[HISTORY: Adopted by the Merchantville Borough Council 2-11-1985 by Ord. No. 621. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough of Merchantville, by its designated contractors or by its employees, will collect and remove, on specified dates, only the matter described hereinafter when such matter is placed in proper receptacles or bundles and placed for collection in the manner prescribed.
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- GARBAGE, TRASH AND REFUSE
- Kitchen waste, food waste, including condemned food, animal or vegetable matter, offal, decaying and decomposing matter, ashes, tin cans, rags, leaves, grass, yard cuttings, branches, Christmas trees (as is), old household items, refuse and junk (such as beds, springs, chairs, mattresses, items of furniture, stoves, refrigerators and other customary household waste), provided that this term shall not include construction building materials or waste or debris of contractors, except for small quantities for minor repairs of homes that would otherwise be acceptable.
- 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 "glass," excluding, however, blue and flat glass and glass commonly known as "window glass."
- METAL AND ALUMINUM CONTAINERS
- All metallic containers, including but not limited to metal
and aluminum soft drink containers, coffee and/or beverage containers
and any other metal container commonly used for packaging of food
and beverage material which are commonly known as "cans."[Added 12-8-1986]
- USED NEWSPAPERS
- Includes 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.
Except as set forth in § 34-4, all garbage, trash, refuse, glass, metal containers and newspapers shall be placed in metal or other permanent receptacles having a maximum capacity of 32 gallons, four cubic feet capacity or a gross weight of 50 pounds, whichever is greater in each instance. Said receptacle shall be fitted with properly fitting covers and have handles securely fastened to the sides. Receptacles for garden refuse may be wooden baskets and need not have covers.
In addition to the above described containers or receptacles, the Director of Public Works may issue regulations authorizing other specific types of receptacles for the disposal of garbage, trash, refuse, glass and used newspapers. In exercising the discretion granted hereunder, the Director of Public Works shall consider such factors as cost, convenience and any other factor relevant to the public health and welfare.
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of garbage, trash and refuse from used newspapers and glass within the Borough of Merchantville. The occupant or owner of any building within the Borough of Merchantville shall separate all garbage, trash and refuse from all used newspapers and glass and shall place the items for disposal, removal and collection in accordance with the regulations listed below and any other regulations listed by the Director of Public Works of the Borough of Merchantville:
Used newspapers. Used newspapers shall be bundled separately and secured in bundles not to exceed 50 pounds and shall not be contained in plastic bags. All cardboard containers shall be flattened in bundles and shall not exceed 50 pounds.
Glass and metal containers shall be contained in reusable metal or plastic containers supplied by the occupant, owner or borough.
All other garbage, trash and refuse shall be prepared for collection as follows:
Ashes shall be cold and free from any hot coals to prevent the possibility of fire.
Hedge trimmings and light brush clippings shall be securely tied in bundles not to exceed four feet in length and 24 inches in diameter and shall not exceed 50 pounds in weight.
Receptacles shall not be filled higher than three inches from the top. Covers shall be placed on receptacles to prevent any rubbish or garbage being scattered about by wind or other elements. Damaged or leaky receptacles shall be replaced at the expense of the owners.
Each and every owner, tenant, housekeeper or other person or persons occupying any dwelling or structure or portion thereof in the Borough of Merchantville shall be required to:
Procure proper receptacles as hereinbefore described for the storage of all garbage, trash, refuse, used newspapers, glass and metal containers.
Collect, store and place all accumulations of garbage, trash, refuse, used newspapers, glass and metal containers into proper receptacles or bundles. The receptacles or bundles shall be stored so as not to be visible from any point along the front line of the property.
Place all receptacles or bundles at the curb at the front of the lot of the building or dwelling house where the same shall be accessible for collection by 7:00 a.m. of the date specified. The receptacles or bundles shall not be so placed at the curb prior to 3:00 p.m. of the date preceding the scheduled collection.
All receptacles shall be removed from the curb within 24 hours after said receptacles have been emptied.
It shall be unlawful to place and store any garbage, trash, refuse, used newspapers and glass in any manner not authorized under the provisions of this chapter, and any receptacle or container not complying shall be classified as refuse and carted away.
Except for borough employees or agents in the discharge of their duties under this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, association or corporation to collect, pick in, rake up or in any other way disturb the ashes, rubbish, used newspapers, glass or other refuse material whatsoever deposited in any container or bundle laid or placed on any curb, street or public place.
Neither the Borough of Merchantville nor its agents shall be responsible for the collection or removal of the following materials:
Waste or debris arising from construction or demolition work except in small quantities arising from minor repairs to homes.
Every section of this chapter and every subsection or separate part thereof shall be considered as a separate regulation to the extent that if any section, subsection or separate part thereof shall be declared ineffective, invalid or unconstitutional, it shall not affect the remaining parts of this chapter.
All other ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed as to any such inconsistency only.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon its passage and upon publication according to law.