Township of Piscataway, NJ
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Editor's Note: See Chapter 32, Yard Waste Placed in Streets Restricted.
[1972 Code § 28-1]
Each household within the Township of Piscataway shall be entitled to receive from the Department of Public Works a decal for recycling and a booklet containing coupons which shall provide the sole authorization, as more specifically defined below, for the use of the Township Trash/Recycling Center located adjacent to the Department of Public Works.
[1972 Code § 28-2; 28-3; New]
a. 
Trash/Recycling Center. The coupons which are provided to each household will authorize each household to utilize the Trash/Recycling Center located adjacent to the Department of Public Works at a frequency as provided in subsection 22-1.1 for the disposal of solid waste. No person shall be permitted to use the Trash/Recycling Center for the disposal of solid waste without surrendering one coupon for a car, SUV or minivan, and two coupons for a pickup truck or a full size van.
b. 
Curb-side Pickup of Solid Waste Material. The Township will authorize each household to receive curb-side pick-up services (by appointment) from municipal resources an aggregate of two times each year. This authorization shall be for the disposition of solid waste and does not include recyclable materials.
Appointments may be requested from January through the middle of October and requests will be honored on a first come-first served basis.
c. 
Deposit of Recyclable Materials at Recycling Center. Residents may deliver recyclable materials to the Recycling Center using a vehicle to which the decal is affixed. No coupon is required to deposit recyclable materials.
d. 
Prohibited Materials at Recycling Center.
1. 
Plastic bags and/or grocery bags will not be accepted for deposit in the recycling bins.
2. 
Hazardous materials are prohibited for deposit at the Trash and Recycling Center.
3. 
Kitchen garbage may not be brought to the Recycling Center.
[1972 Code § 28-4]
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, any resident of the Township may have unlimited access to the Township Recycling Center during the designated times and days of operation, for the purpose of disposing of recyclable materials provided for in the facility.
[1972 Code § 28-5]
Only residents of the Township of Piscataway shall be permitted to use either the Township Trash/Recycling Center or the Township curb-side pick-up service for the disposal of any wastes.
[1972 Code § 28-6]
In the case of vans, pick-up trucks, and trailers, the total gross load shall not exceed two cubic yards.
[Ord. No. 08-35 § 28-7]
a. 
Disposal. Residents of the Township of Piscataway shall be permitted to dispose of grass clippings at the Township mini-dump subject to submitting the required number of Grass Coupons.
b. 
Coupon Schedule. No person shall be permitted to dispose of grass clippings at the Township mini-dump without providing the number of grass coupons set forth on the following schedule:
Container
Number of Coupons
Biodegradable bag (approx. 40 pounds)
1 Grass Coupon
30 gallon garbage can (approx. 80 pounds)
2 Grass Coupons
60 gallon landscaper's can (approx. 160 pounds)
4 Grass Coupons
c. 
Grass Coupons. The fee for each coupon for the disposal of grass clippings by Township residents at the Township mini-dump shall be $1.
[1972 Code § 26-1; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-1]
The Township Council hereby finds that a mandatory recycling program for specified waste materials is a matter of the highest public interest. The Township Council finds that the recycling of waste materials decreases waste flow to landfill sites and significantly reduces the spiraling costs of landfill tipping fees and associated taxes. This chapter will regulate and control the collection, disposal and transportation of solid waste within the Township, and mandates the separation and recycling of certain specified waste materials.
All collection, disposal, recycling and transportation of solid waste within the Township shall be performed in accordance with this chapter, as supplemented by such additional regulations as may be promulgated by the Business Administrator of the Township.
The Township Council may enter into any agreement as permitted by law with any other municipality, county, or other body politic of the State of New Jersey for recycling collection.
[1972 Code § 26-2; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-2]
The following words and phrases shall have those meanings reflected below:
ALUMINUM CANS
Shall mean non-foil food and beverage containers made entirely of aluminum.
