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Union County Continues Scrap Metal Recycling Events on Thursday, July 6 and Saturday, July 15

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is happy to inform residents that Union County’s free scrap metal recycling drop-off program will continue in July. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to air conditioners to tire rims, and railings, are accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

“Union County’s commitment to sustainable living continues with the extension of our free scrap metal recycling drop-off program,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “From household appliances to tire rims, we accept a wide variety of metal goods at two convenient locations in Cranford and Rahway. Remember to stay updated on our recycling programs by downloading the Recycle Coach mobile app. By working together, we can continue to make a positive impact on our environment.”

Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted Thursday, July 6 and Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two drop-off centers:

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services Building, 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.  The next scrap metal events, after the July events, will take place on Thursday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 19th. Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in trunk, cargo area or truck bed and be easily accessible to staff to remove from vehicle.

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, railings, refrigerators, stoves, tire rims, toasters, washers and dryers, window frames (no glass), and wire hangers.

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

For more information, upcoming dates and directions to all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889. Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection,