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2023 Spring SAFE Events Schedule

OANA has received word of a SAFE Disposal event for harmful household products in Astoria park!!! Please see the following notice.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has announced its Spring 2023 SAFE Disposal (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Events schedule. The events provide city residents with an easy way to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products. The first event of the season will be held Sunday, April 1 at the Midland Beach parking lot on Staten Island.

Household products such as pesticides, strong cleaners, mercury-containing devices, paints, automotive fluids, and medications may be brought to the drop-off events. Residents can also bring electronics, which may no longer be collected with trash and other recycling, due to a New York state law. Only NYC residents’ waste will be accepted.

The Department will hold five SAFE Disposal events this spring, one in each borough. All events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.

The spring events are:

Saturday, June 3 – Queens
Astoria Park Parking Lot
Vehicle entrance accessible from Ditmars Boulevard to 21st Street
Pedestrian walk-in area available

To identify harmful products, look for items marked DANGER, WARNING, POISON, or CAUTION.

 Examples of Accepted Items

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and auto 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, compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Electronics, such as computers, televisions, and printers.

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 ecycleNYC. Unwanted medications are managed by environmental police and incinerated to prevent unintentional poisonings or entry into the water supply.

DSNY relies on several partners and contractors to make these events a success, including the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Columbia University/Teacher’s College, Covanta Energy, Citiwide Professional Services Inc., ERI, Veolia ES Technical Solutions.

For those unable to participate in these events, visit www.nyc.gov/safedisposal or contact 311 for additional disposal options.

Please share  with your followers on social media:

Safe New Yorkers know you NEVER throw flammable items, chemicals or electronics in the trash – you bring them to a @NYCSanitation SAFE Event! Find all events, accepted items, and full info: nyc.gov/safeevents.

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