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Borough of Little Ferry, NJ
Bergen County
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[1982 Code § 172-27]
As used in this section:
GARBAGE
Shall mean and include refuse of animal and vegetable matter, excluding liquids; which has been used or was intended for use as food, including condemned foods, spoiled meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, birds, fruits, small dead animals and oyster and clam shells; also excrement of pets, if separately and securely wrapped.
GARDEN REFUSE
Shall mean and include Christmas trees, small branches of trees two (2) inches or less in diameter, hedge, bush and vine trimmings, stalks of vegetable and flower plants, grass in any form, weeds and similar materials usually found in residential yards, excepting rocks and leaves.
RECEPTACLE
Shall mean a container or can to be supplied by the resident or person whose garbage is being collected. Receptacles shall be properly covered and shall have a minimum size of twenty (20) gallons and maximum size of thirty (30) gallons.
RUBBISH
Shall mean waste products generally found in and about residences and places of business, such as paper, rags, wooden boxes or crates, and waste materials, but excluding appliances, equipment and fixtures and other waste which cannot be fitted readily into the standard ash can or tied into bundles of three (3) feet maximum dimension.
TRASH
Shall mean mixed refuse, debris, bric-a-brac, household furnishings, furniture, fixtures and appliances, household equipment, doors, screens, bicycles, playground equipment and apparatus of all kinds.
[1982 Code § 172-28]
The owner, lessee, agent, occupant or other person who manages or controls any building, including a single-family dwelling, shall provide and maintain containers sufficient for the deposit of garbage, refuse and trash to contain the waste accumulated during a period of seventy-two (72) hours. The containers shall be made of metal or plastic and constructed so as to hold their contents without leakage. The containers shall be provided with tight-fitting covers. No container when filled, shall be filled to a height higher than three (3) inches from the top or weigh more than sixty (60) pounds when filled. Containers shall be equipped with handles. Containers shall be kept in a serviceable and sanitary condition at all times.
[1982 Code § 172-29]
a. 
All garbage to be collected by the Borough shall be drained free of water and stored in watertight, covered containers.
b. 
Other wastes, all rubbish, garden refuse and trash to be collected by the Borough shall be stored in receptacles or put into bundles which shall be securely tied with heavy twine, rope, cord or wire. Such bundles shall not weigh in excess of sixty (60) pounds each and shall not exceed three (3) feet in their maximum dimension.
[1982 Code § 172-30]
Receptacles and bundles shall be stored, when not placed at the curb for collection, within any rear or side yard areas, but if stored within a side yard area, receptacles must be screened from the view of adjoining properties and street areas with planting or fencing. No receptacles or bundles may be stored in a front yard.
[1982 Code § 172-31]
No receptacles or bundles shall be placed at curbside prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day immediately before the scheduled curbside collection nor later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of scheduled curbside collection. No receptacles shall be left at the curb after 7:00 p.m. on the day of scheduled curbside collection.
[1982 Code § 172-32A]
It shall be unlawful for any person to bury or burn any garbage, trash, rubbish or garden refuse upon any premises within the Borough of Little Ferry.
[1982 Code § 172-32B]
To place any garbage, ashes, rubbish, trash or garden refuse upon any premises or upon any street or public place within the Borough of Little Ferry, except as otherwise provided in this section.
[1982 Code § 172-32C]
To permit or allow ashes, garbage, rubbish, trash, garden refuse or waste materials to accumulate on his premises in excess of two hundred (200) pounds or in excess of one and one-half (1 1/2) cubic yards.
[1982 Code § 172-33; New]
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5 with a minimum penalty of two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[1982 Code § 172-34]
This section shall be enforced by the Borough of Little Ferry Police Department, the Construction Code Official or his representative and the Department of Public Works.
[1982 Code § 174-1]
As used in this section:
ALUMINUM
Shall mean recyclable aluminum cans.
CORRUGATED AND OTHER CARDBOARD
Shall mean that material made of paper pulp but thicker and stiffer than paper and used for making cards or boxes, which may or may not be furrowed into parallel grooves and ridges.
DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Shall mean those recyclable materials, including metal, glass, paper or plastic containers, food and waste, household appliances, corrugated and other cardboard, newspaper, magazines or high-grade office paper designated in this section to be source-separated.
DISPOSITION OR DISPOSITION OF DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Shall mean the transportation, placement, reuse, sale, donation, transfer or temporary storage for a period not exceeding six (6) months of designated recyclable material for all possible uses except for disposal of solid waste.
