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Recycling 101 in Union County

May 2, 2022

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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The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to ...

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Recycling has been mandatory in New Jersey since 1987 but questions continually arise about recycling.  The Union County Bureau of Recycling wants residents to Recycle Right so here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Q:  What is ACCEPTABLE in my curbside bin? A: ...

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The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment.  Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins. “Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said ...

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Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers ...

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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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