Free app connects residents with recycling information in handy mobile format.
Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the launch of Recycle Coach, a free app designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and engage the public in the principles of “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.”
Recycle Coach provides accurate, up-to-date information on Union County’s recycling events as well as local recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly mobile format.
“Recycle Coach is an excellent opportunity for Union County residents to obtain accurate, up-to-date information on both county recycling events and local recycling schedules with the touch of a button,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “We look forward to partnering with all 21 Union County municipalities on this exciting new initiative, and pitching in together to boost participation and improve recycling rates countywide.”
The app provides personalized collection schedules based on place of residence. Once a resident downloads Recycle Coach, their calendar will list Union County recycling events along with local curbside garbage and recycling schedules.
The app will advise if there are changes in local collection due to holidays or weather.
Recycle Coach users can also set up recycling reminders and improve their recycling rates through a “What Goes Where?” search tool.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is the first state to purchase the Recycle Coach app and make it available to all New Jersey residents free of charge.
“By improving recycling rates here in Union County, we will also be contributing to our state’s ongoing commitment as a national leader in recycling,” said Chairman Granados.
Union County Recycle Coach Link: http://ucnj.org/recycling/recycle-coach-app/
The Public Works - Recycling Department will collect Glass bottles (clear & colored), Tin & Aluminum cans, and Plastic bottles & jugs.
Styrofoam™ – drink cups & fast food containers - should be discarded in the garbage.
All items can be mixed together after a thorough rinsing & placed at the curb in a sturdy container (label container recycling for efficient pick-up). Remember: Items placed in plastic bags will not be collected!
Collection Schedule by District
DPW Schedules will change only on weeks where holidays fall, and in the event of a severe natural weather occurrence such as a snowstorm or hurricane, when services may be delayed or canceled. All recycling items must be placed at the curb by 6 am on your scheduled pick-up day. Please refer to your District for DPW pick-up schedule.
(Note: The voting wards and districts have not been changed)
Even side only West Curtis Street
Odd side only West Curtis Street
Odd side only on Roselle Street
Even side only on Roselle Street
|District 5||District 6|
|District 7||District 8|
|District 9||District 10|
Scheduled Newspaper and Paper Collection Day
Once every two weeks we collect cardboard, newspapers, junk mail & magazines.
The following are mandatory items in our recycling program:
- Newspapers - Stack in foot high bundles and tie 2 ways (length & width) with string or twine only.
- Corrugated Cardboard – You must first remove all tape, Styrofoam® packing materials & plastic bags and throw those things in the garbage. Then, flatten the cardboard and tie 2 ways with string or twine only.
- Magazines, mixed paper, stationary, and junk mail. Treat same as newspapers.
- Chipboard – included are gift boxes, cereal boxes, dry food boxes, frozen food boxes, beer sleeves, soda carriers, and tissue boxes. Flatten and tie with string or twine only.
- (Above items may be combined in a container labeled with recycling stickers and placed at the curb in lieu of tying with twine.)
- If these items are found in your garbage, you will receive a warning to comply. Repeat recycling scofflaws may receive a summons to appear in municipal court and fines totaling upwards of $250.00 per incident can be imposed.
- Batteries/Button Cell – must be brought to Union Co. Hazardous Waste Disposal Day. Rechargeable batteries (ALL SIZES) bring to retail locations. (Call 1-877-2 recycle) Alkaline batteries (ALL SIZES) throw in the garbage. Batteries will no longer be accepted at the Recycling Center.
- Depending upon the time of year, we will recycle other items on the alternating Thursdays and Fridays that are not Paper collection days. These days are clearly marked on your schedule by initials or symbols.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Concrete must be broken off of fence posts before we take the posts.
- All fuels and oils must be drained from mowers and blowers prior to?collection.
- Propane cylinders must be detached from BBQ grills.
- Wood and building materials must be cut to 4’ lengths and all nails removed or bent back prior to collection.
- We cannot collect wet paint – driveway sealers – spackles & putty – or waxes in liquid form. Remove the lids and allow product to harden or dry in the sun. Adding cat litter or shredded newspaper will speed this process.
- Use heavy duty plastic bags to discard loose trash.
- Cardboard boxes will be emptied of trash - but the boxes will then be left for the homeowner to recycle on P day.