Solid Waste Management

 Gerry P. Little,
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

 Northern Recycling Center:
  New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood
  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
Hours of operation : 7:30am - 3:00pm
Open Monday through Saturday
(Saturday residents only)
 Phone: (609) 978-0913
 Fax: (609) 597-5321

For more information on how to get this Marine Debris Biodegradation Time Line Poster click here or call 1-800-691-2005 MOTE Marine


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

 Waste Management's Recycle Often. Recycle Right

Information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [pdf]

- Plastic Bag Recycling (Do NOT place plastic bags in your recycling containers.)
- Items That Should NOT Be Placed With Recyclables
- The Benefits of Recycling for Businesses
- "Grasscycling" (See below for the Ocean County Dept. of Solid Waste Management's "grasscycling" pamphlet.)

2016 Recycling Directory [PDF] - Our annually published directory, which provides important recycling information to Ocean County residents. Contains info on the full range of recycling opportunities available in Ocean County as well as info on policies, facilities, and programs. Addresses frequently asked questions about recycling and other solid waste management issues.

Recycling... A Shore Thing [PDF] - Brochure providing 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.

Welcome to the Ocean County Backyard Composting Demonstration Site [PDF] - Brochure providing general information regarding composting and the compost units displayed at the county's demonstration site.

Help Your Community by Becoming an Ocean County Master Composter Volunteer [PDF] - Brochure providing general information on the Ocean County Master Composter Training Program.

Do Your Part! A Guide to Buying, Using & Disposing of Household Toxic Products [PDF] - Brochure explaining 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] - Brochure explaining 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] - Brochure explaining how to compost, what to compost, why we should compost, and discussing 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, first introduced in 1995 and last updated in 2004, is geared towards students in grades four through six. Copies of the guide are available from the Department of Solid Waste Management office. Guide is also available in CD-Rom format.

Composting with Pallets [PDF] - Guide demonstrating how residents can easily create composting bins out of wooden pallets.

 Recycling and Solid Waste Tonnage Data (2015) [PDF]- Yearly data presenting both landfilled and recycled material tonnages for all Ocean County municipalities. To receive copies of this data, please contact the Department of Solid Waste Management.

Ocean County Recycles Video

Video providing an overview of Ocean County’s solid waste management activities, appropriate for all age groups.

Videos are also available at all Ocean County Library branches.