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Recycling 101 in Union County

November 18, 2022

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve ...

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Union County residents have a new opportunity to help conserve resources and keep plastic out of the waste stream. The Union County Board of County Commissioners has launched a new drop-off plastic film recycling program, in partnership with participating municipalities. The service is free of ...

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Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s Pumpkin Recycling Program, which returns this November after being a smash hit last year. The program is coordinated by Union County and municipal partners. The pumpkins will be ...

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Union County residents can dispose of old metal gutters, fencing, appliances and much more to free scrap metal recycling drop-off sites in November. The scrap metal recycling program is sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and takes place twice each month from April to ...

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Union County residents can safely dispose of their unwanted household chemicals, pool supplies, used motor oil, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and many other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event. The event will take place on ...

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Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will ...

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Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the next free paper shredding events sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The documents are shredded onsite, and the shredded paper is recycled. “We encourage residents to use our free ...

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Union County residents can bring their old or unwanted scrap metal to free recycling drop-off sites sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. Metal cabinets, wire hangers, appliances, gutters, kitchen ware and many other metal items are accepted at these sites. “Recycling ...

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners and Union County Clean Communities would like to encourage residents to celebrate and participate in Plastic Free July! "Finding ways to go plastic free is easier than you think and residents can certainly do a lot on a personal level to help save ...

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Visitors to Union County parks this summer can give their outdoor gatherings a zero waste makeover by using washable or recyclable picnic gear including plates, cups, utensils and tablecloths. “Cutting down on single-use paper or plastic items in our parks is a simple way to help the environment ...

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Union County residents with old metal gutters, fencing, or appliances to dispose can bring these items and more to free scrap metal recycling drop-off sites in June. The scrap metal recycling program is sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and takes place twice each month ...

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On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket. Other retail stores and ...

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Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the next free paper shredding event of 2022, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The events will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Nokia campus ...

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Union County residents who are puzzling over the recycling rules can get all the answers from Recycle Coach, a free app for all mobile devices. “Easy access to information is the key to boosting our recycling rate countywide,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “With Recycle ...

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Union County residents interested in learning more about local recycling rules can join two free webinars presented by the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning in April. “Many of our residents want to do the right thing and recycle everything they can. It’s important to know which items ...

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The spring cleaning season is here, and spring also marks the start of Union County’s annual series of free Household Hazardous Waste events. Any Union County resident can bring their old or unwanted chemical products and other potentially hazardous items to these events for safe, environmentally ...

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April 22 is Earth Day, and more than a billion people all over the world are expected to participate. Union County residents can take part in this unique global celebration by joining in local environmental activities throughout the month of April. “Union County has long been identified with the ...

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New this year: Kean University added to countywide drop-off locations for household hazardous waste. Union County, NJ —  The 2022 Union County recycling schedule is now available to view online at ucnj.org/recycling. The free, annual program covers secure paper shredding for personal documents, ...

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Union County residents are invited to help clear litter and debris from parks along Green Brook on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Green Brook is a tributary of the Raritan River that flows through Plainfield and 10 other municipalities. “If you are looking for a way to make ...

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As the winter weather changes into spring this year, everyone in Union County and throughout New Jersey will also see a big change at their favorite stores. Beginning on Wednesday May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, stores and restaurants in New Jersey will ...

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Recycling has been subject to statewide rules in New Jersey since 1987, but questions continually arise about recycling. The Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning wants to help residents learn the rules and “Recycle Right.” Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions we ...

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On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight. It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and ...

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Recycling always sounds like a great idea until reality sets in. Plastic bags and other random items can easily clog up the whole recycling stream, leading to increased costs that eventually fall upon taxpayers. Everyone can help their city, township, or borough keep costs down by learning the ...

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The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items. “Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking ...

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners urges residents to download the Recycle Coach App to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free ...

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Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags. “Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is ...

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Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be ...

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The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays. October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded ...

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The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM. “Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may ...

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