Union County, NJ

Contacts
JoAnn Gemenden, Bureau Chief
County of Union
Bureau of Planning and Recycling
Department of Engineering, Public Works and Park Maintenance
2325 South Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Tel: (908) 654-9890
Fax: 908-527-4901

WWW: http://ucnj.org/community/recycling

Hotline: 908-654-9889

HOUSEHOLD SPECIAL WASTE DAYS

Household special waste days are held four times a year in Union County. The events, which are held both in the Spring and the Fall are held at various locations throughout the county for accessibility to all county residents. Programs are for Union County residents only with proof of residency required.   Pre-registration is no longer required.

Year 2014 Collection Days

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
Union County Vo-Tech

Scotch Plains, NJ

(Follow the blue and white John H. Stamler Police Academy signs).

    • From Garden State Parkway – Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 135.  From GSP South, stay to the right down the exit ramp.  This will be Central Ave.  Continue on Central Ave. to the first light and turn left onto Raritan Rd. (White Diamond is on the corner).  At the 4th light, make a right onto Lake Ave. (Rotundo’s Liquor Store will be on the left) and continue over the bridge.  At the third light, turn left onto Raritan Rd.   Approximately ½ mile down Raritan Rd. on the left is the Union County Vo/Tech School.
    • From Route 22 – Take Route 22 (East or West) to the Terrill Road Exit (at Sears).  Continue on Terrill Rd. for a few miles, bearing left at the end.  Ashbrook Golf Course will be in front of you.  Terrill Rd. now becomes Raritan Rd.  Your landmark, the Union County Vocational/Technical School, is located on Raritan Rd. ¼ mile on your right.  Enter the Vo/Tech driveway and bear right.  The Academy is located in the back of the campus parking lot.

Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
Union County College
Cranford Campus

Directions to Union County College, Cranford Campus

  • From the Garden State Parkway – Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 137.  bear right onto Westfield Avenue (Route 28) which turns into North Avenue.  Just past the second light make a right onto Springfield Avenue.  Union County College is 3/4 of a mile on the left.  Make a left into main parking lot and proceed to BACK parking lot. OR
  • From Route 22 (East or West) – Take Route 22 to Cranford/Westfield Exit (Springfield Avenue).  proceed toward Cranford.  At fourth light, turn right onto Springfield Avenue.  The College is two blocks down on the right side.  make a right turn into the main parking lot and proceed to the BACK parking lot.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
Union County Vo-Tech

Scotch Plains, NJ

(Follow the blue and white John H. Stamler Police Academy signs).

  • From Garden State Parkway – Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 135.  From GSP South, stay to the right down the exit ramp.  This will be Central Ave.  Continue on Central Ave. to the first light and turn left onto Raritan Rd. (White Diamond is on the corner).  At the 4th light, make a right onto Lake Ave. (Rotundo’s Liquor Store will be on the left) and continue over the bridge.  At the third light, turn left onto Raritan Rd.   Approximately ½ mile down Raritan Rd. on the left is the Union County Vo/Tech School.
  • From Route 22 – Take Route 22 (East or West) to the Terrill Road Exit (at Sears).  Continue on Terrill Rd. for a few miles, bearing left at the end.  Ashbrook Golf Course will be in front of you.  Terrill Rd. now becomes Raritan Rd.  Your landmark, the Union County Vocational/Technical School, is located on Raritan Rd. ¼ mile on your right.  Enter the Vo/Tech driveway and bear right.  The Academy is located in the back of the campus parking lot.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
Alcatel/Lucent Technologies
600 Mountain Ave.
New Providence, NJ

Directions to Alcatel/Lucent Technologies

    • From ROUTE 22 WEST:  Traveling West into Scotch Plains take Exit for Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Berkeley Hghts. & New Providence/Route 78 (2nd right after McDonalds, before Blue Star Shopping Center).  At 1st light, turn right onto New Providence/Diamond Hill Rd.  Continue straight for 3 lights.  At 3rd light, make a right.  Lucent is the 1st light on the right.
    • From ROUTE 22 EAST: Traveling East into Scotch Plains take Exit for Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Berkeley Hghts. & New Providence/ Route 78 (immediately past Snuffy’s).  Make first right, crossing over Route 22.  At the light, follow signs for New Providence continuing straight onto New Providence/Diamond Hill Rd.  Continue straight for 3 lights.  At the 3rd light, make a right.  Lucent is the 1st light on the right.

