Collection Information

Curbside Collection

Cans (max. size 45 gallons) or bags of household garbage, may not weigh more than 75 pounds each. Place at the curb prior to 5 AM on your regular collection day and no earlier than 7 PM the night before. Do not use cardboard boxes to contain refuse. If you are not sure of your regular household refuse pickup schedule, please call the Sanitation Department at (516) 378-4210.

Homeowner Disposal Area

The Sanitation Department's Homeowner Disposal Area, located at 1600 Merrick Road, Merrick is open Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 3 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, except Town of Hempstead observed holidays (Please see Holiday Collection Schedule for a listing of holidays observed by the Town of Hempstead).

All residents will be asked to provide proof of residency, such as a driver's license or a tax bill. The Homeowner Disposal Area is available to residents of unincorporated areas (except residents of Sanitation District 1) of the town. It is not available to residents of incorporated villages (except Hempstead and Freeport Villages).

Materials must be brought in non-commercial vehicles. All vehicles towing trailers of any size will be required to pay commercial disposal rates. Pickup trucks are to adhere to the following: must have a cap or be stacked no higher than the height and depth of the truck bed, and cannot have a toolbox mounted to the truck bed. Vans must adhere to the following: must have a backseat installed, side door with windows, no top racks, no interior doors separating the driver area from the cargo area, no shelving, mounted corkboards, etc. Each vehicle is limited to one (1) trip per day to the Homeowner Disposal Area.

Waste acceptable for disposal includes appliances, batteries, metal, electronics, tires, furniture, latex and water-based paint (See S.T.O.P. Program for oil-based paints), propane tanks (20 lb. tank minimum), recyclables, and non-burnable items. Stone material: cement, concrete, bricks (NO DIRT ACCEPTED) and other masonry material are limited to two (2) 32-gallon cans per trip. All construction and demolition debris must be bundled, bagged, or in cans. Compost: leaves, trees, grass, shrubs, etc. are limited to three (3) bags or two (2) 32-gallon cans per trip. No medical waste or hazardous waste allowed. All Town of Hempstead residents, including residents of incorporated villages within the township, are permitted to bring electronic waste (E-Cycle items) to the Homeowner Disposal Area.

For all questions and concerns regarding our Homeowner Disposal Area, please call (516) 378-4210, Option 8.


See Recycling Information.
Note: ALL cardboard and #1 & #2 plastics will now be recycled. Please DO NOT use cardboard boxes to contain refuse.

Hazardous Waste

See Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P) Program.


See E-Cycling guidelines.

Shredding Program

See Shredding Program for details and event schedule.

Automobile Parts

Automobile parts including vehicle frame parts, crankcases, transmissions, engines (drained), etc. will be accepted at the Homeowner Disposal Area or collected for metal recycling. Call (516) 378-8484 or (516) 378-4210, Option 2 for an appointment.

Waste Oil and Tires

These items may be delivered to the Homeowner Disposal Area (limit of five gallons of oil per visit). These items will not be collected at the curb. Per New York State law, waste oil may be brought to your local service station.

Propane Tanks

Unwanted 20 lb. barbecue propane tanks will be accepted at the Homeowner Disposal Area. Please take the following precautions when transporting all tanks:

  • All valves must be tightened securely
  • Do not transport propane tanks in car trunks

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees and wreaths will be collected on:

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Yard Waste Collection

Grass and leaves will be collected, separately, on Wednesday only (See exceptions under Yard Waste Collection Schedule below) for delivery to a composting facility. Sanitation crews will collect up to 20 bags of grass or 30 bags of leaves per week. Each bag may not weigh more than 75 pounds each. Please do not rake leaves into the street. Tree stumps, logs, and branches are to be tied together in a bundle approximately 2' x 2' x 4' in length and may not weigh more than 75 pounds. Please place at the curb.

Yard Waste will be collected every Wednesday except for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  • Wednesday, July 7, 2021
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Yard waste will be collected on the following Saturday dates:

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021

2021 "Clean-up Day" Collection Schedule

Residents are urged to take this opportunity to place out for pickup rubbish and other items you wish to discard (Exceptions to this include oil, car batteries, tires, construction debris, large furniture, large appliances, windows, or items containing Freon. See Special Pickup or S.T.O.P. Program for disposal of these items). All items should be tied or bundled and be no more than 2' x 2' x 4' and weigh no more than 75 pounds.

Clean-up Day Collection will be held on:

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Pharmaceutical Disposal

Unused pharmaceuticals are no longer collected by the Town of Hempstead Department of Sanitation. Information about the safe disposal of unused medicines can be found at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and/or by using the Drug Enforcement Administration's Controlled Substance Public Disposal search tool.

Special Pickup

To request a Special Pickup along with specific disposal instructions, please call (516) 378-8484 or (516) 378-4210, Option 2. Special pickup items include appliances, bulky metal items, furniture, mattresses, etc. Items containing Freon are collected separately and oil storage tanks must be cleaned and cut in half.

Special Pickup Items

* Items containing Freon (collected separately).
** Cleaned and cut in half.
***Must be enclosed within a sealed, bedbug-proof bag.
Glass should be taped to prevent shattering and possible injury to workers.
To safeguard children, state law requires that refrigerator doors be removed.
Convertible sofas must be tied and closed to avoid opening while handling.

The list of items for special pickup collection includes but is not limited to:
Air Conditioners *
Box Springs***
Freezers *
Hot Water Heaters
Humidifiers *
Lawn Mowers
Mattresses ***
Metal Objects
Oil Storage Tanks **
Refrigerators *
Snow Blowers
Steel Doors
Steel File Cabinets
Steel Furniture
Washing Machines
Water Storage Tanks
Water Softeners

Bedding Collection Policy

In the past few years, bedbugs have become a national health issue. These unwelcome guests are showing up in homes, hotels and businesses across the country. They latch onto backpacks, furniture, and mostly mattresses. Like many other townships, the Town of Hempstead is not immune to this problem. Therefore, in an attempt to do our part to stop the spread of bedbugs, and to protect our personnel and community, the town has issued the following collection practices in Sanitation Districts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7:

(a) Definitions. For purposes of this section, "Bedding" shall mean any mattress or box spring which can be used by any human being for sleeping or reclining purposes.

(b) Any person disposing of bedding for collection shall enclose such bedding within one bedbug proof bag. Such bag shall be constructed in such a manner and be of such size as to readily contain the bedding to be disposed of. Such bag must be securely sealed after the bedding is placed inside. Heavy duty bags that new mattresses are delivered in may be used. However, the mattress must be completely sealed inside the bag.

(c) Failure to enclose any bedding placed at the curbside or other designated areas for collection by the department (Special Collection) within a plastic bag pursuant to this section shall be deemed a violation of department regulations and Section 128 of the Town Code.

The new regulation is very clear; if you are discarding any bedding, mattress or box spring, it must be in a bedbug proof encasement bag and completely sealed. These cases may be purchased at local home improvement stores, department stores and some bedding stores (cost of cases vary from $3.50 to $8.00, depending on the size of bedding).

We are asking the public to comply, and if we all do our part, it will make a big difference in how we, as a community, deal with the growing bedbug problem.

For more information, please contact our Special Pickup Hotline at (516) 378-8484.


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