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Union County Continues Scrap Metal Recycling Events on Thursday, August 3 and Saturday, August 19

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 August. 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.

“We are happy to continue to offer Union County’s free scrap metal recycling drop-off program in August, providing our residents with an opportunity to contribute to a greener and more sustainable community,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “From household appliances to tire rims, and everything in between, this program allows us to come together and make a positive impact on the environment. I hope to see all residents at one of these events; together, we can make a difference and lead the way towards a cleaner, eco-conscious future.”

Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted Thursday, August 3 and Saturday, August 19 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 August events, will take place on Thursday, September 7th and Saturday, September 16th.

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.

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

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