BRUSH
Shall mean branches, woody plants and other like vegetative materials that do not exceed five inches in diameter and Christmas trees.
COMMINGLED CONTAINERS
Shall mean 20 gallon, plastic containers to be used by residents to place plastic containers, glass containers, aluminum cans and steel cans at curb for collection.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Shall mean boxes and packaging generally made from wood pulp and consisting of two smooth sides with a corrugated inner layer. Brown paper grocery bags are included in this category.
GLASS CONTAINERS
Shall mean bottles and jars in which food and beverages are packaged. The same may be transparent (clear) or translucent and/or tinted brown or green.
LEAVES
Shall mean fallen leaves excluding brush and grass clippings.
MIXED PAPER
Shall mean glossy inserts, magazines, junk mail, colored paper, computer paper, office paper, fine paper, telephone books, paperboard (chipboard and pressboard), nonmetallic wrapping paper, soft cover books, hard cover books with covers removed.
MIXED PAPER CONTAINER
Shall mean a covered, eight gallon container in which residents will place mixed paper at the curb for collection.
NEWSPAPERS
Shall mean clean dry newsprint, generally a daily or weekly edition, along with any colored inserts such as comics or advertisements.
PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Shall mean soda and other bottles made from PETE (S. P. I. Code 1) and milk, water, laundry product and other bottles made from HDPE (S.P.I. Code 2).
RESIDENTS
Shall mean private, commercial and institutional residents that are required to recycle.
STEEL CANS
Shall mean food and beverage containers made of steel and either tin-plated or lacquer-coated and including hi-metal cans (ferrous cans with an aluminum top).
TEXTILE BAG
Shall mean special bag used by residents for placing textiles at curb for collection.
TEXTILES
Shall mean clean dry clothing or other fabric measuring at least one foot by one foot in size.
USED MOTOR OIL
Shall mean discarded petroleum based or synthetic lubricating oil from automobile and other engines.
[1972 Code § 26-3; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-3]
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of solid waste consisting of steel cans, plastic containers, mixed paper, textiles, brush, corrugated cardboard from residential, office and commercial sources, newspapers, aluminum cans, glass containers, leaves, motor oil and high grade office paper from commercial sources.
[1972 Code § 26-4a-c; New; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-4; Ord. No. 10-17]
a. 
The occupant or owner of any residence, business, institution or commercial building or store within the Township shall, unless provided for in paragraphs c, d or subsection 22-2.5 hereafter, separate and place for removal in the manner provided the following recyclables:
1. 
Newspaper and corrugated cardboard must be placed at the curb in segregated, tied bundles not greater than 12 inches in height.
2. 
Mixed paper, including office paper, must be placed at curb in the mixed paper container.
3. 
Glass containers, aluminum cans, plastic containers and steel cans shall be commingled in a commingled container and placed at the curb.
4. 
Textiles shall be segregated in the textile bag and placed at the curb.
b. 
All residents shall separate, sort and recycle leaves, motor oil and brush in accordance with regulations promulgated by the recycling coordinator or other Township agent.
c. 
All multi-family dwellings with five or more units, schools, public buildings and other institutions, where so directed by the Recycling Coordinator or other Township agent, shall deposit the recyclables set forth in paragraph a and/or b in on-site containers provided by the owner.
d. 
The occupant and/or owner of any commercial, office or industrial building or other institution may demonstrate an alternative to the recycling program as set forth herein. Any such alternative program shall be submitted to the Recycling Coordinator for approval. Until said approval is forthcoming said owner/occupant shall comply with the provisions of this chapter.
e. 
The following additional recyclables are mandatory source separated items:
1. 
For residential (including multi-family), commercial, industrial and institutional, governments and office parks:
(a) 
Masonry/paving material: asphalt, block, brick, cinder, and concrete.
(b) 
Rechargeable batteries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb).
(c) 
Tires: rubber-based scrap automotive, truck, and equipment tires.
