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 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.

View a list of items that are accepted and not accepted at S.T.O.P. events.

Preparing Items

When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place them 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 that 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.

Sharp Items

Sharps (needles, syringes, and 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.

For questions about our S.T.O.P. Program, please contact us.

Mercury Recycling Program

Many old thermostats contain mercury. Now, you can bring your 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

S.T.O.P. Program hours are from 8 am to 3 pm.



Saturday, March 9

East MeadowEisenhower Park
Hempstead Tpke, Parking Field 3

Sunday, April 21

Long BeachCity Hall Parking Lot
Centre Street, (Off Park Avenue)

Saturday, May 11

South BellmoreNewbridge Road Park
2600 Newbridge Road

Sunday, June 9

Bay Park, East RockawayBay Park
198 First Avenue, East Rockaway

Saturday, July 20

LevittownToH Parking Field L2
Division Ave (Off Hempstead Turnpike)

Sunday, August 11

HempsteadDept. of Public Works
450 Milburn Avenue
Saturday, September 21Valley StreamValley Stream State Park
Fletcher Avenue Entrance
Sunday, October 20North WoodmereNorth Woodmere Park
750 Hungry Harbor Road
Saturday, November 16BaldwinBaldwin Park
3232 South Grand Avenue

Sunday, December 8

East MeadowEisenhower Park
Hempstead Tpke, Parking Field 3

Rev 12/28/23