Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2019

Household Hazardous Waste Event in Scotch Plains, August 3rd

Bonus: Ammunition and Fireworks accepted – August event only!

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for everyone 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.  The free event will be held on Saturday, August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

The Union County Police Bomb Squad will also be on hand at the event to collect unwanted ammunition and fireworks from residents.

“The Household Hazardous Waste event is one of the most critical ways Union County residents can help make a real difference in protecting the environment,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “This event also offers a special opportunity to safely dispose of ammunition and fireworks, helping to keep our communities secure.”

The Household Hazardous Waste event provides Union County residents with a free, environmentally safe way to dispose of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks, and automobile tires among many other items such as oil-based paint and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 (wall 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 August 3rd as well as all recycling event dates and locations, please visit ucnj.org/recycle.

The household hazardous waste collection will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only, not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required. For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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