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Union County Hosts Free Drop-Off Event for Safe Disposal of Hazardous Household Products, June 3

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 next free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

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The event will be held at the Kean Hall parking lot, rain or shine. Any Union County resident may participate, regardless of their home town. Proof of residency is required.

“These drop-off events provide every Union County household with a way to contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment, by safely disposing of products that could be harmful if disposed improperly. The next time you go through your cabinets, basement or garage, keep an eye out for unwanted items that you could bring to our next Household Hazardous Waste event,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

Many different kinds of toxic and potentially harmful household products are accepted at Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events.

The list includes pool chemicals, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, antifreeze, aerosol cans, fire extinguishers, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), mercury switches, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks and automobile tires (limit of eight tires per household, with rims off), and more.

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

For a complete list of accepted items, visit

A special note on paint disposal: Oil-based paints and varnishes are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste events. However, latex paint (water-based) wall paint is NOT accepted.

Unwanted latex paint can be shared, donated or used up if possible. Residents who need to dispose of unwanted latex paint can remove the lid, let it dry completely in the can, and discard the can in regular household garbage with the lid off. A product called waste paint hardener can speed up the drying process.

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.

For more details about all Union County recycling programs visit

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.

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

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