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Is It Illegal in New Jersey to Place Garbage in a Neighbor’s Receptacle?

Have you ever done this or been subjected to it? You toss a coffee cup or banana peel into the trash can of a neighbour as you pass by? Or perhaps a neighbor’s bin is full, so they place a bag of trash in YOUR bin? These actions in New Jersey: are they illegal?

It is illegal in New Jersey to dump large quantities of waste or toss a couch or mattress anywhere you please. You cannot simply discard auto parts, tyres, or medical waste on the side of the road, in a vacant lot, or in a dumpster at a random business.

But what if I’m out walking with a small item, such as a tissue or an empty soda bottle, and I pass by a neighbor’s trash can? Can I place it in someone else’s residential garbage bin? And what if the trash can is located in the driveway instead of the street?

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This inquiry necessitates research that yields imprecise results that skirt the issue but do not advance the investigation significantly. I’m hoping for a definitive yes or no response. I even attempted to contact the ACUA in Egg Harbor Township and other waste management facilities, but the question seemed to confound them.

What I’ve learned thus far.

New Jersey makes a distinction between what constitutes illegal dumping and what constitutes littering. According to Bronzino Law Firm, they are two distinct offences with distinct repercussions.

Large-scale illegal dumping is the improper disposal of waste (biohazards, electronics, auto parts, etc.)

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New Jersey’s approach to littering is unique, referring to the improper disposal of small quantities.

But what if I’m out walking with a small item, such as a tissue or an empty soda bottle, and I pass by a neighbor’s trash can? Can I place it in someone else’s residential garbage bin? And what if the trash can is located in the driveway instead of the street?

This inquiry necessitates research that yields imprecise results that skirt the issue but do not advance the investigation significantly. I’m hoping for a definitive yes or no response. I even attempted to contact the ACUA in Egg Harbor Township and other waste management facilities, but the question seemed to confound them.

What I’ve learned thus far.

New Jersey makes a distinction between what constitutes illegal dumping and what constitutes littering. According to Bronzino Law Firm, they are two distinct offences with distinct repercussions.

Large-scale illegal dumping is the improper disposal of waste (biohazards, electronics, auto parts, etc.)

New Jersey’s approach to littering is unique, referring to the improper disposal of small quantities.

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Parvesh
Parvesh
Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.
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