Ocean County Press Release
Recycling Centers Accept Cooking Oil and Grease

OCEAN COUNTY is making an effort to answer the age old question of what does one do with cooking grease and oil once the cooking is done.

A simple solution has been established and with the installation of 300 gallon tanks at both county operated recycling centers, getting rid of cooking grease and oil is now easier and more environmentally friendly.

"So many of our residents and visitors already access the drop-off bins at the county's recycling centers," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. "It's an easy step to include cooking grease when dropping off newspapers and cans for recycling."

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

"When cooking grease is thrown down the drain it solidifies and builds up in local sewerage and septic systems," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "This is a great program that allows our citizens and visitors to dispose of cooking grease properly."

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. 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 are 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 recycles the waste oils into bio-fuels and animal feed," Lacey said.

Lacey encouraged residents to take advantage of this 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," he 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.

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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