Section: Municipal recycling system.
6. Each municipality in this State shall, by January 13, 2012, designate one or more persons as the municipal certified recycling coordinator. For the purposes of this section, "municipal certified recycling coordinator" means a person who shall have completed the requirements of a course of instruction in various aspects of recycling program management, as determined and administered by the department.
Each municipality shall establish and implement a municipal recycling program in accordance with the following requirements:
a. Each municipality shall provide for a collection system for the recycling of the recyclable materials designated in the district recycling plan as may be necessary to achieve the designated recovery targets set forth in the plan in those instances where a recycling collection system is not otherwise provided for by the generator or by the county, interlocal service agreement or joint service program, or other private or public recycling program operator.
b. The governing body of each municipality shall adopt an ordinance which requires persons generating municipal solid waste within its municipal boundaries to source separate from the municipal solid waste stream, in addition to leaves, the specified recyclable materials for which markets have been secured and, unless recycling is otherwise provided for by the generator, place these specified recyclable materials for collection in the manner provided by the ordinance.
c. The governing body of each municipality shall, at least once every 36 months, conduct a review and make necessary revisions to the master plan and development regulations adopted pursuant to P.L.1975, c.291 (C.40:55D-1 et seq.), which revisions shall reflect changes in federal, State, county and municipal laws, policies and objectives concerning the collection, disposition and recycling of designated recyclable materials.
The revised master plan shall include provisions for the collection, disposition and recycling of recyclable materials designated in the municipal recycling ordinance adopted pursuant to subsection b. of this section, and for the collection, disposition and recycling of designated recyclable materials within any development proposal for the construction of 50 or more units of single-family residential housing or 25 or more units of multi-family residential housing and any commercial or industrial development proposal for the utilization of 1,000 square feet or more of land.
d. The governing body of a municipality may exempt persons occupying commercial and institutional premises within its municipal boundaries from the source separation requirements of the ordinance adopted pursuant to subsection b. of this section if those persons have otherwise provided for the recycling of the recyclable materials designated in the district recycling plan from solid waste generated at those premises. To be eligible for an exemption pursuant to this subsection, a commercial or institutional solid waste generator annually shall provide written documentation to the municipality of the total number of tons recycled.
e. The governing body of each municipality shall, on or before July 1 of each year, submit a recycling tonnage report to the New Jersey Office of Recycling in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the department therefor.
f. The governing body of each municipality shall, at least once every six months, notify all persons occupying residential, commercial, and institutional premises within its municipal boundaries of local recycling opportunities, and the source separation requirements of the ordinance. In order to fulfill the notification requirements of this subsection, the governing body of a municipality may, in its discretion, place an advertisement in a newspaper circulating in the municipality, post a notice in public places where public notices are customarily posted, include a notice with other official notifications periodically mailed to residential taxpayers, or any combination thereof, as the municipality deems necessary and appropriate.
The governing body of a municipality that adopts a recycling ordinance pursuant to subsection b. of this section may limit the collection of designated recyclable materials to specified operating hours in order to preserve the peace and quiet in neighborhoods during the hours when most residents are asleep.
L.1987, c.102, s.6; amended 2001, c.92, s.8; 2007, c.311, s.9; 2007, c.347, s.23; 2008, c.130, s.20; 2009, c.164.
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