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Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling April 21 – Drop Off centers in Rahway and Cranford

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to remind residents that a free Countywide scrap metal recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap metal recycling,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “As a community, we benefit across the board by recycling more, and throwing away less waste, and making the most of our resources.”

The scrap metal recycling program is available for use by households, commercial establishments, nonprofit agencies and other organizations and is available the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month, running from April through November. Each event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  

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

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services/Traffic Enforcement, 151 Kenilworth Blvd.;
  • 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 & 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, an information on all Union County recycling programs and services, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning at or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.