Ocean County Press Release
First Collection for Household Hazardous Waste March 29

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection program is scheduled to get underway in late March with Manchester Township being the first collection site.

"Last year we decided to take 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 held the collection one day each month starting in March and running until October.

"This provided our residents with greater opportunities to get rid of items that could pose a hazard if kept in the home," Lacey said. "In evaluating the changes we have determined spreading the dates out has made the program even more convenient and successful."

The first collection dates for 2014 will be March 29 at the Manchester Township Public Works Garage, Route 70, May 3 at the Toms River Township Recycling Center, Church Road and May 31 at the Stafford Township Public Works Garage, Haywood Road. The times for all three locations will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register for the Manchester Township collection date call 732-506-5047, for the Toms River site call 732-367-0802 and for the Stafford Township site call 609-978-0913.

"This program has made disposing of household hazardous waste like cleaning products and pool chemicals much easier," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "It provides benefits to our citizens, our towns and our environment."

The program will continue to be held in different towns throughout the County.

"This way our residents can attend any date or location they choose," Lacey said.

Last year, 235,654 pounds of household hazardous waste was collected and safely disposed of. The cost of the collection was $91,669.

"Many of our homeowners continue to clean out their homes as they rebuild following Superstorm Sandy," Lacey said. "This new schedule provides greater access to the 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.

Lacey noted that additional dates, times and locations will be announced in the near future. The information can be found on the county website at www.co.ocean.nj.us. or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.

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