WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough Council on March 20 approved an ordinance which will ban unwanted delivery of newspapers, circulars, and handbills.

The ordinance, No. 19-05, will add a "handbills and circulars" chapter to the general code.

Mayor Keith Kazmark and Council designed the ordinance in light of ongoing complaints by residents about unwanted leaflets and newspapers being thrown on their property.

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"This will considerably clean up our streets," Kazmark said. "These things have become litter. They are clogging storm drains and they have caused damage to resident's snowblowers in recent snow events."

The ordinance covers all newspaper, shoppers, circulars, leaflets, flyers, handbills, commercial and non-commercial, and all similar materials.

The ban will be on printed matter which was not ordered, subscribed to or requested by the recipient.

"If you subscribe, your paper will be delivered," the mayor noted.

Publications which formerly mailed to homes are now being thrown in our streets, Kazmark said, noting that the Borough modeled the ordinance after versions from Wayne and Franklin Lakes. 

The ordinance bans the throwing or distribution any printed material in or upon any sidewalk, street, or other public place within the Borough or in or upon any unoccupied motor vehicle. 

Printed matter may be delivered to private premises when delivered in accordance with the following:

  • Printed matter shall be placed only within a permanently installed appurtenance to the premises designed and designated for the receipt of such printed matter, or if there is none, it shall be placed on the ground or floor at a point beneath the place where such premises receives its mail or within a three-foot radius of that point. 
  •  Printed matter which plainly bears upon it an address to which a written notice indicating the recipient’s desire to cease future delivery of the particular item of printed matter may be sent, may at all times be delivered to private premises unless delivery is prohibited.

Any person, firm or corporation convicted of a violation of the ordinance may be subject to a fine of not more than $500. Each delivery in violation of the terms hereof shall be deemed a separate offense.