SAFE Disposal Events

DSNY hosts SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events every year. Events are held in all five boroughs, and NYC residents can drop off chemical products, medical waste, and electronics. You may be asked to provide proof of NYC residency (NYS driver license, utility bill). These events are for NYC residents ONLY, not businesses. Commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Upcoming Events

There are no SAFE Disposal Events scheduled at this time.

What to Bring

We DO NOT accept plug-in appliances (microwaves, vacuum cleaners, box fans) or ones containing CFCs.

How to Bring It

Read item labels carefully before handling. Follow directions for any items labeled DANGER, POISON, or CAUTION.

To get items ready for transport:

  • Label products clearly
  • Seal containers tightly
  • Place syringes and lancets in leak-proof, puncture-resistant containers (like "sharps" containers)
  • Pack leaky items inside larger containers, using absorbent material to soak up excess fluid
  • Put items with broken glass into separate sealed bags or boxes.

NOTE: DO NOT mix products or bring open containers.

What Happens to It

Materials collected are either recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities for safe disposal. Electronics are recycled or refurbished for reuse through ERI. Unwanted medications are managed by environmental police and incinerated to prevent unintentional poisonings or entry into the water supply.