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Brick to Receive County Recycling Revenue

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

Brick Township will share in a portion of $271,000 in recycling revenue generated by the county.

“Recycling in Ocean County continues to provide a host of environmental and economic benefits,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, in a statement.

Under the Ocean County Recycling Revenue Sharing Program, municipalities are provided a portion of the recycling revenues based on the amount recycled and the market price of the material. Since its inception in 1995, the program has generated $15 million for municipalities.


Brick’s share for the period between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2015 isĀ $33,539, the third-highest amount in the county behind Toms River and Lakewood.

The amount returned to the towns is based on the amount of recyclables collected and brought to the County and the price per commodity in the current market.

“These prices change all the time,” Little said. “And even though we have seen a decline in the average price of each commodity we recycle, we are still able to return money to our towns.”

For instance, corrugated cardboard is down $16 per ton to $120 per ton, old newspapers are down $7 per ton to $84 and some plastics have decreased by as much as $125 per ton in comparison to the same period in 2014.

The larger vehicle forĀ savings, officials have said, comes in the form of tipping fees saved since the recyclable materials are not being deposited in the county landfill.

  • Marley

    I just wish the slobs in my neighborhood would pick up their recycling after the container blows over in high winds and bottles and cans end up all over the place. Love picking up plastic bottles.

    • KaayC

      Yes! Those cans are flimsy and only one driver to my knowledge has mastered dropping them with the lid on! Idk what he does differently, but noone else is able to return the cans with lids on. My hat is off to this driver whoever he is! It is sad, but generally I agree, Marley I too find many peeps here in Brick to be sloppy. Too many homes look like suburban ghettos as regards general maintence. And I mean small inexpensive maintaining, like raking, sweeping, mold removal on house with a bit of bleach and water or even just bending to pick up strewn refuse or broken branches and railroad ties. It would look worse if the town didn’t invest in the cans.

  • Mac

    wow? $15 million over 20 years, with just a quarter of a million this year as the return peak ended several years ago – this wonderful gift from government just to reduce garbage pickups to once a week instead of two so some private political contractors can benefit from the taxpayers spending multi-millions to collect the ‘recyclable material’ the private connected contractors sell for their own personal profits – anyone want to buy a bridge? – really? is there truly anyone home when they enter a voting booth?

    • avgjoe

      Dude what are you blabbing about? Nothing in your post made sense. Garbage is still picked up every week, recyclables every other week now with the new big robocans. As for the rest of your post I cant make heads or tails of the babbling Is the town/county supposed to start a recycling plant? have your DR up you meds & go back to your BERNout sanders campian

      • Mac

        yes Joe, you are an average sheep and obviously, very proud of it – babble, babble, babble

    • J W

      What are you complaining about? Garbage and recycling is picked up by public works. No contractors involved. Instead of taking it to the dump where they charge to dump it by the ton, we get paid for it. I give the county freeholders credit for doing a good job running the recylcing program here and for the town doing its best to do it in a timely, efficient manner. In fact, I’m glad they cut it back to twice a month and wish they’d do the same for trash except at maybe Xmas or summertime. Market prices go up and go down. Big whoop. It happens.

      • Mac

        To me, it’s fool’s gold. Private industry, especially politically-controlled and ‘self-‘ dependent private industry, has the taxpayers financing the collection and delivery of the goods they sell on the open market while returning pennies on the hundred dollars they collect. Meanwhile, public works employees are performing both the labor and supplying the equipment to accommodate this arrangement. If recycling is worthwhile without government welfare, private industry will find a way to make it work themselves. In the meantime, I’d rather pay the dumping fees and have our public works department focus more on keeping more trash off the streets rather than keeping it there longer between pickups.

      • J W

        The margins are low, and it’s only ‘profitable’ because it saves the municipality money on tipping fees and thus on the overall trash collection budget. Do you even know how much it costs to dump a ton of trash at the Ocean County Landfill in Manchester Twp? If not, you’re talking out your butt.

      • Mac

        I’m fully aware of the costs. It’s the benefits that aren’t there, much less any savings. If plastic trash is the problem, require glass bottles, returnable deposit glass bottles even, instead. Ban plastic bags period.

      • J W

        You really don’t have a firm understanding of basic accounting, do you? Less$ < More$.

      • Mac

        whatever works for you – I say beware of the lizard people

  • Scott

    Every “profit” or money the town makes bewilders me. The whole marina thing still makes me chuckle. They show a “profit” on the yearly operating expenses. Not sure if they accounted for the retirement funds, health care, vehicles used and the biggest elephant in the room $21,000,000. According to this paper that was the cost of the land and cost to build marina. How great would it be to run a business where they set you up with everything at no cost. Rent, equipment, location and charge you nothing. Then see if you can run the “business” at a profit.