LBI REGION, NJ -  Ocean County residents are being encouraged to make recycling their Christmas trees part of their holiday cleanup. “Recycling trees is an easy way for residents to get rid of their tree after the holiday,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “Many of our park facilities are accepting drop-offs, making it accessible all across the County.”  “For many years now we have accepted discarded Christmas trees for recycling at several of our county parks,” said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who serves as Chairwoman to the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. “I want to remind everyone that it is important to recycle all year long, but especially during the busy holiday season too.”

Trees that are collected are turned into wood chips and used in landscaping projects throughout the different park facilities. In the past, recycled trees have also been used to help municipalities replenish the dunes on the beach as well.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following Southern Ocean County park locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31:

  • Cloverdale Farm County Park, 34 Cloverdale Road, Barnegat Township
  • Wells Mills County Park, 905 Route 532, Ocean Township
  • Enos Pond County Park, 330 East Lacey Road, Forked River
  • Freedom Fields County Park, 1160 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor Township
  • Stanley H."Tip" Seaman County Park, 120 Lakeside Drive, Tuckerton
  • A. Paul King County Park, 2 W. Bay Avenue, Stafford Township
  • Ocean County Golf Course at Atlantis, 261 Country Club Boulevard, Little Egg Harbor Township

Christmas trees are also accepted locally at the Southern Recycling Center year-round during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday). The Ocean County Southern Recycling Center is located at 379 Haywood Road in  Manahawkin