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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 14-23
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vito A. Turso/Belinda Mager


Kick Off Your Spring Cleaning with NYC Department of Sanitation SAFE Disposal Events

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced today that the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will hold its annual SAFE Disposal Events (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products.

NYC residents should bring products such as pesticides, strong cleaners, mercury-containing devices, paints, oils, electronics, and medications to this year’s SAFE Disposal Events. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted.

To identify harmful products, look for the following signal words: DANGER, WARNING, POISON, or CAUTION. Products labeled DANGER represent the highest hazard level. Please also bring any other materials stored in your home that you know may be harmful.

“We provide NYC residents with an easy way to safely dispose of potentially harmful products that often end up stored in their closets, cabinets, storage areas, basements, and garages,” said Commissioner Garcia. “We are excited to once again hold these events after last year’s incredible success when more than 7,000 attendees brought almost 700,000 pounds of material to our five events.”

All events will be held from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine).   

Date & Time

Borough

Location

Saturday, April 26
10AM–4PM

Queens

 

Cunningham Park, Ball Field Parking Lot
Cars enter on Francis Lewis Blvd between
Union Turnpike & Grand Central Pkwy

Sunday, May 4
10AM–4PM

Brooklyn

 

McCarren Park, Bedford Ave
between N 12th St and Lorimer St
cars approach from Driggs Ave & Lorimer St

Saturday, May 10
10AM–4PM

Bronx

 

Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Follow Park Dr to the end

Sunday, May 11
10AM–4PM

Manhattan

 

Union Square, North Plaza
south side of 17th St between Park Ave & Broadway - cars approach from Park Ave & 20th St

Saturday, May 17
10AM–4PM

Staten Island

Midland Beach Parking Lot
Father Capodanno Blvd and Hunter Ave
cars approach from Midland Ave

DSNY is organizing the SAFE Disposal Events with the participation of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Materials collected during the DSNY SAFE Disposal Events will be recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities. In order to properly manage these materials, DSNY relies on several partners and contractors including Covanta Energy, Electronic Recyclers International, HopeLine® from Verizon, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and Veolia ES Technical Solutions.

If you can’t participate in these events, please keep in mind that there are many year-round options to handle auto products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices, and syringes. Go to www.nyc.gov/wasteless/harmful to learn more.

For additional information on the SAFE events, visit www.nyc.gov/safedisposal or call 311.



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