Union County, NJ

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 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 2018 Collection Days (click here for driving directions)

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
    Union County Vo-Tech
    Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
    9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
    Union County College
    1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018
    9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
    Union County Vo-Tech
    Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    9:00am – 2:00pm rain or shine
    New Providence, NJ

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



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.

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 E-Waste (Electronics)

Click here for information about the Union County Electronics Recycling program.  Union 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.

Paper Shredding Events

Click here to read about the Union County paper shredding program and to look up the current schedule. Union County hosts free Mobile Paper Shredding Events throughout the County.  Each event is scheduled from 9 am to 1 pm (program may end prior to 1 pm if shredding truck(s) reach capacity.  Materials are shredded on site while you wait.  There is a four (4) bag limit per vehicle weighing no more than 10 pounds each.  Please bring material in paper bags whenever possible. This event is garbage-free.  Boxes and plastic bags will be returned.  No wet or damp paper. No plastic ring binders or clips.  Please limit papers to confidential and sensitive material only.


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.