TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection program has been extended with four new dates, according to Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little.
The summer collection dates are:
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 14, Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 11, Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 8, Ship Bottom Municipal Boat Ramp, West 10th Street and Shore Avenue
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 29, Point Pleasant Municipal Building, 2233 Bridge Avenue.
These four dates will be serviced by Radiac Environmental Services at a cost of 49 cents a pound.
Little, who also serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management, said that the first three collection dates this year collected 133,881 pounds of household hazardous waste.
“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 Department of Solid Waste Management has done a great job in implementing this program for almost three decades.”
Materials accepted at program sites include: 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.
You can also drop off certain hazardous waste materials at municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers year-round.
“Our residents should check with the County or their local recycling center to determine what is accepted year-round eliminating the need to store potentially hazardous items in their home,” Little said.
Residents can attend any waste collection site at any location. The max is 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.
- Lacey Township, call 732-506-5047
- Brick Township and Point Pleasant sites, call 732-367-0802
- Ship Bottom, call 609-978-0913.
Registration is required and is done on a first come first served basis. For more information on the program, visit co.ocean.nj.us/recycle.
“We encourage our residents to use this free program to make certain chemicals, cleaners, solvents and other items we use around the house are disposed of properly,” Little said. “We take great pride in our environment in Ocean County. This program helps reduce the potential for environmental damage.”