Stafford Reminds Residents to Recycle Right

Nov 28, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Ocean County is getting stricter about recycling, Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora announced at last week’s regular municipal council meeting.

“Please, when you’re recycling, be very aware of what you’re putting in recycling. Make sure you clean out the containers, and keep out non-recyclable plastic bags.” Do not put your recycling inside a plastic bag.

Recycling truck loads with trash contamination – i.e. unacceptable items (major offender: single-use plastic shopping bags) or food containers not emptied and rinsed out – will be rejected and redirected to a landfill, at a cost of over $1,000 to the taxpayers in tipping fees and manpower.

“This is important for our own town and the fact that the tipping fees can get really high for landfills,” Spodofora said.

A “very long list” of do’s and don’ts for recycling bins can be found online at the Ocean County Solid Waste Management website. A couple of notable reminders Councilwoman Sharon McKenna pointed out are bottle caps, lids and pumps must be removed and thrown away; and greasy pizza boxes go in the garbage, not recycling.

On a related note, as Stafford’s ban on single-use plastic bags is now in effect, reusable shopping bags are available at the Bay Avenue Community Center, and a few thousand more are on the way, courtesy of wedding venue and hotel magnate Christopher Vernon.  —V.F.

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