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Household Special Waste Drop-Off Sites and Schedule

New York City residents may bring the following materials to Special Drop-Off Sites:

Automotive Batteries
Motor Oil and Transmission Fluid
Motor Oil Filters
Passenger Car Tires
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Mercury Containing Devices (such as thermostats)
Alkaline Batteries
Lithium and Rechargeable Batteries*
Latex Paint

Please note: NYC residents can return rechargeable batteries, auto batteries, motor oil & transmission fluid, and car tires to service stations or retailers that sell them.   

  • Retailers are required to accept up to ten rechargeable batteries per person without charge.
  • Retailers are required to accept up to two automobile batteries a month per person without charge.
  • Individuals can save the $5 surcharge by returning the used automobile battery when purchasing a new one.
  • Service stations and retailers that sell motor oil are required to accept up to five gallons a day per person at no charge.
  • Service stations and retailers that sell or install tires must take back the same number and type of tires they sell.
  • Certain retailers also take back compact fluorescent lamps for recycling on a voluntary basis

Visit Take it Back NYC for more information about these programs.

* Batteries: (1) Do not mix alkaline batteries with lithium or rechargeable batteries. (2) There are special handling requirements for lithium and rechargeable                batteries, see Safety and Packaging Requirements.

Drop Off Sites


Drop off Site Location / Directions

Map Location


The Manhattan Household Special Waste Drop-Off site is now closed due to the development of the Hudson Yards project.



1824 Shore Parkway / Located in Bensonhurst at 25th Avenue and Gravesend Bay, adjacent to the DSNY Brooklyn District 11 garage and the Adventurer's Family Entertainment Center amusement park (formerly known as Nellie Bly). From Belt Parkway, eastbound: Take exit 5 and head straight on Shore Parkway; make a right on 25th Ave. From Belt Parkway, westbound: Take left at Bay Parkway, left at Shore Parkway, and then make a right on 25th Avenue.

Map Site!


120-15 31st Avenue / Located in College Point at 30th Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets, at the northwest corner of the DSNY Queens District 7 garage. Enter at 30th Avenue off College Point Boulevard, take a left after 122nd Street.  

Map Site!


Located in Hunts Point at Farragut Street and the East River, next to the Fulton Fish Market. The entrance is on Farragut Street, off Food Center Drive.

Map Site!

Staten Island:

Located at the foot of Muldoon Avenue, located off the Muldoon Avenue exit of the southbound West Shore Expressway (440), adjacent to the DSNY Staten Island District 3 garage.

Map Site!

Please Note: As these facilities are generally located within DSNY garages, they are sometimes not immediately visible. If you are having trouble locating the site, please ask for a Garage Foreman or Supervisor. Household Special Waste Drop-off sites are available only to NYC residents, who must show a valid New York State driver's license and a vehicle registration with a NYC address. If arriving without a vehicle, NYC residents can provide a picture ID and proof of residency, such as a utility or telephone bill that contains their name and NYC address. The sites are solely for non-commercial NYC residential materials. Materials may not be from a business, industrial, "fee for service" or profit-making activity.

Sites are open Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM, except for the last week of each month, when they are open Fridays instead.

2014 Special Waste Schedule


2014 Special Waste Schedule

 Month  Saturday Schedule  Friday Schedule
January 2014 January 4, 11, 18, 25 January 31
February 2014 February 1, 8, 15 February 21
March 2014 March 1, 8, 15, 22 March 28
April 2014 April 5, 12, 19 April 25
May 2014 May 3, 10, 17, 24 May 30
June 2014 June 7, 14, 21 June 27
July 2014 July 5, 12, 19 July 25
August 2014 August 2, 9, 16, 23 August 29
September 2014 September 6, 13, 20 September 26
October 2014 October 4, 11, 18 October 24
November 2014 November 1, 8, 15, 22 November 28
December 2014 December 6, 13, 20 December 26

For more information on the Department's Household Special Waste Recycling Drop-off Program or any other Sanitation services, go to 311 Online.