Safely Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Mar 06, 2019

Ocean County kicks off its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program at the end of this month, with three dates announced, in Stafford, Lakewood and Toms River townships. The 2019 spring program runs from late March through June, with additional dates to be announced in early summer.

The popular and free program reaches the milestone 30th year of collections this year, according to Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, liaison to the county’s recycling program and to the Department of Solid Waste Management. The program is funded in part by the state Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund. The three spring dates will be serviced by Radiac Environmental Services at a cost of almost 50 cents a pound. Last year, the county collected 352,522 pounds of household hazardous waste at a cost of $164,904.

The first collection will take place at the Lakewood Township Public Works Yard on Sunday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next will be the Toms River Township Public Works Garage on Saturday, May 4; and finally at the Stafford Township Public Works Garage on Saturday, June 1.

Materials accepted: paints, thinners, boat paints, solvents, pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, aerosol cans, auto products, toilet and drain cleaners, silver polishes, oven cleaners, photographic chemicals, rug and upholstery cleaners, polishes and bleaches, waste oil and used gasoline.

Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons of liquid at the county’s household hazardous waste collection sites. No containers over five gallons will be accepted.

Municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers also allow for year-round drop-off of a host of materials including used paint, motor oil and car batteries.

Residents should check with their local recycling center to determine what is accepted year ’round so they need not store potentially hazardous items in their home, Quinn said.

 “Spring is the time of year when people are cleaning out garages, basements and attics, and seasonal homes are being reopened and prepared for summer,” said Freeholder Director Virginia Haines. “We encourage our residents to use this free program to make certain chemicals, cleaners, solvents and other items we use around the house are disposed of properly.”

Quinn thanked the staff at Solid Waste Management and the contractors for helping to “keep thousands and thousands of pounds of hazardous materials out of our parks, our open spaces and our homes and disposed of safely and properly.”

 “We work to make certain this program is accessible to our residents,” he said. To that end, pickups are scheduled in towns throughout the county for any Ocean County resident to attend.

While the program is free, registration is required. To register for the Stafford collection site, call 609-978-0913; for Lakewood, call 732-367-0802; for Toms River, call 732-506-5047. —V.F.

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