April 9, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
The Division of Sanitation is holding its bi-annual SAFE (solvents, automotive, flammables, and electronics) Disposal Occasion at Astoria Park this Saturday which gives Queens residents an opportunity to responsibly eliminate their hazardous waste.
The occasion, to be positioned within the Astoria Park car parking zone at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Avenue, could have crews accepting residents’ hazardous waste, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to four p.m.
Crews will settle for hard-to dispose-of gadgets which are doubtlessly dangerous to sanitation employees, kids, pets, and New York’s water provide, if not accurately thrown away.
Accepted gadgets embody family merchandise reminiscent of pesticides, robust cleaners, paints; mercury-containing gadgets, thermometers; automotive merchandise reminiscent of oil, transmission fluid, and auto-batteries; cosmetics, medicine, and syringes, which have to be clearly labeled and put in a puncture-proof container.
Sanitation employees ask that these hazardous merchandise be labeled clearly, tightly sealed, and if leaking or damaged, positioned in a separate field or bag with absorbent materials reminiscent of sand or animal litter.
Electronics, reminiscent of computer systems, printers, and televisions, which may not be collected with trash and different recycling, in accordance with New York State, can even be accepted on the occasion.
“Folks look out for these occasions all yr,” stated a spokesperson for the Division of Sanitation, who additionally defined that there are harmful penalties to disposing of these things within the fallacious approach.
The spokesperson described incidents wherein residents threw away hazardous waste and consequently harmed sanitation employees. One incident concerned a resident throwing an oxygen tank within the rubbish, inflicting a rubbish truck to blow up and harming two sanitation employees. One other incident included somebody throwing away acid within the common rubbish, additionally ensuing within the hurt of sanitation employees.
“We attempt to make it simple for individuals to ensure their hazardous waste supplies are thrown away in a protected approach,” the spokesperson stated. “We undoubtedly respect individuals taking to time to do the precise factor.”
Supplies collected are both recycled, blended for gas, or despatched to licensed hazardous waste remedy services for protected disposal. Electronics are accurately recycled or refurbished to be reused by means of ecycleNYC.
Treatment will likely be incinerated to stop unintentional poisoning or water contamination.
Gadgets that won’t be accepted embody tires, air conditioners, humidifiers, and different home equipment.
Residents should present proof of NYC residency, reminiscent of a NYS driver’s license or utility invoice. No industrial automobiles are allowed.
In case you are a group group and are gathering digital waste and/or dangerous family merchandise on behalf of your aged or disabled group members, please e mail [email protected] to order a drop-off time.