Acceptable Materials

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (button cells)
  • Caustics
  • Corrosives & Cleaners
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent Bulbs (unbroken)
  • Gasoline
  • Mercury Switches
  • Motor Oil & Motor Oil Filters
  • Oil based Paints & Varnishes
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Solvents and Thinners
  • Thermostats

Unacceptable Materials

  • Unknown or unidentified materials
  • explosives
  • radioactive materials
  • gas cylinders
  • materials containing PCB’s.
  • Materials not in their original or labeled containers
  • Containers larger than five (5) gallons.
  • Waste from commercial or industrial sources can be accepted.
  • Latex paint
  • Empty cans

UNION COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY, PROOF OF RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED!

SCHOOLS

All Union County Schools (public, private and parochial) can also dispose of their laboratory chemical waste at these events. Any school interested in participating in this program, please contact the County at least two weeks in advance of the event if you would like to participate. It will be necessary at that time to provide the County with a list of materials to be disposed of.

MUNICIPAL RECYCLING COORDINATORS

  • Berkeley Heights (908) 665-0086
  • Clark (732) 396-1612
  • Cranford (908) 709-7299
  • Elizabeth (908) 820-4150
  • Fanwood (908) 322-7404
  • Garwood (908) 789-1522
  • Hillside (973) 926-1110
  • Kenilworth (908) 276-5073
  • Linden (908) 474-8666
  • Mountainside (908) 232-2409
  • New Providence (908) 665-1129
  • Plainfield (908) 226-2518
  • Rahway (908) 827-2159
  • Roselle (908) 245-9195
  • Roselle Park (908) 245-2721
  • Scotch Plains (908) 233-6707
  • Springfield (201) 912-2225
  • Summit (908) 273-7768
  • Union (908) 688-4636
  • Westfield (908) 789-4100
  • Winfield (908) 925-3850

Residential Recycling Mandates

The following materials are mandated recyclables for Union County Residents:

  • Aluminum
  • Tin Cans
  • Consumer Household and Lead Acid Batteries
  • Corrugated Cardboard Glass Bottles
  • Plastic Bottles (HDPE & PET)
  • Newspapers
  • Mixed Paper Leaves
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Grass & Brush
  • White Goods

Business Recycling Mandates

The following materials are mandated recyclables for Union County commercial, institutions or industrial sources:

  • Aluminum
  • Tin Cans
  • Consumer and Lead Acid Batteries
  • Corrugated Cardboard Glass Bottles
  • Plastic Bottles (HDPE & PET)
  • Newspapers
  • Mixed Paper
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Office Paper
  • Grass & Brush
  • Leaves
  • Wood
  • White Goods (i.e. refrigerators, appliances, etc.)

Used Motor Oil and Filter Program

Residents can dispose of used motor oil numerous ways throughout Union County. The County has provided its municipalities with used motor oil “igloos” for collection and eventual recycling of used motor oil.   Residents should contact their municipal recycling coordinator for location and exact hours of operation of the used motor oil collection sites (phone numbers listed above).

Demanufacturing

The County developed a demanufacturing program in 1995 with the assistance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and large electronic appliance companies. The purpose of the program is to remove and recycle specific electronic items from the solid waste stream which in turn provides environmental benefits and economic development in Union County.

2014 Computer and Electronics Drop-Off Days:

  • ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ACCEPTED: Monitors, Hard Drives, Modems, Keyboards, CPU’s, Mice, Printers, Scanners, VCR’s, Fax Machines, Circuit Boards
  • NOT ACCEPTED: MICROWAVES, REFRIGERATORS, FREEZERS, AIR CONDITIONERS, WASHERS/DRYERS, Business Equipment
  • Union County College
    Cranford Campus
    Saturday, March 29, 2014
    Directions to Union County College, Cranford Campus
    • From the Garden State Parkway – Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 137.  bear right onto Westfield Avenue (Route 28) which turns into North Avenue.  Just past the second light make a right onto Springfield Avenue.  Union County College is 3/4 of a mile on the left.  Make a left into main parking lot and proceed to BACK parking lot. OR
    • From Route 22 (East or West) – Take Route 22 to Cranford/Westfield Exit (Springfield Avenue).  proceed toward Cranford.  At fourth light, turn right onto Springfield Avenue.  The College is two blocks down on the right side.  make a right turn into the main parking lot and proceed to the BACK parking lot.
  • Union County Vo-Tech
    Scotch Plains, NJ
    Saturday, June 21, 2014
    9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine

(Follow the blue and white John H. Stamler Police Academy signs).

