Department of Public Works

Toms River Township only allows one extra collection per month, per residency. There are two types of extra pickups that can be scheduled - Metal and Extra Collections (non-metal). Items that cannot be picked up curbside but must be brought to the Recycling Convenience Center include but are not limited to tires (off rim), paints, rigid plastics (playground equipment, slides, sand boxes, swings, pools), children's ride-on toys (big wheels), lawn furniture, buckets, pails, milk/soda crates, baskets, totes, drums, tubs, large flower pots, pet carriers, pallets, coolers, garbage cans, PET blister packs 5 gal. water bottles, empty propane tanks, motor oil, and batteries.

Electronic equipment (computer monitors, central processing units, laptops, televisions) need to be taken to the Northern Ocean County Recycling Center on New Hampshire Avenue.  

Remember, we do not pickup move outs or an excessive volume. If you have a large amount of debris, please contact a private removal service.

To request a pickup, call 732-255-1000 ext. 8604 and following the instructions. Leave your address and a brief description of the items you need to dispose.

The Township will not provide curbside pickup of construction/demolition debris. Residents will be permitted to bring not more than two 35-gallon containers of construction/demolition debris to the Recycling Convenience Center two times per month. This debris must be placed in containers so that the quantity of material can be readily identified by the yard attendants. If such debris is not containerized, it will not be accepted. Should you have larger quantities of construction/demolition debris to dispose of, it must be brought to an approved landfill such as the Ocean County Landfill on State Highway 70 in Manchester Township by the resident, contractor, or licensed trash hauling company.

Definitions & Schedules:

Metal:  Definition: Items made primarily of metal. Examples: Washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, wrought iron railings, grills, bathtubs, metal poles, folding chairs, bikes, hot water heaters, metal tanks, etc. Newer dishwashers that are made of plastic are picked up as non-metal/extra collection. Due to a Federal law, Freon must be removed from air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, etc. The appliance must have a sticker attached by a licensed service company. Empty propane tanks must be brought into the Recycling Convenience Center.

Metal pickup schedule: Call 732-255-1000 ext. 8170 to be on pickup list. Put items to the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the Monday following your request. Items will be picked up during that week, between Monday and Friday.

Extra Collections (non-metal):  Definition: This is for pickups that are not primarily metal and do not fit into the Robo can. (If you live in an area of town that does not have the Robo cans, you can just put items out for your regular weekly collection; you do not need an extra collection.) Examples are furniture, carpet, mattresses, etc. Remember carpet must be cut into four-foot strips, rolled and tied/bundled in some manner and weigh no more than 50 lbs. each. Furniture does not have to be cut up.

Extra collection pickup schedule: Call 732-255-1000 ext. 8604 to be on pickup list. Put items out to the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the day following your normal weekly collection. 

Toms River Township has two types of extra pickups that can be scheduled once a month - Metal and Extra Collections (heavy non-metal requiring a lift truck). Items that cannot be picked up curbside but must be brought to the Recycling Convenience Center include but are not limited to tires (off rim), paints, rigid plastics (playground equipment, slides, sand boxes, swings, pools), children's ride-on toys (big wheels), lawn furniture, buckets, pails, milk/soda crates, baskets, totes, drums, tubs, large flower pots, pet carriers, pallets, coolers, garbage cans, PET blister packs 5 gal. water bottles, empty propane tanks, motor oil, and batteries. Electronic equipment (computer monitors, central processing units, laptops, televisions) need to be taken to the Northern Ocean County Recycling Center on New Hampshire Avenue. Remember, we do not pickup move outs or an excessive volume. If you have a large amount of debris, please contact a private removal service.

The Township will not provide curbside pickup of construction/demolition debris. Residents will be permitted to bring not more than two 35-gallon containers of construction/demolition debris to the Recycling Convenience Center two times per month. This debris must be placed in containers so that the quantity of material can be readily identified by the yard attendants. If such debris is not containerized, it will not be accepted. Should you have larger quantities of construction/demolition debris to dispose of, it must be brought to an approved landfill such as the Ocean County Landfill on State Highway 70 in Manchester Township by the resident, contractor, or licensed trash hauling company.

To schedule a metal or special collection call 732-255-1000 ext. 8604 and follow the prompts leaving your address and a brief description of the items you need to dispose.

Definitions & Schedules:

Metal:  Definition: Items made primarily of metal. Examples: Washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, wrought iron railings, grills, bathtubs, metal poles, folding chairs, hot water heaters, metal tanks. etc.  Newer dishwashers that are made of plastic are picked up as non-metal/extra collection. Due to a Federal law, Freon must be removed from refrigerators, dehumidifiers, etc. The appliance must have a sticker attached by a licensed service company. Empty propane tanks must be brought into the Recycling Convenience Center.

Metal pickup schedule: Call 732-255-1000 ext. 8170 to be on pickup list. Put items to the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the Monday following your request. Items will be picked up during that week, between Monday and Friday.

