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Press Release #17-16
Monday, March 27, 2017
CONTACT: Vito A. Turso/Belinda Mager 646-885-5020

2017 SAFE Disposal Events Announced; Events Provide NYC Residents Easy Option for Disposal of Potentially Harmful Household Items

First Event Sunday, April 2 in Brooklyn

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced the first five 2017 dates for the Department’s annual SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events. The events provide City residents with a one-stop drop-off to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products. Last year, more than 1,110 tons of material was collected. This year, the first event is Sunday, April 2 in Brooklyn.

Household products such as pesticides, strong cleaners, mercury-containing devices, paints, automotive fluids, and medications may be brought to the drop-off events. Residents can also bring electronics, which may no longer be left for curbside collection due to a New York state law.

To identify harmful products, look for items marked DANGER, WARNING, POISON, or CAUTION . Please also bring other materials stored in your home that you know may be harmful. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted.

“Our SAFE Disposal events give city residents a quick, convenient way to dispose of potentially harmful products, the items many of us have under the sink, or in the back of a closet,” said Commissioner Garcia. “We are also thankful to our partners for helping make these events a success year after year.

In 2017, DSNY will hold ten SAFE Disposal events, two per borough. The first five are:

  • Brooklyn
    Sunday, April 2
    Prospect Park, Park Circle
    Corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW
    Cars enter from Parkside Ave
  • Manhattan
    Sunday, April 30
    120 St between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave
    Cars approach from Seminary Drive down Amsterdam Ave
  • Staten Island
    Saturday, May 6
    Midland Beach Parking Lot
    Father Capodanno Blvd & Hunter Ave
    Cars approach from Slater Blvd
  • Bronx
    Saturday, May 13
    Orchard Beach Parking Lot
    Follow Park Drive to the end
  • Queens
    Saturday, June 10
    Citi Field Park Parking Lot A
    Cars approach from Shea Avenue & 126 Street
  • All events are rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Examples of Accepted Items

    • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and auto batteries
    • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
    • Thermometers
    • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
    • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, compact fluorescent light bulbs
    • Electronics, such as computers, televisions, and printers.

    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.

    DSNY relies on several partners and contractors to make these events a success, including the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Columbia University, Teachers College, Covanta Energy, Electronic Recyclers International, and Veolia ES Technical Solutions.

    For those unable to participate in these events, visit or contact 311 for other year round options to handle auto products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices, and syringes.

    About the New York City Department of Sanitation

    The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 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.