Catalogs & Junk Mail

  • Millions of trees are lost each year producing over 20 billion catalogs. 
  • Wildlife is displaced by the loss of sensitive habitat.
  • As trees grow, they help stop global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and the soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

You can help by:

Plastic Bags

  • Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year.
  • Only 1 to 3 percent are ever recycled.
  • Birds and marine mammals often mistake them for food and thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags.
  • Plastic bags are not biodegradable.
  • Producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.

The Solution

  • Paper or plastic -– or neither!  Use reusable shopping bags. You can buy them at your supermarket and other retailers.  Keep a few in your car for those unplanned stops at the store.
  • Most supermarkets accept plastic bags for recycling.  If your store does not, demand it.
  • If you are buying a single item, use the magic words - "I don't need a bag."  Do you really need a bag for a bottle of milk that has a handle?.

Expanded Polystyrene Recycling

Foam Pack Industries currently accepts White CLEAN EPS , most commonly known as Styrofoam™ from Commercial and Residential resources.  

Learn More

72 Fadem Road Springfield, NJ 07081         973-376-3700

Conservation Center/Recycling Center - Located off of Orange Ave. on Birchwood Ave.

No permit required for: motor oil & motor oil filters, glass bottles & jars, aluminum cans, steel/tin cans, plastics  (type 1 - 7), newspapers, mixed paper (junk mail/magazines), hardcover & paperback books, corrugated cardboard.  
Single use batteries are no longer accepted at the recycling center.


Permit required for: grass, brush, yard waste. Proof of residency & permit required for drop off.

Additional items can be recycled through Union County's recycling programs.  For more information visit:

Effective January 1, 2011 all TVs and Computers and Computer Monitors must be recycled.   Learn More

Curbside:   Newspapers & magazines must be bundled with twine and put at the curb. Corrugated cardboard must be flattened  and bundled with twine. Mixed paper and junk mail must be tied or put in paper bag at the curb. 

Commingled: Paper milk and juice cartons, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and jars type 1 & 2,  aluminum cans, foil, pie plates, glass bottles and jars, steel tin cans. Township of Cranford pickups are made rain or shine. Place your recyclables at the curbside by 7am on  the scheduled day or the night before pickup.   

Click here for the pick up schedule.

Conservation Center:  Separated type 1 & 2 and 3 to 7 plastics are accepted. 

Use the container with this sign for 3 to 7 plastics only.  

Styrofoam is not accepted.

Plastic Water Bottles

  • Roughly 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year - 100 million every day.
  • We are paying 2 to 4 times the cost of gasoline for a product that is practically free.
  • It takes 3 bottles of water to make & distribute 1 disposable plastic bottle.
  • 17 million barrels of crude oil are used to make all the plastic bottles consumed by Americans each year. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months.

The Solution

  • Tap water can be 1000 times cheaper than bottled water.
  • Drink tap water from a S'well or other BPA free reusable bottle.
  • Invest in a water filtration system or use Brita  pitchers or water bottles to help improve the taste of your tap water.
  • If you need to use water in a plastic bottle, please recycle.

Township Recycling

Conservation Center: 210 Birchwood Avenue

Conservation Center Hours:
Wed: 9:30am-3:20pm
Sat. & Sun.: 9:30am-3:50pm

Click here for the Recycling & Conservation web site.

Recycle Compact Florescent Light Bulbs at Home Depot

Fluorescent Bulbs are accepted for recycling at all of Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste days. In an effort to make recycling easier and more convenient, Union County is now offering fluorescent bulb recycling at municipal conservation centers including Cranford.  4’ and 8’ fluorescent bulbs are now being accepted for recycling, free of charge.