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County's 2005 Household Special Waste Collection program Tops 2004 Over 515,700 pounds of materials taken out of waste stream that could harm environment

(S. Harrison, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney announced today that the county's 2005 Household Special Waste (HSW) program has again been a huge success with the county collecting 515,738 pounds of waste such as paint, oil, batteries and antifreeze out of the waste stream.

"The items that we collect during our Special Collection days help keep our environment clean and healthy," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  "We have been seeing an increase in the amount of materials coming in to the collections each year which is very positive.   The total amount of materials collected during 2004 was 473,123 pounds, so we are up again by more than 42,600 pounds," said Sweeney.

"We held eight collection days this year and plan to hold eight HSW collection days again in 2006." Sweeney said, "Making it convenient as possible for our residents to dispose of items that, if went into the regular waste stream, would harm our ground water and environment, is the key to success for the program."  The Freeholder Director stated that in 2000 the county increased the number of collection days to eight which include six drop-off days in at the Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison and two at the County Roads Department in Clayton.

"Our residents have become educated recyclers and look forward to the HSW days so they can clean out their garages and get rid of their old paint, motor oil, batteries, pool chemicals and other materials they know shouldnt go in the trash," Sweeney said.  The program is operated by the Gloucester County Improvement Authority's (GCIA) Office of Recycling located at the county's Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison.

During the eight collection days held in 2005, the GCIA/Office of Recycling collected:  54,168 pounds of paint, 65,151 pounds of oil, 54,467 pounds of batteries, 8,722 pounds of antifreeze, 44,200 pounds of gas cylinders, and 289,030 pounds of other materials (such as varnish, fertilizers and weed killers), were collected for a total of 515,738 pounds of HSW materials taken out of the waste stream.

"As soon as we have the 2006 schedule of our collection days we will begin letting residents know.  We are really proud of our residents for taking the steps to ensure a clean and bright environment for our future," Sweeney concluded.

Materials accepted at Gloucester County Household Special Waste Collection Days include: Solvents, pesticides, cleaners, kerosene, herbicide, gasoline, turpentine, varnish, fertilizers, rat poisons, auto & floor care products, weed killers, lighter fluid, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, propane tanks and gas cylinders. In addition - paints (latex & oil based), motor oil, antifreeze, fluorescent tubes & ballasts, lead acid & ni-cad batteries will be accepted for recycling.  (30 & 55 gallon containers require prior approval).

For more information at the Household Special Waste Collection program or recycling in Gloucester County visit