Hempstead Town Residents Can S.T.O.P. Pollution and Help the Planet, Murray Announces 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Department of Sanitation kicks off the 2014 S.T.O.P. Program (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) this Sunday, March 23rd at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field No. 3) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The S.T.O.P. Program is an initiative that allows Hempstead Town residents to properly and safely dispose of household hazardous waste.

“You can help STOP pollution and help the planet,” Murray said. “Bring your household hazardous materials to one of our convenient S.T.O.P. events and dispose of them the environmentally sound way.”

Thanks to Covanta Energy, in an effort to keep mercury out of the waste stream, residents who bring their old thermostat containing mercury will receive a $5 gift card to a local home center (limit of 5 offers per household, please). Additionally, residents who bring their old incandescent light bulbs can exchange them for a free energy efficient bulb (up to 5), while supplies last.

The S.T.O.P. program is open to Town of Hempstead residents. Waste from commercial establishments, schools, houses of worship or home businesses will not be accepted.

Commercial vehicles are not permitted at S.T.O.P. events. Electronic recycling items will not be collected at S.T.O.P. events (the next E-Cycle event will be held on Sunday, May 4th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Park Point Lookout Parking Field in Point Lookout). The STOP program is partially funded by a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation grant, and presented in cooperation with the Nassau County Department of Parks.

For more information on S.T.O.P. and other Department of Sanitation services, call 378-4210 or visit the town website at www.toh.li.     

The following are lists of what residents can and cannot bring to S.T.O.P. events, as well as a schedule of the Town’s 2014 S.T.O.P. programs:

Items accepted at S.T.O.P.include: aerosol cans, ammonia, antifreeze, asbestos (double-bagged), bleach, bug and rodent killers, car batteries, chemistry sets, degreasers, disinfectants, drain cleaners, fertilizers with herbicides, flammable liquids (fire starter), fluorescent lamps and CFLs (in shatterproof containers including ballasts), household batteries, lacquers, kerosene, latex and oil-based paints, one-time use fire extinguishers, oven cleaners, paint strippers, paint thinners and brush cleaners, photography chemicals, polishes and wood preservatives, propane tanks up to 20 pounds, solvents, spot removers, swimming pool chemicals, telephone books, thermostats (containing mercury), tires (car- off rims), varnish, waste oil and weed killers. The disposal of antifreeze, kerosene and waste oil is limited to six 5-gallon containers only.

Items NOT accepted at S.T.O.P. include ammunition, explosives, commercial fire extinguishers, fireworks, electronic recyclable waste, infectious or medical waste, propane tanks larger than 20 pounds, oxygen tanks, radioactive materials and unlabeled materials.

The 2014 Town of Hempstead S.T.O.P. Schedule (Hours are from 8AM to 3PM):

Sunday, March 23: East Meadow – Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 3

Sunday, April 27: Long Beach – City Hall Parking Lot, Centre Street off Park Avenue

Saturday, May 17: Bellmore – Newbridge Road Park, Newbridge Road

Saturday, June 21: East Rockaway – Bay Park, 1st Avenue

Sunday, July 13: Levittown – Town of Hempstead Parking Field L2 – Division Avenue

Saturday, August 23: Hempstead – Hempstead Village Department of Public Works, 450 Milburn Avenue

Sunday, September 21: Valley Stream – Valley Stream State Park – Fletcher Avenue Entrance

Sunday, October 19: North Woodmere –  North Woodmere Park – Branch Boulevard

Saturday, November 8: Baldwin –  Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Avenue

Saturday, December 6: East Meadow – Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 3


 “I encourage all residents to safely dispose of harmful materials by attending one of our many S.T.O.P. events,” Murray said. “Join us in our effort to help protect our precious planet.”