Solid Waste Management

 James F. Lacey,
Freeholder Liaison

 Ernest J. Kuhlwein, Jr.,
Director, P.E., P.P.

 Office : 129 Hooper Avenue
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
 Phone: (732) 506-5047
 Toll free: 1-800-55-RECYCLE
 Fax: (732) 244-8396
 Email: ocrecycles@co.ocean.nj.us

 Northern Recycling Center:
  New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood
Directions
  Hours of operation : 7:30am - 3:00pm
Open Monday through Saturday
(Saturday residents only)
 Phone: (732) 367-0802
 Fax: (732) 942-8482

 Southern Recycling Center:
  379 Haywood Road, Manahawkin
Directions
Hours of operation : 7:30am - 3:00pm
Open Monday through Saturday
(Saturday residents only)
 Phone: (609) 978-0913
 Fax: (609) 597-9682


Publications & Other Media

The Department has the following publications available to acquaint residents with recycling and solid waste management activities in Ocean County. For those publications that cannot be accessed through our website, please contact the Department of Solid Waste Management for copies at 732-506-5047 or e-mail us at ocrecycles@co.ocean.nj.us

 A Guide to Solid Waste Management in Ocean County (PDF) - This guide provides an overview of Ocean County’s various recycling and solid waste management activities.

 Recycling... A Shore Thing (PDF) - This brochure provides a brief summary on what materials are mandated for recycling in Ocean County for all sectors, and other recycling opportunities at the County's Recycling Centers.

 2014 Recycling Directory - This handy directory, which is published annually, provides important recycling information that residents should become familiar with. It provides information on the full range of recycling opportunities that are available in our region as well as policies, facilities and programs. Commonly asked questions are addressed about recycling and other solid waste management matters.

 Welcome to the Ocean County Backyard Composting Demonstration Site (PDF) - This brochure provides general information regarding composting and the compost units displayed at the County's site.

 Help Your Community by Becoming an Ocean County Master Composter Volunteer (PDF) - This brochure provides general information on the Ocean County Master Composter Training Program.

 Do Your Part! A Guide to Buying, Using & Disposing of Household Toxic Products (PDF) - This brochure explains to Ocean County consumers how they can reduce the generation of household toxic products and save money by shopping smart and using toxic-free household alternatives. Proper disposal of toxic household products is also discussed.

 Grasscycling (PDF) - This brochure explains how to recycle your grass clippings naturally by the "cut and leave it" method. The brochure also discusses proper mowing, watering and fertilizing to maintain a healthy lawn.

 Your Guide To Home Composting (PDF) - This brochure explains how to compost, what to compost, why we should compost, and discusses the different types of units that can be used to make compost.

 Kids Can Compost Too! (PDF) - This colorful brochure for children explains the basics behind composting and its environmental benefits.

• Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County Publications on Home Composting - Various leaflets are available on home composting from the Rutgers Extension of Ocean County by contacting the Department of Solid Waste Management.

 Teacher’s Resource Guide to Recycling in Ocean County (PDF) - This guide was introduced in 1995 and updated in 2004 and is geared for grades four through six. Includes many activities that teachers can integrate within their lesson plan. Copies of the guide are also available from the Department of Solid Waste Management office. The guide is available as well in CD-Rom format.

 Composting with Pallets - This guide demonstrates how residents can easily create composting bins out of wooden pallets.

• Ocean County Recycles video - This video provides an overview of Ocean County’s solid waste management activities and is for all age groups. Running time is approximately twenty minutes. Segments of this video can be viewed here:
 Freeholder Lacey's Introduction
 Vegetative Waste Recycling
 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
 Paint Management Collection Program
 Computer Recycling Program
 Education
 Recycling Education Center
 Backyard Composting Demonstration Site
 Master Composter Training

The video is available at all Ocean County Library branches. Schools, groups and organizations can receive the video upon request.

 Recycling and Solid Waste Tonnage Data- Yearly data is available that presents landfilled and recycled tonnage for all Ocean County municipalities. To receive copies of this data, please contact the Department of Solid Waste Management.