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Union County Continues Scrap Metal Recycling events with Final Events for the Season on Thursday, November 2nd & Saturday, November 18th

The Union County Board of County Commissioners are happy to inform residents that Union County’s free scrap metal recycling drop-off program will continue in November. These will be the last two events for 2023.  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.  This program runs every year from April to November.

“Closing the year with our continued commitment to sustainability, these events offer a convenient avenue for our community to responsibly dispose of items,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “We invite you to participate in the last two events of the year, as we continue our commitment to responsible resource management and environmental preservation.”

Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted Thursday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 18th 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. 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.

Since these are the last two scrap metal events 2023, please call the Bureau of Recycling and Planning for other options during the off-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.

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,