DWELLING UNIT
Shall mean and include a one-family home and a two-family home.
GLASS
Shall mean 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."
HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES
Shall mean those bulky items also commonly referred to as "white goods," such as washing machines, refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and dryers.
MAGAZINES
Shall mean and include all magazines or periodicals printed on glossy stock or paper of heavier quality than that commonly recognized as newsprint.
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE STREAM
Shall mean all residential, commercial and institutional solid waste generated within the boundaries of the Borough, as measured in tons.
NEWSPAPER
Shall mean 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, expressly included, however, are all magazines or similar periodicals as well as all other paper periodicals of any nature whatsoever.
PAPER
Shall mean and include all newspaper, high-grade office paper, fine paper, bond paper, offset paper, xerographic paper, mimeo paper, duplicator paper and related types of cellulosic material containing not more than ten (10%) percent by weight or volume of noncellulosic materials such as laminates, binders, coatings or saturants.
PAPER PRODUCT
Shall mean any paper items or commodities, including but not limited to, paper napkins, towels, corrugated and other cardboard, construction material, toilet tissue, paper and related types of cellulosic materials containing not more than ten (10%) percent by weight or volume of noncellulosic materials such as laminates, binders, coatings or saturants.
PLASTIC CONTAINER
Shall mean a container hermetically sealed or made air-tight with a metal or plastic cap and with a minimum wall thickness of not less than ten-thousandths (0.010) inch, and composed of thermoplastic synthetic polymeric material.
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
Shall mean those materials which would otherwise become municipal solid waste, which may be collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
RECYCLABLE PAPER
Shall mean paper having a total weight consisting of not less than fifty (50%) percent of secondary wastepaper material.
RECYCLABLE PAPER PRODUCT
Shall mean any paper product consisting of not less than fifty (50%) percent of secondary wastepaper material.
RECYCLING
Shall mean any process by which materials which would otherwise become solid waste are collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
RECYCLING CENTER
Shall mean any facility designed and operated solely for receiving, storing, processing and transferring source-separated, nonputrescible or source-separated commingled nonputrescible metal, glass, paper, plastic containers, corrugated and other cardboard or other recyclable material approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.
RECYCLING SERVICES
Shall mean the services provided by the persons engaged in the business of recycling, including the collection, processing, storage, purchase, sale or disposition, or any combination thereof, of recyclable material.
REGULATIONS
Shall mean and include such rules, implementation dates, schedules of time and such other requirements approved by the Borough Council as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives of this section.
SOURCE-SEPARATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Shall mean recyclable materials, including but not limited to paper, metal, glass, food waste, office paper and plastic which are kept separate and apart from residential, commercial and institutional solid waste by the generator thereof for the purposes of collection, disposition and recycling.
YARD WASTE
Shall mean and include leaves, grass clippings and brush.
[1982 Code § 174-2; New]
It is the purpose of this section to comply with the Mandatory Statewide Recycling Program, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.11 et seq., and the Clean Communities and Recycling Grant Act. N.J.S.A. 13:1E-213 et seq.
[1982 Code § 174-3]
There is hereby created the position of Little Ferry Recycling Coordinator.
[1982 Code § 174-4; Ord. No. 1276-08-09]
The following materials are designated as recyclable under the Little Ferry mandatory program:
a. 
Residential Properties.
1. 
Newspapers.
2. 
Glass beverage containers.
3. 
Aluminum cans.
4. 
Ferrous scrap.
5. 
Leaves.
6. 
White goods.
7. 
Tin cans.
8. 
Grass.
9. 
Household-generated batteries.
10. 
Construction and demolition debris (concrete, brick, tree parts, nonferrous/ferrous metal, asphalt, corrugated cardboard; where practical)
11. 
Corrugated cardboard.
12. 
Mixed paper.
13. 
Type 1 and 2 plastic containers.
b. 
Commercial Properties.
1. 
Corrugated cardboard.
2. 
High-grade office paper.
3. 
Glass beverage containers.
4. 
Ferrous scrap.
5. 
White goods.
6. 
Aluminum cans.
7. 
Mixed paper.
8. 
Construction and demolition debris (concrete, brick, tree parts, nonferrous/ferrous metal, asphalt, corrugated cardboard; where practical)
9. 
Type 1 and 2 plastic containers.
[1982 Code § 174-5]
a. 
