Trash and Recycle FAQ
Please click on the questions below for answers to frequently asked questions for the Department of Public Works.
Public Works Department
Henry S. Knight Building
Monday - Friday 8:30a - 4:30p
Excluding City Holidays
Christmas Trees should be decoration and bag free and can be placed out for pick up with your regular trash & recycling collection through the end of January.
South side of 9th Street to north side of 28th Street, Tuesday and Friday (yard waste Tuesday)
Monday is south side of 34th to 59th Streets
Tuesday is south side of 17th to north side of 34th Streets
Wednesday is south side of 9th to north side of 17th Streets
Thursday is south side of 3rd to north side of 9th Streets
Friday is Longport Bridge to north side of 3rd Streets
City ordinance limits trash/recycling/yard waste containers to 32 gallons and no heavier than 50 lbs, they must also have a lid. Recycling and yard waste containers must have labels on them.
You may place small amounts of clean wood out for regular household trash collection. The wood must be cut into 4’ or smaller lengths, it must be tied and bundled with a maximum weight of 50 lb per bundle and 6 bundles are allowed per trash pickup.
Wood of any type is NOT accepted at the Shelter Road Recycling Center. For contaminated wood and/or large quantities you may contact a private hauler to dispose of or take the material to the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority.
For White Goods Pick Up, please call 609 399 6111 ext 9710 to schedule for the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of each month. All items must be called in prior to pick up.
BICYCLES: Tires must be taken off and only the metal will be picked up.
GRILLS: Propane tanks must be detached from the grill
HOT WATER HEATERS: Must be drained of all water
LAWN MOWERS: All fluids must be drained such as gas and oil
REFRIGERATORS/FREEZERS: Doors must be taken off or taped securely for safety.
STOVES/TELEVISIONS: Must be over 50lbs and over 3 feet wide. If smaller, please take to Shelter Road.
All recyclable glass, plastic, tin, cardboard, and paper can be placed out for collection in the same container. See “What do I Recycle”, for in depth description of recyclable material.
It is important that recyclables are not set out in plastic bags. No materials, not even trash, are allowed to be set out in plastic bags in the City of Ocean City.
Labels are provided for free from the City of Ocean City. Use of approved City labels is critical for proper collection as they are identifiers for collection crews.
It is mandatory to label your recycling and trash containers with your street address.
Summer (mid-June to Saturday after Labor Day)
Mon. & Thurs. – Longport bridge to North side of 9th St. (Yard Waste-Thurs.)
Tues. & Fri. – South side of 9th St. to North side of 28th St. (Yard Waste-Tues.)
Wed. & Sat. – South side of 28th St. to 59th St. (Yard Waste-Wed.)
Mon. – South side of 34th St. to 59th St.
Tue. – South side of 17th St. to North side of 34th ST.
Wed. – South side of 9th St. to North side of 17th St
Thurs. – South side of 3rd St. to North side of 9th St.
Fri. – Longport bridge to North side of 3rd St.
Summer: Monday-Saturday, 8AM - 3PM (Memorial Day through Columbus Day)
Winter: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 9 AM – 3 PM
RECYCLE Bottles, Cans & Paper-ALL IN ONE!
Trimmings from pruning
Branches – must be less than 4 ft. in length and bundled
Save trees! Recycling paper that can be made into new products will reduce the number of trees that need to be cut down.
Saving trees helps to reduce greenhouse gases and in turn will help combat global warming.
Save our petroleum resources! Yes, plastic is a petroleum byproduct, so returning used plastic into the manufacturing stream reduces our reliance on this non-renewable resource.
Save energy! Recyclables are a renewable and available resource. Using recyclables for manufacturing decreases energy used for logging and mining to acquire virgin resources.
Save space! Land is becoming a precious commodity in southern New Jersey, so reducing the amount of materials we put into our landfill prolongs its useful life.
Save money! By recycling more, the City of Ocean City can save thousands of dollars just by increasing our recycling rate.
