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Press Release #16-31
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
CONTACT: Vito A. Turso/Belinda Mager 646-885-5020

DSNY Announces Next Round of SAFE Disposal Events

More than 14,000 Residents Brought more than 1.3 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Harmful Household Waste and Unwanted Medications to First Round of Events

More than 14,000 residents brought potentially harmful household materials to the five citywide SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events held earlier this year. In partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation, Columbia University, NYPD, Veolia and ERI, the New York City Department of Sanitation collected more than 1.3 million pounds of electronics, harmful household materials and unwanted medications.

“Every year, more and more residents attend our SAFE Disposal Events,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “These events provide a safe and convenient option for New Yorkers to dispose of their old computers and TVs, as well as other harmful household products, like household chemicals, paints and medications.”

The next five SAFE Disposal events will be:

  • Bronx
    Saturday, August 13
    Fordham University Parking Lot on Southern Blvd
    Cars approach from Bedford Park Blvd
  • Brooklyn
    Saturday, August 27
    Floyd Bennett Field Flatbush Ave/Marine Pkwy
    Cars enter along Flatbush Ave and make a left into the main entrance, immediately before the toll bridge
  • Queens
    Saturday, September 17
    Astoria Park Parking Lot - Hoyt Ave and 19th Street
    Cars enter from Ditmars Blvd onto 21st Street
  • Manhattan
    Sunday, September 25
    Union Square North Plaza
    South of 17th St between Park Ave & Broadway
    Cars enter at Park Ave & 18th St
  • Staten Island
    Saturday, October 22
    Midland Beach Parking Lot - Father Capodanno Blvd and Hunter Ave
    Cars approach from Slater Blvd

Residents unable to attend these events should visit or contact 311 for year-round options to handle items such as automotive products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices, and syringes.

Materials collected are either recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities for safe disposal.

Electronics are responsibly recycled or refurbished for reuse through e-cycleNYC.

Unwanted medications are managed by environmental police and incinerated to prevent unintentional poisonings or entry into the water supply.

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 500 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.