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2016 S.T.O.P. 
(Stop Throwing Out Pollutants)

Town Of North Hempstead Residents With Residential Waste Only No Waste Will Be Accepted From Any Resident’s Business Or Home Office 

North Hempstead's 2016 S.T.O.P. Dates:

Saturday, April 9, 2016 
Michael J. Tully Park 
1801 Evergreen Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040-4050 

Sunday, May 22, 2016 
North Hempstead Beach Park North Lot 
175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050-3049 

Sunday, June 26, 2016  *NEW LOCATION*
Westbury High School South Parking Lot
1 Post Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568

Saturday, September 17, 2016 
Michael J. Tully Park
1801 Evergreen Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040-4050 

Sunday, October 30, 2016 
North Hempstead Beach Park North Lot
175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050-3049 

Drop off Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

For safety reasons,  NO materials will be accepted PRIOR TO 9:30 am on a collection day, nor will they be accepted later than 3:00pm sharp.  

The S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program offers residents of North Hempstead the opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Many people do not realize that ordinary household products, such as aerosols and cleaners, can be corrosive, explosive, or toxic if mixed indiscriminately with regular household garbage. Please take an extra moment to check labels for warnings, and please take advantage of the S.T.O.P. dates to ensure safe disposal.

Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, radioactive materials, and commercial or industrial wastes are not accepted. 

What Pollutants Can Be Accepted:

  • Electronic Waste (Anything electronic device with a plug except a kitchen appliance)
  • ONLY rechargeable, lithium, button and car batteries
    Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Air conditioning refrigerants
  • Ammonia and solid bowl cleaner
  • Anti-freeze
  • Bug and rodent killers including 2, 4-D (Especially pesticides which have been banned or restricted for use)
  • Bleach and disinfectants
  • Chemistry Kits
  • Drain cleaners and degreasers
  • Fertilizers and herbicides
  • Mercury products
  • Non-latex paints
  • Paint thinners and brush cleaner
  • Photography chemicals
  • Some polishes and wood preservers
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Spot removers and other solvents
  • Unused oven cleaners
  • Unused flammable liquids (fire starter)
  • Weed killers

Important information about the disposal of latex and water based paints 

Many Town of North Hempstead residents are under the impression that water-based paints and latex paints are considered hazardous and must be disposed of at a S.T.O.P. Collection Day. This is INCORRECT. 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 a 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. Collection Day program. 

Dispose of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals

To help protect our bays and keep your family safe, residents can discard expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals at each of the S.T.O.P. dates and locations mentioned below.


  • Keep all medications in their original containers
  • Block out the name for anonymity -- do not cross out medication information


  • Prescription medications (controlled and uncontrolled)
  • All over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet Medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams, and oils
  • Inhalers
  • Liquid medication
  • Homeopathic Remedies
  • Suppositories

Not Accepted:

  • Sharps (e.g. needles and Syringes)
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Pharmaceutical waste not generated by households (e.g., clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, doctors, etc.)
  • Radioactive pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccines

Shredding Information

Town of north hempstead residents with residential shredding only  No shredding will be accepted from any resident’s business or home office  Limit of 6 boxes or bags per car per event due to time and capacity constraints 

Protecting your information is serious business and the improper disposal of documents can lead to disaster. The dangers of personal identity theft are real and the results can be devastating. 

The Town of North Hempstead is proud to make available to all town residents at our STOP events the safe destruction of record shredding while you wait and watch at no additional cost to our residents. Your documents are shredded and put into containers and sent directly to pulping mills across the country. The paper is then recycled and made into an assortment of commercial products. 

Residents are invited to bring any paper documents, CD’s, DVD’s, Disks, X-rays, Coupons to all STOP events from 9:30am – 3:00pm. 

17 trees are saved for every 2000 pounds of paper that the Town recycles!

Clothing and Gently-Used Household Items

The Town of North Hempstead is proud to make available to all town residents at our STOP events the service of donating clothing and gently-used household items that will be given to charity.

For more information, please call 311 if within the Town or (516) 869-6311 if outside the Town.