Ocean County Publishes New Handy Recycling Guide

By Victoria Ford | Nov 13, 2019
Photo by: Victoria Ford

Ocean County — “Recycle right,” urges the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with the launch of the newly published 2019-20 Ocean County Recycling Guide.

“Ocean County residents have always embraced recycling,” according to Freeholder and recycling program liaison Gary Quinn. “We want to make certain they have the correct information, as programs and requirements have changed over the years. Ocean County is making a substantial investment in its recycling program with new equipment, allowing us to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. We encourage our citizens to help in this effort.”

The recycling guide’s completely new look provides Ocean County residents with important recycling information.

“This guide is one of many ongoing public outreach programs making it easy for residents to recycle right,” Quinn said. “Knowing what is recyclable in our communities will save everyone time and money in the long run.”

In addition to information on popular programs such as paint management, household hazardous waste collection and residential document shredding, the guide helps answer everyday recycling questions and concerns. Residents can find information regarding bulk waste disposal, medication/needle disposal and medication drop-off locations, plastic film recycling, single-stream recycling, backyard composting and recycling, and information on both the county’s Northern and Southern Recycling Centers in Lakewood and Manahawkin, respectively, as well as the municipal recycling centers.

The guide is distributed throughout Ocean County and available in every town hall and recycling center, at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River, and at Ocean County Library branch locations.

The guide is also available in PDF form on the Department of Solid Waste Management’s Facebook page, @ocswm and at the Ocean County website, co.ocean.nj.us.

“Our recycling programs allow us to protect the environment and help us to save space at the landfill,” Freeholder Director Virginia Haines said.

In recognition of America Recycles Day, the County Connection at Ocean County Mall  will host an information session about recycling programs on Thursday, Nov. 14. The County Connection is a storefront near the JCPenney entrance that offers information and helpful presentations on government-related programs. Representatives from the Department of Solid Waste Management, which oversees the county’s regional recycling program, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 3 to 7 p.m. to answer questions.

Providing information to the public about proper recycling procedures is an important step in promoting this environmentally beneficial practice, Quinn said.

Residents also are encouraged to bring their old rechargeable batteries, button batteries and cell phones to be recycled.

The first 50 attendees will receive a free reusable tote; single-stream recycling decals also will be available.

“So much more than just old newspapers and aluminum cans, many materials are now being recycled,” Haines said. “We want our residents to have the most up-to-date information about what can be recycled and how it can be recycled.”

For more information, call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.

For even more talk about recycling and environmental projects, the public is invited to the fourth Ocean County Sustainability Hub meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Bay Avenue Community Center in Manahawkin, where Ocean County Green Teams, environmental committees and volunteer groups will convene to share information and ideas and to discuss steps toward achieving Sustainable Jersey certification.  —V.F.

(Photo by: Victoria Ford)
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