Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County citizens can learn more about Ocean County's recycling programs by visiting the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall throughout the day on Nov. 14.

"We are recognizing America Recycles Day and are encouraging our residents to visit the County Connection to learn more about recycling programs run by Ocean County," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County Connection, a storefront at the mall offering information and helpful presentations on a host of government-related programs. "The County Connection, located by the JC Penney entrance, is a great venue for this program and allows us to provide important information to our residents."

America Recycles Day is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. Representatives from the Department of Solid Waste Management, which oversees the county's regional recycling program, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 3 to 7 p.m. to answer citizen's questions about recycling and all the recycling programs offered by the County.

"It's important that our residents recycle right," said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, who serves as liaison to the county's recycling program. "So many of our residents have embraced recycling as part of their daily routine. We want to encourage everyone to recycle and providing information on the county's program is an important step in promoting this environmentally beneficial program.

"From learning about what is and isn't acceptable for single stream recycling, to finding out about the proper disposal for unwanted medications or household hazardous waste to getting answers on a host of other questions related to recycling, the day will provide a wealth of information for residents who want to learn more about the program," Quinn said.

Residents also are encouraged to bring their old rechargeable batteries, button batteries and cell phones to be recycled.

"Recycling is truly an important program in Ocean County and consists of many different components," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines. "So much more than just old newspapers and aluminum cans, many materials are now being recycled. We want our residents to have the most up to date information about what can be recycled and how it can be recycled."

The first 50 attendees will receive a free reusable tote that provides information on what is recyclable. Single stream recycling decals also will be available.

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