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EPA, State and City Launch Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in New York City

Release Date: 12/07/2012
Contact Information: Elias Rodriguez, 732-672-5520, rodriguez.elias@epa.gov or Sophia Kelley, 212-637-3670, kelley.jessicasophia@epa.gov

      (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Department of Sanitation are collecting and properly disposing of potentially hazardous common household products from flood-damaged homes and residences in New York City. Beginning on Dec. 10 and continuing through Dec. 21, residents of the five boroughs of New York City may bring household products, including solvents, paints, cleaners, oil, propane tanks, batteries, petroleum products, weed/bug killers, car batteries, bleach and ammonia, to a drop-off location at Jacob Riis Park. The drop-off address is:

      Jacob Riis Park, 14899 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY
      Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
          Enter through main entrance and follow cones and flag men to the staging area. Drive carefully and please refrain from smoking in the vicinity of the collection area.
      “Household hazardous waste, such as petroleum products, old paint and pesticides can be dangerous and should be disposed of properly to protect people’s health and the environment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The EPA is urging people who were impacted by the flood waters from Hurricane Sandy to separate potentially hazardous products from their regular trash and bring them to our collection area.”
      Oil-contaminated debris or material contaminated by other petroleum or chemical products should be separated and stored in a well-ventilated area. If stored outdoors, the piles should be covered to keep rain from contaminating nearby soil and water. Any chemical or oil spills, such as from home heating oil tanks, must be reported to DEC at 1-800-457-7362.

      It is also important to clean and disinfect everything touched by flood waters as quickly as possible, since they may contain bacteria or toxic chemicals from sources as varied as pesticides, heating oil and sewage.

      Porous items need to be dried right away to prevent mold. If possible, household furnishings should be cleaned or disinfected. If they cannot be cleaned, they should be discarded. Hard, non-porous surfaces should also be cleaned. For detailed advice, see the State Department of Health’s website http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/ and http://www.epa.gov/sandy/factsheets.html

      The New York City Department of Sanitation will be picking up white goods, such as refrigerators and other appliances, and will remove the refrigerants from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Refrigerants include chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases. These refrigerants will be removed from appliances by the city using EPA certified recovery systems before the items are crushed or taken apart for recycling.

      The New York City’s Department of Sanitation offers updates at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/home/home.shtml.

      More information can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sandy.

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