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Union County Residents Can Get “Back to Basics” with New Recycling Video Series

The new “Back to Basics” video series uses imaginative, animated graphics to help the public learn how to recycle correctly.

Union County, NJ –Union County residents can improve on their recycling efforts and help conserve natural resources by tuning in to the new “Back to Basics” video series, now available on the free Recycle Coach app for mobile devices.

 “The Back to Basics videos provide clear, reliable instructions on how to tell which items to recycle, along with other recycling tips and information,” said Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to support this educational campaign, which enables everyone to help make Union County a more sustainable community.”

The new Back to Basics video series is designed to help the public avoid contaminating the recycling stream with the wrong items. By learning how to “recycle right,” residents can potentially save their communities thousands of dollars.

The three videos provide information about recycling rules in an engaging, animated format. Users who watch the videos can also test their knowledge through interactive surveys on the Recycle Coach app.

Union County is the first county in New Jersey to add the video campaign to the Recycle Coach app.

This week, Union County residents who already use Recycle Coach on their mobile devices will begin receiving notifications to access the videos and surveys. The reminders will stop on after the user accesses all three videos.

Residents who would like to download the free Recycle Coach app will begin receiving the reminders after the download is complete. The download is available at online app stores, through the Union County website at, and through the websites for each of the 21 municipalities in Union County.

The Recycle Coach app provides personalized collection schedules based on the user’s place of residence. Once a resident downloads the app, their Recycle Coach calendar will list their local curbside garbage and recycling schedules. The app will also advise if there are changes in local collection due to holidays or weather.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is the first state agency in the US to purchase the Recycle Coach app and make it available for the use of all residents, free of charge.

For information on all Union County recycling events and programs visit

Visit The Green Connection at for quick links to all Union County environmental programs and resources, including educational and community service activities.

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