Ocean County Press Release
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled Through October in Ocean County

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County officials are reminding residents there are two more dates for the free household hazardous waste collection program.

"The Ocean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection program runs once a month from June to October," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, in providing the collection dates. "We scheduled monthly collection dates to increase the convenience of the program.

"Giving our residents the ability to dispose of household hazardous waste monthly throughout most of the year has provided easier access," Lacey said.

Upcoming collection dates and locations for 2014 are Sept. 20, Ship Bottom Boat Ramp, Shore and 10th avenues; Oct. 25, Jackson Township Municipal Building Parking Lot (rear) 95 West Veterans Highway. The collection time for each location is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration for the program is required. To register for the Jackson Township site call 732-367-0802 and for the Ship Bottom 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."

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

Ocean County will award a contract to Clean Venture, Elizabeth, at a cost of 37 cents a pound.

While the program is free for residents, 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.

Materials accepted at the 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 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.

More information on County recycling programs can be found on the County website at www.co.ocean.nj.us. or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.

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