FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2008

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

 

Recycle Unwanted Electronic Equipment and Shred Confidential Documents
in Kenilworth, November 1

 

KENILWORTH, NJ – The County of Union will sponsor a recycling event for electronic equipment and a paper-shredding event on Saturday, November 1, so Union County residents can get rid of unwanted confidential documents and old 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 Schering-Plough Corp. facility, 2000 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth 07033. 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 Nov. 1 includes computer monitors, hard drives, modems, keyboards, CPU’s, mice, printers, scanners, speakers, televisions, VCR’s, fax machines, telephones, and circuit boards.

All that residents need to do is drive to the site with their old electronic equipment and unwanted confidential documents. 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.

All Union County residents are eligible to use the paper-shredding service. Documents should not be bound. Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program. The shredding event will end before 2 p.m. if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

“This document-shredding service helps Union County residents fight identity theft and also eliminate clutter in their homes,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “It is a cost-effective way to assist our recycling efforts and it ties in with our other Go Green Initiatives.”

Documents are put into 96-gallon containers provided by the shredding company. The items are then dumped onto a conveyor belt and put through the shredder. Participants are welcome to view the shredding process via a closed-circuit television. The shredded documents are then recycled, shipped to paper mills and used as pulp.

The electronics recycling and mobile shredding programs are paid for through funds from the
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Services Tax Grant.

The Saturday, Nov. 1 recycling event at the Schering-Plough Corp. in Kenilworth will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only and not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required.

In addition to the special Nov. 1 recycling event sponsored by the County of Union, there are other local opportunities for residents to recycle electronic equipment. Visit www.ucnj.org/recycle for more computer and electronics recycling options.

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