Union County, NJ – Free countywide scrap metal recycling drop-off locations are open twice a month beginning on April 4 at two Union County locations:  the Cranford Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, and the County service yard in Rahway River Park in Rahway near the Walter J. Ulrich swimming pool.

Acceptable items for recycling include aluminum scrap, aluminum cans, aluminum siding, bicycles, brass, copper, dishwashers, electric fans, fencing (chain/wire), freezers, gutters, irons, lawn furniture, metal cabinets, metal sheds, microwaves, pots and pans, railings, refrigerators, stoves, tire rims, toasters, washers and dryers, window frames (no glass), and wire hangers.

“This countywide program helps to ensure that everyone in Union County has access to free scrap metal recycling,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “As a community, we benefit across the board by recycling and conserving resources.”

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The scrap metal recycling program is available for use by households, commercial establishments, nonprofit agencies and other organizations.

The two locations are available for drop-off on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month, from April through November, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  

In the event of extreme weather, individual recycling events may be cancelled.

For more information about Union County’s free scrap metal recycling program, including upcoming dates and directions to the drop-off locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning online at ucnj.org/recycling/scrap-metal or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

Residents can also download the free Recycle Coach app for easy access to information about all Union County and municipal recycling events and programs.