Union County, NJ – Union County offers free recycling events to help residents clear unwanted items from their homes, yards and garages while helping the environment. In June the schedule begins this Saturday with a free paper shredding event, and continues throughout the month with events for household hazardous waste, electronics and additional paper shredding as well as ongoing drop-off locations for scrap metal.
“Our countywide recycling events help every resident practice environmental stewardship, by conserving resources and keeping toxic materials out of the waste stream,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Everyone can make a difference in the Union County community and in the health of our planet, too.”
“The free paper shredding events also provide our residents with an affordable way to dispose of sensitive personal documents in a safe and secure manner,” added Chairman Granados.
Any Union County resident can use any of these events, regardless of the location.
“These are countywide services open to all residents, so please feel free to use the ones most convenient to your location,” said Granados.
Union County will host two Mobile Paper Shredding Events in June. The first event is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at Union County College in Cranford at 1033 Springfield Avenue followed by Wednesday, June 6 at the Clark Department of Public Works, located at 315 Westfield Avenue.
Both events run from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. They may end before 1:00 if the trucks are filled.
Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding weighing less than 10 pounds each.
On Saturday, June 9 there will be a Household Hazardous Waste Program at the Union County College campus in Cranford. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Items for drop off include old pesticides and herbicides, pool chemicals, gasoline, oil-based paints, propane tanks and deck stain, automobile tires and much more.
On Saturday, June 30 there will be a Computer and Electronics Recycling Event at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. This event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Items for drop off include televisions, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and DVD players and many more.
There is a limit of six electronic items per vehicle.
Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling program also continues in June. These events are held on the first Thursday and Third Saturday of each month. This month’s dates are Thursday, June 7 and Saturday, June 16.
There are two locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford and Rahway. Both locations are open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Residents can drop off old appliances, microwaves, bicycles, air conditioners, metal lawn furniture and more.
As part of Union County’s recycling programs, the paper shredding events support the goals of Chairman Granados’s Moving Union County Forward “Plant a Seed” initiative for building participation in recycling countywide, and engaging and the public in conservation and environmental education.
Visit ucnj.org/recycling for more details including directions to the sites, complete lists of accepted items, and schedules for upcoming events.
For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities, visit The Green Connection at ucnj.org/green-connection.
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