Ventnor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[Adopted 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8901]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Recycling Ordinance of the City of Ventnor City."
The words, terms and phrases used in this article shall have the following meanings:
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Those properties used primarily for commercial purposes and those multiple-dwelling residential buildings containing three or more dwelling units.[1]
INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Those facilities that house or serve groups of people, including, but not limited to, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, libraries and governmental offices.[2]
PERSON
Every owner, lessee and occupant of a residence or commercial or institutional establishment within the boundaries of Ventnor City.
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
Those materials which would otherwise become municipal solid waste and which may be collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or materials that will be collected by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
RESIDENCE
Any occupied single-family or multifamily dwelling having up to four dwelling units per structure from which a municipal or private hauler collects solid waste.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
[1]
Editor’s Note: The former definition of “aluminum cans,” which immediately preceded this definition, and the former definition of “glass containers,” which immediately followed this definition, were repealed 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16.
[2]
Editor's Note: The former definition of “newspapers,” which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16.
[Amended 12-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-32; 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
A. 
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory recycling of all materials accepted in Atlantic County's recycling program as stated by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) from the municipal solid waste stream by all persons within Ventnor City, hereinafter referred to as the "municipality" and including commercial establishments and businesses. This includes:
(1) 
Steel, tin cans and lids.
(2) 
Glass bottles and jars.
(3) 
Paper, including printer paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, mail.
(4) 
Plastic bottles and containers imprinted with a "1" or "2," where necks are smaller than the base.
(5) 
Cartons.
(6) 
Cardboard (flattened).
B. 
As the municipality sees fit to include other recyclable materials in the program, all persons falling under this article will be required to recycle those additional items from the municipal solid waste stream.
[Added 9-27-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-35]
Television disposal is limited to two per year per residence.
A. 
Television disposal must be scheduled through the Department of Public Works. Televisions must be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of scheduled pickup.
In addition to the materials mentioned in § 132-16 above, commercial establishments are responsible for the mandatory separation of the following recyclable materials from the municipal solid waste stream:
A. 
All office paper, including computer paper.
B. 
All corrugated paper, such as cardboard boxes.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
A. 
The recyclable materials designated in § 132-16 of this article, including newspapers and cardboard, shall be put in the City-issued container where issued, separate from other solid waste, and placed at the curb or such other designated area for collection at such times and dates as may be hereinafter established in the municipality's recycling regulations. Glass, plastic, aluminum containers shall be rinsed and placed commingled in said container. The container for recyclable materials shall be clearly labeled and placed at the curb or such other designated area for each collection, regardless of whether any recyclable materials are available for collection.
B. 
It shall be the responsibility of the owner or occupant of each premises provided with municipal recycling collection to use the primary container provided by the City for your municipal recycling collection. Containers provided are the property of the City stay with the property, cannot be sold, disposed of, donated, or given to another property, for example. Containers purchased elsewhere can only be used for additional recycling provided that they have attached or secured lids.
[Added 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
It shall be the responsibility of the owner or occupant of each premises provided with municipal recycling collection or new owner or occupant to replace the primary container provided, should they no longer have that container with property, by purchasing same container from the City of Ventnor. All violations and penalties apply.
[Added 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
Any person, persons or corporation who shall violate this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of up to $1,000, but not less than $100. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
Any person may donate or sell recyclable materials to individuals or organizations if authorized by the municipality. When exercising this option, these materials must be transported to the individual's or organization's site by the donor or donee, and such transportation of materials must be accomplished during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Said individuals or organizations may not collect recyclable materials at the curbside except on a regularly scheduled curbside collection day and shall, prior to April 1 of each year, provide written documentation to the municipality of the total amount of material recycled during the preceding calendar year.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
It shall be a violation of this article for any unauthorized person or organization to collect, pick up or cause to be collected or picked up within the boundaries of the municipality any of the recyclable materials designated in § 132-16 of this article. Each such collection in violation of this article shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided. Each violation shall be subject to the violations and penalties described herein.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
The Ventnor City Board of Commissioners are hereby authorized and directed to establish and promulgate reasonable regulations detailing the manner, days and times for the collection of the recyclable materials designated in § 132-16 of this article and such other matters as are required to implement this article. Such regulations shall take effect only upon the approval of the Ventnor City Board of Commissioners by adoption of a resolution implementing the same. The Ventnor City Code Office is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this article and any implementing regulations adopted hereunder.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of any section of this article shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each offense.
B. 
No action shall be taken to enforce the provisions of §§ 132-16, 132-17 and 132-18 of this article until one month after the effective date of the promulgation of the regulations authorized hereunder.
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
C. 
Each and every day in which a violation of any of the provisions of this article exists shall constitute a separate offense.
D. 
In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Added 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903]
[Amended 7-25-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-16]
The Ventnor City Board of Commissioners may exempt persons occupying commercial and institutional establishments from the source separation requirements of § 132-18 of this article, when source separation is a requirement, if those persons have otherwise provided for the recycling of recyclable materials designated in § 132-16 of this article. To be eligible for an exemption under this section, the person seeking the same shall, prior to June 1 of each year, provide written documentation to the preceding calendar year.