Sanitation to host SAFE Disposal event at Orchard Beach Saturday

The city Department of Sanitation is hosting a SAFE Disposal event at Orchard Beach on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.
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City residents wanting to dispose of potentially harmful household materials may do so at the Department of Sanitation’s Bronx SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics) Disposal event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 30.

The drop-off event will be at the Orchard Beach Parking Lot, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents driving to the free event should follow Park Drive to the end. Walk-ins are welcome, too.

Residents may bring items such as automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and auto batteries; personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics; thermometers; syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container); household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, compact fluorescent light bulbs; and electronics, such as computers, televisions and printers.

Only city residential waste will be accepted.

Materials collected are either recycled, blended for fuel or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities for safe disposal. Electronics are responsibly recycled or refurbished for reuse through e-cycleNYC. Unwanted medications are managed by environmental police and incinerated to prevent unintentional poisonings or entry into the water supply.

For those unable to participate in these events, visit or contact 311 for options to handle auto products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices and syringes.

More information, with full list of accepted items, available at

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