Recycling Collection Rules

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HOUSEHOLD COLLECTION
Garbage shall be placed at the curb in sturdy covered garbage container. Please place your solid waste out after 5:00 pm the night before your scheduled pick up day. 

BULK WASTE
ONLY 3 PIECES PER HOUSEHOLD PER WEEK
Garbage should be placed at the curb in a sturdy covered garbage container. Please place your solid waste out after 5:00 pm the night before your scheduled pick up day. Such as furniture, wood, mattresses, box springs, play equipment, microwave ovens, etc.  Shall be placed at the curb on the scheduled weekly day for bulky waste pick‐up. Do not place bulk waste in cardboard boxes, use plastic bags. Wood must be tied and bundled no longer than four (4) feet, and no heavier than 50 lbs per bundle. Carpet must be tied and bundled no longer than four (4) feet, and no heavier than 50 lbs per bundle. Each carpet bundle is considered one (1) bulk item. Concrete, asphalt, rock, dirt, tree logs, or construction material will not be collected; all renovation materials must be disposed of privately.

MIXED PAPER
Mixed paper includes magazines, glossy catalogs, envelopes, coupon and color newspaper inserts, not book paper, construction paper, white and colored paper, fax paper, and computer paper. Mixed paper must be tied and bundled, or placed in a brown paper bag at the curb along with newspaper and cardboard. Do not include other material, such as telephone books or cereal boxes. 

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Cardboard boxes must be flattened, tied with twine in bundles not more than 12” high, not more than 25 lbs. Per bundle.
Cardboard will be collected every other week. Check your color coded calendar below for material collection schedule

COMMINGLE MATERIALS 
(Plastic bottles, cans, glass bottles)this category consists of glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin cans and plastic bottles. All materials should be rinsed well, and placed in a sturdy open container.

GRASS/LEAVES COLLECTION
Grass and leaves must be placed in an open container (garbage can-32 gallon or less) or in biodegradable bags- no plastic bags will be  collected brush and twigs may be placed at the curb tied and bundled no longer than four (4) feet and no heavier than 50 lbs. Per bundle. 

THROUGH GRASS COLLECTION SEASON: Brush is collected with grass.
AT THE END OF GRASS COLLECTION SEASON: Brush will be collected on your bulk pickup day. During this period, each bundle is considered one (1) bulk item. 

BRUSH AND GRASS WILL BE ONLY COLLECTED IN A BROWN PAPER BAG (BIODEGRADABLE) OR AN OPEN CONTAINER. NO PLASTIC BAGS! PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT RECYCLABLE.

ELECTRONICS
Drop off covered electronics (tv’s, desktop faxes, copiers, vcr, keyboards, and computer towers) at d.p.w. or throughout the collection program offered by the county of union. For information call 908 686 1922   monday thru friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm -if you wish to dispose a large television (must be over 50 inches) please contact public works for an appointment and assistance. Additionally union DPW accepts electronics 24/7 at convenience center.

APPLIANCES
The following items will be picked up by appointment only by calling the department of public works at (908) 686 1922 washing machines, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, hot water heaters, freezers, refrigerators, cast iron and steel tubs. There will be one (1) pick up per month per household with a limit of two (2) pieces per household. Appointments will not be accepted through our   recording system. You must speak directly with a receptionist and receive a confirmation number.

PAINTS

Oil based paints- may be disposed of during any of the union county special waste disposal days. For further information on locations and dates, please call the union county recycling at ucnj.org.

Water based paints: Dispose of at the curb, if the lids have been removed and the paint is completely dry. Residents must insure that all paint cans are dry and empty. 

Household Hazardous Waste & other Liquids


THE TOWNSHIP OF UNION DOES NOT ACCEPT THESE ITEMS. TO DISPOSE OF THESE ITEMS PLEASE VISIT www.UCNJ.org/recycle
  • Tire Recycling
  • Medication Disposal
  • Smoke Detector Disposal
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Propane Tank Disposal
  • Oil Based Paint
  • Antifreeze 
  • Corrosives & Cleaners
  • Thermostats
  • Safe Syringe Disposal
  • Used Motor Oil & Spent Filter Disposal
  • Scrap Metal
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Caustics
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulb Recycling
  • Helium Tank Disposal
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Mercury Switches
  • Gasoline
  • Moto Oil / Oil Filters
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Solvents & Thinners

Storm water Pollution Solutions


Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals, such as insecticides, paint, solvents and used motor oil and other auto fluids. 

Lawn Care:

Don't overwater your lawn. Consider using soaker hose instead of a sprinkler, use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. When use is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts. Use organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible. 

Pet Waste:

When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. 

Auto Care:

Use a commercials car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater or wash your car on your designated drop-off or recycling locations.