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Department of Solid Waste Management


The Department of Solid Waste Management supervises the implementation of Ocean County’s District Solid Waste Management Plan, providing solid waste/recyclables planning that supports growth patterns and economically promotes the proper disposal of both recyclable and non-recyclable wastes.

We work diligently to ensure all programs and plans are carried out in an environmentally responsible and efficient manner, and the District Solid Waste Management Plan relies upon a multi-faceted recycling strategy in combination with a landfill management plan for those materials that the county cannot recycle.

Ocean County owns and operates two recycling centers, one in the northern region of the county and one in the southern region. The Northern Recycling Center, Ocean County's processing facility, is located on New Hampshire Avenue (off Route 70) in Lakewood Township. The Southern Recycling Center, which operates primarily as a transfer station, is located at 379 Haywood Road (Manahawkin) in Stafford Township.

The Department of Solid Waste Management and its programs are a function of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners, with Commissioner Barbara Jo Crea serving as Liaison to the Department and Anthony M. Agliata serving as Department Director.

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[03/10/22] 2022 Document Shredding Schedule
The full 2022 schedule for our Residential Document Shredding Program has been announced.
[03/10/22] 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Spring Schedule
The Spring Schedule for the 2022 Household Hazardous Waste program has been announced.
[11/04/21] Plastic Straw Ban Takes Effect TODAY
Starting on 11/04/21, food-service businesses will provide plastic straws upon request only.
[10/20/21] Ocean County Honored With 2021 NJDEP Recycling Award
County received the "Outstanding Education/Educational Program" award in recognition of recycling outreach efforts aimed at residents and seasonal visitors alike.
[07/23/21] Improvements Provide Boost To Ocean County Recycling Program
Equipment investments and market improvements will allow Ocean County to capture a greater amount of recyclables going forward.

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Director: Anthony M. Agliata

P.O. Box 2191
129 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08754

Phone: 732.506.5047
Fax: 732.244.8396
Email: ocrecycles@co.ocean.nj.us

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Northern Recycling Center

601 New Hampshire Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701

Days: Monday - Saturday (Saturday Ocean County residents only)
Hours:7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: 732.367.0802
Fax: 732.942.8482
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Southern Recycling Center

379 Haywood Road
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Days: Monday - Saturday (Saturday Ocean County residents only)
Hours:7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: 609.978.0913
Fax: 609.597.5321
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