Ocean County Press Release
Plenty of Recycling Programs Help Make it Convenient

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County is known for its 44 miles of oceanfront beaches, its recreational jewels like Barnegat Bay and its award winning recycling program.

"While it may not sound like it goes hand in hand, recycling while on vacation is an activity we want our visitors to embrace," said Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county's recycling program. "We want to remind residents and visitors alike that recycling in Ocean County is just as important while you are here on vacation as it is in your own hometown."

During the summer of 2013, more than 23,000 tons of materials were recycled in Ocean County which resulted in towns saving more than $1.6 million because the items did not go to the landfill.

"Recycling comes with many benefits," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "It saves landfill space, it protects the environment and it helps out economically."

When it comes to summer recycling, Lacey suggests visitors check with their municipalities to find out recycling rules. He noted that Ocean County towns have implemented single-stream recycling which means all recyclables including cans, bottles, newspapers and junk mail can be placed at the curb in one container.

"It's important to check on how the town where you are staying collects recyclables and on what days," Lacey said.

He added that recyclables should not be placed in plastic bags.

Lacey noted that many municipalities have recycling centers where materials can be dropped off.

Visitors and residents using beaches and marinas also should look for the big green igloos placed in visible locations throughout Ocean County.

"When you are leaving an area we encourage you to deposit your recyclables in the igloo. It is much more convenient than taking them home with you or back to where you may be staying," Lacey said. "The goal of our recycling program in Ocean County is to make it easy and convenient so people want to recycle."

Also, recycling drop-off venues are easily accessible at the county's regional recycling centers. Residents and visitors can drop-off recyclables at the Northern Ocean County Recycling Center off of New Hampshire Avenue in Lakewood and also at the Southern Ocean County Recycling Center off of Haywood Road in Stafford Township.

"These sites are open 24-hours a day, seven days a week," Lacey said. "We are also running our household hazardous waste collection program during the summer months to assist homeowners who own vacation homes in the County and need to dispose of items that cannot be tossed out in the regular trash."

Lacey added that visitors can also recycle cooking oil and cooking grease by depositing it in tanks installed at the county's recycling centers.

"Our recycling programs address many of the tasks we do every day," Lacey said. "We have built the program so that it is convenient for everyone."

Since the county began operating its materials processing facility in Lakewood in 1991, more than 1,324,140 tons of materials have been processed resulting in a total savings of $95,549,942 by avoiding the tipping fee at the landfill.

Lacey noted that the revenue generated from the sale of the material also is distributed back to the municipalities.

"We created the recycling revenue sharing program to be another benefit to our municipalities," Lacey said. "In 2013 municipalities received $739,220 from the revenue sharing program."

"Recycling helps us to reuse materials and saves landfill space," Lacey said. "This is such an important program. We urge everyone to recycle."

For more information on recycling in Ocean County visit www.co.ocean.nj.us and click on Solid Waste Management under departments or call 1-800-55-RECYCLE.

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