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Go Green this Week with Union County Recycling Events

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder continues to encourage recycling as the summer season kicks in, with several free opportunities this coming week. All Union County residents can participate in any event and at any location.

“Our free countywide recycling events continue all summer long, providing many opportunities to remove extra clutter from your home and yard in a secure and environmentally safe manner,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Recycling makes a big difference and we are very proud of the many Union County residents who participate in our free events.”

On Wednesday, June 6 there will be a free paper shredding at the Clark Department of Public Works, located at 315 Westfield Avenue. The event is scheduled to last from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. but may end earlier if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding weighing less than 10 pounds each. 

Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling program continues this Thursday, June 7. Residents are able to drop off their metal at two locations, one in Cranford at 151 Kenilworth Boulevard and one in Rahway at the Park Service Yard at Rahway River Park.

Both drop off locations will last from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Residents are invited to drop off old appliances, bicycles, air conditioners, microwaves and more.

The scrap metal recycling program runs April through November on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month.

A Household Hazardous Waste Program will occur on Saturday, June 9 at the Union County College campus in Cranford. The program is scheduled 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 more. 

As part of Union County’s recycling programs, the recycling 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.

The Freeholder Board is also encouraging all residents to sign up for “Recycle Coach,” a free app that makes it easier to stay up to date about countywide recycling information and municipal recycling schedules.

More information on the Recycle Coach app can be found at

For more details on all upcoming recycling events, and contact information for municipal recycling coordinators, visit Quick links to all Union County environmental programs can be found at



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