Automated Household Recycling Collection

Place Single Stream Recycling container with wheels toward curb by 6 a.m. on collection day. Please place can 4 feet from any object including additional automated cans.


Zone 1: Tuesday Recycling Day
Zone 2: Wednesday Recycling Day
Zone 3: Thursday Recycling Day
Zone 4: Friday Recycling Day


All recycling must be rinsed clean and placed into the Single Stream Recycling container. Automated trashcans filled with recycling will not be collected. Recycling mixed with trash will not be collected. Lids and caps from bottles and jars are to be placed in the normal household trash. Materials included in collection are aluminum cans (beer, soda, etc.), tin cans, plastic containers (milk, water, juice, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, laundry detergent, etc.); glass bottles and jars (clear, brown or green); corrugated cardboard, junk mail and newspaper. All recyclable materials are to be commingled and placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on the assigned recycling day.

Do not use twine on paper/corrugated cardboard/junk mail recycling - Do not place plastic bags of any kind in this container. No garbage. No un-rinsed containers. No bottle caps. No jar lids. No Styrofoam®.

None of the following will be collected:
  • Blue Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Flower Pots
  • Foil Cooking Trays
  • Gift Boxes or Beverage Containers
  • Light Bulbs
  • Margarine Tubs
  • Mirrors or Stemware
  • Waxed Corrugated Boxes Such as Pizza Boxes
  • Window Glass
  • Yogurt or Peanut Butter Containers
Styrofoam packing peanuts will not be collected by Stafford Township; however they can be taken to The U.P.S. Store in the Stafford Square Shopping Center or bagged and placed in the automated container for regular trash collection. Grass clippings, hay and garden debris are to be bagged and placed into the automated trash container for normal trash collection. 

Failure to separate your recycling from trash may result in a fine up to $500. Leaving household trash at the recycling center is considered illegal dumping and a fine will be issued.

Safe Syringe Disposal

The Southern Ocean County Hospital offers diabetic or injection dependent individuals proper disposal of syringe and lancets located at SOCH The Ocean Club, 700 Route 9 South, Manahawkin, NJ. For further information, call 978-3559, Family Resource Center.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact: Public Works or Southern Ocean County Recycling Center at 609-978-0913; Haywood Road, Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050 - Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Or visit Ocean County Solid Waste's website.