Jackson’s recyclables to be collected every two weeks

Staff Writer

JACKSON — The township is now collecting recyclables from residents once every two weeks, and residents can place all of their recyclable materials in one container for what is known as single-stream recycling.

During the public portion of the Jan. 4 Township Council meeting, resident Laura Stone requested more information about the 2011 single-stream recycling program being offered by the township.

“In the past, Jackson was one of the very few towns in Ocean County that was not part of the Ocean County recycling program and does not have revenue from that,” Stone said. “What is the current status, and is there any plan to change this?”

Recycling coordinator Patricia Wood said officials would be rejoining the county recycling program this month. She said pickups will be made every other Thursday and Friday. If a holiday falls on a pickup date, the recyclables will be picked up that Saturday.

Recyclables in districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be picked up on Thursdays.

Recyclables in districts 2, 3 and 4 will be picked up on Fridays.

Residents who do not know what recycling district they are in may call the Department of Public Works at 732-928-1200, ext. 250, or at 732-928-1311. The recycling district numbers have not changed, she said.

Additional information is available at www.jacksontwpnj.net.

Wood said Jackson will be generating revenue from the county and saving money by picking up recyclables once every two weeks.

“I believe we just received a grant, one that I applied for in 2007. We got it today, $68,000, and we are going to be bringing more in. We are doing the best we can. It’s a good program and we save $500,000 by going [every other week], and I believe it will work,” she said.

Wood noted that some months may have three collection days.

Arecycling pail and a brochure about recycling can be obtained at the DPW, 10 Don Connor Blvd. Containers should not have lids on them. Up to seven containers can be placed at curbside every two weeks.

Yellow recycle stickers can be placed on both sides of a resident’s container to be used for recycling. The stickers are free to residents and can be picked up at the DPW.

Residents who would like to purchase additional yellow containers can do so for $13 each. That offer is good as long as the supply lasts.

Residents can dispose of recyclables at the DPW convenience center on Don Connor Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday.

All missed recycling pickups should be reported to Central Jersey Waste and Recycling, 1-888-870-8566.

Materials that may be put out for collection include recyclable paper, acceptable types of plastic, glass, aluminum cans, tin cans and cardboard.

Items that will not be accepted for recycling include cereal boxes, pizza boxes, plastic bags, paper plates, plastic foam containers, aluminum foil, foil trays, items containing food, toys, potting plant containers and everyday household trash.

The Thursday recycling dates are Jan. 20; Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; April 14, 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 7, 21; Aug. 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10, 26; and Dec. 8, 22.

The Friday recycling dates are Jan. 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; June 10, 24; July 8, 22; Aug. 5, 19; Sept. 2, 16, 30; Oct. 4, 28; Nov. 13, 26; and Dec. 9, 23.