County offers annual recycling tips and resources

FREEHOLD, NJ – The holiday season is over and you may be sorting through and putting away decorations and trying to get your homes or businesses back to normal.

“As you put away holiday gifts and decorations, keep in mind that your greeting cards, gift boxes and even your tree can be recycled,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the CountyReclamationCenter. “If you aren’t sure what is suitable for recycling, contact your municipal recycling coordinator for information.”

After the holidays, remember the following:

  • Save cards to use as next year’s postcards or gift tags.
  • Keep gift boxes and reuse them next season.
  • Put gift wrap (non-metallic) and cards aside and recycle them in your municipal recycling program.
  • Call your local recycling coordinator to find out how your tree can be recycled into mulch.

“This is a great time to go through your basement, attic, garage and your home to get rid of unwanted clutter. Begin the New Year with a fresh start,” said DiMaso. “The County’s ReclamationCenter and online Recycling Directory offer resources and guidance on a range of topics, from junk mail to the best ways to dry latex paint cans.”

The County’s Recycling Directory is a comprehensive guide for everything to do with trash disposal, recycling, hazardous waste disposal, home composting and waste management.

“It is essential to recycle in order to extend the life of the County landfill,” added DiMaso. “Saving space in the landfill is paramount to extending its usable life.”

For information about what can be thrown out, what needs to be recycled and how to do it go to the ReclamationCenter’s website on You can also call the Recycling Office at the ReclamationCenter directly at 732-683-8686, ext. 6721 or contact your town’s recycling coordinator.

The County website also has a complete list of municipal recycling coordinators in the InformationCenter section of the website.