[Adopted 9-4-1990 by Ord. No. 12-90 (Ch. 91 of the 1974 Code)]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Recycling Ordinance of the City of Northfield."
The words, terms and phrases used in this article shall have the following meanings:
- ALUMINUM CANS
- All aluminum beverage containers and all aluminum pet food or other containers.
- CARDBOARD or CORRUGATED PAPER
- Clean, heavy box materials commonly known as "cardboard boxes" and similar heavy paper packaging containers that are free of plastic, foam and other contaminants, also including food packaging boxes and other commercial packaging that is free of food contaminants, plastic, wax and foam materials that would make it undesirable for recycling purposes. All cardboard and packaging must be opened and flattened for ease of handling.
- COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS
- Those properties used primarily for commercial purposes.
- FERROUS CONTAINERS
- Empty steel or tin food or beverage containers.
- GLASS CONTAINERS
- Bottles and jars made of clear, green or brown glass. Expressly excluded are noncontainer glass, plate glass, blue glass and porcelain and ceramic products.
- INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS
- Those facilities that house or serve groups of people, including but not limited to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, libraries and government offices.
- MULTIFAMILY RESIDENCES
- All residential living units containing four or more dwelling units.
- Newsprint and other forms of paper and paper products such as magazines, telephone books, catalogs, white office paper, computer paper, etc., excluding those soiled (i.e., containing carbon, adhesive or plastic) or unfit due to health and/or sanitary reasons. Newspapers shall also be deemed soiled if they have been exposed to substances rendering them unusable for recycling (i.e., water).
- Every owner, lessee and occupant of a residence, commercial or institutional establishment within the boundaries of the City of Northfield.
- Plastic soda, juice and liquor bottles; plastic laundry and dish detergent bottles; and plastic bleach bottles. In addition, any plastic bottles or containers that have the recycling symbol or the initials "PETE" or "HDPE" stamped on the container.
- 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 products.
- 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.
- SOLID WASTE
- Garbage, refuse and other discarded solid material normally collected by municipal or private haulers.
There is hereby established a program for the mandatory separation of the following recyclable materials from the municipal solid waste stream by all persons within the City of Northfield, hereinafter referred to as the "municipality":
The recyclable materials designated in § 315-3 of this article shall be put in a suitable container, 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. The container for recyclable materials shall be clearly labeled and placed at the curb or such other designated area for each collection.
Paper, cans, glass and plastic may be placed in the same container without separating.
Aluminum and glass containers shall be rinsed, with lids removed.
Plastic containers shall be rinsed, lids removed and flattened.
Cardboard shall be flattened.
All persons within the municipality shall separate vegetative waste from other solid waste generated at their premises and, unless the vegetative wastes are stored or recycled for composting or mulching on the premises, place the vegetative waste at the curb or other designated area for collection at such times and dates and in the same manner established by this article.
All grass, weeds, lawn clippings, leaves, and similar growths shall be placed in a container or bag so that they may be readily emptied.
Hedge and shrubbery clippings, tree trimmings and garden refuse will be accepted only if securely tied in bundles not exceeding 36 inches in length and 24 inches in diameter. The total volume of such hedge or tree trimmings shall not exceed 12 such bundles in any one day's collection.
Condo, apartment or multifamily unit storage and disposal regulations.
The owner/manager or association of every multifamily dwelling (apartment, townhouse or condo) shall designate space for the placement and storage of newspaper, glass, aluminum, plastic and all other recycled materials. The owner/manager or association also has the option of arranging for curbside pickup service from the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. All lessees/owners of these dwelling units shall be required to separate items as mentioned in § 315-3 and place them in the designated place.
All multifamily residences that provide private collection for recyclable materials named in § 315-3 of this article shall submit written documentation to the municipality and to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority by June 1 of the total amounts of recyclables collected in the prior calendar year. The only exception to this collection and documentation method will be if the multifamily dwelling is serviced by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority Collection Program. Multifamily residences have the choice of private or county collection for recycled materials, but the Municipal Recycling Coordinator and Atlantic County Utilities Authority must be notified of the collection method selected.
