The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announce a Household Special Waste Collection event on Saturday, October 15th for Union County residents to dispose of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats, propane tanks, and automobile tires in an environmentally safe manner. The collection will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Alcatel – Lucent Technologies, located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence.

“It is our goal to make the household hazardous waste recycling program convenient and reliable for Union County residents,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “This is a great opportunity to recycle and properly dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste items that are cluttering up the basement or the garage, or taking up space under the kitchen sink. The result of our effort is safer homes and a cleaner environment for our families and our neighbors.”

Once residents arrive, they should remain in their vehicle while professional workers at the site unload the waste materials for disposal.

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Household special waste items 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), blood pressure devices, and mercury switches. Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted.

Latex (water-based) paint and empty cans will not be accepted. Leftover latex paint can be air-dried or, to hasten the drying process, kitty litter and/or newspaper can be added to the container. Empty or dried out cans should be disposed of with the regular garbage.

There is a limit of eight automobile tires (without rims) per household.

A complete list of the materials that will be accepted is available at the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning web site: .

The household hazardous waste collection will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only, and is not for businesses. Bring proof of Union County residency; pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.