Ocean County Press Release
County Accepts Electronics at Recycling Centers
TOMS RIVER – With televisions, computers and electronic devices no longer accepted for collection with household trash, Ocean County is continuing its electronic recycling program allowing residents to dispose of "covered electronic devices" properly.
"This program has been ongoing since January of 2011," said Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county's recycling program. "It provides our citizens with the opportunity to recycle their electronics and meet the requirements put in place by the state under the New Jersey Electronics Waste Management Act."
Under the act, e-waste can no longer be disposed of at the landfill, rather it must be recycled.
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to enter into a contract with Creative Recycling Services, Tampa, Fla. to transport and recycle all electronics.
Citizens can drop off their electronics for recycling at trailers provided by Creative Recycling Services Inc. at both Ocean County's Northern Recycling Center, Lakewood and Southern Recycling Center, Stafford Township. The collected electronics will be taken to the company's Allentown, Pa. facility for sorting. It will then be sent to their Florida and North Carolina facilities for demanufacturing.
Electronics accepted free of charge under the program are televisions, computers, laptops, monitors, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, desktop printers, speakers and stereos.
The company ensures data security and will destroy all content on computers.
"The greatest benefit of this program is to keep these electronic devices out of the landfill, and to give residents an opportunity to properly recycle them in order to protect the environment here in Ocean County," said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "It's much better to offer this recycling program rather than clear the devices out of the woods and from our open space since they can no longer be placed at the curb as trash."
Lacey recommended residents contact their respective municipality to find out more about the town's recycling programs including the recycling of electronic devices.
"It's important our citizens check with the local recycling coordinator to find out the programs that are in place for recycling," Lacey said. "The more we recycle here in Ocean County the greater the environmental and economical benefits that come from it."
Creative Recycling Services is paying Ocean County 27 cents per pound for computers and laptops, 6 cents per pound for televisions and monitors and 6 cents per pound for all other electronics.
"Last year, Ocean County collected a combined 113.81 tons of electronics at its regional recycling centers," Lacey noted.