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 garbage 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 garbage.
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 garbage. 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.
You can drop off the following electronic items at a special waste drop-off site:
- Small servers
- MP3 Players
- VCRs/DVDs/DVR players
- Fax machines
- Video game consoles
- Cable/satellite boxes
- Computer Mice
Bring fluorescent lightbulbs and lamps to a Special Waste Site or double bag them and put them in your regular household garbage.
Bulbs longer than 4 feet are not accepted at Special Waste Sites and must be put in the garbage.
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.
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 garbage.
Paint, Turpentine, Household Chemical, or Tar
Oil-Based Paint, Paint Thinner, Turpentine, Household Chemicals, or Tar: To throw out small amounts of these liquids, pour them into a black garbage bag filled with kitty litter, newspaper, or other absorbent materials that will soak up the paint and keep it from leaking. Then dry the empty can and put it in your recycling.
To throw out more than a couple of cans of these liquids, contact a private hauler or environmental services company.
Latex or Water-Based Paint: Take full or partially used cans of latex or water-based paint to a Special Waste site. You can bring up to 5 gallons each visit.
Empty metal paint cans can be recycled. Non-metal cans should be discarded as trash.