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Section: Solid waste disposal offenses, degree of crime, penalties.

Statute: 13:1E-9.6

5. a. A person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if that person knowingly: (1) disposes of solid waste, or causes or permits the disposal of solid waste, or otherwise engages in the disposal of solid waste within this State in the amount of 1,000 cubic yards or more of solids or 10,000 United States gallons or more of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, except at a solid waste facility which has received approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) or any other place in this State which has authorization from the Department of Environmental Protection to accept solid waste for disposal, as the case may be; or (2) transports or causes or permits to be transported any solid waste in the amount of 1,000 cubic yards or more of solids or 10,000 United States gallons or more of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, to a disposal site within this State which does not have approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) to accept solid waste for disposal. b. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if that person: (1) recklessly disposes of solid waste, or causes or permits the disposal of solid waste, or otherwise engages in the disposal of solid waste within this State in the amount of 100 cubic yards or more of solids or 1,000 United States gallons or more of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, except at a solid waste facility which has received approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) or any other place in this State which has authorization from the Department of Environmental Protection to accept solid waste for disposal, as the case may be; or (2) recklessly transports or causes or permits to be transported any solid waste in the amount of 100 cubic yards or more of solids or 1,000 United States gallons or more of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, to a disposal site within this State which does not have approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) to accept solid waste for disposal; or (3) knowingly disposes of solid waste, or causes or permits the disposal of solid waste, or otherwise engages in the disposal of solid waste within this State in an amount of at least 10 but less than 100 cubic yards of solids or an amount of at least 250 but less than 1,000 United States gallons of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, except at a solid waste facility which has received approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) or any other place in this State which has authorization from the Department of Environmental Protection to accept solid waste for disposal, as the case may be; or (4) knowingly transports or causes or permits to be transported any solid waste in an amount of at least 10 but less than 100 cubic yards of solids or an amount of at least 250 but less than 1,000 United States gallons of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, to a disposal site within this State which does not have approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) to accept solid waste for disposal . Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:43-3, a fine of up to $50,000 may be imposed for a violation of this subsection. c. A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if that person recklessly: (1) disposes of solid waste, or causes or permits the disposal of solid waste, or otherwise engages in the disposal of solid waste within this State in an amount of at least 10 but less than 100 cubic yards of solids or an amount of at least 250 but less than 1,000 United States gallons of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, except at a solid waste facility which has received approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) or any other place in this State which has authorization from the Department of Environmental Protection to accept solid waste for disposal, as the case may be; or (2) transports or causes or permits to be transported any solid waste in an amount of at least 10 but less than 100 cubic yards of solids or an amount of at least 250 but less than 1,000 United States gallons of liquids, whether for profit or otherwise, to a disposal site within this State which does not have approval from the department pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-5) to accept solid waste for disposal. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:43-3, a fine of up to $25,000 may be imposed for a violation of this subsection. d. A person who knowingly or recklessly engages in the collection of solid waste, whether for profit or otherwise, in violation of the requirements of section 5 of P.L.1970, c.39 ( C.13:1E-5), is guilty of an offense. It is a crime of the third degree if the amount of solid waste collected is in the amount of 100 cubic yards or more of solids or 1,000 United States gallons or more of liquids, and it is a crime of the fourth degree if the amount of solid waste collected is at least 10 but less than 100 cubic yards of solids or at least 250 but less than 1,000 United States gallons of liquids. e. A prosecution for a violation of the provisions of this section shall be commenced within ten years of the date of discovery of the violation. f. The quantity of solid waste involved in an offense under this section shall be determined by the trier of fact. The quantity of solid waste involved in offenses committed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, whether at one or several locations, may be aggregated in determining the degree of the offense. L.2003,c.231,s.5.

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