Single Stream Recycling Up and Running

With the installation of new machinery and upgrades complete, Ocean County can now accept recyclables in a single stream for processing at the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood.

"Single stream collection means the homeowner can put all aluminum cans, plastic bottles, steel cans, newsprint, cardboard, mixed paper, used writing paper into the same container for recycling," said Freeholder Director James F. Lacey, in announcing the new recycling process. "Municipalities, if they want, or private haulers can now collect recyclables all mixed together.

Single stream recycling is expected to increase efficiencies especially for the larger municipalities that already use robo-trucks for trash collection. Single stream recycling can be picked up like daily trash is, and only a driver is needed on the truck.



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