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Morris County Solid Waste Management Plan

Blanket Inclusion Policy for Vegetative Waste Compost Facilities and Recycling Centers

Morris County has a blanket vegetative waste compost facility plan inclusion policy and a blanket policy for recycling centers. The purpose of the blanket inclusion policies is to encourage and facilitate the development of the above referenced facilities by eliminating the more complicated and time consuming process of including each compost facility and recycling center in the County Plan pursuant to a formal plan amendment process as set forth in N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et seq.

The blanket inclusion policy is restricted to any new vegetative waste compost facility of less than 5,000 cubic yards of annual capacity. Pursuant to the blanket inclusion policy, any application for a vegetative compost facility of less than 5,000 cubic yards annual capacity for residential leaves and grass clippings, vegetative waste from farms, plant nurseries and greenhouses, produced from the raising of plants which include such crop residue as plant stalks, hulls, leaves and tree waste produced through a wood chipper is consistent with the Morris County Plan and no further plan amendment is required.

The revised blanket inclusion policy is restricted to any new recycling center which is a facility designed and operated solely for receiving, storing, processing and transferring source separated, non-putrescible or source separated commingled, non-putrescible metal, glass, paper, plastic containers, and corrugated and other cardboard, or other recyclable materials approved by NJDEP.

For such compost facilities or recycling centers to be included within the County Plan pursuant to the blanket inclusion policy, the following procedures must be followed.

  1. A project description containing the following information shall be submitted to the host municipality and the County including the Morris County Solid Waste Advisory Council:

    1. The corporate name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to own and operate the proposed vegetative waste compost facility/recycling center;

    2. The name of the individual serving as the contact person for the compost facility/recycling center;

    3. The location of the proposed vegetative waste compost facility/recycling center, including lot and block, and generally recognized address of the site;

    4. The acreage of the site and/or square footage of the vegetative waste compost facility/recycling center;

    5. The zoning of the site;

    6. A description of the material(s) to be composted/recycled;

    7. A description of the compost facility/recycling center operation in a narrative form;

    8. A map delineating the actual location of the facility in relation to the host municipality and neighboring communities;

    9. A description of the methods addressing environmental impacts such as odors, noise, dust, and visual impacts; and,

    10. A full copy of the complete application as submitted to the NJDEPE including all engineering design reports, maps, etc.

  2. The applicant shall publish two notices of the proposed application, once each week for two consecutive weeks, in the designated official paper of the host municipality or in the absence thereof a newspaper of general circulation within the host municipality. The notices shall set forth:

    1. The nature of the project;

    2. The block and lot numbers of the site location;

    3. The general recognized address of the site;

    4. The location of the depositories (which in all cases shall be the municipal building and County Division of Solid Waste Management) for inspection of the complete application and supporting documents; and,

    5. A statement that written comments on the proposed application will be accepted by the County Division of Solid Waste Management for a period of 30 days from the date of the first notice.

  3. The applicant shall submit written documentation that all applicable local approvals and permits have been secured.

  4. The applicant shall notify by way of certified, return receipt mail all property owners within 200 feet of the property proposed for use in the vegetative waste compost facility/recycling center.

  5. If no substantive objections to the site location are raised by the host municipality, the County Division of Solid Waste Management, the Morris County Solid Waste Advisory Council or any other person, the facility shall be deemed consistent with the Morris County Solid Waste Management Plan.

  6. If, however, any such substantive objection is raised, as determined by the County, the proposed site and facility must be subject to formal plan amendment process pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-23 and 24.

  7. The County shall approve the vegetative waste compost facility/recycling center to be included in the County Plan under the blanket inclusion policy by duly adopting a resolution by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and such resolution shall be submitted to the NJDEPE along with a transmittal letter, once the blanket inclusion process has been completed for a particular site(s), and detailed project description set forth in quot;item a" above. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-24d., these modifications are determined to be minor and do not require subsequent County Freeholder action. However, the County may adopt a subsequent plan amendment to include these modifications or make appropriate revisions.

For compost facilities processing in excess of 5,000 cubic yards annually, the applicant shall follow the formal solid waste plan amendment procedure pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-23 and 24 and shall obtain NJDEPE approval prior to construction of the facility pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-4 and 5.

For any facility proposing in-vessel technology, the formal plan amendment process shall be followed pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et. seq., including notice, public hearing, County Freeholder approval, and subsequent NJDEPE approval prior to construction of the facility.

The construction or operation of any solid waste facility noted above shall be preceded by the acquisition of all necessary permits and approvals pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et. seq., and all other applicable laws. The issuance of operating permits pursuant to the Solid Waste Management Act is limited to those applicants found by the NJDEPE and the Attorney General to be deserving of licensing under provisions of N.J.S.A. 13:1E-126.

Any residue generated as a result of the operation of the vegetative waste composting facility/recycling center shall be disposed of pursuant to the County Plan and the Interdistrict and Intradistrict Solid Waste Flow Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:26 et. seq.).