PHOTO: Lakewood Township issuing violation notices in recycling crackdown

Lakewood residents are finding red violation notices on their recycling bins, and that’s because the Township has begun cracking down.

A Township official tells TLS they have not issued these violations in a while, but have started again in an effort to put a stop to the recycling problem.

In a recent tour of the Ocean County Recycling Center in Lakewood, Township officials explained the issue of bags in the recycling bins. It’s not up to Lakewood Public Works to determine what is acceptable; and when a load contains plastic bags, it is rejected, costing the township and taxpayers a lot of money to remove the unwanted materials. Hence the notice.

Keep the following plastic items out of the yellow recycle containers:

No plastic bags, cups, plates, or silverware

No plastic food storage containers or lids

No plastic fast food containers

No plastic cafeteria or microwave trays

No plastic bottle caps and jar lids (plastic or metal)

No plastic six-pack holders

No plastic wrap, shrink wrap, and stretch film plastic

No caps, lids, pumps

If you are not sure if something should go in recycling (the yellow recycling can), call Lakewood Public Works Code Enforcement Supervisor Bob Treval at 732-905-3405 Ext. 6013.



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  1. Before issuing violation notices, please educate the people as to what does and doesn’t go into recycling. It’s pretty obvious that people don’t know.
    Let’s do this with seichel!!

  2. So basically everyone will just put everything in the garbage and only recycle cardboard because everything else is a hassle especially the no bottle caps or jar lids

  3. I agree with The Doctor. If you make it too complicated to figure out what goes into recyclables people will just throw everything into the regular garbage. I am all for recycling, but make it workable for people to do so. Giving violations will only dissuade people from recycling.

  4. If recycling can’t be done with out threats it should be stopped. Also the public works needs to do a better job with publicizing their rules and schedule.

  5. When we moved from Lakewood to Jackson we were given a pamphlet with clear guidelines. It’s not a big deal. After a couple of weeks you get used to it and are on automatic pilot. Removing bottle caps is not a big deal. Just throw the cap in the garbage when you finish the bottle. Why all the complaining?

  6. My only concern is that other people like children and workers who clean up the grounds will put forbidden objects in the bin as in the past. The only answer is to regularly inspect the bin for these foreign objects and remove them.

  7. Actually recycling doesn’t save money, it costs far more for the collection than the paltry revenue it generates and the landfill tipping fee it saves.

  8. Eliminating the receycling would save us a lot of money. They are dishonest regarding the cost when they show off how much we get back but neglect to mention the cost of running an extra route and all the other costs associated with the recycleing program. It’s time to eliminate it!

  9. Oh please quit your whining. Most of the country has been recycling for over 20 years. It is not rocket science. Someone up thread mentioned recycling raises the price of garbage disposal. Remember landfills are finite and China no longer wants our plastic.

  10. I have a neighbor who constantly puts their garbage cans in front of my house because they have so many cars parked in front of their house and not enough room to put their garbage cans in front of theirs. I don’t want a ticket for their non-compliance in recycling. I also often see where people put their garbage cans by a neighbor across the street because they missed the garbage truck. If tickets will be issued how can we be sure that it’s even our ticket?

  11. A public works employee knocked on my door to let me know not to put plastic bags or card board pizza boxes in recycling. Didn’t know about plastic bottles. Does that include water bottles and milk bottles? Wouldn’t know…..

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