RAHWAY – Union County residents will be able to get rid of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats, propane tanks, and automobile tires in an environmentally safe manner at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, Oct. 29, sponsored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a new location: the Rahway Intermediate School, located at the corner of Madison Avenue and Westfield Avenue.
Pre-registration is not required for this special Saturday collection. Union County residents just need to do is drive to the site with their household special waste, propane tanks, automobile tires, and mercury thermostats. Workers at the site will unload the vehicles.
Items that will be accepted include oil-based paint and varnish, antifreeze, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, fire extinguishers, motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), blood pressure devices, and mercury switches. Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted.
Latex (water-based) paint and empty cans will not be accepted. They should be disposed of in with the regular garbage. Leftover latex paint can be air-dried or, to hasten the drying process, kitty litter and/or newspaper can be added to hasten the drying.
There is a limit of eight automobile tires (without rims) per household.
Union County, in partnership with Covanta Energy, also includes mercury thermostats in its household waste recycling initiative. Residents will receive a $5 gift certificate to Home Depot for turning in a mercury thermostat at the Oct. 29 recycling event.
A complete list of the materials that will be accepted is available at the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning web site: www.ucnj.org/recycle
The household hazardous waste collection will be held rain or shine, and is for Union County residents only, not businesses. Proof of Union County residency is required. For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at 1-908-654-9889.
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