SAFE Disposal Events 2016: Get rid of Harmful Products in NYC

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.

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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.

2016 Events

The list is updated as more events are scheduled.

  • Brooklyn
    Sunday, April 3
    Prospect Park, Park Circle
    Corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW
    Cars enter along Parkside Ave from Ocean Ave & Lincoln Rd
    Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation
  • Queens
    Saturday, April 30
    Cunningham Park, Baseball Field Parking Lot
    Cars enter on Francis Lewis Blvd, between Union Turnpike & Grand Central Pkwy
    Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation
  • Manhattan
    Sunday, June 26
    Columbia University/Teachers College
    120th St between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave
    Cars approach from Seminary Drive down Amsterdam Ave
    Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation

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 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.

Event Flyers

  • English
  • বাংলা (Bengali)
  • 正體字 (Chinese)
  • Français (French)
  • Kreyòl ayisyen (Haitian-Creole)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • Русский язык (Russian)
  • Español (Spanish)

Accepted Items

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and spent batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, spent compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics

How To Package Items

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.

What Happens to Collected Items

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.