THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON:
THE TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN’S
NEW RECYCLING CENTER
The construction of the Township of Ocean Recycling Center
is expected to be completed by early spring, thanks in part to a grant from the
Recycling Enhancement Act’s Municipal Recycling Service Improvement Grant.
Entrance off Sunset Avenue
of collection areas from parking lot
The new configuration increases separation between traffic
from municipal operations and citizen traffic generated at the current
recycling center. While planned landscape
work will further improve the aesthetics of the overall complex, the new
facility will also help the Township manage the storage of materials awaiting
transportation to processing facilities.
One major change is that residents and businesses will be
able to place all pourable plastics, glass, tin aluminum cans,
cardboard/newspaper/magazines/junk mail and shredded paper into one compactor
container for transportation and processing resulting in a monetary savings in
hauling costs. Recycling collections
have always been driven by economics. By
implementing a single-stream recycling approach the Township can offset the
diminishing markets for those materials.
For years the Township has received revenues from separating the
recyclables but as the markets diminish it’s become too costly and isn’t worth
the separation for the revenue the Township receives out of it.
Scrap metal and electronics will continue to be separated
and placed in individual containers. By
streamlining the facility and making it more user friendly the Township also
expects to find a reduction in landfill fees paid for garbage disposal and save
much needed landfill space.
The facility is expected to accept recyclable materials from
the Borough of Interlaken, Borough of Deal, Borough of Allenhurst and the
Village of Loch Arbour in a shared services agreement with the Township of
Ocean. Currently, details of the shared
services agreement are being worked out.
Personnel will staff the facility on weekends and weekdays to assist
visitors in depositing materials where required.