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New Updates to Township Recycling Program

June 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS -- Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. This includes clear plastic bags. Specific protocols on recycling contamination have been revised this year with significant changes affecting the industry worldwide.      

When non-recyclable items (contamination) ...

Free Electronics Recycling for Union County Residents on June 30

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County is offering a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Any Union County resident may bring unwanted televisions, computers, printers, and other electronic equipment to this e-cycling site. There is a limit of six items per ...

Recycling: How to Properly Dispose of Plastic Bags

NEW JERSEY -- Recycling contamination happens when items that don’t belong in your home’s recycling bin are placed there. Unfortunately, putting recyclable items in plastic bags is harmful.

Plastic shopping bags are recyclable, but NOT in your curbside recycling bin. When they get into the recycling system, the bags can clog up or damage recycling center processing ...

Celebrate National Trails Day with Watchung Reservation Trail Restoration Project on Sat, June 2

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors of all ages to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Trails Day at the Watchung Reservation on Saturday, June 2, with a volunteer trail restoration project in the morning followed by an afternoon of special programs and activities.

The trail restoration project will take place rain or shine ...

Funnel Cloud Appears Over South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A line of heavy thunderstorms roared through the area on Tuesday evening, and South Plainfield resident captured a funnel cloud twisting down west and north of Spring Lake Park.

The photo captures the funnel cloud which can be seen on the left-hand side of the photo.

The photo captures a school bus driving by, and the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire ...

Fanwood Receives Grants to Enhance Nature Center

FANWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- Fanwood has been awarded two grants for the Borough’s Environmental Commission that will aid in the ongoing restoration of the Fanwood Nature Center, which was damaged in the recent winter storms. T

he grants include a Sustainable Jersey grant, funded by The Nature Conservancy and a New Jersey American Water grant. Both will help finance the ...

Scotch Plains Receives “Union County Means Green” Award

ROSELLE, NJ - The Community Garden at the Frazee House in Scotch Plains will receive a grant of $500 plus materials as part of the 2018 "Plant a Seed" grants initiative. The County has awarded 27 garden projects within nine municipalities through the "Union County Means Green" Community Garden Grants program.

“The goal of Union County Means Green is to enable ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

June 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...