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Posted on: June 10, 2021

Ordinance No. 806

CITY OF TRENTON

ORDINANCE NO. 806

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TRENTON CITY CODE, BY AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 74, SOLID WASTE,  SECTIONS 74-31 – 74-149 REGARDING COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL IN THE CITY OF TRENTON.  

 

THE CITY OF TRENTON ORDAINS: 


Section 1. Certain sections of Chapter 74, Solid Waste, are amended as follows, establishing clarity in collection and disposal ordinance.   All unamended provisions of this Ordinance shall be unchanged and still effective as originally written.   

 

Sec. 74-33. - Authority to make additional rules and regulations. 

 

The director of public works is hereby authorized to make such rules and regulations, billing and payment schedule from time to time as appear necessary within the scope of this article. Any violation of the rules or regulations and charges so made by the director of public works constitutes a violation of this article. 

 

Sec. 74-35. - Collection schedule. 

 

(a)   The director of public works shall establish schedules designating the days collection service is to be rendered and methods of collection of waste matter, and shall by appropriate means provide the citizens of the city with information concerning such schedule. A schedule may be secured at the office of the director of public works. 

(b)  Any fees billed to a property for any collection out of normal which is not contemplated for pickup without payment shall be billed to the property for this collection.  In the event payment is not made when billed, the expense shall be charged to the owner of the real estate by placing the cost of the special pickup on the tax roll.   

 

Sec. 74-39. - Placement and removal of City-Issued trash carts. 

 

Trash carts shall be placed in the street against the curb away from any obstructions after sundown of the day preceding the day scheduled for collection. All empty trash carts are to be removed from the street the same day that the collection is made. R. Violations of the provisions of this section are a municipal civil infraction for which the fine is $50.00. 

 

Sec. 74-40. - Placement and removal of containers of garden and domestic garbage. 

 

All garden and domestic garbage shall be kept in receptacles to be located within the rear of the property lines where an alleyway is provided. Where an alleyway is not provided, all garden and domestic garbage shall be placed in city-issued carts, and shall be placed at the curb line at a place most accessible to the collector. Carts shall be placed within the property lines adjacent to the alley, or at the curb line, whichever applies, after sundown of the day preceding the day scheduled for collection., All empty carts shall be removed the same day collection is made. Violations of the provisions of this section are a municipal civil infraction for which the fine is $50.00. 


Sec. 74-42. - Duty of occupants to provide containers. 

 

It is hereby made the duty of the occupant of every dwelling, flat, apartment house or other building or other persons disposing of any rubbish or garbage to provide city-issued trash carts to hold the accumulation of normal rubbish between collections. 

 

Sec. 74-46. - Tree limbs, brush, grass clippings and leaves. 

  1. All tree limbs, trimmings, brush and clippings too large or bulky to be placed in containers will be collected by the city where such limbs, trimmings or clippings are not the result of work by a private contractor, provided they are cut in lengths not to exceed four feet in length or four inches in diameter. Logs over four inches in diameter must be cut in lengths not to exceed three feet and be stacked for easy removal by collection forces. All such materials shall be placed at the sidewalk and collected by the city at such time as designated by the director of public works. 
  1. All grass clippings and leaves shall be placed in city-issued yard waste carts. No plastic or paper bags shall be permitted for the disposal of clippings or leaves. During the fall leaf season, leaves may be deposited along the street edge for pickup as part of the city's regularly scheduled leaf pickup program. 

Sec. 74-47. - Reserved

 

Sec. 74-48. - Fee for loader pickups. 

  1. The fee for loader pickups shall be as established by the city council per cubic yard of material collected. 
  2. In the event payment is not made when billed, the expense shall be charged to the owner of the real estate by placing the cost of the pickup on the tax roll. 

Sec. 74-49. - Use of transfer station. 

 

(a) The transfer station will be available for residents' dumping at fees established by Appendix A. 

 

Sec. 74-50. - Discarding refrigerant-charged appliances. 

Discarded appliance charged with a refrigerant, including but not limited to refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners, will be collected as refuse by the city and charged fees as set forth by Appendix A.  The appliance can be scheduled for a special pickup, by phone, for the next regularly scheduled designated pickup day.. The appliance can also be discarded at the Transfer Station for the same fee payable at the time of disposal.   


Sec. 74-51. - Special pick-ups. 

 

Special pick-up services will be provided for those items defined in section 74-31, to residential customers by appointment, made through the department of public works, for a fee established and set forth in sections A-12 and A-19 of appendix A, which shall be billed and payable monthly..  Any large items such as appliances, furniture, building materials, brush, tree limbs, or other items too large to fit in your trash cart that are placed to the curb and not scheduled for a special pickup may be collected by the city on your designated special pickup collection day.   Fees will be billed to the residence for this collection.  In the event payment is not made when billed, the expense shall be charged to the owner of the real estate by placing the cost of the special pickup on the tax roll.   

 

Sec. 74-76. - Garbage to be wrapped and drained. 

 

All garbage shall be securely wrapped and drained of excess liquid before being placed in containers. Violations of the provisions of this section are a municipal civil infraction for which the fine is $50.00. 

 

Sec. 74-101. - Compliance. 

 

No commercial waste shall be collected unless such waste is places for collection in accordance with this division. 

 

Sec. 74-102. - Commercial refuse containers. 

 

The director of public works shall provide a list of approved suppliers of detachable metal refuse containers of two to six cubic yards, which can be moved and dumped by a front-loading hoisting unit. The containers shall be placed, at the discretion of the director of public works, in locations convenient to establishments producing large quantities of refuse. In such cases, users may be required to share the use of such containers with other users nearby. The size and number of such containers shall be determined by the director of public works. 

 

Section 2. Savings Clause. Nothing in this Ordinance or in the Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby repealed; nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this Ordinance. All unamended provisions of this Ordinance shall be unchanged and still effective as written.   

 

Section 3. Severability. Should any word, sentence, phrase or any portion of this Ordinance be held in a manner invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction or by any state agency having authority to do so for any reason whatsoever, such holdings shall be construed and limited to such work, sentence, phrase or any portion of the Ordinance held to be so invalid shall not be construed as affecting the validity of any of the remaining words, sentences, phrases or portions of this Ordinance. 


Section 4. Conflicting Ordinances. All prior existing ordinances adopted by the City of Trenton inconsistent or in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are, to the extent of such conflict or inconsistency, hereby expressly repealed. 


Section 5. Readings. This Ordinance shall be given a first reading on May 17, 2021, shall be enacted on June 7, 2021. 


ADOPTED, APPROVED AND PASSED by the City Council of the City of Trenton this 7th day of June, 2021.


Steven J. Rzeppa, Mayor

Debra R. Devitt, City Clerk

  

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