Ocean County’s Household Hazardous Waste collection day in Toms River will go on as scheduled. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday June 13, at the Toms River Public Works Garage, 1672 Church Road, here.
“We want to make sure everyone’s safety is a priority as this event moves forward, and it is important that residents follow the guidelines to make this a success,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gary Quinn, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. “Residents dropping off material will remain in their cars essentially making the collection a drive thru in order to limit contact.
“We want to hold this program because we feel we can do it safely and we take great pride in our environment in Ocean County, and this program helps reduce the potential for environmental damage,” Quinn said.
The collection is open to all residents of Ocean County, but businesses and institutions are not eligible. Registration is required either online at www.co.ocean.nj.us/recycle or by calling 732-506-5047.
The following guidelines are in place for the event:
• Residents must wear face coverings.
• Vehicle windows and doors must stay closed throughout the event.
• To check in, hold a Driver’s License up to your closed window.
• Stay in your vehicle at all times.
• Place materials in the vehicle’s trunk or truck bed, workers will remove all items directly and will not enter the interior of your vehicle.
“For over 30 years this program has helped our residents safely dispose of hazardous materials,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “While it may be a little different this year, we can make this work by following guidelines to protect the public and those working onsite.”
The items that can be dropped off include: aerosols, auto products, batteries, cleaning products, chemicals/pool chemicals, fire extinguishers, gasoline/waste oil, herbicides/pesticides, mercury-containing devices, paint/paint thinners, polyurethanes/polishes, propane/tanks and stains/varnishes.
Items that are not accepted include: asbestos, construction debris, electronics, explosives (including boat flares), infectious waste (“red bag” waste), medications, needles/syringes, oxygen tanks, radioactive materials, smoke detectors and unknown/unidentifiable chemicals.
All materials, with the exception of oil and gasoline, should be in the original containers. A limit of 200 pounds of dry materials and 20 gallons of liquid material is allowed per household. No containers larger than five gallons are accepted.