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 to get rid of highly flammable liquids. You can also take them to a SAFE Disposal Event.

You can dispose of your special waste at SAFE Disposal Events (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics). SAFE Events are usually held in the spring and fall.

Only residential waste from New York City is accepted. You must bring a valid ID and proof of NYC residency, such as a phone or utility bill.

Commercial waste and commercial vehicles are not 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

All events run from 10 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine.

Queens: Saturday, September 14, 2024
Cunningham Park, Ball Field Parking Lot
Cars enter on Francis Lewis Boulevard between Union Turnpike and Grand Central Parkway
Walk-in area available

Manhattan: Sunday, September 22, 2024
Union Square, North Plaza
South side of 17th Street, between Park Avenue South and Broadway
Cars approach from Park Avenue South & 20th Street
Walk-in area available

Brooklyn: Sunday, September 29, 2024
Brooklyn Army Terminal, Pier 4 Parking Lot
Cars line up at 63rd Street and 2nd Avenue (follow blue signs to Ferry Parking)
Co-Sponsored by NYCEDC

Staten Island: Saturday, October 19, 2024
Midland Beach Parking Lot 8
Father Capodanno Boulevard & Hunter Avenue
Cars approach from Slater Boulevard

Bronx: Saturday, October 26, 2024
Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Cars follow Park Drive to the end

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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