Hazardous waste disposal event comes to Staten Island May 19

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Islanders can safely dispose of potentially harmful household products at a special event at the Staten Island Mall May 19.

brookfieldJPG.JPG“Commonly used household products can be harmful to you, your family, your pets, city workers, and the environment if improperly stored, used, or discarded,” said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty, a resident of Great Kills.

Materials accepted include common residential items such as auto fluids, batteries, electronics, glues, medications, and paint products. Only New York City residential waste will be accepted at the “Safe Disposal” events.

Not sure what to bring? Here’s a hint: if you have a product with “danger,” “warning” or “caution” on it that you don’t need, you should bring it to the event. According to the Sanitation Department, products labeled “danger” represent the highest hazard level.

The Sanitation Department is organizing and funding the Safe Disposal Events with Herbert Lehman College, New York City Parks Department, St. John’s University, and Staten Island Mall/General Growth Properties.

Unwanted medications will be managed by Sanitation’s Environmental Police Unit and incinerated to prevent accidental poisonings or entry into the water supply.

Depending on the product, materials collected will either be recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities for safe disposal.

No commercial vehicles are allowed. Residents must provide proof of city residency.

The Staten Island Safe disposal event will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in parking lot F near the main entrance.

“This is a great opportunity as part of their spring cleaning for New York City residents to remove potentially harmful products that they may have stored in their closets, cabinets, storage areas, basements, and garages.” said Doherty.

For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/safedisposal.

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