  • From Garden State Parkway - Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 135.  From GSP South, stay to the right down the exit ramp.  This will be Central Ave.  Continue on Central Ave. to the first light and turn left onto Raritan Rd. (White Diamond is on the corner).  At the 4th light, make a right onto Lake Ave. (Rotundo’s Liquor Store will be on the left) and continue over the bridge.  At the third light, turn left onto Raritan Rd.   Approximately ½ mile down Raritan Rd. on the left is the Union County Vo/Tech School.
  • From Route 22 - Take Route 22 (East or West) to the Terrill Road Exit (at Sears).  Continue on Terrill Rd. for a few miles, bearing left at the end.  Ashbrook Golf Course will be in front of you.  Terrill Rd. now becomes Raritan Rd.  Your landmark, the Union County Vocational/Technical School, is located on Raritan Rd. ¼ mile on your right.  Enter the Vo/Tech driveway and bear right.  The Academy is located in the back of the campus parking lot.
  • Alcatel/Lucent Technologies
    600 Mountain Ave.
    New Providence, NJ
    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shineDirections to Alcatel/Lucent Technologies
    • From ROUTE 22 WEST: Traveling West into Scotch Plains take Exit for Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Berkeley Hghts. & New Providence/Route 78 (2nd right after McDonalds, before Blue Star Shopping Center).  At 1st light, turn right onto New Providence/Diamond Hill Rd.  Continue straight for 3 lights.  At 3rd light, make a right.  Lucent is the 1st light on the right.
    • From ROUTE 22 EAST: Traveling East into Scotch Plains take Exit for Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Berkeley Hghts. & New Providence/ Route 78 (immediately past Snuffy’s).  Make first right, crossing over Route 22.  At the light, follow signs for New Providence continuing straight onto New Providence/Diamond Hill Rd.  Continue straight for 3 lights.  At the 3rd light, make a right.  Lucent is the 1st light on the right.

Clark
Residents can bring their e-waste to the Clark DPW yard on the last Saturday of the month from 9 am to 1pm. Dates for 2014: January 25, February 22, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, September 27, October 25.

Cranford:
Residents can bring electronic waste to the Cranford Conservation Center, 210 Birchwood Avenue. Click here for dates and times.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth residents can bring electronic waste to the Elizabeth Recycling Center, 523 Trenton Avenue, 7 days a week. Monday- Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 4 pm.

Fanwood
The Fanwood Recycling Center accepts all electronics at the Fanwood Recycling Center drop off location on North Avenue (next to Quick Chek). To cover the cost of recycling, a small donation is requested for each piece. The center is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm (accept items from non-residents).

Hillside
Residents can drop off e-waste at the Hillside Public Works Yard located at 274 Hillside Avenue (rear building of the Community Center/William H. Buie Center) Monday – Friday 8 am- 3:30 p.m.

Linden
Linden residents can drop off e-waste at the Recycling Center located at 2 Donaldson Place
Monday-Friday 7 am – 3pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

New Providence
New Providence residents can drop off e-waste at the DPW located at 29 Park Place
Monday through Friday 7 am to 2 pm.

Plainfield
Plainfield residents can drop off e-waste at the PMUA Transfer Station, located at 95 Rock Avenue Monday through Friday 7am-3pm and Saturdays from 8am-2pm.

Rahway
Rahway has curbside collection for electronics. Residents must call 732-827-2159 to schedule an appointment. Schedule can be downloaded from their website, http://www.cityofrahway.com.

Roselle
Residents can drop off e-waste at the Roselle DPW Yard, located at 1121 Chandler Avenue. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday between 7:30 am and 3 pm.

Springfield
Residents can drop off e-waste on the first Saturday of every month at the municipal pool parking lot, located at 40-44 Morrison Rd in Springfield between 7:00-11:00 am. The dates throughout the year are: February 1 March 1 April 5 May 3 June 7 July 5 August 2 September 6 October 4 November 1 December 6

Summit
Summit has a curbside collection program for electronics. Call Summit DPW for more information.

Union
Residents can drop off e-waste at the Union DPW yard Monday – Friday from 8:30 to 4 pm. For weekend hours or large TV pick up, please call 908-686-1922.

