More than 14,000 Residents Brought more than 1.3 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Harmful Household Waste and Unwanted Medications to First Round of Events
More than 14,000 residents brought potentially harmful household materials to the five citywide SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events held earlier this year. In partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation, Columbia University, NYPD, Veolia and ERI, the New York City Department of Sanitation collected more than 1.3 million pounds of electronics, harmful household materials and unwanted medications.
“Every year, more and more residents attend our SAFE Disposal Events,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “These events provide a safe and convenient option for New Yorkers to dispose of their old computers and TVs, as well as other harmful household products, like household chemicals, paints and medications.”
The next five SAFE Disposal events will be:
Saturday, August 13
Fordham University Parking Lot on Southern Blvd
Cars approach from Bedford Park Blvd
Saturday, August 27
Floyd Bennett Field Flatbush Ave/Marine Pkwy
Cars enter along Flatbush Ave and make a left into the main entrance, immediately before the toll bridge
Saturday, September 17
Astoria Park Parking Lot – Hoyt Ave and 19th Street
Cars enter from Ditmars Blvd onto 21st Street
Sunday, September 25
Union Square North Plaza
South of 17th St between Park Ave & Broadway
Cars enter at Park Ave & 18th St
· Staten Island
Saturday, October 22
Midland Beach Parking Lot – Father Capodanno Blvd and Hunter Ave
Cars approach from Slater Blvd
Residents unable to attend these events should visit www.nyc.gov/safedisposal or contact 311 for year-round options to handle items such as automotive products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices, and syringes.
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.