It shall be mandatory for all persons who are owners, lessees and occupants of property in the Borough of Little Ferry to separate the recyclable materials designated in subsection 22-2.4 above from all other solid waste.
b. 
All source-separated recyclables generated by residential premises shall be placed at a location designated by the Recycling Coordinator.
c. 
The owners, lessees and occupants of commercial/institutional premises shall be responsible for the pickup and disposal of all source-separated recyclables through private channels and shall comply with all reporting requirements of the State of New Jersey, County of Bergen and Borough of Little Ferry. In no event shall such recyclable materials be left at the curb for private pickup.
d. 
Leaves shall be bagged in biodegradable bags. During the period beginning the last week in November through December 30, unbagged leaves may be left at the curb for pickup.
e. 
Grass clippings shall be separated and placed in suitable, reusable covered containers supplied by the owner, lessee or occupant, or in biodegradable bags.
f. 
Newspapers shall be separated and secured in bundles not to exceed twelve (12) inches in height, or placed in brown paper bags only; plastic bags shall not be used for this purpose.
g. 
Cardboard shall be separated, collapsed and secured in bundles not to exceed twelve (12) inches in height.
h. 
Glass shall be separated by color and secured in suitable reusable containers supplied by the owner, lessees or occupant.
i. 
Aluminum, tin and other metal cans must be rinsed clean and secured in suitable, reusable containers supplied by the owner, lessee or occupant.
j. 
All other materials designated in subsection 22-2.4 shall be separated and secured, as necessary, in suitable containers supplied by the owner, lessee or occupant.
[1982 Code § 174-5.1]
As provided by law, all families are required to participate in the recycling program. It shall be the duty of the owners of a multifamily dwelling to establish a recycling program on the site of the structure, establish one (1) or more convenient recycling centers on the site, notify on an annual basis and make clear to all tenants or proprietors of the buildings of the recycling responsibilities and post notices in the building(s) on the methods of the recycling program.
[1982 Code § 174-6]
a. 
The Recycling Coordinator shall promulgate reasonable regulations establishing the manner, dates and times of the collection of same in accordance with the terms of this section. Any such regulations promulgated by the Recycling Coordinator shall be approved by the Borough Council and may be changed, modified, repealed or amended in whole or in part by majority vote of the Borough Council. A copy of such regulations promulgated by the Recycling Coordinator, as provided, modified or amended, shall be available for public inspection at the office of the Borough Clerk during regular business hours.
b. 
All recyclable materials shall be placed at curbside for pickup.
[1982 Code § 174-7]
The Recycling Coordinator may be authorized, from time to time by bid or by contract approved by the Mayor and Borough Council, to sell and deliver recyclable material so collected in order to obtain the best possible price.
[1982 Code § 174-8]
a. 
Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prohibit any owner, lessee or occupant from disposing of recyclable material privately through sale or gift, provided that the collector is either licensed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or has a permit from the Borough of Little Ferry, the recyclable materials are taken to an approved vendor and the Borough of Little Ferry receives a report on the tons of recyclable materials so removed. In no event shall the recyclable materials be left at the curb for any private pickup, and further provided that in no event shall any such recyclable materials be disposed of as part of the solid waste pickup by the Borough of Little Ferry in accordance with the normal pickup by the Borough of Little Ferry.
b. 
Nonprofit/For-Profit Drop-Off Centers. Individual property owners may conduct, or allow to be conducted on their property, drop-off centers for recyclable materials, provided that they receive a permit from the Borough of Little Ferry for this center, all recyclable materials are taken to an approved vendor, the Borough of Little Ferry receives a report on the tons of recyclable materials so removed and all relevant ordinances and land use regulations of the Borough are complied with.
[1982 Code § 174-15]
The fee established for the permit set forth in subsection 22-2.9, private disposal of recyclable materials, herein shall be twenty-five ($25.00) dollars per annum. Charitable, philanthropic, fraternal and religious nonprofit organizations holding a tax-exempt status under the Federal Internal Revenue Code are exempt from payment of any fee charged under this subsection.
[1982 Code § 174-9]
From the time recyclable materials are placed at the curb by the owner, lessee or occupant for collection by the Borough of Little Ferry, such recyclable materials shall become the property of the Borough. It shall be a violation of this section for any unauthorized person to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such recyclable materials for any purpose whatsoever once the same has been placed at the curb. Any and each such collection in violation hereof from one (1) or more premises shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, punishable as hereinafter provided.
