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Union County Announces 2023 Recycling Schedule for Scrap Metal, Personal Documents and Household Hazardous Waste

The Union County Board of County Commissioners advises residents that schedules for free countywide, drive-through recycling programs are now available online at ucnj.org/recycling. Along with two locations for scrap metal recycling, there will be traveling locations for secure paper shredding of personal documents, and for safe disposal of unwanted household chemicals and other potentially hazardous home and yard products.

“We encourage everyone in the whole Union County community to use our countywide drive-through recycling programs to recover valuable metals for recycling, prevent identity theft, and help keep hazardous products out of the environment,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “I would also like to thank our municipal partners for helping to stem the tide of waste with local drop-off programs.”

Union County’s recycling programs are run by the Bureau of Recycling and Planning, and are for household use only. These events are drive-through only. Residents must arrive in a vehicle and remain in their vehicle while staff on site unloads the items.

The following Union County drive-through recycling programs can be used by any County resident this year, regardless of their home town.

1. Scrap Metal Recycling: Drop off metal appliances, fencing, gutters, kitchenware and much more at two locations, in Rahway and Kenilworth. This program begins in April and continues on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month until November. Visit ucnj.org/recycling/scrap-metal for complete details.

2. Secure Paper Shredding: Union County’s secure, mobile paper shredding program will visit locations in Scotch Plains, Plainfield, Berkeley Heights, Hillside, Clark, Cranford, Rahway, Union Township, and Westfield this year. The shredding events will take place from March to October, for a total of 13 events. Visit ucnj.org/recycling/mobile-paper-shredding for details.

3. Household Hazardous Waste: Residents can bring a wide variety of home and yard products, from unwanted cleansers to hobby supplies, fire extinguishers and car tires, to five events between April and October. The events will be held in Cranford, Union Township and Scotch Plains. For details visit ucnj.org/recycling/household-special-waste.

Residents can contact their municipal recycling coordinator to inquire about drop-off locations for recycling plastic film including shopping bags and bubble wrap, block-type Styrofoam packing material, fluorescent light bulbs, electronic goods, motor oil, and oil filters. A list of municipal recycling coordinators is available at ucnj.org/recycling/municipal-recycling-coordinators.

Experts from the Bureau of Recycling and Planning are also available to present recycling information to schools, community groups and other organizations. To schedule a program contact Heather Miara, heather.miara@ucnj.org.

The free Recycle Coach mobile app provides a handy way to find out what items are included in curbside recycling programs and drop-off sites in Union County. The app provides up to date information on both countywide and local recycling programs.

For more information and updates on all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at ucnj.org/recycle.

Quick links to all environmental programs and activities hosted by Union County are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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