Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board would like to remind residents about the upcoming Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) event. The next S.T.O.P event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park’s North Lot.
“The Town is pleased to be able to continue to offer a convenient and environmentally responsible way for our residents to dispose of household hazardous waste, sensitive documents and e-waste all in one convenient location,” said Supervisor Bosworth.
The S.T.O.P. program offers Town of North Hempstead residents the opportunity to dispose of dangerous and chemical wastes that are 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, TV’s 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 6 “Bankers Box” sized boxes or bags of paper per car, per day. Once the documents are shredded, they will be placed into containers and sent directly to pulping mills. For every 2,000 pounds of paper the Town recycles equates to 17 trees saved.
The Town will be collecting pharmaceuticals at several events throughout the year. Please continue to check the Town’s website and social media pages for the latest information.
The S.T.O.P. events will also have a clothing donation area. Gently used and working clothes, stuffed animals, electronics, toys, sporting equipment, shoes, books, small area rugs, bikes, scooters, luggage, picture frames, table lamps, bolts of fabric, silverware, glassware, dishes, and cosmetics will be collected.
Participants must be residents of North Hempstead (no commercial vehicles will 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.
An additional S.T.O.P program will be held Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park (North Lot).
For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311 or 516-869-6311 or visit northhempsteadny.gov/stopprogram