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Free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event for Union County Residents, April 1

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that they can use Union County’s free, countywide drop-off locations to safely dispose of toxic or potentially hazardous products commonly found in the home and yard. The first Household Hazardous Waste event of the 2023 recycling calendar will take place on Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford.

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Any Union County resident may participate, regardless of their home town.

“Our Household Hazardous Waste events provide every Union County resident with an opportunity to protect their property against environmental and health hazards, while also disposing of toxic wastes safely and responsibly,” said Union County Commissioner Board Chairman Sergio Granados. “We can all benefit by reducing the presence of unwanted and potentially dangerous products in our homes and yards.”

The Household Hazardous Waste events offer Union County residents a free, environmentally responsible way to dispose of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks and automobile tires (limit of 8 per household with rims off) among many other products.

The list of accepted items also includes oil-based paints and varnishes, antifreeze, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, fire extinguishers, motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), mercury switches, and more.

Please note that latex paint (water-based) wall paint is NOT accepted at these events.  To dispose of unwanted latex paint, residents are advised to use it, donate it, or dry the paint in the can and discard it in regular household garbage with the lid off. To help dry out paint, add kitty litter, newspaper or a product called waste paint hardener.

Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events are drop-off only and contact-free. Participants should load their items in their trunk or other area easily accessed by staff.

Participants must remain in their vehicles while staff at the site unloads their items.

Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted.

For more details about all Union County recycling programs, including a complete list of the materials that will be accepted at the April 1 event, visit

The Household Hazardous Waste collection event will be held rain or shine, for Union County residents only, not for businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required. For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

For quick links to all environmental programs and activities in Union County visit The 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 General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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