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Union County Continues Scrap Metal Recycling Events on Thursday, October 5th & Saturday, October 21st

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 October. A wide variety of metal goods, from obsolete household appliances to air conditioners to dehumidifiers, metal gutters and pots and pans, and window frames are accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

“Through our Scrap Metal Recycling events, we’ve been able to retrieve a significant amount of waste in the form of household appliances, car and bicycle parts, aluminum siding and much more,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “I am amazed at how committed our constituents are to cleaning up their environment, and will continuously encourage all Union County residents to collect their unused scrap metals and bring them to one of our participating locations to be recycled.”

Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted on Thursday, October 5th and on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two drop-off centers:

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth
  • 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.  After the October events, the next Scrap Metal Events will take place on Thursday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 18th.  The November events will be the final events for the 2023 season.  To receive schedule alerts, and to stay up to date with Union County and local recycling programs, download the free Recycle Coach mobile app.

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