SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Ever wonder how to safely dispose of hazardous household items?   Union County has the answer for residents.   On Saturday August 6, 2016, Union County residents can safely recycle unwanted and potentially dangerous items at Union County Vo-Tech at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

County residents are urged to participate in this event to keep their homes, neighborhoods and waterways safe from potential pollutants.  “The special household waste recycling program for Union County residents is particularly important as we become more aware of the need for proper disposal of hazardous items that are found around the home,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be collected.   The following types of items will be received:

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  • Aerosol Cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Automobile Tires (Limit of 8)
  • Batteries
  • Blood Pressure Devices
  • Caustics
  • Corrosives & cleaners
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent Bulbs (unbroken)
  • Gasoline
  • Mercury Switches
  • Motor Oil & Oil Filters
  • Oil Based Paints
  • Oil Based Varnishes
  • Pesticides & herbicides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Solvents and Thinners
  • Thermostats

This event is for residents only, not local businesses.  Residents can drive up to the site, show proof of residency and workers at the site will unload the items for proper disposal.

Latex paints will not be accepted at this event.  According to Union County authorities, residents can dispose of latex paint and empty cans in regular garbage.  Unused paint can be left open to air dry or mixed with cat litter or newspaper to quicken the drying process. 

Also not accepted at the event are unidentified materials, explosives, radioactive materials and PCB’s.

 For more information about this event and others visit the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning web site.   

The household hazardous waste collection is held rain or shine.   For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.