The Town of North Hempstead will host the final Stop Throwing Out Pollutants event for 2020 on Satuurday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18 at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The S.T.O.P. program offers Town of North Hempstead residents the opportunity to dispose of dangerous and chemical wastes that cannot be disposed of with routine curbside pickups. Residents can return items such as aerosols, household chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, fertilizers, bulbs, thermostats, rechargeable and lithium batteries, TVs, and computers.
Latex and water-based paints, once dried out (usually 24-36 hours after the lid is removed) can be placed in a trash bag and thrown out with your regular household garbage. Latex and water-based paints will not be accepted at the S.T.O.P. collection site. Oil-based paints, on the other hand, are considered hazardous and will be accepted at any S.T.O.P. program.
Residents may also bring their sensitive documents to the S.T.O.P. event for proper shredding and destruction to prevent identity theft. Any documents brought will be shredded on-site by a document shredding company and then transported to a pulping mill for recycling. There is a limit of six “Bankers Box” sized boxes or bags of paper per car, per day. Every 2,000 pounds of paper the Town recycles equates to 17 trees saved.
The town does not accept pharmaceuticals at the S.T.O.P program. Pharmaceuticals may only be disposed of at designated pharmaceutical take-back events. Residents should check back on the Town’s website for scheduling of future pharmaceutical take-back events.
“The Town is pleased to be able to continue to offer its S.T.O.P. events to provide a convenient and environmentally responsible way for our residents to dispose of hazardous waste and sensitive documents,” said Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
Participants must be residents of North Hempstead (no commercial vehicles will be allowed) and need to show a driver’s license or other valid proof of residency. Only potentially hazardous household products and e-waste will be accepted. For safety reasons, residents also must remain in their vehicle while event staff removes items to be discarded. Please also leave pets at home so staff can safely remove items from your vehicle.
For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311 or (516) 869-6311 or visit northhempsteadny.gov/stopprogram
*The dates are subject to change as per New York State guidelines and COVID-19 restrictions.