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Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling, August 6 and 15

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that free scrap metal recycling drop-off continues in August.  A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, participants in the drop-off program must remain in their cars with their window rolled up and face coverings on. Materials must be easily identifiable in the trunk, cargo area or truck bed for safe removal by staff.

“This countywide drop-off program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “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.”

Scrap metal will be accepted on Thursday, August 6 and Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two designated drop off centers:

  • Cranford: County Emergency Services Yard, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard


  • Rahway: Rahway River Park (enter park from St. Georges Avenue and follow signs)

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), wire hangers, and more.

Please note that by law, the drop-off program will only accept refrigerators and freezers with doors removed. Items brought to the drop-off program with doors intact will not be accepted.

The August scrap metal drop-off dates are part of a series of free countywide monthly scrap metal recycling programs, available on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month, from April through November.


For handy information and updates on scrap metal drop-off and all recycling programs in Union County, download the free Recycle Coach app for mobile devices. The app also provides fun, informative videos and other information on recycling.


More details about Recycle Coach and all Union County recycling programs are available online at, or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889. 

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

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at

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