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Recycling Pays Off in Brick

Municipalities saved $2.9 million over the last six months

Recyclable items. (Patch File Photo/ Daniel Nee)
Recyclable items. (Patch File Photo/ Daniel Nee)
Proceeds from recycling over the last six months will earn Brick $56,350 in cash – and it has saved the town much more than that in disposal fees that would have been spent if recyclable materials had gone to a landfill.

Ocean County began its recycling revenue sharing program in 1995, the first county in New Jersey to share funds generated from a recycling program between the county government and municipalities. Since then, more than $14 million has been distributed.

Over the past year, according to Freeholder Jim Lacey, the price of some recyclable items have decreased while other increased. Corrugated cardboard and some plastic materials gained in value recently while aluminum has seen a drop. Currently, soda bottles are yielding $320 a ton detergent bottles net $488 a ton, according to county officials.

Though its value dropped this year, aluminum continues to be valuable. Those soda cans that get recycled are worth $1,122 a ton.

"The amount we return to our towns is based on the amount recycled and what the market has to offer," said Lacey.

During the six month period of July 1, 2013 through the end of the year, Ocean County collected 40,702 tons of recyclables from its municipalities. The overall payout per ton was $12.27. The county's municipalities, in addition to the revenue generated, saved $2.9 million by avoiding dumping those materials in a landfill.
Beach Mover February 27, 2014 at 06:07 AM
Does anybody know what the cost was to collect the material? Maybe no matter what the cost is we should do it but it is always good to know how the overall program is running.
Mike M February 27, 2014 at 08:24 AM
The automated can program is great; its nice to see the blue cans in front of every house on the block on pick-up day. I don't know if the program would be even more effective if residents were given a guide as to how to recycle properly. There are many cans that have pizza boxes and regular cardboard gift boxes and light packaging material that don't belong in the recycling can. Also, I believe that the bottle tops are supposed to be removed from water/ soda bottles. This plastic is not recyclable. Even the photo included in this article show water bottles with caps attached.
Glenn February 27, 2014 at 08:48 AM
The town's website has a listing. No mention of bottle caps. As for the reason of no cereal or pizza boxes, they are already recycled materials and lack the strength to be used again. Nothing to do with food scraps. http://www.twp.brick.nj.us/departments/public-works/recycling/
Mike M February 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I see the info on the website but from everything I've read the plastic caps are not recyclable. Boxes are limited to corrugated so even gift boxes are excluded.
betty Williams February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM
As I am reading this I just happened to look out my window and my stupid neighbor has his robo can filled to the top and the first thing you see is pizza boxes. And then the worst thing possible I see oven cleaner cans and car oil cans. And no matter what you tell them over and over again they KEEP on doing this. And that is because there are so many idiots that live here and they don't care and will never change.
J.JONES February 27, 2014 at 04:14 PM
WOW ONLY $700,000.00 MORE TO MAKE UP ON REMOVING TRAFFIC CAM'S ...WAY TO GO ..
STEVE COLBERT February 27, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Why not recycle more? Such a s Alum. tins and foil, to pot's and pan's, toasters and other such appliances

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