Union County residents with old metal gutters, fences or appliances to dispose of can bring these items and more to free scrap metal recycling sites in June. The scrap metal recycling program is sponsored by the Union County Board of Commissioners and takes place twice a month from April through November.
“This countywide program helps fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no outlet for scrap metal recycling,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Rebecca Williams. . “As a community, we benefit on all levels by recycling more and throwing away less waste – and we can earn income from the program too.”
Items acceptable for recycling include air conditioners, scrap aluminum, aluminum siding, bicycles, brass, copper, dishwashers, electric fans, fences (chain/wire), freezers, gutters, irons, garden furniture, metal cabinets, metal shelters, microwaves, pots. and pots, railings, refrigerators, stoves, tire rims, toasters, washers and dryers, window frames (without glass), wire hangers and more.
Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted on Thursday June 2 and Saturday June 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at two free drop-off points:
- Cranford: Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
- Rahway: Rahway River Park (follow Park Drive, Rahway from St. Georges Avenue to the service yard in front of the pool)
Scrap metal from residents of any municipality in Union County may be brought to either of these locations.
The next scrap events will take place on Thursday July 7th and Saturday July 16th.
Please note that Union County scrap metal recycling events are drive-in only and non-contact.
Participants must remain in their vehicle at all times. Materials should be placed in the trunk, loading area or truck bed and easily accessible for personnel to remove.
For more information, upcoming dates, and directions to all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Office of Recycling and Planning website at ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling at 908-654-9889.
To receive calendar 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 of Union County’s environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other services support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.