April 4, 2007

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746


Recycle Unwanted Electronic Equipment
and Automobile Tires in Scotch Plains, April 21

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The County of Union will sponsor a recycling event for electronics and automobile tires on Saturday, April 21, so Union County residents can get rid of unwanted tires, computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in an environmentally proper manner.

The special recycling event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

All residents of Union County are eligible to participate at no cost.

“Televisions and computer monitors are the source of a considerable amount of lead – about five pounds per screen,” said Freeholder Chester Holmes, liaison to the Union County Solid Waste Advisory Board. “Up to 95 percent of most electronic appliances can be recycled. This is a responsible way to keep hazardous heavy metals out of our environment.”

Electronic equipment that will be accepted on April 21 includes computer monitors, hard drives, modems, keyboards, CPU’s, mice, printers, scanners, speakers, televisions, VCR’s, fax machines, telephones, and circuit boards.

“This is a great opportunity to get rid of old automobile tires as well,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “Unwanted tires can become a breeding site for mosquitoes.”

All that residents need to do is drive to the site with their unwanted electronic equipment and as many as eight automobile tires, without rims. Workers at the site will unload the vehicles.

Pre-registration is not required for this special Saturday collection.
Refrigerators, washers and dryers, microwaves, and air conditioners will not be accepted.

A complete list of the materials that will be accepted on April 21 is available at the Union County Environmental Services website:

The electronics collection and tire recycling will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only and not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required.

An alternate drop-off program for recycling electronics equipment is available every Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Newtech Recycling Facility, located at 111 Chimney Rock Road, Building #2, in Bridgewater.

For more information, please call the Union County Bureau of Environmental Services Hotline at (908) 654-9889.