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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 cannot:

  • 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.


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.

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 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:

  • 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 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.

All these facilities are generally located within DSNY garages and are sometimes not immediately visible. If you are having trouble locating the site, please ask for a Garage Foreman or Supervisor.


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.


Located at 459 North Henry Street in Greenpoint.


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


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, 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.

SAFE Disposal Events provide New York City residents with a one-stop method to get rid of potentially harmful household products.

During an event, you can visit one of the locations and dispose of SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronic) products. These include items such as:

  • Automotive fluids (Tires are not accepted)
  • Household Cleaners
  • Unwanted or expired medication
  • Lightbulbs
  • Paint (oil-based and latex)
  • Batteries
  • Computers
  • TVs

You can only dispose of residential waste.

Appliances with CFC or Freon such as refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are not accepted at SAFE Events. Household appliances are not accepted and should be recycled curbside. Commercial vehicles are not allowed.

Events are held in the spring and fall in every borough. Spring 2020 events will be announced in late winter.

Learn about SAFE Disposal Events.

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

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.