Residents have many ways to clean up and make Monmouth County better 

FREEHOLD, NJ – If your spring cleaning involves getting rid of computer and electronic equipment, books, old documents and confidential files, unused paint or pesticides, used motor oil, furniture or eyeglasses, Monmouth County can provide some help and guidance.  

“One of Monmouth County government’s responsibilities is to provide regional services like solid waste disposal,” Monmouth County Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “We do this by managing the county landfill, supporting municipal recycling programs and working to remind residents that by disposing of trash and recycling as appropriate can add years to the landfill and help reduce the county tax rate.”

To help with that effort, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has some timely spring cleaning, Earth Day reminders for residents that include many ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“Reducing the amount of hazardous items from our waste flow and our communities is an ongoing project,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department. “Providing times and places for the safe disposal of unused fertilizers, solvents, propane barbecue tanks and other items is important to the future of our environment and our landfill.”

Residents can responsibly dispose of most hazardous waste on May 7 in Hazlet, or they can take their acceptable items to the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility in Tinton Falls throughout the year. “Either way, there is no charge for homeowners to bring items to a county hazardous waste facility,” Curley added.

Year-round hazardous waste disposal appointments are available at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility at 3211 Shafto Rd. in Tinton Falls. Call 732-922-2234 for information, hours and to make an appointment. School and municipal agencies must make alternate disposal arrangements. Businesses must contract privately for proper disposal of hazardous waste materials.

“Old, discarded tires are a problem because they are convenient breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” Clifton said. “As we head into our prime mosquito season, residents should remove all old tires and other containers that could collect stagnant water from their yards. Residents can take up to eight tires to the county Reclamation Center for no charge, safe disposal.”

“You can recycle usable computer and electronic equipment to friends or family members, but when the equipment is no longer usable, it should not go out with your regular trash,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said. “The county has partnered with 14 municipalities to provide convenient electronic recycling sites for computer parts, televisions, radios, cameras, telephones and other items.”

The county Reclamation Center accepts these items as well as public works or recycling locations in Aberdeen, Belmar, Freehold, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Long Branch, Marlboro, Middletown, Millstone, Ocean, Union Beach and Wall. The maximum amount of computer and electronic equipment that may be dropped off is limited to five cubic yards – approximately what will fit in the bed of a regular pickup truck. State law now prohibits the disposal of computers and televisions with your regular trash.

Additional information about computer and electronics recycling and other items that are recyclable or require alternate disposal methods, log onto the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-922-8686.

“We are happy to provide paper shredding events at five municipal locations this spring that will assist with responsible paper disposal and help residents reduce the potential for identity theft,” Arnone said. “The county continues to be proactive in removing recyclables from the waste stream and we encourage residents to do their part to help by making use of other county services for proper waste disposal as well.”

At the paper shredding events county residents may bring up to 100 pounds to be shredded. All papers will be shredded on location in the mobile truck. This project is an example of one of the many ways that the county works with municipalities to share services for the benefit of residents.

“The Monmouth County Library helps the environment by encouraging residents to donate books and other materials,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “Donations of books and other items are accepted at most county library locations with the understanding that the items may be added to the library’s collection or sold in the Friends of the Monmouth County Library book sale.”

All donations are at the discretion of the librarian and donated materials may not be left outside the library or in the book drop. For additional information or questions about specific items, contact the county library location nearest you.

“Your trash may be someone else’s treasure,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “Many of our local not-for-profits accept donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, working computers and electronics. Some of the items go to our neediest of residents and other items are resold as gently used items to support other social service programs.”

The county’s annual Recycling Directory, available online or by request from the county Planning Board, includes a list of pick-up services for usable good, eyeglasses, film canisters, videotapes and even Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Information about the paper shredding events, recycling and removing other items from the county’s waste stream may be obtained from the Monmouth County Planning Board section of the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-431-7460.

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