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

The Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) Program is designed to provide area residents with a safe, environmentally sound method of disposal of the many hazardous materials found in the average home. By bringing such toxins as antifreeze, drain cleaners and pesticides on any of the scheduled S.T.O.P. collection days, you and your family can make a significant contribution to the protection of our precious groundwater supply and the preservation of our bays and estuaries. Please join with us in cleaning our homes of hazardous material and ensuring their proper collection and disposal. Together we can ensure the continued integrity of our fragile ecosystem.

When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic bag or larger container. Make sure all caps and lids are tight. Place items securely in a box for transportation. Use newspaper or cardboard to keep items from tipping or hitting each other. Place chemicals which may react with each other in separate areas of the vehicle. Do not leave products in a hot, unventilated vehicle for an extended period of time. Do not smoke near chemical products. Wear rubber gloves when handling containers.

Waste from commercial establishments, schools, churches, synagogues or home businesses will not be accepted. No commercial vehicles are permitted.

Residents residing in our collection districts can dispose of electronic recycling items by calling special pickup. All residents of the Town of Hempstead may dispose of electronic waste at the Homeowner Disposal Area, 1600 Merrick Road, Merrick, 11566. For additional information contact (516) 378-4210, prompt #6.

Sharps (needles, syringes & lancets) are NOT accepted at S.T.O.P. events. Information regarding the safe disposal of sharps can be found at the New York State Department of Health. Information about the safe disposal of unused medicines can be found at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and/or using the Drug Enforcement Administration's Controlled Substance Public Disposal search tool.

Fior questions about our S.T.O.P. Program, please call 516-378-4210, phone prompt #6.

Items Accepted at S.T.O.P.

* Limit 6 in 5-gallon containers only.

Aerosol cans
Ammonia
Antifreeze*
Asbestos (double bagged)
Batteries - Car
Batteries - Household
Bleach
Bug & Rodent Killers
Chemistry Sets
Degreasers
Disinfectants
Drain Cleaners
Fertilizers with Herbicides
Fire Extinguishers - One-Time Use
Flammable Liquids (fire starter, gasoline* and diesel fuel*) Fluorescent Lamps and CFLs in shatterproof containers including ballasts

Kerosene*
Lacquers
Latex & Oil-Based Paints
Oven Cleaners
Paint Strippers
Paint Thinners & Brush Cleaners

Pesticides

Photography Chemicals
Polishes & Wood Preservatives
Propane Tanks - 20 lb.
Solvents
Spot Removers
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Telephone Books
Thermostats (containing mercury)
Tires (car - off rims)
Varnish
Waste Oil*
Weed Killers

Items NOT Accepted at S.T.O.P.
Ammunition
Electronic Recyclable Waste
Explosives
Fire Extinguishers - Commercial
Fireworks
Infectious or Medical Waste, Sharps
Medications
Oxygen Tanks
Propane Tanks - larger than 20 Pounds
Radioactive Materials
Unlabeled Materials

Mercury Recycling Program

Many old thermostats contain mercury. Now, you can bring you old thermostat to a S.T.O.P. event, keep mercury out of the waste stream and receive a $5 gift card to a local home center compliments of Covanta Energy. (Limit of 5 offers per household, please.)

S.T.O.P. Program Schedule

2018 S.T.O.P. Collection Dates
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday
March 24
East Meadow Eisenhower Park
Parking Field 3
Sunday
April 29
Long Beach City Hall Parking Lot
Centre Street off Park Avenue
Saturday
May 19
Bellmore Newbridge Road Park
Newbridge Road
Sunday
June 24
East Rockaway Bay Park
1st Avenue
Saturday
July 28
Levittown Town of Hempstead Parking Field L2
Division Avenue
Sunday
August 19
Hempstead Village of Hempstead Dept. of Public Works
450 Milburn Avenue
Saturday
September 15
Valley Stream Valley Stream State Park
Fletcher Avenue Entrance
Sunday
October 14
North Woodmere North Woodmere Park
Branch Boulevard
Saturday
November 17
Baldwin Baldwin Park
3232 South Grand Avenue
Saturday
December 8
East Meadow Eisenhower Park
Parking Field 3

For further information please call (516) 378-4210, Option 6.

Partial funding for the S.T.O.P. Program is provided by a grant from
the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Presented in cooperation with the Nassau County Department of Parks.
Updated 12/12/17.