Special Collections (non-metal and requiring a lift truck): Definition: This is for pickups that are not primarily metal and require a lift truck, such as pool tables, sofa beds, treadmills, pianos & organs, sliding glass doors. Other large items such as furniture do not need a special pickup but can be put out with your regular weekly collection. Examples of items that can be put out with your weekly sanitation collection are furniture, carpets, mattresses, etc.

Special Collection Schedule: Call 732-255-1000 ext. 8604 to be on pickup list. Put items to the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the Thursday after your request

The Toms River Township Public Works Recycling Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (732) 255-1000 ext. 8108.

Don't know your recycling, garbage day? Click here to view listing by address.

Why Recycle

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:

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

What to Recycle Curbside:

  • All food container cans (aluminum/steel/tin), all glass containers (green, brown, or clear), pourable plastic bottles including soda, milk, juice, water, lotions, shampoos, and household cleaners and empty non-toxic aerosol cans, placed in a container (not in plastic or brown bags) TOGETHER WITH
  •  All paper AND corrugated cardboard (includes newspapers, junk mail, magazines, paperback books, brown bags, office paper, catalogs) can be placed in the same container.
    RECYCLING MATERIALS CANNOT BE TIED, BAGGED OR BUNDLED IN ANY WAY.
  • Leaves (during collection periods in spring and fall, in plastic bags).
  • Brush/Tree Trimmings (during collection periods in spring and fall).
 

Where to Recycling Non-Traditional Items:

·         Paint cans - full or partially full - at Recycling Convenience Center.  (No Stains/Varnishes – hold for HazMat Collection)

·         Telephone books (see your directory for locations). etc. (Dispose at Recycling Convenience Center only).

·         Plastic film (grocery) bags should be returned to local supermarkets

·         Batteries - Rechargeable (terminals taped) and vehicle batteries (at Recycling Convenience Center only). Rechargeable batteries can be found in cordless power tools, cell and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys.

·         Tires off rims (Dispose at Recycling Convenience Center only).

·         Plastic (rigid and molded):  Large rigid and molded plastic items only.  Including but not limited to: Playground equipment (slides, sand boxes, swings, pools), children's ride-on toys (big wheels), lawn furniture, buckets, pails, milk/soda crates, baskets, totes, drums, tubs, pet carriers, pallets, garbage cans, water bottles - (Dispose at Recycling Convenience Center only).

·         Metal Appliances - air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers that have been certified free of Freon by a licensed technician - (Accepted at Recycling Convenience Center or can be picked up curbside).

·         All electronics - computer monitors, central processing units, laptops, televisions.   (Take these items to the Northern Ocean County Recycling Center, 601 New Hampshire Ave., Lakewood only. 

·         Cooking grease and oil is now accepted at the Ocean County recycling facilities and the Toms River Township Recycling Convenience Center.    Oils from bacon, roasts, fish, chicken and cooking oils from deep fryers are now recyclable and made into bio fuels and animal feed.  There is no fee; maximum is 5 gallons per day. The Toms River Recycling Convenience Center located at 1672 Church Road is open to all Toms River Township residents between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Northern Ocean County Recycling facility is located at 601 New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood (732)367-0872. 

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, extension 8188 for information. Township issued cans and cans purchased after 6/14/05 remain the property of Toms River Township and 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 lbs. 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.

What not to Recycle:(Dispose with Garbage)

Auto glass headlights

Blue glass, crystal

Ceramics or china

 

Cereal Boxes

Hard Book Covers (inside pages are recycled)

Styrofoam cups, plates, trays

 

Plate/window glass

Saran Wrap

Microwavable containers

 

Medical supplies

Carbon paper

Household Batteries A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 Volt (non rechargeable only - terminals taped)

 

Ocean County Hazardous Material Program: (This program is run by Ocean County) Call 732-367-0802 for current dates and more information. Registration is required. Following is a partial list of items that need to be collected during the Haz Mat collection.

  • Aerosol cans or plastic containers from toxic substances, aerosol cans or plastic containers from auto products and pesticides or chemicals.
  • Thermometers (mercury).
  • Stains/Varnishes
  • Mineral spirits, kerosene, anti-freeze and gasoline.
  • Aerosol cans or plastic containers from toxic substances, aerosol cans or plastic containers from auto products and pesticides or chemicals.
  • Thermometers (mercury).
  • Mineral spirits, kerosene, anti-freeze and gasoline.
  • Driveway Sealer

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 INCLUDING all newspapers, mixed paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, brown bags, books (without the hardcover), 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 Toms River Township 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.


Rigid plastic items now accepted at the Recycling Convenience Center include: plastic buckets, milk and soda crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, totes, drums, toys and playhouses, pet carriers, pallets, coolers, shelving, closet organizers, dish drainers, empty flower pots, traffic signs, garbage cans, five-gallon water bottles, PET blister packs. There is no curbside pickup of rigid plastics. To maximize the volume of your recycling containers and our trucks, please crush and flatten all plastic and aluminum cans and flatten cardboard boxes.

