Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is sponsoring a free recycling event for electronic equipment on Saturday, June 30, to help residents dispose of unwanted electronic equipment in an environmentally safe manner. The special E-cycling event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.
All Union County residents may participate at no cost. There is a limit of six electronic items per car.
“Old televisions, computer monitors and other electronic devices are the source of a considerable amount of dangerous material, including lead, mercury and cadmium,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Up to 95 percent of most electronic appliances can be recycled and Union County’s recycling events provide a convenient, responsible way for everyone to help keep hazardous heavy metals out of our environment.”
Electronic equipment that will be accepted on June 30 includes televisions, computers, monitors, hard drives, modems, keyboards, printers, fax machines, DVD/VCR players, telephones, tablets and e-readers.
To participate in the E-cycling event, residents need only drive to the site with their unwanted electronic equipment. Workers at the site will unload their vehicle.
The electronics collection event will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only and not for businesses. No pre-registration is necessary, but proof of Union County residency is required.
Refrigerators, washers and dryers, microwaves and air conditioners will not be accepted at the e-cycling event. Residents who wish to dispose of these items can do so at Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling Program. For a schedule and locations visit ucnj.org/recycling/scrap-metal.
Many municipalities also offer E-cycling opportunities for residents. For a list of municipal recycling coordinators and contact information visit ucnj.org/recycle.
For more information about Union County recycling events and programs visit ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.
Electronics recycling supports the goals of Chairman Granados’s Moving Union County Forward “Plant a Seed” initiative for building participation in recycling countywide and engaging the public in conservation and environmental education.
The Freeholder Board is also encouraging all residents to sign up for “Recycle Coach,” a free app that makes it easier to stay up to date about countywide recycling information and municipal recycling schedules.
More information on the Recycle Coach app can be found at ucnj.org/recycling/recycle-coach-app.
Quick links to all Union County environmental programs can be found at ucnj.org/green-connection.