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Harmful Products

The NYC Department of Sanitation holds SAFE Disposal Events each spring (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to get rid of potentially harmful household products.

 upcoming events
 tips
 electronics & paint
 alternatives
 poison help
 prior events

ALSO SEE:
harmful household products
electronics recycling 


Upcoming Events

Check this page for the schedule of dates and locations for the next round of NYC SAFE Disposal Events.

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Tips
  • Products labeled with the following signal words are typically considered harmful household products: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
  • Alkaline batteries and latex (water-based) paint no longer contain hamful materials and can be discarded in the trash.
  • Syringes and lancets should be clearly labelled and packaged in a "sharps" contianer or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container.
  • Certain items can't or should't be discarded in the trash or recycling. 
  • When purchasing harmful household products, buy the right amount so you don't have excess materials to discard.

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Electronics and Paint

Electronics Recycling

  • Electronics can be dropped off at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples (no TVs), or the Lower East Side Ecology Center.
  • e-cycleNYC: NYC apartment buildings are eligible to participate in an innovative program that provides buildings with a free and conventient service to pick up and recycle unwanted electronics.
  • Beginning in 2015, it will be illegal to discard electronics in the trash.

Paint

  • Latex paint can be dropped off at any of the NYC Department of Sanitation’s household special waste drop-off sites.
  • Latex and oil-based paint can be dried out and discarded as trash. Remove lid and use kitty litter, newspaper, or other absorbent material to soak up paint. Empty metal and plastic paint cans should be recycled.

To find a place to donate electronics or paint, visit the NYC Stuff Exchange.

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Alternative Disposal Options

You don't have to wait until a SAFE Disposal event to get rid of certain harmful household products. Every product marked with a green asterisk (*) below has alternative disposal options. Click on the product for information. Please note, those marked with a red x are banned from disposal.

automotive

household cleaners

antifreeze

ammonia

auto batteries * x

bleach 

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 

glues 

nail polish remover

photo chemicals 

mothballs

 

nail polish 

electronics

nail polish remover

cell phones *

syringes/sharps *  

computers & peripherals *

 

 

mice/keyboards *   

housewares

 

monitors *   

fluorescent lamps and CFLs *   

 

printers *   

fuel (lighter fluid, gasoline, 

 

scanners  

kerosene) 

portable devices *

household batteries * 

 

e-readers  

mercury thermostats * x    

 

mp3 players *   

paint (latex)*   

 

tablets *   

paint (oil-based)

televisions & peripherals *

paint thinner and paint products 

 

cable/satellite receivers * 

pesticides/herbicides/insecticides

 

DVD players * 

pool chemicals 

 

DVRs *  

rechargeable batteries * x

 

VCRs *  

smoke detector

 

video game consoles * 

turpentine 

   

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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. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Prior Events

 Spring 2014
 Spring 2013
 Spring 2012


Spring 2014 SAFE Disposal Events

Attendees

Queens

Brooklyn

Bronx

Manhattan

Staten Island

Total

2,965

1,290

823

2,093

1,852

9,023

Public Notification

To notify NYC residents about these events, the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling produced the following materials:SAFE Disposal Event Mailer

DSNY Spring 2014 NYC SAFE Disposal Events mailer (pdf, 4.48MB). The DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling is sending this mailer to all residents in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

DSNY Press Release leaving NYCWasteLess. DSNY released a press statement on Thursday, April 3, 2014 announcing the SAFE Disposal events.

Commissioner Garcia visits the Queens SAFE Dispsoal Event:


Spring 2013 SAFE Disposal Events

Material Collected

Electronics

Medication

Mobile Phones

Other Household
 Hazardous Waste

Total

300,000 Lbs

1,900 Lbs

800 Lbs

368,000 Lbs

670,700 Lbs

Attendees

Queens

Brooklyn

Staten Island

Bronx

Manhattan

Total

1,461

2,058

2,067

379

1,199

7,164

Public Notification

To notify NYC residents about these events, the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling produced the following materials:SAFE Disposal Event Mailer

DSNY Spring 2013 NYC SAFE Disposal Events mailer (pdf, 3.53MB). The DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling is sending this mailer to all residents in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

DSNY Press Release leaving NYCWasteLess. DSNY released a press statement on Monday, March 4, 2013 announcing the SAFE Disposal events.

NYC SAFE Disposal Event video. Watch this short video to get a better idea of what to bring to the SAFE Disposal events, and what happens to the stuff you drop off.


Spring 2012 SAFE Disposal Events

Material Collected

Electronics

Medication

Mobile Phones

Other Household
 Hazardous Waste

Total

388,000 Lbs

1,750 Lbs

1,200 Lbs

524,000 Lbs

915,000 Lbs

Attendees

Manhattan

Queens

Brooklyn

Bronx

Staten Island

Total

2,276

3,743

2,307

694

2,065

11,085

Public Notification

To notify NYC residents about these events, the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling produced the following materials:

DSNY Spring 2012 NYC SAFE Disposal Events mailer (pdf, 3.53MB). The DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling sent this mailer to all residents in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

DSNY Press Release leaving NYCWasteLess. DSNY released a press statement on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 announcing the SAFE Disposal events.

NYC SAFE Disposal Event video. This short video gave a better idea of what residents could bring to the SAFE Disposal events, and what happened to the stuff that was dropped off.

BWPRR e-newsletter. New Yorkers subscribed to "Environmental, Recycling, & Waste Prevention News" received a newsletter in their inbox with information about the SAFE Disposal events.

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