Schedule Modified to Hold Collection Monthly
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey today announced the additional dates, times and locations for the county's household hazardous waste collection program which runs until October.
"This year we started a new approach to scheduling the collection of this material," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. "Instead of grouping all the dates in one month in the fall and one month in the spring, we are holding the collection one day on a weekend each month through October.
"This should provide our residents with greater opportunities to get rid of items that could pose a hazard if kept in the home," Lacey said.
He noted that on the first collection date which was March 30 at the Manchester Township Public Works Garage almost 18,000 pounds of household hazardous waste was collected.
"We will continue to hold the collections in different municipalities throughout the County," Lacey said. "This way our residents can attend any date or location they choose."
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to award a contract to Radiac Research Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y. at almost 40 cents a pound to conduct the program.
Dates, times and locations for the upcoming monthly collections are: Lakewood Township Public Works Yard, 1 America Ave., on Sunday, June 23; Berkeley Township Public Works Garage, Pinewald-Keswick Road, on Saturday, July 27; Jackson Township Public Works Garage, 10 Don Connor Blvd., Saturday, Aug. 24; Long Beach Township Public Works Garage, 7910 Long Beach Blvd., Saturday, Sept. 28 and Point Pleasant Beach Municipal Parking Lot, Arnold and Ocean avenues, Saturday, Oct. 5. Collection times are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all collection dates.
Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly noted that by holding the collections in the warmer months, the program can be accessed more easily by both year-round residents and those who may own a second home here.
"By spreading out the collection days over several months I believe the program will get even greater use," said Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "Making these programs convenient and easily accessible provides greater benefits to our citizens and our environment."
Last year, 306,951 pounds of household hazardous waste was collected and safely disposed of.
"In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy many homeowners continue to clean out their homes as they rebuild," Lacey said. "The new schedule provides more access to this program."
Lacey also noted that municipal recycling centers and the county's recycling centers allow for drop off of a host of materials including used paint, motor oil and car batteries.
"Our residents should check with us or their local recycling center to determine what is accepted so items do not have to take up space in their garage or basements," Lacey said.
While Ocean County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection program is free, citizens must register with the County. Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons of liquid. No containers over five gallons will be accepted.
The County is using funds from the State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund to operate the program.
Materials accepted at the household hazardous waste collection sites are: 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.
Additional information can be found on the county website at www.co.ocean.nj.us or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.