WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough Council last evening introduced an ordinance which will ban unwanted delivery of newspapers, circulars, and handbills.

The ordinance, No. 19-05, if approved on second reading March 20, 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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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.

“Publications which formally were 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. "This effort is being made to keep our streets clean.”

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. 

The ordinance will be up for second reading and adoption at the March 20 Council meeting at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 7 Brophy Lane.