Five additional dates have been added to Ocean County’s 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection schedule.
“Ocean County residents will now have more opportunities to rid their homes of a host of household products that could be a danger if not disposed of properly,” said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county’s recycling program. “The collection program will run monthly until October.”
Earlier this year, the county announced the first three collection dates. More than 229 residents registered for the April collection in Lakewood.
The next collections are scheduled for May 30 at the Berkeley Township Public Works Garage, 630 Pinewald-Keswick Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and, on June 6, the Stafford Township Public Works Garage will be the collection site at 320 Haywood Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While the program is free registration is required. To register for the Berkeley Township site call 732-506-5047 and for Stafford Township call 609-978-0913.
In addition, collections will be held at the Toms River Township Public Works Garage, 1672 Church Road, on June 27; the Manchester Township Public Works Garage, 1360 Route 70, on July 25; the Jackson Township Municipal Building, 95 West Veterans Highway, on Aug. 22; Long Beach Township Public Works Garage, 7910 Long Beach Boulevard, Beach Haven Crest, on Sept. 19 and Point Pleasant Municipal Building, 2233 Bridge Ave., on Oct. 24. The collection time for each location is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To register for Toms River and Manchester townships, call 732-506-5047; for Jackson Township and Point Pleasant call 732-367-0802, and for Long Beach Township call 609-978-0913.
“We have scheduled monthly collection dates to increase the convenience of the program,” Lacey said. “Giving our residents the ability to dispose of household hazardous waste monthly throughout most of the year has provided easier access.”
Last year, more than 284,000 pounds of household hazardous waste was collected and disposed of safely. The cost of the collection was $107,183.
“This program has made disposing of household hazardous waste like cleaning products and pool chemicals much easier,” said Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr. “It provides benefits to our citizens, our towns and our environment.”
Ocean County awarded a contract to Clean Venture, Elizabeth, at a cost of about 40 cents a pound to perform the collections.
Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons of liquid. No containers over five gallons will be accepted.
Materials accepted at the 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.
Lacey noted municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers 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 so items do not have to take up space in their garage or basements,” Lacey said.
More information on County recycling programs can be found on the County website at www.co.ocean.nj.us. or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.