How to Dispose of Special Waste

May 23, 2017 | By More

Because heavy metals are used to produce electronic equipment, under New York State law it’s illegal to throw away electronics with other garbage. Televisions, electronic readers, scanners, printers, digital music players and other equipment must be recycled by the manufacturers. Electronics and other special waste (see list below) can be disposed off safely at special waste drop-off sites.

Special Waste Drop-Off Sites

The following items are accepted at DSNY special waste drop-off sites:

  • Batteries, including automotive, rechargeable (such as small sealed lead acid batteries, Li-Ion, Ni-MH, Ni-ZN, Ni-Cd) and single-use (such as alkaline and lithium primary). Follow instructions below to prepare batteries before arrival.
  • Motor oil and transmission fluid (up to 10 quarts per visit)
  • Motor oil filters (up to two filters per visit)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs & CFLs
  • Latex paint (up to five gallons per visit)
  • Mercury-containing devices (up to two per visit)
  • Passenger car tires (up to four per visit)
  • Electronics (covered by the disposal ban)
Locations & Hours
  • Bronx: Hunts Point at Farragut Street and the East River, next to the Fulton Fish Market. Enter on Farragut Street, off Food Center Drive.
  • Brooklyn: Bensonhurst at 25th Avenue and Gravesend Bay, next to DSNY Brooklyn District 11 garage and the Adventurers Amusement Park, formerly known as Nellie Bly Amusement Park.
  • Manhattan: 74 Pike Slip between Cherry Street and South Street under the Manhattan Bridge
  • Queens: College Point at 30th Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets, at the northwest corner of the DSNY Queens District 7 garage.
  • Staten Island: Located at the foot of Muldoon Avenue, off the Muldoon Avenue exit of the southbound West Shore Expressway (440), adjacent to the DSNY Staten Island District 3 garage.

The sites are open from 10 am to 5 pm every Saturday and the last Friday of the month. Sites are closed on legal holidays, and may be closed during severe weather.

Rules & Procedures

DSNY drop-off sites are only for non-commercial materials from NYC residents. When you arrive at the drop-off site, you’ll be required to show a valid NYS driver’s license and vehicle registration. If you aren’t arriving by car, you can provide a picture ID and proof of residency, such as a phone or utility bill.

The drop-off location may not be immediately visible. If you have trouble finding the location, ask a DSNY garage foreman or supervisor at the site. DSNY officials will be there to instruct you, but the sites are do-it-yourself style. Wearing casual clothes and work gloves is strongly recommended.

Special Instructions for Batteries:

To prevent the risk of fire, individually bag each non-alkaline battery or use CLEAR tape to cover the terminals. Do not use opaque tape and do not bag or tape alkaline batteries.

At the drop-off site, place each battery into its designated collection container: alkaline, small sealed lead acid, auto, and “other”.

Other Disposal Options

Retailers and manufacturers accept certain items in take-back programs, including electronics. In addition, DSNY SAFE Disposal Events are held several times a year in all five boroughs.

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