[1982 Code § 174-10]
The Recycling Coordinator shall annually submit a recycling tonnage report to the New Jersey Office of Recycling.
[1982 Code § 174-11]
Every six (6) months, the Recycling Coordinator shall notify all persons occupying residential, commercial and institutional premises within the Borough of Little Ferry of local recycling opportunities and the source separation requirements of this section. The notification shall be done by placing an advertisement in a newspaper circulating in the Borough of Little Ferry and by posting a notice in public places where public notices are customarily posted by the Borough. The Recycling Coordinator shall use his or her best efforts to notify the public through newsletters and presentations in the schools.
[1982 Code § 174-12]
This section shall be referred to the Planning Board of the Borough for a revision of the Master Plan in accordance with N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.16c, specifically, with regard to the collection, disposition and recycling of designated recyclable materials within any development proposal for the construction of fifty (50) or more units of single-family residential housing or twenty-five (25) or more units of multifamily residential housing and any commercial or industrial development proposal for the utilization of one thousand (1,000) square feet of land. The Planning Board shall also make recommendations to the Mayor and Borough Council for the amendments to the Borough Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision and Site Plan Ordinances in accordance with this section.
[1982 Code § 174-13]
The Superintendent of the Department of Public Works or his designated assistant, or the Police Department or the Recycling Coordinator, are hereby authorized and directed to enforce this section.
[1982 Code § 174-14; New]
Any person violating any provisions of this section shall be liable, upon conviction, to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5 with a maximum penalty at the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court of not more than twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the first offense and not more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars or ten (10) days in jail for each subsequent offense, excepting that a person violating subsection 22-2.9 shall be liable to a maximum fine of five hundred ($500.00) dollars or imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both.
[1982 Code § 174-24]
The removal of debris and other building materials resulting from the demolition of existing structures or portions therefor or from the construction of new buildings or the alteration or modification of existing buildings shall be the responsibility of the contractor performing the work. No such materials shall be collected by the Borough of Little Ferry nor its scavenger contractor, nor shall they be accepted from any person at the Public Works Garage or any other municipal facility.
[1982 Code § 172-25; Ord. No. 1205-14-06]
a. 
Any commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist performing services within the Borough for which the commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist is being paid for the service rendered shall remove all trimmings, branches, tree stumps, clippings and other waste materials resulting from the services performed by them from the premises which they service. No such materials shall be collected by the Borough of Little Ferry or its scavenger contractor, nor shall they be accepted from any person at the Public Works garage or any other municipal facility.
b. 
Notwithstanding the above, the requirements to remove the materials set forth in paragraph a shall not apply to any commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist performing services within the Borough for which the commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist is not being paid for the service rendered at a particular location.
c. 
Any commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist performing services within the Borough for which the commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist is not being paid for the service rendered and who does not remove the materials set forth in paragraph a., shall file an Affidavit under Oath and under penalties of perjury with the Borough Clerk and with the Superintendent/Director of the Department of Public Works confirming the commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arboreous, gardener or horticulturist is not being paid for performing services at the particular location.
[1]
Editor's Note: For additional regulations concerning the responsibilities of landscapers, tree companies and gardeners to remove materials, see Chapter 3, Police Regulations, subsection 3-1.3
[Ord. No. 1157-1-05 § 1]
The purpose of this section is to establish requirements for the proper handling of yard waste in the Borough of Little Ferry, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
[Ord. No. 1157-1-05 § 2]
As used in this section:
CONTAINERIZED
Shall mean the placement of yard waste in a trash can, bucket, bag or other vessel, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
STREET
Shall mean any street, avenue, boulevard, road, parkway, viaduct, drive, or other way, which is an existing State, County, or municipal roadway, and includes the land between the street lines, whether improved or unimproved, and may comprise pavement, shoulders, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, parking areas, and other areas within the street lines.
YARD WASTE
Shall mean leaves and grass clippings.
[Ord. No. 1157-1-05 § 3]
The owner or occupant of any property, or any employee or contractor of such owner or occupant engaged to provide lawn care or landscaping services, shall not sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste, unless the yard waste is containerized, in the street. If yard waste that is not containerized is placed in the street, the party responsible for placement of yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or the party shall be deemed in violation of this section.
[Ord. No. 1157-1-05 § 4]
The provisions of this section shall be enforced by Little Ferry Police Department.
[Ord. No. 1157-1-05 § 5; New]
Any person(s) who violates any provision of this section shall be liable, upon conviction, to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.