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Free Recycling Events in Union County

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the 2020 schedule for free countywide recycling events available to all residents, beginning in March and running through November.

“These free recycling events are among Union County’s most popular programs, with thousands of residents participating every year,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “It’s an easy, convenient way to help conserve resources and protect the planet.”

Union County offers free drop-off events for household hazardous wastes and secure paper shredding at different sites throughout the County. Personal and confidential documents only are accepted at the paper shredding events.

Union County also offers two bi-monthly drop-off programs for a wide range of scrap metal. Residents can bring scrap metal for free drop-off at designated sites in Cranford and Rahway.

The County also provides for recycling of other special items through local recycling centers, including ten municipalities that are participating in Union County’s block-type Styrofoam recycling program. There are also drop off locations for motor oil and filters.

Residents seeking to recycle televisions, computers, printers, and other covered electronic items can contact their municipal recycling coordinator.

Union County residents are also advised to keep plastic bags out of their recycling bins. Recycling vendors will reject cans and bottles mixed with plastic bags, raising the cost of recycling for local municipalities.

In support of the statewide “Choose to Reuse” anti-litter effort, Union County has launched #MakeOneChangeUC, a public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging residents to reduce their use of plastic bags and other single-use plastic items.

To keep up to date with all local and County-sponsored recycling programs, residents can download the free Recycle Coach app for mobile devices.

For more details about all free County-sponsored recycling programs and other recycling opportunities, including contact information for local recycling coordinators and instructions for downloading the Recycle Coach app, visit the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning online at or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities visit The Green Connection,

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