Here’s how to responsibly dispose of items that can’t go with your trash

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County is holding its fall community Household Hazardous Waste Disposal day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the County garage on   Rt. 539 (south of the Cream Ridge Golf Club) so that residents have additional opportunities to dispose of items that are not permitted in the regular or recycling disposal process.

Acceptable items for the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal program include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, thinners, corrosives, cleaners, pool chemicals, liquid paints, varnishes, aerosol cans (full or partially full), used motor oil, anti-freeze, 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, gasoline 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. Items not accepted are lab reagents, concrete, electronics, car tires, explosives, radioactive materials and asbestos. Unknown or unidentified items are not allowed.

“Residents have many opportunities to responsibly dispose of hazardous waste,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the county’s Public Works Department. “Residents can visit this location or, throughout the year, they can take their acceptable items to the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility in Tinton Falls. Either way, there is no charge for homeowners to bring items to a county hazardous waste facility.”

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.

This is a project of the Monmouth County Health Department.  For further information call 732-431-7456 or 732-431-4788. Additional information about household hazardous waste removal and the county’s recycling efforts is available from the Monmouth County Planning Board section of the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-431-7460.