(d) 
White goods: washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners. Note: all devices that contain CFCs must be properly evacuated by licensed individuals and all CFCs recovered must be sent to an EPA approved reclaimer.
2. 
For commercial, industrial and institutional, governments and office parks:
(a) 
Electronics: televisions, CPU's, monitors, laptops, and mercury-containing devices.
(b) 
Fluorescent bulbs: lamps that contain mercury.
(c) 
Plastic film: stretch/shrink wrap, plastic shopping bags - only for warehouses, retail establishments and supermarkets with 25 or more employees.
(d) 
Wood scrap: unfinished lumber from new construction projects including pallets. Unfinished shall mean nonchemically treated (not pressure treated, impregnated with preservatives, insecticides, fungicides, creosote, or other chemicals, and not painted, resin-coated or otherwise surface treated, and not laminated or bonded; and not similarly altered from its natural condition) - only for new construction sites.
f. 
Leaf Bags. The Township may make leaf bags available to the residents for purchase in bundles of 20 bags at a fee calculated as the actual cost to the Township for the bags, rounded up to the nearest whole cent. On an annual basis, the Township Council through the adoption of a resolution may waive all or a portion of the fees imposed for the leaf bags or chose to impose the fee only on those leaf bags obtained by a resident over a minimum number.
[1972 Code § 26-5; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-5]
a. 
The mandatory recycling program shall be supervised by the Recycling Coordinator or such other person designated by the administrator. The Recycling Coordinator or other designated person shall have the authority to promulgate regulations concerning this program.
b. 
The Township Council, by resolution, may enter into contracts and may make any arrangements deemed in the public interest for collection of recyclable materials.
[1972 Code § 26-6; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-6]
It shall be a violation of this section for any person unauthorized by the Township to collect or pick up or cause to be collected or picked up any such items, except as provided for herein.
[1972 Code § 26-7; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-7]
a. 
Except as otherwise authorized by this section, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or entity to collect, pick up or cause to be collected or picked up, any material identified herein as being the subject of mandatory recycling. Any person, firm or organization found guilty of violating the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an offense and upon conviction thereof shall be fined an amount not less $100 nor exceeding $1,000 or imprisoned for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, for each such offense. Each day that such a violation has been found to occur shall be deemed to be a separate violation of this section and, as such, may be separately penalized in accordance with the provisions of this subsection.
b. 
Noncompliance by any person or entity with the other requirements of this chapter, including failure to separate those materials herein made the subject of mandatory recycling, shall receive, for the first offense, a notice of violation and for the second offense a warning that any additional violations may result in the filing of a complaint in municipal court wherein all such subsequent violations may result in a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both, for each subsequent offense.
[1972 Code § 26-8; Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-8]
The Business Administrator and Director of Public Works shall in conjunction with the Recycling Coordinator develop and disseminate to all residents a summary of the general provisions of this chapter and of all county-wide recycling programs and services including but not limited to an itemization of recyclables to be source separated, the manner of separation, location and the schedules for collection.
[Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-9]
a. 
The Township Council may exempt persons occupying commercial or institutional premises located in the Township from the source separation requirements of this section which requires persons generating municipal solid waste within the Township to source separate from the municipal solid waste stream, the specified recyclable materials if those persons have otherwise provided for the recycling of all designated recyclable materials. To be eligible for an exemption pursuant to this section, a commercial or institutional generator of solid waste shall file an application for exemption with the Township Recycling Coordinator on forms to be provided for this purpose. This form shall include at a minimum, the following information: the name of the commercial or institutional entity: the street address location and lot and block designation; the name, official title and phone number of the person making the application on behalf of the commercial or institutional entity; the name, address, official contact person and telephone number of the facility which provides the service of recycling those designated recyclable materials and a certification that the designated recyclable materials will be recycled and that, at least on an annual basis, said recycling service provider or commercial/institutional generator shall provide written documentation to the municipal recycling coordinator of the number of tons collected and recycled for each designated material.
b. 
