LAKE COMO, NJ — As the summer gets under way in Lake Como, recycling and rowdy behavior top the list of priorities in this small seashore community.

Borough officials have been notified by DeLisa Waste Services that it will no longer pick up recyclables during curbside pick-up that are “contaminated”— that means mixed with unrecyclable items, such as food waste, take-out food containers including pizza boxes and all types of plastic bags.

While all recyclables are to be placed loosely in one bin for pick-up, plastic bags of any kind — even the flimsy, single-use variety —  are prohibited from being mixed in. Also, recyclables that are placed in either large clear or opaque plastic bags will not be collected, according to a DeLisa representative.

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Plastic bags are notorious for jamming the processing equipment at recycling centers, causing damage to the machinery and resulting in higher disposal costs.

Because Tinton Falls-based DeLisa will be enforcing is “zero tolerance” policy, any recycling bin containing prohibited items will not be taken. Recyclables include all paper, cardboard, glass, cans and plastics marked with codes 1 through 2.

To learn more about New Jersey’s recycling rules — and what is and is not recyclable — click here to view Monmouth County’s Recycling Guidepdf.

Lake Como’s recyclables are collected every other Thursday, with June 28 being the next scheduled pick-up. Visit the borough’s website for the upcoming schedule.

The borough’s public works yard, located at 720 17th Avenue, also accepts recyclables.  It is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For more information about recycling, call the department at 732-681-3393 or DeLisa Waste Services at 732-988-2525.

Community Policing Program: Opening a Dialogue with Residents

In looking to strike a balance between its year-round and seasonal residents when it comes to quality-of-life issues, the borough has in place a community policing program with the Belmar Police Department.

Under the program, each street in the borough is assigned to one officer, who serves as a community outreach specialist, working together with residents to resolve problems in a timely manner. A list of officers and their assigned streets is attached here.

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