Important message from DPW Code Enforcement Officer Mordechai Holder

Dear Lakewood Residents, Lately there has been a lot of rejected recycling loads from the Northern recycling center. Lakewood Township Public Works brings all trucks to the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center. This facility is county owned but privately operated. Therefore, they dictate the rules and regulations. If a recycling truck brings in a contaminated load in it, it can and will be rejected. Public works then must pick the entire load up and dispose of it separately at a much higher cost per ton.

Every truck that goes into the Recycling center is inspected when emptied and can be rejected at the Recycling centers discretion. Once a load is rejected, it has to be manually sorted and brought to the landfill in Manchester Township which is both time consuming and expensive.

We are calling on all Lakewood residents to do their part and help the community. Please recycle only what is recyclable (see the Ocean county solid waste website for further information). Keep food and plastic bags out of the yellow cans, follow the rules and regulations regarding recycling. Below is a list of what you can recycle followed by a list of what you cannot recycle.

Only recycling materials can go in you yellow can! These materials include:

Cardboard which must be broken down. Empty milk, soda, and juice bottles.

Glass Jars, newspapers, magazines, junk mail and envelopes, empty aerosol cans, soda cans, rinsed out tuna cans, vegetable cans, canned beans etc. Brown paper bags, office paper and colored paper. NO plastic bags. These are not recyclable.

What not to put in the Recycling Container

Absolutely no plastic bags, no leaves, no grass, no brush, no clothing, no diapers, no pampers, no construction debris, no food, no Styrofoam food containers, no contaminated boxes which include, pizza boxes, cake boxes, meat boxes etc. no waxed paper, no waxed cardboard, no plastic cups, plates or silverware, no shredded paper, no juice boxes, no cartons, no Styrofoam, no wood, no metal, no aluminum pans, no chairs, no household trash, no bulk trash, and no appliances.

The code enforcement department within the public works will be implementing a one warning system.

Thank you for helping us help you!

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    • Correct. I got a warning on that several months back… and did not know beforehand. Yes, it is a pain. Either empty the bag into the can and throw the bag in the regular trash… or reuse the bag… or bring out the recyclables garbage pail itself and empty into the can and then bring it back in.

  1. I’ve lived in an area that has had recycling for over 25 years. Like NYC even midsized towns need to conserve their landfill use. I’ve never found it that difficult to comply with, nor have my friends with large families and many children. Look at it from a positive standpoint, conservation doesn’t have to be a bad word or linked only to forests and parks.

    Oh and in my town pizza boxes go into the organics bin, along with vegetable peelings, coffee grounds (no meat or meat bones) etc.

  2. Just more proof that this recycling mishigas is a complete and utter waste of time and money. NYC recognized this years ago under America’s Mayor but then Bloomingidiotberg the lib wanted it again. Now they’re stuck with that and Comrade Deblasio.

    Stop the burdensome rules and regulations already!

  3. Recycling generates revenue for the township of lakewood. We get back the most money in Ocean County. Fact! Why wouldn’t we want money from our trash? We pay to dump garbage in the landfill. Each time we dump each truck it’s about 6 hundred to a thousand each time.

  4. Has anyone done a study as too how much it costs to run the recycle program? How much does it cost for the following:
    Trucks and fuel
    Maintenance of the recycling equipment and facility

    To be subtracted from income made.

    List what benefits are gained as to the cost to taxpayers

    Bottom line what are we gaining. What are we saving.

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