Disposing of Your Household Hazardous Waste

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We use products in our day-to-day lives that we may or may not realize have a potentially damaging effect on the environment.  And when you want to discard the unused portion of a can of paint, you might not think much about that.  On a household basis, the quantity of waste that might otherwise be classified as “hazardous” is relatively small and, as such, does not come under the scrutiny of laws designed to protect the environment from the pollution that large quantities of the same materials might cause.  But when taken collectively as a community, especially given the current need to purge homes throughout the Rockaway peninsula of large quantities of long-stored materials, the amount of potentially hazardous waste being accumulated is significant.

 

To address the proper disposal of hazardous waste in Breezy Point, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has, through a FEMA contractor, has established a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Breezy Point.  It is located at in the Visitor Parking Lot at Beach 216th Street.

The following are some examples of waste material that should be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off:

  • Household Cleaning Agents
    • Ammonia-based cleaners, oven and drain cleaners, metal polishes, etc.
  • Paint and Related Products
    • All paints, especially oil-based, turpentine, stripper, rust remover, paint thinner, varnish, etc.
  • Automotive Fluids and Batteries
    • Motor oil and used filters, gasoline and diesel fuel, kerosene, antifreeze, windshield washer, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc.
  • Batteries
    • Lead-acid, NiCad, NiMH, Lithium, Mercury, etc.
  • Lawn and Garden Care Products
    • Pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodent-killers, etc.
  • Personal and Health Care Items
    • Alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, expired or damaged medications, nail polish and remover, hair relaxers, dyes and permanents
  • MiscellaneousFuel and Oil Tanks 
    • Fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, photographic chemicals, lighter fluids, shoe polish, fiberglass epoxy, moth balls, glue, etc.

The following items/wastes are NOT accepted:

  • Ammunition
  • Regulated Medical Waste, including used hypodermic equipment
  • Tires

If you have questions about potentially hazardous household wastes, call the EPA Regional Public Liaison at (888) 283-7626. 

See our  Resources section for more information.

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