, the leaves may be brought to the leaf composting facility under contract with the Borough.
[Ord. No. 1019 § 5]
This section shall be enforced by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works and whoever else he designates in his Department.
[Ord. No. 1019 § 6]
Any person who violates any provision of this section as well as any rules and regulations issued pursuant thereof, shall upon conviction be fined in an amount not to exceed $50, with each violation constituting a distinct and separate offense.
[Ord. No. 669 § 1]
All owners of commercial establishments in the Borough shall be required to receive rear yard pickup by municipal scavenger service twice a week for a commercial establishment pursuant to this section, except as provided for in Subsection 18-5.4 hereof.
[Ord. No. 669 § 2]
Commercial establishments shall be divided into six classes and shall pay the following charges to the Borough for municipal scavenger service:
a. 
Class 1-3 shall consist of those who do not have any more than three bags to be picked up by the municipal scavenger at each collection and shall not pay any charge therefor.
b. 
Class 4 shall consist of those who have four bags to be picked up at each collection and shall pay an annual charge therefor of $13.
c. 
Class 5 shall consist of those who have five bags to be picked up at each collection and shall pay an annual charge therefor of $26.
d. 
Class 6 shall consist of those who have six bags to be picked up at each collection and shall pay an annual charge therefor of $39.
e. 
Class 7 shall consist of those who have seven bags to be picked up at each collection and shall pay an annual charge therefor of $52.
f. 
Class 8 shall consist of those who have eight or more bags to be picked up at each collection and shall pay an annual charge therefor of $65 and, in addition thereto, shall provide themselves with a dumpster at their own cost and expense.
[Ord. No. 669 § 3]
The payments provided for in Subsection 18-5.2 shall be made to the Borough not later than September 30 of each year.
[Ord. No. 669 § 4]
Any owner of a commercial establishment in the Borough may arrange for private scavenger service for a commercial establishment in lieu of municipal scavenger service provided that the service shall be rendered as rear yard pickup service at least twice a week. All owners of commercial establishments who arrange for private scavenger services and whose commercial establishments are in the class designated in Subsection 18-5.2f hereof shall provide a dumpster for the commercial establishment at their own cost and expense.
[Adopted 5-27-2009 by Ord. No. 10-2009]
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS
Source-separated, nonputrescible recyclable material generated from the construction, alteration, repair, renovation, maintenance and/or demolition of structures. This material shall include concrete, bricks, tree parts, ferrous and nonferrous metal, asphalt, asphalt shingles, recyclable wood scrap, and any and all other material generated from the construction, alteration, repair, renovation, maintenance and/or demolition of a structure or structures.
COVERED PROJECT
A construction, renovation or demolition project for which a building permit or a demolition permit is required, and for which a dumpster or roll off container shall be placed on premises for the purpose of placement of solid waste materials.
A debris recovery plan shall be filed with the Municipal Recycling Coordinator prior to the commencement of any activity for which municipal approval is required as further identified above. The debris recovery plant shall identify the types and estimated quantities of construction and demolition debris to be generated from the project, how each material will be managed, and the name of each facility or service provider that the entity will use to manage each material. The plan shall further detail how the applicant shall ensure that a minimum of 50% of the materials to be generated will be separated and recycled.
a. 
Approval. A debris recovery plan shall be reviewed by the Municipal Recycling Coordinator, and approved if it provides for all of the information required by this section. An approved debris recovery plan shall be marked "Approved" and returned to the owner of the entity which submitted the plan.
b. 
Denial. A debris recovery plan shall not be approved if it does not provide all of the information required by this section. If a debris recovery plan is not approved, the owner of the entity which submitted the plan shall be notified in writing that the plan has been rejected, including the reasons for the rejection. In order to obtain the building or demolition permit sought, the owner of the entity which will carry out the construction, renovation, or demolition project shall make the required changes and resubmit the debris recovery plan to the Municipal Recycling Coordinator.
a. 
Application: If the owner of an entity carrying out a covered project experiences circumstances that make it infeasible to comply with the diversion requirement cited in this section, the owner of the entity may apply for an adjustment. The owner shall indicate in writing why it is infeasible to divert 50% of the materials being generated from the covered project and specify what percentage of diversion could be achieved. Increased costs to the owner of the entity carrying out the covered project will not be an acceptable justification for an adjustment.
b. 
Review. The Municipal Recycling Coordinator shall review the information supplied by the owner. If warranted, the Municipal Recycling Coordinator shall attempt to contact the owner to discuss possible ways of meeting the diversion requirement.
c. 
Granting of an adjustment. If the Municipal Recycling Coordinator determines that it is infeasible for the entity carrying out a covered project to divert 50% of the generated construction and demolition debris from the covered project, the percent of diversion required shall be adjusted. The owner shall be notified in writing of the adjusted diversion requirement. The owner of the entity carrying out the covered project shall be required to divert the percentage of construction and demolition debris required by the adjustment.
d. 
Denial of adjustment. If the Municipal Recycling Coordinator determines that it is feasible for the owner of an entity carrying out a covered project to meet the diversion requirement cited in this section, the owner shall be notified in writing of the denial of the diversion requirement adjustment.
a. 
Documentation. Upon completion of the covered project, but before the final inspection, the owner of the entity carrying out a covered project shall submit, in person or by certified mail, to the Municipal Recycling Coordinator the documentation required to demonstrate that the applicant has met the diversion requirement. The required documentation shall include the following:
1. 
A completed debris recovery report, signed by the owner of the entity carrying out a covered project, indicating the quantity of each material generated during the covered project diverted or disposed;
2. 
Receipts from all facilities or service providers utilized to divert and dispose of materials generated during the covered project; and
3. 
Any additional information that the owner of the entity carrying out the covered project believes is relevant to determining compliance with the diversion requirement.
b. 
Compliance with diversion requirement. The Municipal Recycling Coordinator shall review the information submitted pursuant to this section and determine whether the owner of the entity carrying out the covered project has complied or failed to comply with the diversion requirement. The determination regarding compliance will be provided to the owner of the entity carrying out the covered project, in writing.
The owner of the entity carrying out the covered project may appeal a determination of failure to comply under this section to the municipality within 30 days of the decision or determination. The appeal shall be in writing and shall state the facts and basis for the appeal. A decision by the department where appeal is to be filed shall be final.
The Code Enforcement Official, the Police Department, the Department of Health, the Recycling Coordinator, the Property Maintenance Official, and the Housing Officer are hereby individually and severally empowered to enforce the provisions of this section. The respective enforcing official may, in his or her discretion, post warning stickers for a first offense. An inspection may consist of dumping and opening of solid waste bags or containers to detect, by sound or sight, the presence of any recyclable material.
Any person, corporation, occupant, or entity that violates or fails to comply with any provision of this section or any of the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not less than $250, nor more than $1,000.