Ocean County Press Release
OCEAN COUNTY's Household Hazardous Waste Collection program has scheduled four dates during the summer.
The collection, sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders with the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management is open to all County residents. Businesses and institutions are not eligible. Registration is required, online registration is encouraged at www.co.ocean.nj.us/recycle. Phone registration also is available. The collections run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following is a list of collection dates, locations, and telephone numbers for registration:
• July 18 – Stafford Township, 320 Haywood Road, 609-978-0913
• Aug. 9 – Lakewood Township, 1 America Ave., 732-367-0802
• Aug. 22 – Manchester Township, 1360 Route 70, 732-506-5047
• Sept. 19 – Long Beach Township, 7910 Long Beach Blvd., 609-978-0913
"This program provides substantial benefits to our environment as hazardous products are kept out of the waste stream and disposed of properly," said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gary Quinn, liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. "We have developed new guidelines for the collections to assure the workers and the public are safe at every collection site."
It is strongly encouraged that residents wear face coverings while at the event. In addition, materials should be placed in the vehicle's trunk or truck bed so workers can remove all items directly without entering the interior of the vehicle.
"This program has helped our residents safely dispose of hazardous materials for over 30 years," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "We are pleased our residents continue to embrace this program and protect our environment."
The items that are collected include: aerosols, auto products, batteries, cleaning products, chemicals/pool chemicals, fire extinguishers, gasoline/waste oil, herbicides/pesticides, mercury-containing devices, paint/paint thinners, polyurethanes/polishes, propane/tanks and stains/varnishes.
Items that are not accepted include: asbestos, construction debris, electronics, explosives (including boat flares), infectious waste ("red bag" waste), medications, needles/syringes, oxygen tanks, radioactive materials, smoke detectors and unknown/unidentifiable chemicals.
All materials, with the exception of oil and gasoline, should be in the original containers. A limit of 200 pounds of dry materials and 20 gallons of liquid material is allowed per household. No containers larger than five gallons are accepted.
Municipal recycling centers and the county's recycling centers also allow for year-round drop off of a host of materials including used paint and waste oil. Residents can use the drop offs located at the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood, or the Southern Recycling Center located in Manahawkin from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Visit http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/OC/SolidWaste/ for more information.