The County of Union will sponsor a recycling event for electronic equipment on Saturday, May 15, so Union County residents can get rid of unwanted computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in an environmentally proper manner.

The special recycling event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cranford campus of Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford 07016 (opposite Nomahegan Park).

All residents of Union County are eligible to participate at no cost. There is a limit of six electronic items per car.

"Computer monitors and old televisions are the source of a considerable amount of lead - about five pounds per screen," said Freeholder Rick Proctor, liaison to the Union County Solid Waste Advisory Board. "Up to 95 percent of most electronic appliances can be recycled. This is a responsible way to keep hazardous heavy metals out of our environment." Electronic equipment that will be accepted on May 15 includes computer monitors, hard drives, modems, keyboards, CPU's, mice, printers, scanners, speakers, televisions, VCR's, fax machines, telephones, and circuit boards.

All that residents need to do is drive to the site with their unwanted electronic equipment. Workers at the site will unload the vehicles.

Pre-registration is not required for this special Saturday collection.

Refrigerators, washers and dryers, microwaves, and air conditioners will not be accepted.

A complete list of the materials that will be accepted on May 15 is available at the Union County Bureau of Planning and Environmental Conservation website: www.ucnj.org/recycle. The electronics collection will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only and not for businesses. There is a limit of six electronic items per vehicle. Proof of Union County residency is required.

In addition to the special May 15 recycling event sponsored by the County of Union, there are other local opportunities for residents to recycle electronic equipment. Visit www.ucnj.org/recycle for more computer and electronics recycling options.

Goodwill and Dell have teamed up to recycle computers. Goodwill in Union County is located at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield 07081, next to Macy's Furniture. Call Goodwill at 973-912-0156 for more details or visit their web site: www.reconnectpartnership.com

Best Buy stores now offer electronics recycling, including TVs, computer monitors, DVD players and other consumer electronics. Visit their website (www.bestbuy.com/) for store locations, or call toll-free for information about electronics recycling: 1-888-237-8289.

Staples also offers a computer recycling program seven days a week. For more information, visit the Staples web site for store locations: www.staples.com

An alternative drop-off program for recycling electronics equipment is available every Monday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Newtech Recycling, located at 600-A Apgar Drive, Somerset NJ 08873; (732) 469-9774.

For more information about recycling events, please call the Union County Recycling Hotline at (908) 654-9889.