Got hazardous waste in Ocean County? Here’s where you can get rid of it

TOMS RIVER, NJ – Get a head start on spring cleaning this year by emptying out your home of hazardous materials in a safe manner. Ocean County has announced the hazardous waste collection program that begins in March and goes all year long.

The program is open to all residents of Ocean County, but businesses and institutions are not eligible. Pre-registration is required, and can be done online at www.co.ocean.nj.us/recycle, or by calling 732-506-5047, if preferred. Proof of residency is also required.

The following are the collection dates and locations for the program. The collection events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

• March 26 – Lakewood Department of Public Works, 1 America Ave., Lakewood
• May 20 – Stafford Township Department of Public Works, 230 Haywood Road, Manahawkin
• June 10 – Manchester Township Department of Public Works, 1360 Route 70, Manchester Township
• Sept. 16 – Jackson Township Department of Public Works, 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson Township
• Oct. 14 – Long Beach Township Department of Public Works, 7910 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township
• Nov. 4 – Toms River Fraternal Order of Police, 1791 North Bay Ave., Toms River

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According to Ocean County:

The items that can be dropped off include aerosols, auto products, cleaning products, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), fire extinguishers, gasoline, pesticides/herbicides, mercury switches/devices (thermostats), stains/thinners, polyurethanes, and polishes.

Items that are not accepted include electronics, cylinders (oxygen tanks), asbestos, radioactive materials (smoke detectors), infectious wastes, explosives (fireworks, gunpowder, boat flares), scrap metal and unknown materials.

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.

Residents are also reminded that they can skip the line for many items and bring them to municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers that allow for year-round drop off of other materials. Those items include used paint, batteries, antifreeze, 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 Friday.