By WILLIAM CLARK
Ocean Township is expanding its recycling abilities.
Starting Sept. 25, residents can recycle plastic film in a pilot program that was not previously part of its single stream program. The program is in partnership with Un-Waste.
Bins that are labeled “Plastic Film Only” can be picked up from the recycling center on Sunset Avenue.
“To participate, place your dedicated plastic film bin out on the curb and include clean and dry plastic bags, plastic storage bags such as Ziploc brand bags, dry cleaning bags, and other flexible plastic film for recycling pick up,” the town announced on its Facebook page. “Un-Waste will pick up the material on the last Monday of the month.”
Food packaging, bread bags, grocery bags, and wraps around products like multi-packs of water or soda are also acceptable. Restrictions include multi-layer film like chip bags or waxed paper.
“This is to keep this waste out of the landfills,” Deputy Mayor Margie Donlon said at the Township Council meeting Sept. 14.
Donlon said that Un-Waste delivers the plastic film to Mazza Recycling services where “it will be bailed and taken to an end market to potentially be used in the making of products.”
During the meeting, the issue of newly created speed bumps throughout the town was addressed. Mayor John Napolitani said that there was concern in terms of first responders since the recently installed speed bumps require vehicles to practically come to a complete stop.
“I took a ride with Chief Edward Horn of the Wanamassa Fire Department because he had a lot of concerns as a first responder going over those speed bumps,” he said.
Napolitani said that going forward, the town would research the use of longer, flatter speed reduction devices, referencing the style that the city of Asbury Park currently uses to manage the flow of traffic along streets such as Fourth Avenue.