Happy New Year!

As you begin or finish taking down your Christmas decorations inside and outside the residence, know that there are plenty of places to bring your tree and recycle it in Ocean County.

Following Christmas of 2021, which of course had cleaning up go into January of 2022, there were more than 1,400 Christmas trees collected at parks across Ocean County, according to the Ocean County Board of Commissioners, with most heading directly to the Ocean County Recycling Center where trees were then cut into wood chips and those are then offered to residents or used for county landscaping projects.

Island Beach State Park tree collection 2020 (NJ DEP/State Park Service)
Island Beach State Park tree collection 2020 (NJ DEP/State Park Service)

There were other Christmas trees that were and have been used over the years for beach replenishment projects as well in Ocean County.

Between today and January 31, you can drop off your Christmas trees at any of the several Ocean County parks.

🎄 Where you can drop off Christmas trees in Ocean County.

  • 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 Airpark, 901 Route 530, Berkeley Township.
  • Freedom Fields County Park, 1160 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor Township.
  • 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, Little Egg Harbor Township.
  • Ocean County Golf Course at Forge Pond, 301 Chambers Bridge Avenue, Brick Township.

You can also go directly to the two recycling centers in Ocean County located in Manahawkin and Lakewood and drop off Christmas trees year round as well along with glitter-free wrapping paper and clean and dry cardboard boxes, according to the county.

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Island Beach State Park tree collection 2020 (NJ DEP/State Park Service)
Island Beach State Park tree collection 2020 (NJ DEP/State Park Service)

“For more than 20 years, the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation has collected Christmas trees at a number of our parks throughout the County,” Ocean County Commissioner Virginia E. Haines, who serves as Chairwoman to the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, said in a written statement. “With so many park locations around Ocean County to choose from, it is easy for our residents to access a nearby park where live trees can be dropped off after celebrating the holiday. This program not only helps out our residents, but it also allows the County to use the recycled trees for County projects."

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