UNION, NJ – Looking for a place to destroy personal and confidential documents? Or for a place to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals in the home and other chemical wastes? Or do you need to find a place to leave the scrap metal medal?
Destruction of documents:
On Saturday, August 10, a crushing event will be held at Kean University on Morris Avenue from 9:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. The event will end before 1:00 p.m. if the shredder truck (s) reaches capacity The trucks will be located in the parking lot adjacent to Green Lane.
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"The Union County mobile document destruction service helps residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to destroy their confidential documents," Freeholder President Bette Jane Kowalski said. "It promotes the recycling efforts of our county and is linked to other green initiatives in Union County."
After this, the next crushing event will be on Thursday, September 12 at the Linden Recycling Center, located at 2 Donaldson Place in Linden, also from 9:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m.
All Union County residents are eligible to use the paper shredding service. In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four bags or boxes of 10 pounds per person. It is preferable that you bring your material in paper bags.
The documents should not be bound. Please remove plastic folders and clips. Wet / wet paper will not be accepted. Residents should continue recycling non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program.
Please note that paper that is already shredded will not be accepted.
The documents are placed in 96 gallon containers provided by the crushing company. Then, the items are placed on a conveyor belt and crushed on site. Participants can watch the crushing process through a closed circuit television. Shredded documents are then recycled through local paper mills.
Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and chemical wastes if they take the items to the Hazardous Household Waste recycling event on Saturday, August 3, from 9:00 a.m. at 2:00 p.m. on the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.
The Union County Police Bomb Squad will also be present at the event to collect unwanted ammunition and fireworks from residents.
"The Household Hazardous Waste event is one of the most critical ways in which Union County residents can help make a real difference in environmental protection," said Bette Homeowners Association President Jane Kowalski . "This event also offers a special opportunity to safely dispose of ammunition and fireworks, helping to keep our communities safe."
The Household Hazardous Waste event provides Union County residents a free and safe way for the environment to dispose of obsolete or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats and thermometers, propane tanks and car tires, among others Many items, such as oil-based paints and varnishes, antifreeze, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, corrosive substances, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, fire extinguishers, motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (intact) and mercury switches.
Residents only need to drive to the site with their items for disposal. Once on site, residents remain in their vehicles while workers unload items. Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. Containers of more than five gallons will not be accepted. There is a limit of eight car tires, without tires, per household.
Please note that latex paint (wall paint) is not accepted. Residents who wish to dispose of latex paint are recommended to use, donate or share it with a neighbor. If those options are not available, the paint can be dried in the can and / or mixed with cat litter or newspaper, and then discarded with normal household waste.
Scrap Metal Medal:
Free sites to leave the scrap metal medal are open all summer. A wide variety of metal products, from appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.
"This county-wide program helps fill a service gap in some municipalities of Union County that currently have no collection for scrap recycling," said Freeholder President Bette Jane Kowalski. "As a community, we benefit in a general way by recycling more and wasting less waste, and we can also get some income from the program."
The scrap recycling program is available for use by homes, commercial establishments, nonprofit agencies and other organizations. It is available on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month, from April to November.
During the month of August, the dates will be Thursday, August 1 and Saturday, August 17. All programs run from 9:00 a.m. at 12:00 to 12:00.
Scrap from any municipality can be taken to any of the following delivery centers:
Cranford: Emergency Services / Traffic Compliance, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
Rahway: service yard in Rahway River Park (near the pool), St. Georges Avenue
Acceptable items for recycling include aluminum scrap, aluminum cans, aluminum siding, bicycles, brass, copper, dishwashers, electric fans, fences (chains / wires), freezers, gutters, irons, garden furniture, metal cabinets , metal sheds, metal sheds, microwaves, pots and pans, railings, refrigerators, stoves, tires, toasters, washers and dryers, window frames (without glass) and wire hangers.