Ocean County Press Release

GREASE is the word - at least when it comes to recycling.

Beginning immediately, used cooking oil and grease will be accepted at the county's two regional recycling facilities in Lakewood and Stafford townships.

"When cooking grease is thrown down the drain it solidifies and builds up in local sewerage and septic systems," said Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey. "Over time this waste can clog pipes and threaten backups into homes."

Lacey, who is liaison to the county's recycling program, said the program is available only to residences and not businesses. Each household may drop off up to 5 gallons of grease and oil per day.

A 300-gallon tank has been installed at both recycling centers. There is no fee to drop off the waste.

Acceptable oils include cooking pan grease left over from bacon, roasts, fish, chicken and so forth along with cooking oil from household deep fryers and turkey fryers.

While motor oil is not accepted as part of this new program, additional receptacles remain available at both recycling centers for automotive waste.

The collected cooking oils will be sold to MOPAC Rendering of Souderton, PA at a price of between $1.30 and $1.40 per gallon. That price may fluctuate depending on market conditions.

"This company in turn will recycle the waste oils into bio-fuels and animal feed," Lacey said.

Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, who also serves as Director of Law and Public Safety, encouraged residents to take advantage of both this new program and the other recycling initiatives the county has in place.

"We're all familiar with curbside recycling for newspapers, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, but a whole range of other products are accepted at our regional recycling facilities," Kelly said.

Among the materials that can be dropped off are: cell phones, boat shrink wrap, computers, televisions and other electronics, paint cans, tires and rigid plastics such as lawn furniture, toys and buckets.

The Northern Recycling Center is located at 601 New Hampshire Avenue in Lakewood. The Southern Center is at 379 Haywood Road in Manahawkin.

More information on recycling is available on the Ocean County Website www.co.ocean.nj.us under the Department of Solid Waste.

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