ELIZABETH, NJ - The summer months -- before heading on vacation and prior to the start of the school year -- are a particularly convenient time to recycle old household items.

Union County's scrap metal recycling program continues to run on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month from April through November. There are two upcoming events: Thursday, August 2 and Saturday, August 18. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. concurrently at two sites: the Emergency Services Building at 151 Kenilworth Boulevard in Cranfordand at the Park Service Yard at RahwayRiver Park in Rahway.

Dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, bicycles, tire rims, lawn furniture, stoves, washing machines and toasters are among the many acceptable items.

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Residents are also encouraged to continue participating in their municipality’s regularly scheduled curbside recycling program. For more details on local curbside recycling visit the “Curbside Recycling” link at ucnj.org/recycling or contact a local recycling coordinator.

Union County residents can also sign up for 'Recycle Coach', a free app that makes it easy to keep up to date with countywide recycling information and municipal recycling schedules. For more information, visit ucnj.org/recycling/recycle-coach-app.