Storm Clean-up Under Way

Reclamation Center Anticipates Increased Demand

Residents can help municipal haulers by separating items 

FREEHOLD, NJ – If you are cleaning up after Hurricane Irene, chances are that you have additional trash that you need to dispose of properly. Residents should check with their town or private hauling company for specific information about the clean-up of debris and trash.

Whether you are looking to dispose of wet and damaged furniture, electronic equipment, books, paper, unused paint or pesticides, used motor oil or tree limbs, be sure to separate these and other hazardous or recyclable items from your regular trash.

“It is important that residents continue to separate trash,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Reclamation Center said. “Some items are banned from the county landfill for environmental reasons, but separating items also to helps add years of use to the county landfill and helps reduce the tax rate.”

Monmouth County government is responsible for solid waste disposal and manages the county landfill in Tinton Falls.

Items banned from the landfill include newspapers, glass and plastic food and beverage containers, aluminum and tin food and beverage containers, large metal appliances, auto batteries, high-grade office paper, corrugated cardboard, concrete, asphalt (asphalt shingles are O.K.), leaves, tree stumps and tree parts (more than three inches in diameter).

Also prohibited from the landfill are hazardous liquids and materials. These items must be discarded at the Monmouth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

“Residents can responsibly dispose of hazardous waste at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility in Tinton Falls throughout the year,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, liaison to the county Health Department that oversees the program.  “There is no charge for homeowners to bring items to the county hazardous waste facility.”

Acceptable items for the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, thinners, corrosives, cleaners, pool chemicals, liquid paints, varnishes, aerosol cans (full or partially full), used motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, batteries (rechargeable, button or automotive) and propane barbecue tanks.

Each item must be in its original container with its original label (with the exception of used oil, gas or antifreeze). Also, the maximum amount of dry material that may be dropped off is 200 pounds and/or 20 gallons of liquid with no container larger than 5 gallons.  Call 732-922-2234 for more information and to make an appointment for the drop-off of these items.

Days and hours of drop-off for other acceptable items at the county Reclamation Center’s Asbury Ave. entrance is Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Labor Day from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The facility is closed on Sunday.  

Information about recycling in Monmouth County and items that require alternate disposal methods is available on the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-683-8686.