Collection Information

Curbside Collection

Cans (max. size 45 gallons) or bags of household garbage, may not weigh more than 75 pounds each. Place at curb prior to 6 AM on your regular collection day and no earlier than 7 PM the night before. Do not use cardboard boxes to contain refuse.

Homeowner Disposal Area

The Sanitation Department's Homeowner Disposal Area located at 1600 Merrick Road, Merrick is open Monday through Sunday between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM, except Town of Hempstead observed holidays (Please see Holiday Collection Schedule for listing of holidays observed by the Town of Hempstead).

All residents will be asked to provide proof of residency, such as a driver's license or a tax bill. Materials must be brought in non-commercial vehicles. All vehicles towing trailers of any size will be required to pay commercial disposal rates. Vans without back seats and pick-up trucks without caps are prohibited. Waste acceptable for disposal includes appliances, batteries, metal, tires, furniture, dried-out latex paint (See S.T.O.P. Program for oil-based paints), recyclables, nonburnable items and other homeowner refuse. Stone material: cement, concrete, bricks (no dirt will be accepted) and other masonry material are limited to two (2) 32-gallon buckets per trip. Compost: leaves, trees, grass, shrubs, etc. are limited to three (3) bags or two (2) 32-gallon buckets per trip.  No medical waste or hazardous waste allowed. The Homeowner Disposal Area is available to residents of unincorporated areas (except residents of Sanitation District 1) of the town. It is not available to residents of incorporated villages (except Hempstead).


See Recycling Information.
Note: All cardboard and all plastics will now be recycled. Please DO NOT use cardboard boxes to contain refuse.

Hazardous Waste

See Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P) Program.


See E-Cycling Program.

Automobile Parts

Automobile parts including vehicle frame parts, crankcases, transmissions, engines (drained), etc. will be accepted at the Homeowner Area or collected for metal recycling. Call (516) 378-8484 or (516) 378-4210, Option 2 for an appointment.

Waste Oil, Car Batteries & Tires

These items may be delivered to the Homeowner Area (limit of five gallons of oil per visit). These items will not be collected at the curb. Per New York State law, waste oil may be brought to your local service station. Car batteries can be returned to a retail store which sells them.

Propane Tanks

Unwanted 20 lb. barbecue propane tanks will be accepted at homeowner disposal area. Please take the following precautions when transporting all tanks:

  • All valves must be tightened securely
  • Do not transport propane tanks in car trunks

Yard Waste Collection

Grass and leaves will be collected, separately, on Wednesday Only (See exceptions under Yard Waste Collection Schedule below) for delivery to a composting facility. Sanitation crews will collect up to 20 bags of grass or 30 bags of leaves per week. Each bag may not weigh more than 75 pounds each. Please do not rake leaves into the street. Tree stumps, logs and branches are to be tied together in a bundle approximately 2' x 2' x 4' in length and may not weigh more than 75 pounds. Please place at the curb.

Yard Waste will be collected every Wednesday except for the following Wednesdays:

  • December 24 & 31, 2014
  • January 21 & 28, 2015
  • February 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • May 27
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 23 &, 30, 2015

Yard waste will also be collected on the following Saturdays:

  • Saturday, May 30, 2015
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

Christmas trees, wreaths and yard waste will be collected:

  • Wednesdays, January 7 and 14, 2015

2015 Clean-up Day Collection Schedule

Wednesdays: January 28; February 4, 11 &  25, 2015

Residents are urged to take this opportunity to place out for pick-up rubbish and other items you wish to discard (Exceptions to this include oil, car batteries, tires, construction debris, large furniture, large appliances, windows, yard waste or items containing freon. See Special Pick-Up below for these items). All items should be tied or bundled and be no more than 2' x 2' x 4' and weigh no more than 75 pounds.

Special Pick-Up

Special pick-up of recyclable bulky metals and other bulky items, such as furniture, mattresses, etc. can be arranged, without cost, by calling (516) 378-8484 or (516) 378-4210, Option 2.

Special Pick-Up Items
* Items containing freon (collected separately)
** Cleaned and cut in half
The list of items for special pick-up collection includes but is not limited to:
Air Conditioners *
Freezers *
Hot Water Heaters
Humidifiers *
Lawn Mowers
Metal Objects
Oil Storage Tanks **
Refrigerators *
Snow Blowers
Steel Doors
Steel File Cabinets
Steel Furniture
Washing Machines
Water Storage Tanks
Water Softeners

To Safeguard Children, state law requires that refrigerator doors must be removed. Convertible sofas must be tied and closed to avoid opening while handling. Glass should be taped to prevent shattering and possible injury to workers.