Bonus: “Mercury Bounty”$5.00 gift card for residents turning in mercury thermostats
Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for everyone in Union County to pitch in and help improve the environment. Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other chemical wastes, by bringing these items to the next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday June 8th, rain or shine from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Union County College Cranford Campus, 1033 Springfield Avenue.
As a bonus, the company Covanta is partnering with the Freeholder Board to offer $5.00 Home Depot gift cards for residents turning in old mercury thermostats (thermometers are not included in this program).
“Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events provide a free, convenient opportunity for residents to remove unwanted chemicals and other potentially hazardous items from their homes and yards, and dispose them safely,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.
“Covanta is proud to partner with Union County for a ‘Mercury Bounty’ take back event,” said Covanta’s Director of Environmental Science and Community Affairs Kenneth Armellino. “Covanta will be offering $5 Home Depot gift cards to any resident who turns in a mercury-containing thermostat.”
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection event provides Union County residents with a free, environmentally safe way to dispose of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks, and automobile tires among many other items.
Other examples include oil-based paint and varnish, antifreeze, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, fire extinguishers, motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), and mercury switches.
Residents need only drive to the site with their items for disposal. Once at the site, residents stay in their vehicles while workers unload the items.
Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted. There is a limit of eight automobile tires, without rims, per household.
Please note that latex paint is not accepted. Residents wishing to dispose of latex paint are advised to use it up, donate it or share with a neighbor. If those options are not available, the paint can be dried in the can, and/or mixed with kitty litter or newspaper, then disposed with regular household garbage.
For a complete list of the materials that will be accepted on June 1st as well as all recycling event dates and locations, please visit ucnj.org/recycle.
Please note that Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events are for residential use only, not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required. For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.
For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities visit The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connect.
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