Recycling Division

The New Jersey Statewide Solid Waste Management Act mandates that each municipality provide for the removal of recyclables from the solid waste stream in order to:

  • Reduce the volume of solid waste in landfills
  • Conserve vital, natural resources
  • Save energy and landfill costs
  • Help keep Toms River Township clean

Furthermore, materials designated as recyclable must be separated from waste at the point of origin or generation and not at the point of disposal. This mandate applies to commercial, institutional and residential sectors.

Your Help is Needed

  • Grass Clippings: Cut it and leave it (Do not bag)
  • Purchase products packaged in recycled materials
  • Purchase products that are made of recycled materials
  • Purchase products that can be reused over and over
  • Purchase recyclable products
  • Recycle, Reduce and Reuse

How to Recycle

The Township began a single-stream recycling program in conjunction with changes made by Ocean County. You should now place rinsed cans, plastics and glass bottles (for safety, please remove and discard plastic caps) and paper products such as newspapers, mixed paper, junk mail, and corrugated cardboard together in the same sturdy container. Automated areas should use the blue robo container. Non-automated areas should use a reusable 35-gallon or smaller container (metal or plastic) identified with Township recycling seal (seal is available at the Public Works Department).

Please keep items dry. Nothing can be tied, bagged or bundled in any way. Plastic film bags should be returned to local supermarkets for recycling. Do not place plastic film bags in container with curbside recyclables. Cereal box cardboard and hard book covers are not recyclable and are disposed of with regular garbage. Packing materials and Styrofoam may be recycled at local commercial shipping facilities.

When to Recycle

Toms River Township provides a twice-a-month pickup of recyclables by the Public Works Department. If you generate more recycling than fits in your container, you must call in your address for an extra pickup prior to 2:30 p.m. on a Thursday. These extra pickups will be performed on Fridays. However, if Friday is a holiday, the extra pickups will be on a Thursday and you will need to call prior to 2:30 p.m. on a Wednesday.

The telephone number is 732-255-1000, ext. 8119 for extra recycling pickups only. Exception: The Barrier Island (including Pelican Island) summer collection schedule is every Friday and will start the week prior to Memorial Day until Labor Day. Before and after these dates, collections are twice-a-month on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Recycling Cans

Automated Robo Collection Areas

In the automated collection areas, please use the blue robo can for single-stream recycling. Two additional recycling Robo containers (for a total of three), can be purchased for $100 each, cash or checks only. Call 732-255-1000, ext. 8188 for information. Township issued cans must stay at the address to which they are assigned.

Non-Robo Collection Areas

Many containers used by residents are unacceptable for safe handling by our employees. Please follow these simple guidelines: Container may not weigh more than 40 pounds. when filled. Container may not have an attached lid (difficult to dump and lid may hit crewmember). Container may not be larger than 35 gallons.

It is recommended that drain holes be drilled in the bottom of the container to prevent water buildup in the recycling can. To maximize the volume of your recycling containers and our trucks, please crush and flatten all plastic and aluminum cans and flatten cardboard boxes.