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Spring 2014 SAFE Disposal Events


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Harmful Products

This Spring, the NYC Department of Sanitation is holding five SAFE Disposal Events (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to get rid of potentially harmful household products. If you cannot attend any of the events, see harmful household products for year-round disposal options.

Commonly used household products can be harmful to you, your family, your pets, city workers, and the environment if improperly stored, used, or discarded.

See press releaseleaving NYCWasteLess 

when & where  
NYC SAFE Disposal Event Mailer

order flyers here

who can participate
what to bring
how to package materials
what happens to this stuff
poison help hotline
SAFE events go social
event organizers
SAFE events in the news

harmful household products
electronics recycling

When & Where

All events will be held from 10am to 4pm (rain or shine).
For safety reasons, attendees may not unload their vehicles outside of the event area.

Date & Time



Saturday, April 26



Cunningham Park view map
Cars enter on Francis Lewis Blvd between
Union Turnpike & Grand Central Pkwy
Watch Video Directions

Sunday, May 4



McCarren Park, Bedford Ave view map

between N 12th St & Lorimer St
Cars approach from Driggs Ave & Lorimer St
Watch Video Directions

Saturday, May 10



Orchard Beach Parking Lot view map
Follow Park Dr to the end
Watch Video Directions

Sunday, May 11



Union Square, North Plaza view map

south side of 17th St between Park Ave
& Broadway;
cars approach from Park Ave 
& 20th St
Watch Video Directions

Saturday, May 17

Staten Island

Midland Beach Parking Lot view map
Father Capodanno Blvd & Hunter Ave
cars approach from Midland Ave
Watch Video Directions

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Who Can Participate

Only NYC residential waste will be accepted. No commercial vehicles allowed. Residents MUST provide proof of NYC residency (NYS driver's license, utilitly bill, etc.).

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What to Bring

Below is a partial list of the types of items that will be accepted at the NYC SAFE Disposal Events. When deciding what items to bring, look for products labeled with the following signal words: DANGER, 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.


household cleaners



auto batteries * x


motor oil *  x 

cleaners (strong) 

oil filters  

metal polish 

  oven cleaner 

personal care

rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol 

medications * 


medications - controlled x   

hobby supplies

mercury thermometers x 


nail polish remover

photo chemicals 



nail polish 


nail polish remover

cell phones *

syringes/sharps *  

computers & peripherals *



mice/keyboards *   



monitors *   

fluorescent lamps and CFLs *   


printers *   

fuel (lighter fluid, gasoline, 




portable devices *

household batteries * 



mercury thermostats * x    


mp3 players *   

paint (latex)*   


tablets *   

paint (oil-based)

televisions & peripherals *

paint thinner and paint products 


cable/satellite receivers * 



DVD players * 

pool chemicals 


DVRs *  

rechargeable batteries * x


VCRs *  

smoke detector


video game consoles * 




* click the link for alternative disposal options
x cannot be discarded in the trash or recycling

For all items, please read how to package materials below.

Items such as alkaline batteries and latex (water-based) paint no longer contain harmful materials and can be discarded in the trash. Latex paint must be dried out before the empty can is recycled; or you can pursue reuse options.

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How to Package Materials

How to Package Materials

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What Happens to This Stuff

Depending on the product, materials collected will either be recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities for safe disposal.

Electronics will be responsibly recycled or refurbished for reuse through e-cycleNYC.

Cell phones will be donated to the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, through Hopeline® from Verizon.

All data will be removed from electronics and cell phones before processing.

Unwanted medications will be managed by environmental police and incinerated to prevent accidental poisonings or entry into the water supply.

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Poison Help Hotline

If you think a family member (or pet) has been exposed to a harmful product, call the NYC Poison Control Center leaving NYCWasteLess Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 212-764-7667. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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SAFE Events Go Social

Share photos, ask us questions, and tell us your thoughts! What are you planning to bring? 


RSVP to these events and view photos.








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Event Organizers

These events are organized and funded by the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling.

We rely 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.

Special thanks to our site partner: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

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