TOMS RIVER - While some markets are seeing a steady decline in the sale of recyclables, Ocean County continues to make every effort to return a portion of recycling revenues to its participating municipalities.
"We are returning almost $100,000 to our municipalities for materials recycled during the first half of 2016," said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the county's recycling program. "Under the Ocean County Recycling Revenue Sharing Program, municipalities are provided a portion of the recycling revenues based on the amount recycled and the market price of the material.
"I am pleased to see the continued interest in recycling in Ocean County by our municipalities and our citizens," Little said.
During the first half of 2016, Ocean County collected 37,883 tons of recyclables from its municipalities. The payout for the period was $2.57 per ton.
"Recycling in Ocean County continues to provide a host of environmental and economic benefits," said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. "One of the greatest benefits is keeping the material out of the landfill and preserving the space there.
"As a result of these recycling efforts, municipalities collectively saved $2.7 million in the first half of 2016 by not dumping those materials in the landfill where they would have to pay a tipping fee," Kelly said. "That is a substantial savings."
Little noted that since Ocean County began the Recycling Revenue Sharing program in 1995, the County has returned more than $15 million to its municipalities.
The amount returned to the towns, under the revenue sharing program is based on the amount of recyclables collected and brought to the County and the price per commodity in the current market.
"These prices change all the time," Little said. "And even though we have seen a decline in the average price of many of the commodities we recycle, we are still able to return money to our towns."
For instance, tin cans are down $34 per ton to $98 per ton, aluminum has seen a decline of $163 per ton and some plastics have decreased by as much as $140 per ton in comparison to the same period in 2015 when the payout per ton was $6.56.
Little said towns can use the money as needed although many invest it back into the recycling program.
The largest recycling revenue sharing checks will go to Lakewood, Toms River and Brick townships.
"And, while these are the county's largest municipalities, I applaud all of our towns, even the smallest, for their ongoing recycling efforts," Little said.
The towns and the amounts they are scheduled to receive are: Barnegat Township, $3,330; Barnegat Light, $220; Bay Head, $218; Beach Haven, $667; Beachwood, $1,193; Berkeley Township, $5,387; Brick Township, $12,068; Eagleswood Township, $312; Harvey Cedars, $181; Island Heights, $284; Jackson Township, $6,307; Lacey Township, $4,692; Lakehurst, $318 and Lakewood Township, $18,214.
Also, Lavallette, $537; Little Egg Harbor Township, $3,701; Long Beach Township, $1,413; Manchester Township, $3,246; Mantoloking, $74; Ocean Township, $1,033; Ocean Gate, $246; Pine Beach, $295; Plumsted Township, $718; Point Pleasant Beach, $1,143; Point Pleasant Borough, $3,697; Seaside Heights, $652; Seaside Park, $494; Ship Bottom, $485; South Toms River, $395; Stafford Township, $7,331; Surf City, $498; Toms River Township, $17,206; and Tuckerton, $791.