Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – What is single stream recycling? Is there a place to recycle old car batteries? Where can I find the phone number for my municipal recycling coordinator? If you have questions about recycling programs, chances are Ocean County has the answer.
Starting on Sept. 14, the updated 2016 Ocean County Recycling Directory will be available to residents providing answers to a host of questions about recycling.
"There is a lot of value to recycling," said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the county's Department of Solid Waste Management. "A big component of having people recycle is education and this guide provides all the information needed to properly recycle."
The County produced 74,000 guides which are being distributed as an insert in the Asbury Park Press, the Beach Haven Times and the Beacon newspapers starting Sept. 14 and also in the Sandpaper which covers Long Beach Island and the mainland.
"We added the Sandpaper this year in order to reach more homes in the southern portion of the County," Little said. "We believe this will help in the distribution of the guides."
The guides also will be available from municipal recycling coordinators, at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall, here, branches of the Ocean County Library system and at the 24-hour residential drop-off areas at the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center, Lakewood and the Ocean County Southern Recycling Center, Stafford Township.
In his letter on the cover of the guide to Ocean County citizens, Freeholder Director John P. Kelly noted recycling continues to be an integral part of Ocean County's programs and services, allowing everyone to play a role in the stewardship of the County's environment.
"As a Board, we want to make certain that recycling in Ocean County is convenient to the residents and that it is also cost effective," he said.
Little encouraged residents to review the information on single-stream recycling and use it as a how-to-recycle refresher.
"Many people in their efforts to properly package recyclables for curbside pickup or disposal are placing the items in plastic bags which are causing extensive damage to the sorting equipment at our regional recycling centers," Little said. "I encourage our residents and visitors to simply toss items that are recyclable into a receptacle or bin. With single stream recycling there is no longer a need to tie, bundle, bag or separate items.
"Plastic bags should be tossed out with the regular trash or returned to stores that accept them for recycling," Little said. "I highly recommend residents get a copy of the recycling directory to help in their efforts to recycle."
The directory also includes upcoming dates for the County's household hazardous waste collection and the free document shredding program.
"Ocean County provides a well-rounded recycling program. We want to make sure our residents know about all the great components of this program," Little said. "This guide can be used year round and provides important information on all municipal recycling programs as well as the County."
Little encouraged citizens to pick up a copy of the free guide if they didn't receive it in the newspaper.
For a copy of the guide call 732-506-5047.