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Department of Solid Waste Management


Welcome to the official website of the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. Here you will find detailed information about Ocean County’s recycling efforts, news about upcoming events, tips on proper disposal of a wide variety of materials, and more.

The Department of Solid Waste Management supervises the implementation of Ocean County’s District Solid Waste Management Plan, providing solid waste/recyclables planning that supports growth patterns and economically promotes the proper disposal of both recyclable and non-recyclable wastes. The department works diligently to ensure all programs and plans are carried out in an environmentally responsible and efficient manner, and the District Solid Waste Management Plan relies upon a multi-faceted recycling strategy in combination with a landfill management plan for those materials that the county cannot recycle.

Ocean County owns and operates two recycling centers, one in the northern region of the county and one in the southern region. The Northern Recycling Center, Ocean County's processing facility, is located on New Hampshire Avenue (off Route 70) in Lakewood Township. The Southern Recycling Center, which operates primarily as a transfer station, is located at 379 Haywood Road (Manahawkin) in Stafford Township. Both facilities close on select county-observed holidays, however 24-hour resident recycling centers at both sites remain open year-round.

If you are interested scheduling a tour of the Northern Recycling Center, please contact Melissa Davis at (732) 367-0802 or email her at MDavis@co.ocean.nj.us

The Department of Solid Waste Management and its programs are a function of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with Freeholder Gary Quinn serving as Freeholder Liaison to the Department and Anthony M. Agliata serving as Department Director.


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Director: Anthony M. Agliata

P.O. Box 2191
129 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08754

Phone: 732.506.5047
Fax: 732.244.8396
Email: ocrecycles@co.ocean.nj.us

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Northern Recycling Center

601 New Hampshire Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701

Days: Monday - Saturday (Saturday Ocean County residents only)
Hours:7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: 732.367.0802
Fax: 732.942.8482
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Southern Recycling Center

379 Haywood Road
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Days: Monday - Saturday (Saturday Ocean County residents only)
Hours:7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: 609.978.0913
Fax: 609.597.5321
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