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Kick Off Your Spring Cleaning with NYC Department of Sanitation SAFE Disposal Events

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 | Vito A. Turso/Belinda A. Mager

Press Release # 14-23, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced today that the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will hold its annual SAFE Disposal Events (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products.

NYC residents should bring products such as pesticides, strong cleaners, mercury-containing devices, paints, oils, electronics, and medications to this year’s SAFE Disposal Events. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted.

To identify harmful products, look for the following signal words: DANGER, WARNING, 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.

“We provide NYC residents with an easy way to safely dispose of potentially harmful products that often end up stored in their closets, cabinets, storage areas, basements, and garages,” said Commissioner Garcia. “We are excited to once again hold these events after last year’s incredible success when more than 7,000 attendees brought almost 700,000 pounds of material to our five events.”

All events will be held from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine).   

Date & Time



Saturday, April 26



Cunningham Park, Ball Field Parking Lot
Cars enter on Francis Lewis Blvd between
Union Turnpike & Grand Central Pkwy

Sunday, May 4



McCarren Park, Bedford Ave
between N 12th St and Lorimer St
cars approach from Driggs Ave & Lorimer St

Saturday, May 10



Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Follow Park Dr to the end

Sunday, May 11



Union Square, North Plaza
south side of 17th St between Park Ave & Broadway - cars approach from Park Ave & 20th St

Saturday, May 17

Staten Island

Midland Beach Parking Lot
Father Capodanno Blvd and Hunter Ave
cars approach from Midland Ave

DSNY is organizing the SAFE Disposal Events with the participation of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Materials collected during the DSNY SAFE Disposal Events will be recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities. In order to properly manage these materials, DSNY relies 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.

If you can’t participate in these events, please keep in mind that there are many year-round options to handle auto products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices, and syringes. Go to to learn more.

For additional information on the SAFE events, visit or call 311.