From Trash To Treasure – Lakewood Receives $140,000 For Recycling Material

menashe miller oc recyclingPHOTOS: Ocean County municipalities shared about $917,000 of recycling revenues distributed by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders Wednesday, with a big chunk of it coming to Lakewood. According to Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county’s recycling program, this is the largest payout the Board of Freeholders has been able to provide to its towns under the county’s Recycling Revenue Sharing Program.

Since 1995, the county has distributed more than $12 million to the municipalities that participate in the county’s recycling program through its Recycling Revenue Sharing Program. The amount returned to the towns is based on the amount of recyclables collected and brought to the county and the price per commodity in the current market.

And Mayor Menashe Miller says the credit for the chunk of cash is due to the cooperation from Lakewood residents.

“Residents are recycling more than ever”, Mayor Menashe Miller tells TLS. “As hidious as those yellow cans were – and it took us a while to get used to them – the proof is in the pudding – or in this case in the can!”, the Mayor says. “For every item recycled, it’s one item less were paying for, and one item more which turns into real cash given to the town”.

Lakewood’s portion of the distributed funds, was $140,140.

Proudly displaying ceremonial checks with some of the highest amounts distributed to municipalities were Freeholder James F. Lacey, Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Brick Township Public Works Director Glen A. Campbell, Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina, Toms River Township Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Toms River Township Councilman Maurice Hill, who serves as liaison to Public Works, Louis Amoroso, Toms River Public Works Director and Lakewood Township Mayor Menashe Miller. TLS/ Lakewood Shopper.

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  1. Recycling is a responsible thing to do ,we cant just keep filling up landfills and besides it makes sense to reuse and recycle things that are that will save the environment from more destruction .
    The cost of the yellow cans does not matter in the long run we get back ten fold the initial outlay expenses. while cost does always figure into any decission it should not be a deterent to just do the right thing which unfortuantely often does not happen

  2. Does anyone have any idea of how much it costs to have
    2x the amount of garbage man
    2x the amount of thucks
    2x fuel
    2x maintainace

    I have a funny feeling its just a tiny bit more then the oversized checks shown in the picture.

  3. TO: #4

    How do you come up 2X everything. If you put all that into a trash can you would fill up the trucks faster, and they would have to go to the land fill more often. You would need the same amount of trucks do do the pickups. Just for numbers if half goes to the land fill in Waretown the other half goes to the county recycle on New Hampshire Ave, shorter drive saves money on gas, and the truck can continue working faster. Then they pay us for the recycle.

  4. #5 The most it would be would be an extra trip to the dump thats it no 2nd truck or crew the rercycleling is a fraction of the garbage

  5. Your telling me that there is only ONE truck of recycled material collected in the entire town of Lakewood ….. you have no idea what you are talking about.

  6. This is a job well done by all that put this program together, all that administered the program, and all the residents that separated recycled materials from trash.

    Congratulations Mayor Miller.

  7. all this is a drop in the bucket compared to whats thrown out along the roadsides in lakewood. everything from plastic and glass bottles to alum cans. not to mention the tv’s, building material, household trash, matresses, tires, chairs, couches, paint cans, various containers with unknown contents, etc.

  8. # 1 roughly 875,000.. maybe the town should put that money back into the ems dept that they extorted from them. by forcing them to take a 30% pay cut..

  9. is this also for bulk trash? if it is we ought to go after those garbage pickers who go around on collection day stealing all the recyclables leaving the township with plain garbage. I know of of one collector stealing my money!!!!

  10. The way to look at it is you have no choice to recycle. The fact that any money is redistributed by the County should be deemed as a blessing.

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