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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 is located on New Hampshire Avenue (off Route 70) in Lakewood Township. The Southern Recycling Center 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.

The Department of Solid Waste Management and its programs are a function of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with Freeholder Gerry P. Little serving as Freeholder Liaison to the department and Ernest J. Kuhlwein serving as the department’s Director.


2018 Recycling Directory
[Sept. 2018] Ocean County has released the 2018-19 Recycling Directory!
A Reminder On "Recycling Right"...
Thank you to the Stafford Twp. Dept. of Public Works for their efforts towards reminding people to "Recycle Right."
ACR Recycling Cartoon
Please enjoy this cartoon from our recycling center operators, Atlantic Coast Recycling, detailing our recycling process (as well as some DOs and DON'Ts for our program).

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Contact Us

Director: Ernest J. Kuhlwein Jr.

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
View detailed directions to this facility

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
View detailed directions to this facility

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