In response to your questions and in an effort to help those helping the Town, we went down to the Ocean County Recycling Center in Lakewood, and got a first-hand look at the issue.
As earlier explained, the Ocean County Recycling Center will not accept any recycled material or trash in plastic bags. 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.
In fact, if plastic bags continue to show up in the collection, the entire load could be rejected, which will in turn have an affect on the Township collecting recycling funds, and more money out the window.
During our tour of the recycling center by ACR (Atlantic Coast Recycling) – the current contracted company, we were able to see first hand the damage these bags cause the machine. Two times a day, workers need to climb into the machine and cut up the bags that go tangled in the machine – again, more time and money.
So here’s the solution, and an easy way to help the Township:
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
Attention schools: If you’d like to schedule a tour of the facility for your students, or to have personnel come down to your school, you can contact Marc Rudman, 732-475-0100, extension 405.
Watch also the educational video below.