Ocean County Sending Recycling Checks to Municipalities

Stafford Township Scores Big
Sep 06, 2017

Thanks to recycling, Ocean County municipalities will soon be receiving checks, some of them substantial. Since 1995, the county has been sharing the money it makes from selling recyclables, a program that has sent more than $16 million to its 33 townships and boroughs. Ocean County has announced that it will be returning $252,686 to its municipalities in this round.

“From January through June of 2017, towns recycled more than 39,686 tons of waste,” said Freeholder Deputy Director and liaison to the Department of Solid Waste Management Gerry P. Little. “That’s 1,773 tons more than the first half of 2016.”

The payout rate to the municipalities for the first half of this year was $6.38 per ton under a new agreement with Atlantic Coast Recycling, a private company based in Passaic, Lakewood, Neptune and Tinton Falls that not only operates and maintains the Ocean County Recyclable Materials Processing Center in Lakewood, but also markets the processed recyclables. The facility is the largest county-owned recycling facility in New Jersey and one of the largest county-owned facilities of its type in the United States. On July 19, the company announced it had been awarded a five-year contract by the county.

The amount returned to the towns is based on the amount of collected recyclables brought to the county and the current commodity market price.

The first half of 2017 saw a substantial rise in the price-per-ton for most recyclables. Corrugated paper and cardboard jumped by $88 a ton. Newspaper was up $31. Tin cans leaped $66 per ton, and aluminum soared by $123. The price for PET plastics exploded, up $126 per ton. Only colored HDPE plastics fell in price, by $34 a ton.

The largest checks will go out to Lakewood ($48,327.81), Toms River ($45,534.51), Brick ($28,823.40), Stafford ($20,557.72) and Jackson ($15,936.47).

“And, while these are the county’s largest municipalities, I applaud all of our towns, even the smallest, for their ongoing recycling efforts,” said Little.

Additional Southern Ocean County municipalities will receive checks. They include Barnegat Township ($8,942.49), Barnegat Light ($536.59), Beach Haven ($1,778.07), Eagleswood Township ($762.22), Harvey Cedars ($456.87), Little Egg Harbor Township ($9,849.02), Long Beach Township ($3,602.53), Ship Bottom ($1,145.19), Surf City ($1,263.44) and Tuckerton ($1,944.99). —R.M.

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