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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:

  • Saturday plus the last Friday of every month

2014-2015 Special Waste Schedule

 Month  Saturday Schedule  Friday Schedule
October 2014 October 4, 11, 18 October 24
November 2014 November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 28
December 2014 December 6, 13, 20, 27 December 26
 January 2015  January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  January 30
 February 2015  February 7, 14, 21, 28  February 27
 March 2015  March 7, 14, 21, 28  March 27
 April 2015  April 4, 11, 18, 25  April 24
 May 2015  May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  May 29
 June 2015  June 6, 13, 20, 27  June 26
 July 2015  July 11, 18, 25  July 24
 August 2015  August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  August 28
 September 2015  September 5, 12, 19, 26  September 25
 October 2015  October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  October 30
 November 2015  November 7, 14, 21, 28  November 27
 December 2015

 December 5, 12, 19, 26


NOTE: Closed Saturday, July 4 2015 & Friday, December 25 2015

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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

New Site: OPENING November 1, 2014
: Located at 74 Pike Slip between Cherry
Street and South Street under the Manhattan Bridge.

Manhattan 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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