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 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 on a Wednesday. 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.

For information on the designated days for your neighbourhood, contact the Toms River Township Recycling Office at (732) 255-1000 ext. 8108 or Click here to view listing by address

Click here to view the Holiday Schedule.

Backyard Composting:

The Ocean County Division of Solid Waste Recycling encourages backyard composting or mulching of grass, leaves and other garden vegetation. Composting is the natural process of decay or decomposition. It is nature's way of recycling organic material into a rich soil. While the composting process occurs naturally in forests, it can also be applied in backyards at minimal cost and effort.

·         Compost builds soil structure and fertility which conserves water.

·         Compost improves plant health by suppressing soil and plant diseases, thereby eliminating reliance on toxic chemicals and pesticides.

·         Compost adds nutrients which increases the quality of foods.

·         Grass recycling is the natural means of providing nitrogen needed by lawns. Mulching mowers or blade adapters cut up grass finely, returning the clippings back into the lawn. This greatly reduces the need for harsh fertilizer applications. Grass recycling does not contribute to thatch problems. Thatch is caused by accumulated dead roots. Remember, the more you fertilize and water your lawn - the faster it grows, and the faster thatch accumulates.

The State Recycling Act prohibits the land filling of leaves. Leaves (not including grass clippings or yard waste) will be collected curbside in the spring and fall.

Township of Toms River

FALL 2017 LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE

 

 

LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE

The collection schedule is based on your recycling pickup day.

 

If your recycling day is on a Monday ….Your leaf collection weeks start Oct. 30th and Nov. 27th  

If your recycling day is on Tuesday…. Your leaf collection weeks start Oct. 30th and Dec. 4th 

If your recycling day is on Wednesday…. Your leaf collection weeks start Nov. 6th and Dec. 11th   

If your recycling day is on Thursday.... Your leaf collection weeks start Nov. 13th and Dec. 18th   

 **By Monday 6:30 a.m. – have leaf bags to curbside**

Only leaves in plastic bags will be collected. 

Sometimes we are ahead of schedule.  You should put your bagged leaves to the curb before your scheduled weeks begins.  We may come early.  However, we will still come through your area once again during your scheduled collection weeks.

Leaves are not permitted in landfill.  If you miss the curbside collection, bagged or loose leaves must be brought to the Recycling Convenience Center (located on Church Road, east of North Bay Avenue).  Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

REMINDER:  Wood chips and leaf mulch are available to residents at the Recycling Convenience Center.

Questions?  Call 732-255-1000 extension 8189 or www.tomsrivertownship.com

Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Director of Public Works Louis Amoruso,

Council Members: George Wittman, Jeffrey Carr, Maria L. Maruca, , Maurice “Mo” Hill,

Brian Kubiel, Alfonso Manforti and Kevin M. Geoghegan

 

The actual pickup dates for neighborhoods will be advertised in the local media (Comcast School Channel 21, WJRZ, WOBM radio and a notice is posted on the Toms River Township website and Facebook). If you do not compost, place leaves in plastic bags at curbside prior to the Monday of your designated leaf collection week. In the event that we are ahead of schedule, you may see leaf trucks in your area on an unscheduled week. Be assured that we will be back on your scheduled weeks.

This program helps reduce the amount of recyclable material that goes into the landfill. Brush/tree trimmings will be picked up in the spring and fall of each year. Throughout the year, residents can bring chippable material to the Township's Recycling Convenience Center and pickup free mulch and wood chips (location is 1672 Church Road - entrance is ¼ mile east of North Bay Avenue). 

Free leaf mulch and wood chips are available at the Toms River Township Recycling Convenience Center for pickup by residents. When sufficient quantities are available, we will deliver either 10 or 20 cubic yards to your home at no charge. Please call 732-255-1000 extension 8108 to arrange for a delivery.

 

Township of Toms River

FALL 2017 SHRUB AND TREE TRIMMING SCHEDULE

 

SHRUB & TREE TRIMMINGS,

BRANCHES & SMALL DIAMETER LOGS

 

Beginning the week of October 9, 2017, the Township will institute curbside pickup of shrub, tree trimmings & branches.  Branches must be less than 4” in diameter; all material must be in lengths of 4’ or less and weigh less than 50 lbs.  DO NOT BAG OR TIE ITEMS (if items are extremely small put in untied bags or 35 gallon garbage can).  Put material to be picked up at the curb before 6:30 a.m. on October 9th.  Collections will end on October 20th.

 

Throughout the year, residents can bring brush/branches to the Township’s Recycling Convenience Center and pickup free leaf mulch and wood chips (location is 1672 Church Road – entrance is ¼ mile east of North Bay Avenue).  You can also arrange for a delivery of either material in 10 cubic yards or 20 cubic yards by calling 732-255-1000 extension 8108.

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728
Town Hall located at:
33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
732-341-1000