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  • Special Waste Sites are closed until further notice.
  • Spring 2020 SAFE Disposal Events have been canceled.
  • DSNY Garages are not accepting tires for disposal.

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Special Waste sites are open Saturdays, and on the last Friday of every month, from 10 AM to 5 PM. To enter, residents must show a valid New York license and vehicle registration with a New York City address. These sites are not available for businesses.

If arriving without a vehicle, you can provide a picture ID and proof of residency, such as a utility or telephone bill that contains your name and New York City address.

You may bring:

  • Automotive and household batteries
  • Straight fluorescent light tubes of up to 4 feet
  • Motor oil filters and motor oil
  • Transmission oil
  • Uncontaminated latex paint
  • Thermostats
  • Unbroken thermometers containing mercury
  • Electronic items

You can't:

  • Dispose of bulk items
  • Dispose of commercial waste
  • Have commercial license plates
  • Leave material at the entrance when the site is closed

If you are a business looking to dispose of special waste, you must contact an environmental services company for safe disposal.

Get information about special waste drop-off sites and hours of operation.

Get a brochure with details on how to dispose of potentially harmful items safely.

Asbestos

Asbestos cannot be discarded with regular trash. For disposal of asbestos or items containing asbestos, contact a private hazardous/chemical waste company.

Automotive or Household Batteries

Automotive and Scooter Batteries: Bring automotive and scooter batteries to a Special Waste Site or a retail store or service station that sells auto batteries. If you buy new battery at the same time or within 30 days, the $5 tax on the new battery will be waived or refunded.

You may be fined for putting automotive batteries in the regular trash or recycling.

Rechargeable Household Batteries: Rechargeable household batteries include batteries from laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras. Bring them to a Special Waste Location or drop them off at many stores including most Staples and Radio Shack locations.

Non-Rechargeable Household Batteries: Put non-rechargeable alkaline household batteries in your regular trash.

Cooking Oil

Household Cooking Oil: Let cooking oil cool then pour it into a leak-proof container made of plastic or metal. Clearly label the container as containing cooking oil. Place it next to or in your regular trash. Do not pour cooking oil down the drain because it causes sewer backups.

Restaurant Cooking Oil: Restaurants must use a private carter to dispose of their cooking oil.

Electronics

You can drop off the following electronic items at a special waste drop-off site:

  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Small servers
  • Printers/scanners
  • Tablets/e-readers
  • MP3 Players
  • VCRs/DVDs/DVR players
  • Fax machines
  • Video game consoles
  • Cable/satellite boxes
  • Computer Mice
  • Keyboards

Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Bring fluorescent lightbulbs and lamps to a Special Waste Site or double bag them and put them in your regular household trash. 

Bulbs longer than 4 feet are not accepted at Special Waste Sites and must be put in the trash.

Gasoline, Motor Oil, Antifreeze, or Tires

Gasoline: Contact a hazardous material or chemical waste disposal company. NEVER pour gasoline down the drain or in a sewer.

Motor Oil: Bring motor oil to any gas/service station that changes oil or any retailer that sells oil. These locations are required by law to accept up to five gallons of oil per day, per person, for free. 

Antifreeze: Contact a hazardous material or chemical waste disposal company or check if your local gas/service station will accept antifreeze if properly packaged. The City does not handle antifreeze because it is potentially toxic to humans and animals.

Tires: Bring up to four passenger car tires to a Special Waste Site or any Department of Sanitation garage, Monday to Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM, excluding holidays. Garages are open Monday to Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM, excluding holidays. You must show a valid New York license and vehicle registration with a New York City address. No commercial vehicles are permitted.

Medicine

Refer to the printed material that came with your prescription medication for specific disposal instructions.

If you do not have specific instructions, mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. Then put them in a solid and non-descript containers such as empty cans or a sealable bag before putting them in your regular trash.

Paint

You can throw out small amounts of paint in your regular trash. If you need to throw out more than a couple of cans, contact a private hauler or environmental services company.

To dispose of paint with your regular trash, you must pour any remaining liquid into a black trash bag filled with kitty litter, newspaper, or other absorbent materials. This will help soak up the paint and keep it from leaking.

Put the empty, dry paint can or container in your recycling if it's made of metal, glass, or plastic. If it's not recyclable, discard it with your trash.

If you need to dispose of latex paint, you can also take up to 5 gallons per visit to a Special Waste Site.

Paint Thinner, Turpentine, Household Chemicals, or Tar

You can throw out small amounts of paint thinner, turpentine, household chemicals, or tar in your regular trash. If you need to throw out more than a couple of cans, contact a private hauler or environmental services company.

To dispose of these items with your regular trash, you must pour any remaining liquid into a black trash bag filled with kitty litter, newspaper, or other absorbent materials. This will help soak up the liquid and keep it from leaking.

Put the empty, dry can or container in your recycling if it's made of metal, glass, or plastic. If it's not recyclable, discard it with your trash.

Special Waste Sites are generally located in DSNY garages and are sometimes not immediately visible. If you're having trouble locating the site, please ask for a garage foreman or supervisor.

Bronx

Located in Hunts Point at Farragut Street and the East River, next to the Fulton Fish Market. The entrance is on Farragut Street, off Food Center Drive.

Brooklyn

Located at 459 North Henry Street in Greenpoint.

Manhattan

Located at 74 Pike Slip between Cherry Street and South Street, under the Manhattan Bridge.

Queens

Located in College Point at 30th Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets, at the northwest corner of the DSNY Queens District 7 garage. Enter at 30th Avenue off College Point Boulevard and take a left after 122nd Street.

Staten Island

Located at the foot of Muldoon Avenue, off the Muldoon Avenue exit (Exit 5) of the southbound West Shore Expressway (440), adjacent to the DSNY Staten Island District 3 garage.

You can drop-off potentially harmful household products at a SAFE Disposal Event. Events are held in the spring and fall in every borough. 

Accepted Items

SAFE Disposal Events accept SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronic) products, including:

  • Automotive fluids
  • Household cleaners
  • Unwanted or expired medication
  • Lightbulbs
  • Paint (oil-based and latex)
  • Batteries
  • Computers
  • TVs

Only residential waste from New York City is accepted at SAFE Disposal Events.

Items Not Accepted

SAFE Disposal Events don't accept:

  • Commercial waste
  • Household appliances, including appliances with CFC or Freon such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers
  • Tires
  • Waste generated from outside New York City

Commercial vehicles aren't allowed at SAFE events.

Learn more about SAFE Disposal Events.

There are no longer public dump sites in New York City.

There are only Special Waste Disposal sites for items such as batteries, paints, and motor oils. 

Do not bring bulk items to Special Waste Disposal sites.