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 with 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.

When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place 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 which 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. Please note that electronic recycling items will only be collected at E-Cycle events.

Bring your old incandescent light bulbs to a S.T.O.P. event and exchange for a FREE energy efficient bulb (up to 5). While supplies last.

Items Accepted at S.T.O.P.
* Limit 6 in 5 gallon containers only.

Aerosol cans
Ammonia
Antifreeze *
Asbestos (double bagged)
Bleach
Bug & Rodent Killers
Car Batteries
Chemistry Sets
Degreasers
Disinfectants
Drain Cleaners
Fertilizers with Herbicides
Flammable Liquids (fire starter)
Fluorescent lamps & CFLsin shatterproof containers
including ballasts
Household Batteries
Lacquers

Kerosene *
Latex & Oil-Based Paints
One-Time Use Fire Extinguishers
Oven Cleaners
Paint Strippers
Paint Thinners & Brush Cleaners
Photography Chemicals
Polishes & Wood Preservatives
20 lb. Propane Tanks
Solvents
Spot Removers
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Telephone Books
Thermostats (containing mercury)
Tires (car - off rims)
Varnish
Waste Oil *
Weed Killers

Items NOT Accepted at S.T.O.P.
Ammunition
Explosives
Commercial Fire Extinguishers
Fireworks
Electronic Recyclable Waste
Infectious or Medical Waste
Propane tanks larger than 20 Pounds
Oxygen tanks
Radioactive Materials
Unlabeled Materials

Mercury Recycling Program

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

2015 S.T.O.P. Collection Dates
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday
March 21
East MeadowEisenhower Park
Parking Field 3
Sunday
April 19
Long BeachCity Hall Parking Lot
Centre Street off Park Avenue
Saturday
May 16
BellmoreNewbridge Road Park
Newbridge Road
Saturday
June 13
East RockawayBay Park
1st Avenue
Sunday
July 12
LevittownTown of Hempstead Parking Field L2
Division Avenue
Sunday
August 16
HempsteadHempstead Village Dept. Public Works
450 Milburn Avenue
Saturday
September 19
Valley StreamValley Stream State Park
Fletcher Avenue Entrance
Sunday
October 18
North WoodmereNorth Woodmere Park
Branch Boulevard
Saturday
November 21
BaldwinBaldwin Park
3232 South Grand Avenue
Sunday
December 6
East MeadowEisenhower Park
Parking Field 3
For further information please call (516) 378-4210, Option 6.

Partial funding for the S.T.O.P. Program is provided by a grant from
the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Presented in cooperation with the Nassau County Department of Parks.