[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Medford 7-5-1983 as Ord. No. 1983-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The reduction of the amount of solid waste and conservation of recyclable materials is an important public concern because of the growing problem and cost of solid waste disposal and its impact on the environment. The collection of used newspaper, glass and cans for recycling from residences in the township will not only serve the general public interest, but will also result in a financial advantage to the residents and taxpayers of the township by reason of the cost savings realized from the recycling of these various materials. It is vital that the regulation of this collection be established in order to ensure the fullest possible citizen participation in the program and thereby divert the maximum amount of recyclable materials from landfilling.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority granted in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.
As used in this chapter the following definitions shall apply:
- Those metal containers made of aluminum, tin, steel or a combination thereof, which are commonly found in the home. Such containers include beverage cans, food cans and soup containers, etc. Not acceptable are aerosol cans or cans that have been used to contain any substance that has been or may be declared a contaminate, such as but not limited to cans used to hold paint, tar, motor oil, thinners or other materials, not expressly approved for recycling by the Burlington County Health Department.
- All colors of glass of the type commonly found in the home, such as glass beverage containers, as well as those type containers various foods are packed in, such as mayonnaise jars, pickle jars, etc. Plate and window glass are acceptable, however, laminated, wired or mirrored glass is expressly prohibited.
- 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. Magazines are not considered "newsprint" and are prohibited.
- Includes an individual, firm, corporation or other business association and shall include a lessee as well as an owner.
- SOLID WASTE
- All garbage and rubbish normally placed by a resident for regular collection.
There is hereby established a program for separate collection of used and/or old newspaper, glass and cans from selected residences of the township for hauling and resale by the person or organization designated by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, for the purpose of recycling. The collections shall be made at least bimonthly (twice per month) according to a schedule of residences and dates to be publicly advertised by the township and the County of Burlington. Newspapers only shall be collected for the first several months of the program. Pickup of glass and cans shall commence 30 days following notice to the township governing body by the Office of Waste Management Programs, and acceptance of the glass and can phase by formal Council resolution; and 14 days following notice by the township to the affected residents.
On and after the date of commencement of the program, all persons who are residents of the township designated in the schedule referred to in § 115-4 and who occupy premises designated in said schedule, may, on a voluntary basis, separate used and/or old newspaper, from all other waste produced at the residences. The newspaper shall be compacted and tied in bundles not exceeding 35 pounds in weight nor exceeding one foot in thickness. The bundled newspaper shall be placed at the curb or street side for collection at such time as will be publicly advertised pursuant to § 115-4 of this chapter. No material shall be placed at the curb or street side earlier than the evening of the day preceeding a scheduled collection day. Material must be placed curb or street side by 7:00 a.m. of a given collection day. Collection shall occur rain or shine. Thirty days following notification to the township by the Office of Waste Management Programs, and 14 days following notice by the township to the affected residents, all persons who are residents of the township designated in the schedule referred to in § 115-4 and who occupy premises designated in said schedule, may, on a voluntary basis, separate used and/or old glass and cans from all other solid waste produced at the residences. Glass and cans shall be placed together in a waterproof bucket or container. Plastic garbage bags are unacceptable containers for this purpose. The bundled newspaper and the container of comingled glass and cans shall be placed at the curb or street side adjacent to each other for collection. The time for placement of all material shall remain the same as for newspaper as set forth above in this section.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person other than the one designated by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders to collect the newspaper, glass and cans. Each such collection in violation hereof from one or more residences during the term of the program shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Any resident may donate or sell newspaper, glass and cans to any person whether operating for profit or not for profit, provided that the receiving person may not under any circumstances collect the donated or sold materials from curb or street side, unless that person is granted special prior written permission from the township to collect at curb or street side on Saturday and/or Sunday only. Individuals may collect materials away from the curbside during the day.
In an attempt to increase public awareness of the necessity for and benefits of the source separation program, the county shall assist in the conduct of and maintain a source separation public awareness program. The authorized collector shall be responsible for notifying the county of neighborhoods, streets, or areas of the township where participation is low. The county shall give particular attention to the public awareness and educational program in such neighborhoods, streets or areas.