Shelter Road Recycling Center
Located on Shelter Road just off of Tennessee Avenue
Memorial Day through Columbus Day: Monday through Saturday 8am to 3pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 3pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
(ID required, loads can be inspected, out of town homeowners should present utility or tax bill)
Residents and Home Owners Only
GRASS CLIPPINGS & LEAVES: All other vegetative waste is allowed. NO sand or dirt.
BRUSH: Tree Branches, limbs, stumps, tree trunks, shrubs, and old firewood no longer than 10' in length.
CONCRETE: Cement Brick Blocks are accepted. No metal posts or rebar.
TIRES: Can be on or off the rims, must be less than 12" wide across the tread and less than 4' in height
Residents, Home Owners, Business AND Contractors
SCRAP METAL: Less than 20' in length (no paint cans, wood, plastic, glass, hazardous waste, or electronic waste in scrap metal container)
Small Engines: Only accepted with all fluids removed.
MIXED PAPER: Cardboard, Newspaper, Office Paper, Pizza Boxes.
COMINGLED CONTAINERS: Glass, Aluminum, Tin and Plastic food and beverage containers (Plastic #1 through #7 up to 2 ½ gallons).
ELECTRONICS: Covered Electronic Devices (CED’s)
Computers, Monitors, Laptops, Televisions.
Trash, garbage, wood, rigid plastic (non-bottles larger than 2.5 gallons), construction debris, oil, antifreeze, car parts, or motors, batteries, paints, thinners, pesticides or their containers, any hazardous waste and white goods.
FOR SAFETY, children must remain in vehicle at all times!
Properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)– The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA) hosts two HHW Days per year in the Spring and Fall where you can get rid of household cleaning products, pesticides, solvents, etc. in an environmentally responsible manner. Visit www.cmcmua.com and click on “Solid Waste Disposal” for more information.
RECYCLE Paint – Residents, businesses, institutions, municipalities, and non-profit agencies can bring leftover oil-based and latex paint as well as stains and finishes to the CMCMUA Transfer Station during regular business hours. There is a per can fee for 1 gallon size and larger. Smaller containers and spray paint are free. . Visit www.cmcmua.com and click on “Recycling Information” for specific guidelines.
RECYCLE Tires – Residents may bring up to 5 tires to the CMCMUA Landfill or Transfer Station. There is a small fee per tire. Truckloads of tires are accepted at the Landfill only at a per ton rate.
RECYCLE Used Motor Oil, Oil Filters, and Antifreeze – Uncontaminated used motor oil, uncontaminated antifreeze , and drained oil filters are accepted free at the CMCMUA Landfill and Transfer Station. Limit 3 gallons and 3 filters per day. Kerosene and #2 home heating oil may be mixed with used motor oil. Also check with local service stations to see if they accept these items.
RECYCLE Electronics – Computers, Televisions, and other consumer electronics are accepted at the CMCMUA Transfer Station. There is a minimum per load charge and above that level the rate is a few cents per pound. At the HHW Days, two units are accepted for free.
RECYCLE Auto and Boat Batteries – These types of lead acid batteries are accepted free at the CMCMUA Landfill and Transfer Station. Also check with local service stations or auto and marine supply stores to see if they accept these items.
Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
Ocean City will hold Paper Shredding and Electronic Recycling Days:
The May 2, 2020 event has been canceled.
October 10, 2020 from 8am to 3pm
at the Shelter Road Recycling Center located off of Tennessee Avenue.
These events are FREE to Residents of Ocean City.
Please bring a driver's license or other form of valid identification.
Paper only; paper clips & staples acceptable.
Paper shredding by a highly secure, mobile shredding unit.
Small Appliances, Televisions, Stereos, Camcorders
Computers, Monitors, Laptops & Desk Phones
Marine Corps League Cell Phone Recycling Program:
Bring your old cell phones that will be exchanged for
phone cards for soldiers over seas.
Also Collecting CFL Light Bulbs
For more information call 609-399-6111 ext 9710 or 9711