THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON:
THE TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN’S
NEW RECYCLING CENTER
The Township of Ocean Recycling Center
is up and running, thanks in part to a grant from the
Recycling Enhancement Act’s Municipal Recycling Service Improvement Grant.
Entrance off Sunset Avenue
of collection areas from parking lot
The configuration allows for separation between traffic
from municipal operations and citizen traffic, while the
facility will also help the Township manage the storage of materials awaiting
transportation to processing facilities.
Residents and businesses in town are now
able to place all pourable plastics, glass, tin aluminum cans,
cardboard/newspaper/magazines/junk mail and shredded paper into one compactor
container for transportation and processing resulting in a monetary savings in
hauling costs. Recycling collections
have always been driven by economics. By
implementing a single-stream recycling approach the Township can offset the
diminishing markets for those materials.
For years the Township has received revenues from separating the
recyclables but as the markets diminish it’s become too costly and isn’t worth
the separation for the revenue the Township receives out of it.
Scrap metal and electronics continue to be separated
and placed in individual containers. We are now also accepting bulk waste and concrete (one CY per visitor). By
streamlining the facility and making it more user friendly the Township also
expects to find a reduction in landfill fees paid for garbage disposal and save
much needed landfill space.
The facility is expected to accept recyclable materials from
the Borough of Interlaken, Borough of Deal, Borough of Allenhurst and the
Village of Loch Arbour in a shared services agreement with the Township of
Ocean. Currently, details of the shared
services agreement are being worked out.
Personnel will staff the facility on weekends and weekdays to assist
visitors in depositing materials where required.