Ordinance 2533: Dumpsters (Take 2)

A rework of a failed bill from May gives a second chance to address roll-off containers in the borough.

Ordinance 2533 will address issues with Ordinance 2529 that had it fail last month. The new bill will require that a dumpster on a driveway or street to be removed and emptied once it is full.  The current law requires that a roll-off container be removed every seven days. Ordinance 2529 changed it to 30 business days.

This had caused concerns with members of the Municipal Land Use Board (MLUB) who had the ordinance sent to them for their review and recommendation. This, along with comments from the code construction official, had the governing body unanimously vote down Ordinance 2529. This would allow the proposed law to be reworked to better implement the intent of the governing body.

Ordinance 2533 has added a section to address the duration of permits. Dumpsters placed on a municipal street or other right-of-ways will have a permit good only for seven consecutive days. Dumpsters on private property, like a driveway, will have a 30-calendar-day permit. At the May 17th municipal meeting Construction Code Official Frank Genova stated that permits can be re-issued after the original permits.

The ordinance, as written, does not limit the duration that a roll-off container can be in the borough on one location, just the duration for a permit and when it must be removed and emptied. The $100 permit fee that has been part of the ordinance for years will remain. An extension would still need to be applied for every time the time limit expires.

This time, Ordinance 2533 was reviewed and returned to council from the MLUB with no additional comments or recommendations.

The public hearing and vote by the governing body is scheduled for Thursday night’s municipal meeting at borough hall. The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. in council chambers located at 110 East Westfield Avenue.

A copy of Ordinance 2533 is available below:

Download RP Ordinance 2533