Recycling program for commercial and institutional establishments. Commercial and institutional establishments may transport their recyclables to the containers at the municipal dropoff facility or to the Atlantic County Intermediate Processing Facility or contract with a private hauler to collect them. It is the responsibility of the commercial or institutional establishment to properly separate or have separated and store or have stored all recyclable items on their premises prior to periodic disposal of these materials. Yearly documentation of amounts recycled by a private hauler must be made to the City Administrator and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority prior to June 1 for the preceding calendar year. Materials taken to the county facility will be recorded for the municipality. Municipal records will be maintained for materials disposed of at the dropoff facility and credit given to those participating commercial and institutional establishments accordingly. The only exception to this collection method is if the commercial or institutional establishment participates in the Atlantic County Collection Service Program.
[Amended 9-9-2008 by Ord. No. 11-2008; 5-12-2020 by Ord. No. 8-2020]
Purpose. A section to establish a yard waste collection and disposal program in the City of Northfield, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this chapter clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- 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.
- Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
- 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
- Leaves and grass clippings.
Yard waste collection.
Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing yard waste that is not containerized at the curb or along the street is strictly prohibited.
Placement of such yard waste at the curb or along the street that is not containerized is a violation of this section.
All persons within the municipality shall separate leaves and grass from other solid waste generated at their premises and, unless the leaves are stored or recycled for composting or mulching on the premises, place the containerized leaves and grass at their curb according to the recycling date and guidelines established by the collection service program known as the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA).
Leaves and grass may be placed in biodegradable leaf bags for easier handling, bags that can be composted, bags that are treated to resist moisture, or place leaves and grass in labeled yard waste trash cans. Plastic bags are a prohibited use.
All commercial lawn services will dispose of leaves collected within the municipality at a designated and permitted composting facility within Atlantic County and submit the total amount collected in the prior calendar year.
Enforcement. The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the Police Department or Zoning Office.
Provisions. Any ordinance or parts of ordinances that are inconsistent with this section are hereby repealed/amended to conform with definition.
Violations and penalties. Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $2,000.
Severability. Each section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase of this section is declared to be independent section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase, and the finding or holding of any such portion of this section to be unconstitutional, void, or ineffective for any cause, or reason, shall not affect any other portion of this section.
Any person may donate or sell recyclable materials to individuals or organizations authorized by the municipality in its recycling regulations. These materials may either be delivered to the individual's or organization's site or they may be placed at the curb for collection by said individual or organization on days in the municipality's recycling regulations. Said individuals or organizations may not collect recyclable materials on or within the 24 hours immediately preceding a regularly schedule curbside collection day and shall, prior to June 1 of each year, provide written documentation to the municipality of the total amount of material recycled during the preceding calendar year.
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 § 315-3 of this article. Each such collection in violation of this article shall constitute a separate and distinct offense punishable as hereinafter provided.
In accordance with the New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separate and Recycling Act of 1987 (N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.32 et seq.), proposals for new developments of 50 or more single-family units and/or five multifamily units and/or 100 square feet or more of commercial or industrial space must incorporate provisions in the site plan for recycling. Master plans must be updated for recycling every three years and must incorporate a recycling plan element into the Municipal Master Plan.
The Municipal Council is hereby authorized to establish and promulgate reasonable regulations to be adopted by resolution of the Municipal Council detailing the manner, days and times for the collection of the recyclable materials designated in § 315-3 of this article. Such regulations shall take effect only upon the approval of the Municipal Council by adoption of a resolution implementing the same. The municipality is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this article and any implementing regulations adopted hereunder.
The position of the Municipal Recycling Coordinator as per N.J.S.A. 13:1E-99.13b(1) is hereby established and will be held by the person who shall be appointed by resolution of the Municipal Council. The Municipal Recycling Coordinator's name and telephone number shall be forwarded to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority.
Noncollection of solid waste contamination by designated recyclables. The municipality or any other person collecting solid waste generated within the municipality may refuse to collect solid waste from any person who has clearly failed to source-separate recyclables designated under any applicable section of this article.