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Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling on May 4 and May 20

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next free scrap metal recycling drop-off events of 2023 will take place in May. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

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“These free drop-off sites provide our residents with a convenient way to dispose of old, broken or unwanted metal goods, while also helping to conserve valuable resources. We encourage everyone to bring their scrap metal to our drop-off locations for recycling,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

Union County’s scrap metal drop-off locations will be open on Thursday, May 4 and Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two sites:

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services Complex, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
  • Rahway: Rahway River Park (follow Park Drive, Rahway off St. Georges Avenue to service yard across from swimming pool)

Scrap metal from residents in any Union County municipality may be brought to either of these sites.

Acceptable items for recycling include air conditioners, aluminum scrap, 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), and wire hangers.

Union County’s scrap metal recycling program is contact-free. For the safety of everyone, residents must arrive in a vehicle and remain in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in trunk, cargo area or truck bed where it is easily accessible. Staff on site will remove the items from vehicle.

The next scrap metal events will take place on Thursday, June 1 and Saturday, June 17.

To receive schedule alerts, and to stay up to date with Union County and local recycling programs, download the free Recycle Coach mobile app.

Experts from the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning are available to present recycling information to schools, community groups and other organizations. To schedule a program contact Heather Miara,

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

Quick links to all environmental programs and activities hosted by Union County are available at 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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