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Union County Holds Scrap Metal Recycling Event for Residents on Saturday, July 20th

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents to bring old or unwanted metal goods to Union County’s next free scrap metal recycling drop-off date in July. A wide variety of metal items, from unwanted pots and pans to household appliances to unwanted lawnmowers (as long as the fluids are drained), to metal fencing and more, are accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway, twice a month, from April to November.

“Recycling unwanted scrap metal is a great way to tidy up our homes and yards while conserving resources and protecting the environment from potentially hazardous materials entering our ecosystem,” said Union County Commissioner Chairwoman, Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “The drop-off sites are designed to be simple and convenient for your use. I urge the entire Union County community to take a moment to inspect for any unwanted scrap metals in their homes and visit the nearest drop-off site this July.”

The next scrap metal drop-off will be accepted on Saturday, July 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 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)

Please note that due to the Independence Day holiday, there will only be one scrap metal event in July. Customarily, these events occur on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month from April to November.

Scrap metal from residents in any Union County municipality may be brought to either of these sites. Scrap metal events will continue in August also.  The dates for the August events will be August 1st and August 17th.  To receive schedule alerts, and to stay up to date with Union County and local recycling programs, residents are invited to download the free Recycle Coach mobile app.

At scrap metal events, 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, pots and pans, 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,