Ocean County residents who need to get rid of household hazardous waste like pool chemicals and pesticides can access any of the next five collection dates announced by the Board of Freeholders.
“We will have five additional collection dates beginning with July 16 in Plumsted Township,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. “Our residents can attend any of the five collection sites. Making the program accessible and convenient makes it successful.”
Last year, the County collected 271,842 pounds of household hazardous waste at a cost of $107,921. The program is funded in part by State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund.
“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 program runs about once a month beginning in April until October and is held at different collection sites throughout the County. Three collections were already held earlier in the year.
“Collections are held in towns, both large and small, and citizens in any Ocean County town can attend any site,” Little said.
The dates, times and locations for the five upcoming collections are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 16 at the Plumsted Township Municipal Building, 121 New Egypt Allentown Road; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 13, Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 27, Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 24, Beachwood Municipal Complex, 1600 Pinewald Road, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 8, Ship Bottom Municipal Boat Ramp, Shore Avenue and 10th Street.
While the program is free registration is required.
To register for the collection sites in Plumsted and Brick townships call 732-367-0802; for the Lacey Township and Beachwood site call 732-506-5047 and for Ship Bottom call 609-978-0913.
“This continues to be a very popular program with Ocean County residents,” said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. “I am happy we continue to offer this program on an annual basis. It provides benefits to not just our citizens but also the environment.”
Municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers also 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 year-round eliminating the need to store these products in their home for extended periods of time,” Little said.
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.
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 five collection dates will be serviced by Radiac Environmental Services at a cost of .45 cents a pound.
Additional recycling information can be found on the county website at www.co.ocean.nj.us. or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.