Westfield
Residents can bring electronic waste to the Westfield Conservation Center, 1300 Lamberts Mill Road, anytime the Center is open. Check the website, http://www.westfieldnj.gov, for exact days and hours of operation. Permits are not required to drop off recyclable materials.
ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS can bring their COVERED ELECTRONICS to the following locations:

COVERED ELECTRONICS include Televisions, Monitors and Computers
Newtech Recycling (accept covered electronics as well as printers and desktop copiers)
Newtech Recycling, 600A Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873 (732) 564-3110
Monday – Friday 9am-3pm http://www.newtechrecycling.com

Waste Management facilities: ONLY ACCEPT “COVERED ELECTRONICS”
629-647 Amboy Ave. Elizabeth, NJ 07201 phone: (908)629-9270
Mon-Sat 8am – 4 pm (closed Sunday)
150 Charles Street #7, Newark, NJ 07105-3946 phone: (973) 344-3003
M-F 7am – 4 pm; Sat 7 am- 10 am (closed Sunday)

Goodwill Store
126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973) 912-0156
(not accepting TV’s at this time)

Demanufacturing is the process of dissembling products such as televisions, computers, and VCRs where the parts are then sold and reused in new products, recycled or disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

Paper Shredding Events

The County now sponsors paper shredding events during the year.  This program is for Union County Residents Only – Please No Businesses. In an effort to accommodate all those wishing to participate, please limit your documents to 4 bags/boxes weighing no more than 10lbs. each.

  • NO plastic binders
  • LIMIT papers to confidential / sensitive materials only
  • RECYCLE magazines and non-confidential papers curbside
  • Events are schedules for 9am-1pm and may end prior to 1pm in the event that the shredding truck reaches capacity!

Click here to read about Union County’s paper shredding events or view the 2012 schedule below.

Caution

Explosives or Highly Reactive Materials may be dangerous. If you have these types of materials, call first for safety instructions. DO NOT bring these materials without prior authorization! These dangerous items include, but are not limited to, picric acid, isopropyl ether, calcium carbide, perchloric acid and benzoyl peroxide.

11 responses to “Union County, NJ

  1. QUESTION:
    How do we dispose of air conditioners? Recycle? Where? Garbage? Where? Bulk pick-up? How? When ? Where ?

  2. I have a bag full of house hold batteries like double a and tripple a. i’m not sure of the proper disposal method and i thought they were recyclable. please let me kno whow to properly dispose of them. thank you for your help.

  3. Dear Liz:

    The link below goes directly to the Union County page regarding household battery management, it tells you exactly what to do with those batteries. This should be your answer to your question.

    http://ucnj.org/community/recycling/homeowners-guide-to-proper-household-battery-management

  4. I just saw a news cast on the dept of env protection rules for cleaning up the mercury light bulbs. I checcked the package of one and in small letters it said to refer to federal, state or local rules for disposal.I want to remove all such bulbs that I have and replace with standard bulbs. I don.t want such a hazard in my house. What is the proper way to dispose of the mercury bulbs that are not broken The rules for clean up of a broken one is scary.

    • I can’t blame you for wanting to remove all mercury from your home, including the mercury contained in fluorescents. You should be able to bring them to Ikea, Home Depot, Lowes or your county’s household hazardous waste program for easy and free recycling of those bulbs. Unfortunately, standard incandescent are being phased out and you may not legally be allowed to purchase them in the near future. LEDs will probably be your best answer in the long-run. In the meantime, recycle those bulbs with those mentioned above who are helping you out and stock up on the incandescents while they are still available. By the time incandescents are outlawed LEDs will be much better and cheaper.

  5. cleaning out my workshop and have about a dozen gallon cans of paint that are partially full, I missed the hazardous waste day in Cranford, don’t want to hold on to these til June, where can I dispose of them? thanks

  6. Is there any way to drop off hazardous waste (such as household cleaners) the day BEFORE the october drop-off date? I will be out of town. or is there a location at which i can drop such items off the day i get back?

  7. tracie dickerson

    As a resident of Plainfield….how do I dispose of a vacuum cleaner and microwave?

  8. Brian M Kochera

    Is there a place for disposal of toxic waste that isn’t on the listed toxic waste disposal days. I missed August 2, and really need to dispose of my toxic waste before the October date for Union County residents.

  9. I too need somewhere to bring toxic waste. I missed the August 2 date and really wait until October. I see the others haven’t recieved a reply to their question. Dating back to 2011. Is anybody monitoring this blog who can respond?

    • Brian:

      See the link below about the ability for a Union County resident to potentially use the Morris County Household Hazardous waste Facility located in Mt. Olive Township. It’s open two days a week by appointment, It will cost you 1.25/LB for the materials you bring for disposal.

      mcmua.com/sw_hhw.asp

      Call Cheryl at 973-829-8006 to discuss making an appointment if you are interested. This may be your only semi-practical option if you cannot wait until the next Union Co. program

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