Borough of Somerdale, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerdale 3-10-2021 by Ord. No. 2021:02.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 91.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 135.
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 152.
Junkyards — See Ch. 159.
Littering — See Ch. 170.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 197.
Recycling — See Ch. 201.
Vacant/abandoned properties — See Ch. 245.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 273.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 147, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse, which consisted of Article I, Disposal, adopted as Ch. 58, Art. I, of the 1973 Code, as amended; and Art. II, adopted as Ch. 58, Art. II, of the 1973 Code, as amended.
All garbage, trash, and solid waste collected within the municipality shall be disposed of at an approved disposal facility in accordance with the applicable standards and regulations, as may be currently in effect, of the appropriate governmental entities having jurisdiction for such matters, including but not limited to the Camden County Solid Waste Management Plan and the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The Borough of Somerdale, through its authorized contractors, designated agents and/or employees, will collect and remove weekly only the garbage, trash and solid waste described herein, when such matter is placed in Borough-issued carts and is placed for collection in the manner prescribed. No return call will be made for any garbage, trash or solid waste not placed at the curb at the times prescribed.
Collection shall be for only single-family homes, townhouses, twin homes, duplexes, apartment units, condominium units, all municipal buildings and facilities including the fire company, all churches, the community center, certain designated businesses, and one elementary school, but collection shall not include the large industries in the industrial park, any shopping center with more than five stores, the high school, or any large business.
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
Residue from the combustion of any type of solid fuel such as wood, coal, coke, charcoal or like substances.
Bulk items consist of household items that do not fit in your blue cart, such as furniture, mattresses, carpet, and other items too big to fit in the blue cart. Bulk trash cannot contain hazardous materials, electronics, vegetative/yard waste, construction and/or remodeling debris.
Miscellaneous material such as rags, leather goods, rubber, broken glass, crockery and similar materials. "Rubbish" shall not include logs, earth, sand, bricks, mortar or other substances which may accumulate from building operations.
All garbage and trash as included within the definition of "sold waste" types 10 and 13 pursuant to the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste regulations, N.J.A.C. 7:26 et seq., as currently defined or as may be amended from time to time.
Residential solid waste carts. The only acceptable carts for trash disposal shall be the Borough issued plastic sixty-four-gallon or ninety-five/ninety-six-gallon blue carts. Carts shall be watertight with a tight-fitting lid. Carts must be maintained in a manner that is not a danger to the health and safety of the community. The owner or tenant shall be responsible for the removal of any solid waste spilled by animals or vandals as a result of defective or inadequate carts or covering of carts. In order to assure the best possible compliance with the regulations of this chapter, whenever there is more than one unit disposing of solid waste or trash from any one lot, each cart shall be clearly and properly marked to identify the address or unit number for which said container is being utilized.
Commercial solid waste containers. The commercial containers for the institutional or municipal collection sources shall be sturdy and free of damage which could cause harm or injury to a collector's equipment or personnel.
All garbage, trash and solid waste shall be prepared for collection as follows:
Carts should be placed at the curb with the wheels in towards the sidewalk and metal support bar and cart opening facing the roadway. Carts must be placed a minimum of three feet from any obstruction, mailbox, utility pole, vehicles and a minimum of three feet between each individual trash carts. Carts shall not be overfilled to not allow the lid to be closed completely to prevent any solid waste from being scattered about by wind or other elements. No material will be collected that is outside of the cart(s) on the ground. No material is to be placed on the top of the cart(s). All garbage, trash, and solid waste must be completely inside the cart(s). Damaged or leaking carts shall be replaced at the expense of the owner. No sixty-four-gallon carts shall weigh more than 200 pounds, no ninety-five/ninety-six-gallon carts shall weigh more the 300 pounds.
Mattresses and/or box springs must be fully wrapped, separately, in plastic and securely taped or they will not be collected.
Bulk trash must be placed at the curb in a manner that is easily accessible to the collection vehicle. Bulk items must be scheduled for collection through the provided phone number, scheduling must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled collection day on the east or west side of town. No additional items will be added to the list on the collection day. A list of the bulk items to be collected must be provided. Waste resulting in the renovation of a dwelling is the responsibility of the individual or contractor performing the work to have it removed and disposed of in compliance with all state and local solid waste and source separation regulations. All bulk items set out for collection must be free from hazards, no nails, screws, sharp glass or plexiglass edges, or any other objects that could be harmful to the persons collecting the bulk items, these hazards must be removed.
Paints, motor oil, hazardous waste, electronic waste (e-waste), single stream recycling, light metal, iron should all be discarded in a safe manner and never placed in the curbside weekly or bulk collections. Residents must follow the guidelines that are provided in the borough service guide book, or the county hazardous waste website for proper disposal.
Hedge trimmings, light brush clippings, grass clippings, garden wastes, any compostable vegetative waste, all such tree trimming waste that is less than four feet in length shall be placed in open containers or paper biodegradable paper bags not to exceed 40 pounds for collection with the vegetative/yard waste collection on your specified collection day and not to be placed in with the solid waste.
Each and every owner, tenant, or other person occupying any dwelling or structure or portion thereof in the Borough of Somerdale shall be required to:
Procure proper carts for the storage of all solid waste.
Collect, store and place all accumulations of such solid waste in proper carts.
Place all carts at the curb on the public street in front of each lot, building, apartment or dwelling house where the same shall be accessible for collection from 6:30 a.m. of the day specified for collection.
No owner or tenant shall place any carts at the curb on the public street for collection and disposal prior to 4:00 p.m. of the day preceding the day specified for collection.
It shall be unlawful to place or store any solid waste in any paper bags, wooden barrels, baskets, drums or any other type of container other than the type of cart specified in this chapter. Any carts/containers other than those specified in this chapter may be classified as solid waste and carted away.
It shall be unlawful to place for the solid waste collection any recyclable material that should instead be placed for the recyclable material collection. All materials that are deemed recyclable pursuant to Chapter 201 of the Borough Code shall be placed for the recyclable collection and not for the solid waste collection. All persons who participate in the solid waste collection shall be required to also participate fully in the recyclable material collection.
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person or corporation to collect, pick up, or in any other way disturb the solid waste deposited in any container placed for collection on any curb, street or public place.
Burning of refuse, rubbish and other materials is prohibited. It shall be unlawful to set fire to or burn any refuse, rubbish or other material mentioned in this article on any land in this Borough.
No person shall discard or dump any refuse, rubbish, household or commercial solid waste in any place or on any land in the Borough not specifically designated for the purpose of solid waste disposal.
It is unlawful to bring any solid waste, garbage, rubbish, and/or refuse from an outside location into the Borough of Somerdale for disposal.
No person having custody or control or residential, industrial or business premises from which solid waste, including recyclables, is collected for disposal by the Borough shall permit or cause any solid waste, including recyclables, within his control, to become a hazard to public travel, health or safety.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Borough of Somerdale Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Department of Public Works, which shall designate inspectors empowered to issue complaints for violations of this chapter in accordance with the rules governing the courts of the State of New Jersey.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to any combination of the following:
A fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
A term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days.
A period of community service not exceeding 90 days.