ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other chemical wastes by bringing these items to the next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event Saturday June 8 -- rain or shine -- from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Union County College Cranford Campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue

In addition, County's will host a mobile document-shredding opportunity on Wednesday, June 12 -- rain or shine -- from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Clark Public Works Yard, located at 315 Westfield Avenue in Clark.

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

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The Household Hazardous Waste Collection event provides Union County residents with a free, environmentally safe way to dispose of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks, and automobile tires among many other items.

Other examples 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.

Residents need only drive to the site with their items for disposal. Once at the site, residents stay in their vehicles while workers unload the items. 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.

As a bonus, Covanta is partnering with the Freeholder Board to offer $5 Home Depot gift card for residents turning in old mercury thermostats. Note that thermometers are not included in the program.

Please note that latex paint is not accepted. Residents wishing to dispose of latex paint are advised to use it up, donate it or share with a neighbor. If those options are not available, the paint can be dried in the can, and/or mixed with kitty litter or newspaper, then disposed with regular household garbage.

For a complete list of the materials that will be accepted, visit ucnj.org/recycle. Please note that Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events are for residential use only, not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required. For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

Mobile Document-Shredding Event

All Union County residents are eligible to use the paper shredding service. In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four 10-pound bags or boxes per person. The events will end before 1 p.m. if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

Residents are advised to bring their documents in paper bags, with binders and paper clips removed.

Damp, wet, and pre-shredded paper will not be accepted. Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program.

Documents are put into 96-gallon containers provided by the shredding company. The items are then dumped onto a conveyor belt and shredded on site. Participants are welcome to view the shredding process via a closed-circuit television. The shredded documents are then shipped to paper mills and recycled.

The mobile shredding program is paid for through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Enhancement Act Grant Funds.

For more information about recycling events, including directions, call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889 or visit ucnj.org/recycle.