Most Southern Ocean County Towns Upped Their Recycling Game in 2016

Jan 31, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management’s annual report of municipal recycling percentages for 2017 won’t be compiled for months.

But the 2016 figures are now available and they show Ocean County made a substantial improvement over the previous year. The county’s municipalities collectively recycled 41.83 percent of their solid waste in 2016, up from 31.62 percent in 2015.

Seven of the 11 Southern Ocean County towns recorded an increase in their recycling rates, with four clearing the 40-percent bar in 2016 compared to only two in 2015.

Ship Bottom had the best percentage in Southern Ocean County, recycling 40.70 percent of its municipal waste compared to 38.62 percent in 2015. Other contenders for the top spot in the southern region of the country were Harvey Cedars at 40.63, up from 36.29 the previous year, and Little Egg Harbor Township at 40.45, which improved from 34.29 percent in 2015. Stafford Township also broke the 40-percent barrier at 40.38, although that was actually a step backward from 2015 when it recycled 43.76 percent of its trash.

Tuckerton showed the largest improvement in 2016. In 2015 it was dead last in Southern Ocean County when it recycled a mere 8.47 percent of its municipal waste. That figure shot up to 30.77 percent in 2016.

Other gainers included Beach Haven at 37.78 percent in 2016 compared to 27.19 in 2015, Long Beach Township at 18.43, up from 11.44 in 2015, and Surf City with a 23.57 percent recycling rate versus 21.91 the previous year.

Barnegat Light’s rate fell to 36.77 from 42.89 in 2015 while Barnegat Township saw its percentage fall from 23.02 to 17.51 in 2016. Eagleswood recycled 27.68 percent of its municipal waste in 2016, down from 30.97 percent the year before.

Some of Ocean County’s more northern municipalities posted rather remarkable numbers in 2016 considering not a single one had breached the 50-percent mark in 2015. Ocean Township recycled 78.16 of its municipal waste. Other high achievers included Bay Head (57.03), Brick Township (57.00) and Mantoloking (52.56).  —R.M.





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