Ocean County’s recycling program had its most worthwhile yr in 10 years in 2021. “Our residents have embraced recycling in Ocean County because it was first instituted in 1985,” mentioned Ocean County Commissioner Barbara Jo Crea, who’s liaison to the county’s recycling program. “After a couple of down years we have now returned to a most sturdy revenue as we proceed to enhance and broaden our recycling applications. Our whole revenues in 2021 had been the second highest of all time and the very best since 2011. “This is excellent information for our residents, our municipalities and for our surroundings.”
Like different counties all through the state, Ocean County discovered itself struggling in sustaining its regional recycling applications and maintaining them value efficient beginning in 2019. “The marketplace for recyclables took a giant hit when China started declining the supplies it was being despatched,” mentioned Crea. “We discovered ourselves with loads of recyclables and nowhere to ship them.
“To develop a extra marketable product, the board of freeholders (the previous identify of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners) on the time made the dedication to put money into the county’s recycling program with the intention to enhance tools and the cleanliness of the product,” mentioned Crea. “Finally, the board’s funding of over $5 million together with the supplies restoration facility operator’s funding on the Northern Ocean County Recycling Middle in Lakewood, and mixed with an improved international market, enabled 2021 to be Ocean County’s most worthwhile yr in a decade.”