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Household Special Waste Drop-Off Sites

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items accepted
hours of operation
drop-off instructions 

take it back nyc for both mandatory and voluntary manufacturer and retailer take-back programs that deal with some of the products listed below.

SAFE disposal events for information about disposing of other harmful household products not accepted at these sites.

Items Accepted

NYC residents may bring the following materials to the NYC Department of Sanitation Household Special Waste Drop-Off Sites:

batteries: automotive*

auto batteries


batteries: alkaline**

alkaline batteries

batteries: lithium and rechargeable*,**

lithium & rechargeable batteries

motor oil & transmission fluid
(up to 10 qts per visit)* 

motor oil & transmission fluid

motor oil filters
(up to 2 filters per visit)

oil filters

fluorescent light bulbs*

fluorescent lamps

latex paint
(up to 5 gallons per visit)

latex paint

mercury containing devices 
(such as thermostats; up to 2 per visit)*
mercury containing devices

passenger car tires
(up to 4 per visit)*

passenger tires

*Residents should also check take it back nyc to find out where to bring these items. Some of the items above are required to be accepted at retailers (such as auto batteries, rechargeable batteries, motor oil & transmission fluid, and car tires ), while other items are voluntarily accepted.

** 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. (3) It is legal for residents to discard alkaline batteries in the regular trash.

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Hours of Operation

The sites are open from 10 am to 5 pm on the following days:

  • Friday before the last Saturday of each month
  • every Saturday, except for the last Saturday of each month

2014 Special Waste Schedule

 Month  Saturday Schedule  Friday Schedule
 January 2014  January 4, 11, 18  January 24
 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

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

Bronx: Located in Hunts Point at Farragut Street
and the East River, next to the Fulton Fish Market.
Enter on Farragut Street, off Food Center Drive.

Bronx Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site Map

Brooklyn: Located in Bensonhurst at 25th Avenue
and Gravesend Bay (next to DSNY Brooklyn District 11
garage and the Adventurers Amusement Park, formerly
known as Nellie Bly Amusement Park). 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, make a right on 25th Ave.

Brooklyn Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site Map

Queens: 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.

Queens Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site Map

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.
Staten Island Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site Map
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Drop-off Instructions

NYC residents must show a valid NY 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.

These sites are solely for non-commercial materials from NYC residents. Materials from a business, industrial, “fee for service,” or profit-making activity will not be accepted. Drivers with commercial license plates will not be allowed to enter the drop-off area. Any person attempting to illegally drop off bulk material at these sites may be subject to severe illegal dumping fines and impoundment of their vehicle.

These facilities may not be immediately visible since they are generally located within DSNY garages. If you have trouble locating the site, please ask for assistance from a DSNY Garage Foreman or Supervisor.

Upon arrival, check in with a DSNY official who will record your name, address, vehicle registration, and what Special Waste you are dropping off.

These sites operate on a monitored “do-it-yourself” basis. A DSNY official
will instruct residents to empty their Special Wastes into labeled storage containers. Be sure to dress accordingly — for example, sturdy shoes, casual clothing, and work gloves are recommended. If dropping off lithium or rechargeable batteries there are special handling requirements, see Safety and Packaging Requirements.

Residents are expected to deposit their empty paint cans, corrugated cardboard, and any trash into designated containers for proper recycling or disposal after emptying their Special Waste.

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