[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Secaucus 7-25-85 as Ord. No. 85-40. Amended in its entirety 3-22-88 by Ord. No. 88-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following words, phrases, and terms shall have the meaning indicated as follows:
- ALUMINUM BEVERAGE CANS
- Containers made entirely of aluminum and used solely for the packaging of beverages.
- COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS
- All public or private establishments including, but not limited to those manufacturing, retailing and/or service establishments, food establishments in business for the purposes of consumption (on or off premises) as well as food distribution and/or processing; and professional and/or non-profit or for-profit corporate entities.
- A process by which organic materials are turned into "humus" (similar to topsoil).
- CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
- Cardboard containers used primarily for the packaging, boxing, and/or transportation of products of any type.
- DESIGNATED RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
- All materials designated by the municipality to be source separated from the solid waste stream for the purpose of recycling.
- DWELLING UNIT
- Any one-family, two-family, or multi-family home; apartments and high rises; condominiums and/or cooperatives.
- GLASS FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS
- All bottles and jars made entirely of glass, devoid of metal caps and rings, and used in the storage of food and beverages. Specifically excluded are blue glass and flat glass commonly known as window glass, light bulbs and fixtures.
- HIGH GRADE PAPER
- White office paper, white copy paper, white computer printout paper, white bond paper and white typing paper.
- Specifically, foliage from plants and trees only.
- All cans, other than aluminum, consisting entirely of steel, tin, or bimetal and used in the storage of food and beverages.
- MIXED PAPER
- Any combination of newspaper, high grade paper, "junk mail" and advertisements and nonwhite paper.
- Paper of any 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.
- Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
- All forms of soft and/or hard plastic used for any purpose whatsoever.
- The process by which designated materials, which would otherwise become solid waste, are separated, collected, processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
- SCRAP METAL
- All discarded products made of steel, aluminum or other materials used for any purpose, excluding food and/or beverage packing.
- SOLID WASTE
- All garbage and rubbish that is collected for disposal, as defined in N.J.S.A. 13:1E-38, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-51, and N.J.A.C. 7:26-8.1, et seq., and amendments thereto.
- WHITE GOODS
- Household or commercial appliances made of steel or any other form of metal.
- YARD WASTE
- Grass clippings, hedge trimmings, twigs, sticks, branches and/or shrubbery.
It is the purpose of this chapter to establish a mandatory program for the source separation of leaves for composting, newspapers, glass food and beverage containers and aluminum beverage cans from the solid waste generated within the Town of Secaucus for the purpose of recycling.
All owners, lessees, or occupants of dwelling units, and all owners, lessees, and occupants of business, commercial and/or industrial establishments, and all owners, lessees, and occupants of private, public and governmental institutions and facilities, shall comply with all the provisions and obligations set forth in this chapter.
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein, any commercial or industrial establishment whose primary solid waste consists primarily of corrugated cardboard and/or high grade paper, may recycle such corrugated cardboard and/or high grade paper instead of recycling one of the following: aluminum, glass, or newspapers. In no case shall less than three materials be recycled and such materials, including the substitutions thereof as authorized by this paragraph, shall be carried out with the approval of the Recycling Coordinator(s).
[Added 5-24-88 by Ord. No. 88-17]
It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to separate leaves for composting, or to fail to separate newspapers, glass food and beverage containers, and aluminum beverage cans from the solid waste for recycling in accordance with the following:
Leaves shall be composted on the property of the owner, lessee, or occupant; or
Placed in prescribed containers and deposited at designated collection or pick-up sites on day(s) to be established by the Town of Secaucus or its authorized agent for composting, in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Newspapers shall be tied securely in bundles with twine, rope, cord or other such binding to facilitate handling and insure that it will not be windblown or distributed onto the public thoroughfare. Bundles should not exceed a weight of 30 pounds each or a height of more than 12 inches each.
Under no circumstances shall newspapers be placed in plastic or brown supermarket type bags.
Bundles shall be placed for collection at designated collection or pick-up sites on day(s) to be determined by the Town of Secaucus or its authorized agent, in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Glass food and beverage containers:
Glass containers used for the storage of food and/or beverages shall be rinsed clean of all residue and shall have all caps and/or rings removed.
Occupants of dwelling units shall place all glass food and beverage containers in containers or receptacles provided by the Town of Secaucus.
