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Lavallette to Begin Issuing Summonses to Trash Bag Violators

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Seagulls targeting a trash can on a New Jersey beach. (Photo: Jackie/Flickr)
Seagulls targeting a trash can on a New Jersey beach. (Photo: Jackie/Flickr)

A classic Shore area scourge has reared its ugly head in Lavallette: exposed trash bags becoming a messy target for hungry seagulls.

“It’s all over the place –on [Route] 35, Bay Boulevard, everywhere,” said Councilman David Finter, who estimated this spring is the worst he’s ever seen the issue.

The seagulls, smelling the disposed foodstuffs in the bags, tear them open often within hours of them being placed at the curb, spreading refuse onto streets and sidewalks.

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Finter said in the coming weeks, Lavallette code enforcement officers would begin issuing summonses to residents who do not comply with the borough’s proper procedures for trash disposal.

“There’s not a mandate to have a garbage can,” said Councilwoman Joanne Filippone, but white trash bags are not allowed.

While residents are strongly encouraged to use garbage cans, those who must use loose bags are required to use sturdier black contractor bags.

“There is no law that says we have to have garbage bags, but the black bags are required,” said Council President Anita Zalom.

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  • Joanne Petitti Filippone

    § 55-7
    Garbage and trash containers.

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    A.

    All garbage shall be placed in dark-colored, heavy-gauge plastic bags or metal, plastic or vinyl containers that are designed for such purpose with handles and a tight lid. The container shall be no more than 50 gallons in volume. The lid may not be attached to the container in such a manner, such as tied with a rope, string or cord, as to cause a hazard for municipal collection personnel. No cardboard boxes may be used in place of dark-colored, heavy-gauge plastic bags or metal, plastic or vinyl containers. In the event that garbage or refuse is placed in a paper or plywood drum, keg, barrel, cloth bag or similar container, such container will be disposed of as rubbish because it is not an approved container, and use of such container may result in a violation of this chapter.
    [Amended 12-19-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-09 (1099)]

  • Karen Scarlato Sandy

    Now let’s talk about the residents who put their trash out days before pickup day and residents who have a garbage heap in front of the house 7 days a week.