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Free Scrap Metal Recycling for Union County Residents

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Free drop-off sites available on September 1 and September 17.

Union County residents can bring their old or unwanted scrap metal to free recycling drop-off sites sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. Metal cabinets, wire hangers, appliances, gutters, kitchen ware and many other metal items are accepted at these sites.

“Recycling scrap metal is an important way to conserve resources, and we encourage every household to make use of this free service,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “These drop-off sites make it easy and convenient to clear your home and yard of unwanted metal items while helping the environment, too.”

The Union County scrap metal drop-off program operates at two sites, in Cranford and Rahway.

Both sites are open to all Union County residents regardless of their home town.

The sites are available for drop-off on the first Thursday morning and third Saturday morning of each month, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The locations and upcoming dates/times in September are:

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, Thursday, September 1 and Saturday, September 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Rahway: Rahway River Park, follow Park Drive off St. Georges Avenue to the service yard across from the swimming pool, Thursday, September 1 and Saturday, September 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Items accepted for recycling include, but are not limited to, air conditioners, aluminum scrap, aluminum siding, bicycles, brass, copper, dishwashers, electric fans, fencing, 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.

Please note: these events are drive-up only and contact-free. Participants must remain in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in trunk, cargo area or truck bed and be easily accessible for staff to remove.

Union County’s scrap metal program runs every month from April to November each year. All events take place at the Rahway and Cranford locations, on the designated mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The remaining dates for 2022 are October 6, October 15, November 3 and November 19.

For more information about all Union County recycling programs visit or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889 for a recorded message.

Download the free Recycle Coach mobile app to receive recycling alerts and information tailored to each municipality, in addition to countywide programs.

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

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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