Effective March 31, 2008, all existing exemptions are hereby revoked and must be reapplied for consistent with the following guidelines:
1. 
The mixed waste and recyclables taken from an eligible location may only be taken to a licensed "Transfer Station/MRF." That facility must have the ability to separate out for recycling all mandated recyclables that were commingled with the garbage.
2. 
Exemptions are valid for a period of up to three years which will begin on the date of issuance and expire on March 31st of the third year.
3. 
No exemption renewal will be issued if the recycling tonnage report is not received by March 31st of each year.
4. 
The generator must apply in writing for the exemption and receive an official written notice that it has been granted from the Township Recycling Coordinator. The exemption request must be accompanied by the following information:
(a) 
A letter from the specified hauler agreeing to have the mandated materials separated, which must specifically list the materials that will be separated.
(b) 
A letter from the specified receiving facility including the valid NJDEP permit number that states the mandated materials will be separated.
(c) 
An explanation of why their particular operation, circumstance or facility makes adhering to the source separation requirements of the recycling plan impractical.
(d) 
A description of the nature of the business and the estimated monthly and yearly tonnages of solid waste and designated recyclables to be generated by their facility. The generator must demonstrate that they have at least 75% mandated recyclables in their waste stream to qualify for the exemption.
(e) 
A list of mandated materials that the materials recovery facility will be recycling for their business.
(f) 
A description of how the generator disposed of their solid waste pursuant to Middlesex County's waste flow strategy (Plan Amendment 1997-3) and handled recyclables up to the date of the application.
(g) 
A listing of any violations cited (and disposition thereof) for the generator with reference to the solid waste or recyclables generated from their facility.
(h) 
The application shall be certified under oath so that in the event there is a deliberate misstatement, the applicant will be subject to enforcement action.
5. 
If during the term of the exemption the generator switches haulers, or the hauler switches the receiving facility, the existing exemption is no longer valid and must be reapplied for.
6. 
If the generator is granted the exemption, the company is required to include signage in a prominent place that states that recyclable material is being sorted out at a materials recovery facility.
7. 
The generator must be able to show the exemption approval and a copy of his/her waste removal contract when the exemption is claimed to the Middlesex County Public Health Department recycling inspector.
8. 
Any exemptions granted by the Township will have to be material specific, list the hauler name, and identify by street address the exact location of the business that has been granted the exemption. Businesses with more than one location must apply for exemptions for each location separately. A copy of each exemption granted must be submitted by the Township to the Middlesex County DSWM.
[Ord. No. 09-09 § 26-10]
a. 
Any application to and any approval from the Zoning Board or the Planning Board of the Township for subdivision or site plan approval for the construction of multi-family dwellings of three or more units, single-family developments of 50 or more units with a Homeowner's Association or an commercial, institutional, or industrial development for the utilization of 1,000 square feet or more of land, must include a recycling plan. This plan must contain, at a minimum, the following:
1. 
A detailed analysis of the expected composition and amounts of solid waste and recyclables generated at the proposed development and
2. 
Locations documented on the application's site plan that provide for convenient recycling opportunities for all owners, tenants, and occupants. The recycling area shall be of sufficient size, convenient location and contain other attributes (signage, lighting, fencing, etc.) as may be determined by the municipal recycling coordinator.
b. 
Each resolution of approval of such development from the Zoning Board or Planning Board of the Township must include, as a condition of the approval, that the owner of the property receiving approval supply a contract with a hauling company as required in subsection 22-2.10c below.
c. 
Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Township, the owner of any new multi-family housing or commercial, institutional, or industrial development must supply a copy of a duly executed contract with a hauling company for the purposes of collection and recycling of source-separated recyclable materials, in those instances where the municipality does not otherwise provide this service.
d. 
Provision shall be made for the indoor, or enclosed outdoor, storage and pickup of solid waste, to be approved by the Township Engineer.