FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2007

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


Recycle Unwanted Electronic Equipment
and Automobile Tires in Cranford, Sept. 29

CRANFORD, NJ – The County of Union will sponsor a recycling event, along with Best Buy, for electronic equipment and automobile tires on Saturday, Sept. 29, 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 Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford 07016.

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

“Computer monitors and old televisions 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 Sept. 29 includes computer monitors, hard drives, modems, keyboards, CPU’s, mice, printers, scanners, speakers, televisions, VCR’s, fax machines, telephones, and circuit boards.

“This also is a great opportunity to get rid of old automobile tires,” 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 Sept. 29 is available at the Union County Bureau of Planning and Environmental Conservation 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.

Goodwill and Dell also have teamed up to recycle computers. Goodwill in Union County is located at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield 07081, next to Macy’s Furniture. Call Goodwill at 973-912-0156 for more details or visit their web site:

Staples offers an electronics recycling program. For more information, visit the Staples web site for store locations:

An alternate weekday drop-off program for recycling electronics equipment is available every Monday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Newtech Recycling Facility, located at 600-A Apgar Drive, Somerset NJ 08873.

For more information about recycling events, please call the Union County Recycling Hotline at (908) 654-9889.