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Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule of its free scrap metal recycling events. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide service is a win-win for our municipalities and the environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “By keeping metal out of the waste stream our local governments save on waste disposal costs, and we recover valuable resources.”

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

Starting on Thursday, April 6, and running through November, the program will be available on the first Thursday and the third Saturday of each month (excluding holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

This month the program will be on Saturday, April 22 due to the Easter holiday. 

Scrap metal from any municipality may be brought to either of the following drop-off centers:

  • Cranford: Emergency Services/Traffic Enforcement, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
  • Rahway: Service Yard in Rahway Park (near pool), St. Georges Avenue

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 & dryers, window frames (no glass), and wire hangers.

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

For more information, upcoming dates or directions to the recycling locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning online at or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

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Photo (cropped): US Department of Agriculture.


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