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This page is intended for residential use only, and only for Ocean County residents. Residents and commercial businesses elsewhere should contact their local waste haulers or government agencies. Ocean County commercial businesses ONLY should contact their normal waste haulers, the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management, or the New Jersey Division of Solid & Hazardous Waste.


What Must I Recycle? Under New Jersey law, Ocean County residents and businesses are required to recycle certain items. The Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management maintains lists of these items. Your municipality may require you to recycle other items. Your municipality will require you to follow the municipality’s rules. Contact your Municipal Recycling Coordinator for further information.

Your Municipal Recycling Coordinator If you do not know how to dispose of an item, contact him or her first.

Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management If your municipal recycling coordinator does not know how to dispose of an item, he or she should refer you here. Ocean County maintains recycling centers at Lakewood and Manahawkin. “The two facilities both have 24-hour Resident Recycling Centers for aluminum and tin cans, glass containers, plastic beverage containers, aerosol cans, newspapers, mixed paper and residential cardboard. Recycling is also available during regular hours of operation at both Centers for household dry cell batteries and auto batteries, motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, tires, empty steel paint cans, and boat shrink wrap.”  

There are other things you may not want to throw out, or should not throw out. In general, contact any organization before you arrive at their location with a donation.

Automobiles/TRUCKS/BOATS Some charities will not accept a vehicle donation if the vehicle is more than a certain number of years old. They may also require that the vehicle be in good condition. They may require you to deliver the vehicle to their location, and may have other requirements. Check with the particular charity for details.

America's Car Donation Charities Center The Center refers potential donors to a number of New Jersey and national charities. They have an online donation form to donate your car, truck, boat, trailer or RV.

American Lung Association The Association has an Vehicle Donation Program.

American Red Cross Vehicle Donation Center The Center has an online donation form to donate your vehicle.

Salvation Army The Army has a Car Donation Program.

There are other New Jersey charities which accept vehicle donations. Some advertise in local newspapers, which are available at your local Ocean County Library branch.


Ocean County Library The Library accepts donations of usable books in good condition. We cannot accept school books, encyclopedias, Readers Digest condensed books, or magazines. Contact your local Ocean County Library branch for additional information.


Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity Call 732-818-9500 for additional information.


Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management-Cell Phone Recycling Program Cell phones are accepted in unlimited quantities for recycling at the County’s Northern and Southern Recycling Centers and The County Connection at the Ocean County Mall.  Residents and businesses may drop off their outdated cell phones at these locations during operating hours at no cost.


Salvation Army The Army will pick up certain items, and maintains drop off boxes for others. You may also bring donations to their thrift stores. Call 1-800-958-7825 for additional information.  

Other organizations maintain drop off boxes at various locations in the county. 


Habitat for Humanity of Southern Ocean County  Call 609-978-6200 for additional information.

Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management Computers are accepted for recycling at the County’s Northern and Southern Recycling Centers. This program is for computers only, no televisions or VCR’S are accepted. Residents may bring computers and computer components Monday through Saturday at either Center from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at no cost.

Furniture and household items

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Ocean County Call 609-978-6200 for additional information.

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity Call 732-818-9500 for additional information

Rescue Mission of Trenton Call 1-800-528-8825 for additional information.

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Ocean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program During the spring and fall of each year the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Solid Waste Management conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.


Your municipality may maintain a recycling center where you may bring scrap metal. Contact your municipal recycling coordinator for additional information.

You may also look in your local telephone directory under the category “Scrap Metals” for local junk yards.


Your municipality may maintain a disposal area where you may dispose of tires. Contact your municipal recycling coordinator for additional information

Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management

If your municipality does not accept tires, your municipal recycling coordinator should refer you here.



New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program from the N.J. Office of Clean Energy promotes energy efficiency and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy including solar, wind, and geothermal.  Save on energy costs with energy saving tips, rebates, and home energy programs.

State of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan includes total energy used in the state by fuel source including petroleum, natural gas, nuclear power, coal, and hydroelectric power.   The Greenhouse Gas Fact Sheet has greenhouse gas emission levels and effects on global warming in New Jersey.

New Jersey Natural Gas encourages wise energy use with its Conserve to Preserve Program.


Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Programacquires environmentally sensitive lands in Ocean County for conservation and farmland preservation.

Garden State Preservation Trust Fund New Jersey’s Green Acres Program to preserve open space, farmlands, and the Pinelands.


Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program is committed to action to restore, maintain, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Barnegat Bay watershed.


You can select a local farm to pick fruits and vegetables based on harvest dates

A statewide listing of Farmers Markets by name and/or county. Search for Farmers Markets in Ocean County where you can buy locally grown vegetables, fruits, and honey.

Search for apples by harvest date and where you can find them at roadside markets, farmers markets, and pick your own farms.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) FARMS
Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, or any sort of different farm products. Search by state or local area to find a list of farms in your area.


ANJEC - Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
ANJEC is a private non-profit educational organization. The ANJEC Resource Center provides information and contacts on local, state and non-profit programs for open space protection, clean water, and stormwater management.

NJDEP Environmental Education Directory. Environmental information and resources for the classroom, community, and workplace. Ideas for environmental field trips for families, individuals, youth groups and classes.

Sustainable Jersey
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY™ is a new certification and funding program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, control costs and save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Applications for the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Applications are available to download.


Ocean County Library's Going Green Blog
Visit our new green blog to read about earth friendly ideas and resources from the Ocean County Library Going Green Committee.

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Researched, compiled, and edited by K. Galya

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