By LINDA MOSS
Montclair wants you to curb your trash.
The Township Council this week introduced an ordinance that mandates that trash receptacles and bulky waste be placed at the curb, not on the sidewalk. It is an amendment to the current municipal code regarding garbage collection.
“Receptacles and bulky wastes shall not be placed so as to interfere with, obstruct or impede pedestrian or vehicular circulation,” according to the ordinance.
Under the existing town code, trash should be put out between from 6 p.m. on the day preceding the scheduled collection day and 6 a.m. the collection day. Receptacles must be removed from the curbside no later than 8 p.m. on the date of collection, according to the code.
“What this ordinance does is it removes sidewalks from one of the places where you can place receptacles for pick up, for trash pick up,” Township Attorney Ira Karasick said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “As it reads now, it includes sidewalks as a place you can put the receptacles, and that has been potentially blocking circulation and creates some issues.”
On social media a number of residents raised concerns about the ordinance and how it will be enforced.
“They don’t want a receptacle on the sidewalk, nor in the street, but on the curb,” one man posted on Facebook. “Given that a curb is only 8 inches wide, the meaning of the ordinance is up to some interpretation.”
Another resident wrote, “We have virtually no curb on our road despite complaints to the county (Valley Road), and the space between our sidewalk and the street isn’t large enough for a garbage can, so what then?”