County To Distribute Almost $500,000 for Recycling Revenue Sharing
TOMS RIVER – Recycling continues to come with a dividend in Ocean County as the Board of Freeholders gets ready to distribute almost $500,000 in recycling revenue to its municipalities.
"I want to commend Freeholder Jim Lacey and all of our municipalities for promoting recycling in Ocean County," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "Our residents have embraced recycling which has resulted in environmental and economical benefits."
Under the Ocean County Revenue Recycling Sharing Program, municipalities are provided a portion of the recycling revenues based on the amount recycled.
During the six month period between July 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, Ocean County collected 40,702 tons of recyclables from its municipalities. The payout per ton for this period was $12.27.
"As a result of that collection our towns will share in a recycling revenue payout of $499,414," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county's recycling program. "In addition, those municipalities collectively saved almost $2.9 million by not dumping those materials in the landfill where they would have to pay a tipping fee."
Since 1995, the county has distributed $14 million to the municipalities that participate in the county's recycling program through its Recycling Revenue Sharing Program.
The amount returned to the towns is based on the amount of recyclables collected and brought to the county and the price per commodity in the current market.
Lacey noted that the price of commodities like corrugated cardboard and some plastic materials have increased while others have dropped.
For instance items like soda bottles are commanding a price of $320 a ton and detergent bottles are at $488 per ton.
Lacey added that while materials like aluminum continue to have a high demand there has been a drop in the average price which is now about $1,122 per ton.
"The amount we return to our towns is based on the amount recycled and what the market has to offer," Lacey said.
Lacey said towns can use the money as needed although many invest it back into the recycling program.
"If a road needs to be fixed, or a park needs to be upgraded, this money can help with those projects," Lacey said. "This is a return on their recycling effort."
The towns and the amounts they are scheduled to receive are: Barnegat Township, $15,827; Barnegat Light, $1,857; Bay Head, $1,524; Beach Haven, $5,903; Beachwood, $6,002; Berkeley Township, $22,996; Brick Township, $56,350; Eagleswood Township, $1,860; Harvey Cedars, $1,884; Island Heights, $1,496; Jackson Township, $34,239; Lacey Township, $26,284; Lakehurst, $1,555, and Lakewood Township, $77,969.
Also, Lavallette, $3,731; Little Egg Harbor Township, $18,599; Long Beach Township, $13,561; Manchester Township, $18,141; Mantoloking, $430; Ocean Township, $5,519; Ocean Gate, $1,433; Pine Beach, $1,603; Plumsted Township, $3,083; Point Pleasant Beach, $6,686; Point Pleasant Borough, $22,088; Seaside Heights, $3,650; Seaside Park, $3,994; Ship Bottom, $4,538; South Toms River, $1,450; Stafford Township, $37,044; Surf City, $4,239; Toms River Township, $89,514, and Tuckerton, $4,348.