Single Stream Recycling
All glass bottles, aluminum cans, tin cans, all plastic containers (PET & HDPE-where the neck is smaller than the body), newspapers, mixed papers, junk mail, shredded papers, cardboard, and magazines can all be placed in one container for curbside pickup.
The use of a 35-gallon trash container, weigh no more than 40lbs., is recommended for Recycling.
Free recycling stickers are available at the Public Works Office and should be placed on trash containers to designate them as a recycling container. Commingled recyclables should not be placed in bags for pickup or drop off.
Recycle your old electronics
The Borough will continue to accept old computers, monitors, VCR’s, printers, radios, laptops and telephone equipment at the Recycling Center as long as the current disposal program continues. Check with the Public Works Department for availability.
Placing household trash in public litter receptacles is a violation of Borough Code.
Do not place household garbage in public litter receptacles. You may bring household garbage and recycling to the recycling center. Your cooperation is necessary to keep our community clean and litter free. A schedule of trash collection for your area of town can be found here. Full Borough Code book can be found here
Ocean County Document Shredding
Located on the corner of Washington and Baltimore Avenue.
Open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Residents can utilize the center to
drop off their normal recyclable items.
The Recycling Center is a service provided for residents only.
Proof of residency may be required by two forms Photo ID & Tax or Utility Bill.
No contractors are permitted to dispose of any items at any time!
The following is a list of recyclable items accepted at the Recycling Center.
- Electronics-computers, monitors, VCR’s, printers, radios, laptops and telephone equipment.
- Commingled Glass, Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans and Plastic Containers
- Mixed Paper
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Motor Oil, Anti-freeze, Auto Batteries and Household Batteries
- Used Motor Oil Filters – Oil must be drained from the filter
- Telephone Books
- Concrete by appointment
- Yard Waste — You can bring Yard Clippings, Brush or Tree stumps to the Recycling Center.
Northern Recycling Center
New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood
Hours of operation: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Open Monday through Saturday
(Saturday residents only)
Toll free: 1-800-55-RECYCLE
Ocean County is getting ready to launch a new recycling program that focuses on the reuse of materials. This program will help Ocean County residents reuse items by providing a central web-based exchange program. www.2good2waste.org/oceancountynj/
Ocean County Recycling Publications & Other Media
The Department has the following publications available to acquaint residents with recycling and solid waste management activities in Ocean County. For those publications that cannot be accessed through our website, please contact the Department of Solid Waste Management for copies at 732-506-5047 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Guide to Solid Waste Management in Ocean County - This guide provides an overview of Ocean County’s various recycling and solid waste management activities.
Recycling...A Shore Thing - This brochure provides a brief summary on what materials are mandated for recycling in Ocean County for all sectors, and other recycling opportunities at the County's Recycling Centers.
Download Recycling Guide - This handy directory, which is published annually, provides important recycling information that residents should become familiar with. It provides information on the full range of recycling opportunities that are available in our region as well as policies, facilities and programs. Commonly asked questions are addressed about recycling and other solid waste management matters.
Welcome to the Ocean County Backyard Composting Demonstration Site - This brochure provides general information regarding composting and the compost units displayed at the County's site.
Help Your Community by Becoming an Ocean County Master Composter Volunteer - This brochure provides general information on the Ocean County Master Composter Training Program.
Do Your Part! A Guide to Buying, Using & Disposing of Household Toxic Product - This brochure explains to Ocean County consumers how they can reduce the generation of household toxic products and save money by shopping smart and using toxic-free household alternatives. Proper disposal of toxic household products is also discussed.
Grasscycling - This brochure explains how to recycle your grass clippings naturally by the "cut and leave it" method. The brochure also discusses proper mowing, watering and fertilizing to maintain a healthy lawn.
Your Guide to Home Composting - This brochure explains how to compost, what to compost, why we should compost, and discusses the different types of units that can be used to make compost.
Kids Can Compost Tool - This colorful brochure for children explains the basics behind composting and its environmental benefits.
Teacher’s Resource Guide to Recycling in Ocean County - This guide was introduced in 1995 and updated in 2004 and is geared for grades four through six. Includes many activities that teachers can integrate within their lesson plan. Copies of the guide are also available from the Department of Solid Waste Management office. The guide is available as well in CD-Rom format.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County Publications on Home Composting - Various leaflets are available on home composting from the Rutgers Extension of Ocean County by contacting the Department of Solid Waste Management.