Highly flammable liquids, such as gasoline, heating oil, and lighter fluid, should never be disposed of in the New York City municipal waste stream.

This includes:

  • Gasoline
  • Heating oil
  • Lighter fluid

Never pour these liquids down the drain or in a sewer. Contact a hazardous material or chemical waste disposal company or take them to a SAFE Disposal Event.

You can dispose of your special waste at SAFE Disposal Events (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics).

Only residential waste from New York City is accepted. Commercial waste and commercial vehicles aren't allowed at SAFE Events.

Learn more about SAFE Disposal Events.

Items Accepted

  • Automotive products
    • Antifreeze
    • Car batteries
    • Gasoline
    • Motor oil
    • Transmission fluid
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning products
  • Corrosive liquids
  • Cosmetics or beauty products
    • Hair developer
    • Nail polish
  • Electronics
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable liquids
  • Gas, helium, oxygen, or propane tanks
  • Ink or toner cartridges
  • Lawn and garden care products
  • Light bulbs (compact fluorescent or tubes)
  • Medical waste
    • Medication
    • Sharps (syringes, lancets)
  • ​Paint
    • Paint cans
    • Spray paint
  • Thermometers and thermostats

Items Not Accepted

  • Appliances with CFC or Freon
    • Air conditioners
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Refrigerators or freezers
  • Asbestos
  • Commercial waste
  • Cooking oil or grease
  • Tires
  • Waste generated from outside New York City

Upcoming SAFE Events

Each event is from 10 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine. You must register online and provide your email address to attend the event.

Staten Island - Saturday, May 7
Midland Beach Parking Lot
Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue
Cars approach from Slater Boulevard
Register for the event.

Bronx - Saturday, May 14
Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Cars follow Park Drive to the end
Register for the event.

Manhattan - Sunday, June 5
Columbia University/Teachers College
West 120 Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Cars approach from Seminary Row down Amsterdam Avenue
Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation
Register for the event.

Queens - Saturday, June 11
Astoria Park Parking Lot
Cars enter from Ditmars Boulevard onto 21 Street
Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation
Register for the event.

Brooklyn - Sunday, June 19
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Clinton Wharf and Ferris Street
Cars approach from Van Brunt Street and Hamilton Avenue down Bowne Street to Clinton Wharf
Register for the event.

You can bring motor oil to any service station that changes oil, or any retailer that sells oil. Such locations are required by law to accept up to five gallons of oil per day, per person, for free. 

To report a used oil take back program refusing to accept oil, send an email to info.sqg@dec.ny.gov. Make sure to include the name, location, and any other relevant details about the refusal or other issues (such as charging fees for acceptance, no signage, etc.).

You can also drop off your motor oil at a Special Waste Site or a SAFE Event. Learn more on the Special Waste Disposal page.

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