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Free Recycling Events Coming Up in October

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that Union County’s free recycling events are available throughout the month of October and into the first week of November.

These events are free and open to all Union County residents, and no pre-registration is required.

“Before the winter weather sets in, there is still ample time to bring personal documents, electronic equipment, household hazard wastes and scrap metal to Union County’s free events and drop-off locations,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Please take advantage of these opportunities to dispose and recycle waste in a secure and environmentally safe manner.”

Union County will host two secure paper shredding events in October. The first will be held on Saturday, October 7 at the Union County Vocational Technical School located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

The next shredding event will be offered on Thursday, October 12 at Galloping Hill Golf Course located at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth. Both events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Shredding events may end before 1:00 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity. In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four 10-pound bags or boxes per person.

On Saturday, October 21 residents can bring computers, televisions and other electronic items to the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9:00 a.m. to:00 p.m. Up to six items per car will be accepted.

Residents can bring a wide variety of household special wastes, including oil based paints, used motor oil, pesticides, pool cleaners and much more, to the Nokia campus at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Union County’s free scrap metal recycling program will also continue in October and into mid-November. Drop off locations are available on the first Thursday and third Saturday of every month. The next upcoming dates are Thursday, October 5 and Saturday, October 21. Residents can use either of two drop-off locations: in Cranford at the County Emergency Services Yard at 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, and in Rahway at the County’s Rahway River Park off St. Georges Avenue. Both locations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Chairman Bergen also reminded County residents to check with their local recycling coordinator for information about municipal recycling programs.

“Recycling regulations can vary from place to place, so it’s always a good idea to check in periodically and make sure you understand how to help your local program run as efficiently as possible,” said Bergen. “Recycling is good for the environment and it makes good economic sense, too.”

To find local recycling coordinators for each municipality in Union County, and to get more details about recycling programs sponsored by the Freeholder Board, visit online at or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889. 

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