BELMAR, NJ — With Monday’s launch of recycling collection by the Belmar Public Works Department, residents are reminded to abide by the borough’s recycling ordinance, which states:

■  Recycling containers should not exceed 32 gallons in capacity and 50 pounds in weight.

■  Each household is allowed a maximum of five 32-gallon containers per pickup.

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While blue recycling containers are not required under borough ordinance, borough officials said it would be extremely helpful to use blue containers so that it is easier to differentiate recycling cans from regular trash containers, particularly in areas of the borough where garbage and recycling collection both fall on Monday. If it is not blue in color, marking a recycling can with a recycling decal or in some other way is encouraged.

In addition, cans with lids are preferred since wet recyclables would weigh more — and potentially result in the contents exceeding the 50-pound weight limit. Borough officials also pointed out that the borough pays by the ton to dispose of recyclable materials.

Residents must also make sure that their collection receptacles are out at the curb by no later than 6 a.m. on all pickup days.

Approved about 30 years ago, the ordinance limiting the weight and size of trash containers was drafted to protect workers from injury, according to the borough.

Visit the borough’s website, where the Recycle Coach provides recycling and garbage collection schedules based on addresses, as well as information on recycling rules, including what is and what is not recyclable. There is also a link on the website to obtain the free Recycle Coach app from the Apple and Google Play stores.

For more information about recycling or regular trash collection, call the public works department at 732-681-0452 or email

READ MORE: Belmar’s New Recycling Collection Day Is Now Monday


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