Household Hazardous Waste Collection in New York City
Related to Hurricane Sandy
Working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and officials from New York City, NYSDEC is providing this information about the collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) generated in the five boroughs of the city as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy. This page provides information specifically for residents of New York City. For general information about HHW, including what can and cannot be accepted and details about HHW collection in other communities, see our general HHW information page.
HHW Drop-off Locations in New York City
Given the size and complexity of the HHW effort in NYC, all HHW is being collected from curbsides. There are no public drop-off locations for HHW in New York City.
Curbside Collection in New York City
The USEPA and New York City Department of Sanitation are picking up all HHW in the five boroughs. You may leave your HHW on your curbside using the following precautions:
- Separate HHW from regular trash and from other debris. Items that can be recognized as HHW (e.g., cans of paint, labeled chemicals, electronic waste, etc.) may simply be placed in a separate spot. If possible, place other wastes in clear plastic bags. If your HHW is not easily recognized (e.g., black trashbags of oily debris, items in unmarked boxes/bags, etc.), please attach a sign to your items saying, "Household Hazardous Waste."
- Keep HHW out of the street and otherwise protect it from damage by vehicles or other causes.
- Prevent spills of HHW on the curbside. If a container is leaking or in danger of leaking, please pack it in another leaktight container.
EPA's website has maps of Hurricane Sandy hazardous waste pickup sites in New York City. More information on Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery can be found at can be found on EPA's website at or by calling the USEPA at 888-283-7626 during normal business hours to obtain specific disposal information.
The New York City Department of Sanitation will be picking up white goods, such as refrigerators and other appliances, and will remove the refrigerants from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Refrigerants include chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases. These refrigerants will be removed from appliances by the city using USEPA certified recovery systems before the items are crushed or taken apart for recycling.
The New York City Department of Sanitation's website includes updates on the Hurricane Sandy response.