To help residents dispose of harmful household products safely, DSNY hosts SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal Events throughout the year in all five boroughs.
Events are held, rain or shine, from 10 am to 4 pm. Because they are popular, be prepared for a line.
Only NYC residential waste is accepted at SAFE Disposal Events, and no commercial vehicles are allowed. Residents must provide proof of NYC residency, such as a NYS driver’s license or utility bill.
In 2016, DSNY collected and safely disposed of over two million pounds of harmful household products from 23,000 New Yorkers at ten separate events across the city.
The next series of SAFE Disposal Events begins in the spring. Check back in early 2017 or sign up for the NYC Zero Waste newsletter to learn about upcoming events.
If you are a community group and are collecting e-waste and/or harmful household products on behalf of your elderly or disabled community members, please email email@example.com to reserve a drop-off time. In the subject line, please indicate "SAFE Disposal Events – Community Drop-Off Request" and your organization name. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Look for items with DANGER, POISON, or CAUTION labels. Read labels carefully for safe handling.
Ensure that all the products are labeled clearly. Tightly seal containers. Don’t mix products or bring open containers. If an item is leaking, pack in a larger container and use an absorbent material, such as kitty litter or newspaper, to soak up excess fluid.
Place containers upright in a sturdy box to transport them.
Package syringes and lancets in a "sharps" container or other clearly labeled leak-proof, puncture-resistant container.
Place TVs and computer monitors with broken glass in separate sealed bags or boxes.
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.