Commercial establishments utilizing curbside collection provided the Town of Secaucus, must provide three collection containers, each clearly marked "recyclables", and place all rinsed glass food and beverage containers in same, separated by color (green, brown, clear). Such receptacles or containers shall not exceed 60 lbs. gross weight when full.
Containers or receptacles shall be placed at designated collection or pick-up site(s) on day(s) to be determined by the Town of Secaucus or its authorized agent, in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, any owners, lessees, or occupants of a dwelling unit, as herein defined, may utilize glass food and beverage containers for the disposal of non-hazardous liquid wastes and place same with other regular solid waste.
Aluminum beverage cans:
Occupants of dwelling units shall place aluminum beverage cans in containers or receptacles provided by the Town of Secaucus.
Commercial establishments using curbside garbage collection provided by the Town of Secaucus must provide collection receptacles, clearly marked "recyclable aluminum" for aluminum beverage cans. Such containers shall not exceed 60 lbs. gross weight when full.
Containers or receptacles shall be placed at designated collection or pick-up site(s) on day(s) to be determined by the Town of Secaucus, or its authorized agent for collection, in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, any owner, lessee or occupant of a dwelling unit, as herein defined, may utilize aluminum beverage cans for the disposal of non-hazardous liquid wastes and place same with other regular solid waste.
The Town of Secaucus may use municipal personnel to collect the recyclable materials set forth herein, at curbside and/or collection or pick-up site(s) to be determined, and shall sell said recyclable materials, if a market exists therefor, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1, et seq. and amendments thereto.
The Town of Secaucus may elect to enter into agreements with qualified persons, partnerships, or corporations, for the purpose of authorizing them to collect all said recyclable materials, or any portion thereof, at curbside or collection or pick-up site(s).
The Recycling Coordinator(s) shall, upon receipt of a completed and approved application, issue permits to any person, civic, fraternal, non-profit, or for-profit organization, authorizing a drop-off collection point for the aggregation of certain specific recyclable materials. Issuance of a permit shall not, however, authorize said person, civic, fraternal, non-profit, or for-profit organization to pick-up or collect said specific recyclable materials from any curbside, or from any designated municipal collection or pick up site(s) in the Town of Secaucus.
Nothing herein shall prohibit the Town from using its own personnel to collect said leaves, newspaper, glass food and beverage containers, and/or aluminum beverage cans, or such other designated recyclable materials, or contract out the cost of said collection, as may be determined to be in the best interests of the municipality.
Recyclable material, as defined herein, shall be the property of the Town of Secaucus once placed at the designated collection or pick-up site(s) authorized by the Town of Secaucus or its designated agent.
No unauthorized person shall pick up or cause to be picked-up said recyclable materials. Each such unauthorized collection will be illegal and in violation of this chapter and shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, punishable as hereinafter provided.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, any owner, lessee, or occupant of a dwelling unit, public or private institution, or commercial or industrial establishment, may donate or sell recyclable materials as defined herein, to any person, partnership, or corporation, whether or not operating for profit. However, said person, partnership, or corporation shall not pick-up said recyclable materials at curbside or at any collection or pick-up site(s) designated by the town or its designated agent.
The Recycling Coordinator(s) of the Town of Secaucus shall establish the collection or pick-up site(s) and the day(s) of collection for the recyclable materials defined herein.
Any owner, lessee or occupant of any dwelling unit, public or private institution and commercial or industrial establishment, actively participating in a recycling program within the Town of Secaucus, which is not operated by the Town of Secaucus or its authorized agent, shall submit biannual documentation in accordance with the requirements of the State of New Jersey, which verifies the tonnage of materials recycled.
Such biannual documentation of tonnage shall be submitted to the Recycling Coordinator(s) no later than 20 days following July 31 and December 31 of each year. Failure to provide this information may cause the program to be terminated at the option of the Town Recycling Coordinator(s).
Members of the Secaucus Police Department, the Secaucus Health Department, the Recycling Coordinator(s), the Property Maintenance Officer, and the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, are hereby designated to enforce this chapter and amendments thereto.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any provision of this chapter, or any regulations promulgated hereto, shall upon conviction thereof be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, at the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation, and each violation or the continuation of such violation, shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, punishable as provided for herein.