TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little announced four more dates in 2018 for Ocean County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection program.
"We will be holding household hazardous waste collection events in July, August and September," said Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. "The first three collection dates this year resulted in 133,881 pounds of household hazardous waste being collected and disposed of properly."
The summer collection dates, times and locations are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 14, Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 11, Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 8, Ship Bottom Municipal Boat Ramp, West 10th Street and Shore Avenue, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 29, Point Pleasant Borough High School Lot, 2300 Panther Path (off Beaver Dam Road).
To register for the Lacey Township collection site call 732-506-5047; the Brick Township and Point Pleasant sites, 732-367-0802 and for Ship Bottom call 609-978-0913. Registration is required and is done on a first come first served basis.
"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," Little said. "The Department of Solid Waste Management has done a great job in implementing this program for almost three decades."
The program is funded in part by the State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund.
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 four summer dates will be serviced by Radiac Environmental Services at a cost of 49 cents a pound.
Municipal recycling centers and the county's recycling centers also allow for year-round drop off of a host of materials including used paint, motor oil and car batteries.
"Our residents should check with the County 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.
Little noted that residents can attend any scheduled household hazardous waste collection site.
"We want to make certain this program is accessible to all of 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."
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.
Program information is also on the county website at www.co.ocean.nj.us/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. "We take great pride in our environment in Ocean County. This program helps reduce the potential for environmental damage."