Participants must observe rules for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that the next free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Nokia campus in New Providence, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any Union County resident may participate, regardless of their hometown.

Use GPS address 600 Mountain Avenue & Ryder Way, New Providence 07974 and follow signs to the event.

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“The Household Hazardous Waste events provide a free, convenient opportunity for residents to remove unwanted chemicals and other potentially hazardous items from their homes and yards, and dispose of them safely,” said Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella.

Fireworks and ammunition are among the many types of hazardous materials that will be accepted at the October 24 event.

Car tires will also be collected. There is a limit of eight automobile tires, without rims, per household.

Participants must be Union County residents and must observe the following rules for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  • Arrive by vehicle only. No walk-ins accepted.
  • Driver and all passengers must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Driver and all passengers must stay in vehicle at all times.
  • Car windows must be kept closed at all times.
  • Materials should be placed in trunk, cargo area or truck bed where they can be easily identified and accessed by staff, who will remove them.

Please note that latex paint (water-based) wall paint is NOT accepted.  Residents wishing to dispose of latex paint are advised to use it, or dry the paint in the can and discard it in regular garbage with the lid off. To help dry out paint, add kitty litter, newspaper or a product called waste paint hardener.

The Household Hazardous Waste events provide Union County residents with a free, environmentally safe way to dispose of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks, and automobile tires among many other items such as oil-based paint (no latex paint) and varnish, antifreeze, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, fire extinguishers, motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), and mercury switches.

Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted.

For a complete list of the materials that will be accepted on October 24 visit ucnj.org/recycle.

The Household Hazardous Waste collection event will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only, not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required. For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.