UNION COUNTY, NJ -  The 2020 schedule of free countywide recycling events for all residents, beginning in March and running through November, has been announced.

Union County offers free drop-off events for household hazardous wastes and secure paper shredding at different sites throughout the County. Personal and confidential documents only are accepted at the paper shredding events.

Union County also offers two bi-monthly drop-off programs for a wide range of scrap metal. 

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Household Special Waste:

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 –  Union County Vo-Tech, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
  • Saturday, June 6, 2020 – Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020 –  Union County Vo-Tech, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 – Springfield Municipal Pool, 44 Morrison Road, Springfield
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 – Nokia, 600 Mountain Avenue & Ryder Way, New Providence

What's accepted:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Caustics
  • Corrosives & cleaners
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent Bulbs (unbroken)
  • Gasoline
  • Mercury Switches
  • Motor Oil & Oil Filters
  • Oil Based Paints
  • Oil Based Varnishes
  • Pesticides & herbicides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Thermostats

What not to bring:

  • Latex (water-based) paint
  • Water-Based Paints
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Unknown/Unlabeled containers  
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Empty Containers
  • Containers larger than 5 Gallons

Scrap Metal:

The first Thursday and Third Saturday of the month, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., April through November, in Cranford, Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, and Rahway Park Service Yard, Rahway River Park in Rahway.

Accepted material:

Aluminum Scrap/Cans   Brass                    Dishwashers

Gutters                         Microwaves           Refrigerators*

Stoves                          Washers                Dryers

Appliances                    Cabinets                Fencing

Iron Pots and Pans         Sheds (metal)        Tire Rims

Window Frames            Bicycles                Cooper

Freezers*                      Lawn Furniture      Railings

Siding (aluminum)        Toasters                Wire Hangers

*by law, you must remove the doors before setting refrigerators and freezers out for recycling we cannot accept units with doors still attached

Unknown, or unidentified materials, explosives, radioactive materials and PCB’s will not be accepted. Only material in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five (5) gallons.

The County also provides for recycling of other special items through local recycling centers, including ten municipalities that are participating in Union County’s block-type Styrofoam recycling program. There are also drop off locations for motor oil and filters.

Union County residents are also advised to keep plastic bags out of their recycling bins. Recycling vendors will reject cans and bottles mixed with plastic bags, raising the cost of recycling for local municipalities.

To keep up to date with all local and County-sponsored recycling programs, residents can download the free Recycle Coach app for mobile devices.

For more details about all free County-sponsored recycling programs and other recycling opportunities, including contact information for local recycling coordinators and instructions for downloading the Recycle Coach app, visit the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning online at ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.