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Recycle your Christmas tree at these Ocean County parks

OCEAN COUNTY – At the end of the holiday season, Ocean County is asking its residents to recycle their Christmas trees.

“Recycling trees is an easy way for our residents to get rid of their tree after the holidays,” said Virginia E. Haines, Ocean County Commissioner, chair of the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department. “For many years, we have accepted discarded Christmas trees for recycling in many of our parks across the county.”

Ocean County recycling centers collect the majority of trees where they grind them into wood chips. Chips are then offered to residents and can be used for county landscaping projects. They can also be used for slope stabilization at natural land sites and trail work in Ocean County parks.

“This program not only helps our residents, but it also allows the county to use the recycled trees for county projects as well,” Haines said.

The following Ocean County Park locations will be collecting Christmas trees between December 26 and January 31:

• Cattus Island County Park, 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River Township

• Cloverdale Farm County Park, 34 Cloverdale Road, Barnegat Township

• Wells Mills County Park, 905 Route 532, Ocean Township

• Ocean County Park, 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood Township

• Beaver Dam County Park, 3430 Bridge Avenue, Point Pleasant

• Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood

• Mill Creek County Park, 11 Chelsea Avenue, Berkeley Township

• Enos Pond County Park, 330 East Lacey Road, Forked River

• Robert J. Miller Aeropark, 901, route 530, Berkeley Township

• Freedom Fields County Park, 1160 Route 539, Township of Little Egg Harbor

• Patriots County Park, 485 Bowman Road, Jackson 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, Township of Little Egg Harbor

• Ocean County Golf Course at Forge Pond, 301 Chambers Bridge Avenue, Brick Township

Residents can also drop trees at recycling centers in the North and South all year round during normal business hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The South Ocean County Recycling Center is located at 379 Haywood Road, Manahawkin. The Northern Ocean County Recycling Center is located at 535 Oberlin Ave. South, Lakewood.

“We’re working to make these programs convenient because recycling really does make a difference,” said Ocean County Commissioners Council director Gary Quinn, who serves as the liaison with the recycling program. “I congratulate the many residents who are embracing recycling in their daily lives. “