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Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling in August

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that free scrap metal drop off sites are open all summer long.  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 Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “As a community, we benefit across the board by recycling more and throwing away less waste – and we also stand to gain some revenue from the program.”

The scrap metal recycling program is available for use by households, commercial establishments, nonprofit agencies and other organizations. It is available the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month, from April through November.

During the month of August the dates will be Thursday, August 1 and Saturday, August 17.  All programs run from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 noon.  

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

  • Cranford: Emergency Services/Traffic Enforcement, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
  • Rahway: Service Yard in Rahway River Park (near swimming 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 and pans, railings, refrigerators, stoves, tire rims, toasters, washers and dryers, window frames (no glass), and wire hangers.

The Freeholder Board also reminds residents to download the free Recycle Coach app for the latest news and information on all countywide and local recycling programs, located at

For more information, upcoming dates and directions to all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are located at The Green Connection,

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