SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Union County will sponsor a electronic equipment recycling event on the campus of Union County Vo-Tech Schools (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains) on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All Union County residents, but not businesses, are eligible to participate at no cost. There is a limit of six electronic items per car. The electronics collection will be held rain or shine for residents only, not for businesses. Proof of residency is required.
Electronic equipment that will be accepted includes computer monitors, hard drives, modems, keyboards, CPUs, printers, mice, scanners, speakers, TVs, tablets and e-readers, VCRs, fax machines,phones, circuit boards, CDs, DVDs and video cassettes. Workers at the site will unload the vehicles. No pre-registration is required.
“Computer monitors, old televisions and other electronic devices are the source of a considerable amount of dangerous material, including lead, mercury, cadmium and PCBs – and it is unlawful to dispose of them with the regular garbage,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak, liaison to the Union County Solid Waste Advisory Board. “Up to 95 percent of most electronic appliances can be recycled. This is a responsible way to keep hazardous heavy metals out of our environment.”
Refrigerators, washers and dryers, microwaves, and air conditioners will not be accepted, but they are accepted at Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling Program. A complete list of the materials that will be accepted is available at the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning website: www.ucnj.org/recycle
Additionally, several local businesses and organizations provide E-cycling opportunities:
Goodwill and Dell have teamed up to recycle computers. Goodwill in Union County is located at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield 07081, next to Macy’s Furniture. Call Goodwill at 973-912-0156 for more details or visit their web site: www.reconnectpartnership.com.
Best Buy stores now offer electronics recycling, including TVs, computer monitors, DVD players and other consumer electronics. Visit their website (www.bestbuy.com) for store locations, or call toll-free for information about electronics recycling: 1-888-237-8289.
Staples also offers a computer recycling program seven days a week. For more information, visit the Staples web site for store locations: www.staples.com.
Waste Management accepts “covered electronics” (TVs, monitors, computers, etc.) at 629-647 Amboy Ave., Elizabeth 07201, Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 908-629-9270.
An alternative drop-off program for recycling electronics equipment is available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Newtech Recycling, 600-A Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873; 732-564-3110. Visit www.newtechrecycling.com.
For more information, call the Union Co. Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.