TOMS RIVER – Ocean County will hold five more free household hazardous waste collection dates this year.
"We are currently completing our first three collections of 2017 with the next scheduled for June 3 at the Manchester Township Public Works Garage, at 1360 Route 70," said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. "We have now put into place the summer/fall schedule which will run from July through October.
"So far we have collected 121,576 pounds of household hazardous waste during our first two collections this year," Little said. "This program provides benefits to not just our citizens but it also protects the environment."
The additional dates, times and locations for the 2017 disposal program are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 15, Little Egg Harbor Township Recycling Center, 1363 County Road 539; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 5, Jackson Township Municipal Building, 95 West Veterans Highway; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 27, Lakewood Public Works Yard, 1 America Ave.; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 23, Long Beach Township Public Works Garage, 7910 Long Beach Boulevard, Beach Haven Crest, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 7, Point Pleasant Municipal Building, 2233 Bridge Avenue.
While the program is free registration is required.
To register for the Little Egg Harbor and Long Beach townships collection sites call 609-978-0913; for the Lakewood call 732-506-5047 and for the Jackson Township and Point Pleasant collection site call 732-367-0802.
Last year, the County collected 290,602 pounds of household hazardous waste, up about 20,000 pounds, at a cost of $123,688. The program is funded in part by the State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund.
"This free program, which got started in 1989, provides an avenue to get rid of items like paints, paint thinner, and cleaners, properly and safely, keeping the material from entering our waterways and our preserved lands," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "The Department of Solid Waste Management has done a great job in implementing this program for almost three decades."
The program runs at least once a month from April to October and is held at different collection sites throughout the County. Residents can register for any of the sites.
"We work to make certain this program is accessible to our residents," Little said. "It is held in towns, both large and small, and citizens in any Ocean County town can attend any site. Our residents can attend any location."
Municipal recycling centers and the county's recycling centers also 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 year-round eliminating the need to store potentially hazardous items in their home," Little said.
Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons of liquid at the County's household hazardous waste collection sites. No containers over five gallons will be accepted.
Materials accepted at the household hazardous waste 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.
The five summer/fall dates also will be serviced by Radiac Environmental Services at a cost of about 44 cents a pound.
Program information also can be found on the county website at www.co.ocean.nj.us or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.
"We encourage our residents to use this free program to make certain chemicals, cleaners, solvents and other items we use around the house are disposed of properly," Little said.