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Brick Residents Recycling More Often, Township Spends Less on Landfill Costs

An automated recycling can from Brick Township, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
An automated recycling can from Brick Township, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

When Brick Township switched to automated recycling in 2013, one of the goals officials had in mind was reducing the township’s annual landfill costs by making it easier for people to recycle items instead of throw them away.

When a resident puts trash out on the curb each week, the township pays, per ton, to dispose of the waste at the Ocean County Landfill. With recycling, however, the township not only avoids paying the landfill bill but makes some money on the raw materials that are ultimately sold on the market.

In 2014, the first full year the recycling program was in place, Brick residents recycled 18 percent more than the year before, said Glenn Campbell, director of the township’s Public Works Department.


As a result, Campbell said, the total landfill fees the township paid in 2014 dropped 8 percent from the previous year, netting taxpayers a savings of $177,000. Likewise, bulk item pickup was reduced in 2014, leading to a $42,434 savings.

Meanwhile, state tonnage grants for Brick will rise by 40 percent for the 2014 calendar year, Campbell said. The actual revenue from the grants has yet to be calculated, however county grants provided the township with about $89,000 in profit sharing revenue, even as a slowdown in the Chinese economy has slashed the price of recycled materials.

Overall, Campbell said, Brick’s Public Works crews made more than 2 million stops in 2014, picked up 32,400 tons of solid waste and 4,700 tons of bulk materials for disposal. About 56,000 residents visited the township recycling center on Ridge Road and the department responded to 56,374 calls from residents.

  • Average Joe

    It also helps that they do collections every 2 weeks rather than weekly, which means they pick up more while making half the number of trips. Reduces cost to the town by reducing man-hours paid per pick-up. More recyclables + fewer man-hours = greater efficiency.

    • JW P

      That’s definitely true, but I think the tipping fees cost more than the labor and trucks. Part of me wishes they would do the same thing for regular trash pickup, except maybe after Xmas and in the hottest summer months to cut down on the stink. Call me a cheapskate, but it might encourage more people to compost or consume less and reuse more too.

      • avgjoe

        Well tipping fees are based on “tonnage” so if you go every weak or every 2 weeks the “tonnage” will be the same just split up over 2 weeks instead of 1. Labor costs can be reduced by doing what I do if theres only 1 or 2 bags of garbage, or if my recycling bin is only 1/2 full I wait till the next pick up. If more people did this the drivers time would be reduced and the real possibility of lower man-hours. But too many people in the area are too self center selfish