County Residents Encouraged to Recycle Christmas Trees as Part of Holiday Cleanup

By Monique M. Demopoulos | Dec 27, 2019
Photo by: Christina Zaccaro

Ocean County — As people begin to take down their Christmas trees, the Ocean County freeholders want to remind everyone about where they can be recycled.

"For many years now, we have accepted discarded Christmas trees for recycling at several of our county parks," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, who serves as chairwoman of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. "I want to remind everyone that it is important to recycle all year long, but especially during the busy holiday season too."

Last year, the Ocean County Parks Department collected almost 1,400 trees, which became wood chips for landscaping projects throughout the different facilities. Recycled trees have also been used to help municipalities replenish beach dunes.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following Ocean County park locations through Jan. 31:

• Cloverdale Farm County Park, 34 Cloverdale Road, Barnegat Township

• Wells Mills County Park, 905 Route 532, Ocean Township

• Enos Pond County Park, 330 East Lacey Road, Forked River

• Robert J. Miller Airpark, 901 Route 530, Berkeley Township

• Freedom Fields County Park, 1160 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor Township

• Stanley H."Tip" Seaman County Park, 120 Lakeside Drive, Tuckerton

• A. Paul King County Park, 2 W. Bay Avenue, Stafford Township

• Ocean County Golf Course at Atlantis, 261 Country Club Boulevard, Little Egg Harbor Township

Christmas trees are also accepted at the Southern Recycling Center year-round during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday). The Ocean County Southern Recycling Center is located at 379 Haywood Road, Manahawkin.

"We make every effort to make these programs convenient and accessible, because recycling really does make a difference," said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, who serves as liaison to the recycling program. "I commend the numerous residents that embrace recycling as part of their daily lives and encourage everyone to participate.”

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