SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, August 5, at Union County Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains to enable residents to get rid of unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats, propane tanks, automobile tires and other items in an environmentally safe manner.

This event is for Union County residents only. Proof of residency is required. Business waste is not accepted. Cars need only drive up to the site; workers at the site will unload their vehicles. The County Police Bomb Squad will also be on hand at this event to accept ammunition and fireworks from residents.  

Household hazardous wastes that may be brought to the site include oil-based 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. No latex (water-based) paint will be accepted. Residents who need to dispose of latex paint should let it dry in the can, then place the can in regular household garbage.

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Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted. There is a limit of eight automobile tires (without rims) per household. For a complete list of accepted items visit ucnj.org/recycle. Additional information is available by recorded message on the Recycling Hotline, 908-654-9889.

“The household hazardous waste program for Union County residents is particularly important as we become more aware of the need for proper disposal of old or unwanted hazardous items that are found around the home,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The result of these efforts is a safer home and a cleaner environment for our families and our neighbors.”