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Solid Waste Management Authority

Please be advised that the Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority has been dissolved effective January 1, 2022. For information regarding Garbage and Recycling collection please click here.

About Us

The mission of the Town of North Hempstead’s Solid Waste Management Authority is to maximize reuse and recycling and minimize the amount of waste going to landfills and incinerators. This is accomplished primarily through the development and promotion of residential and commercial waste reduction and recycling programs.  However, to fully accomplish our mission, the Solid Waste Management Authority requires the full cooperation and participation of all Town of North Hempstead residents.

Port Washington Garbage District, please take notice regarding a meeting cancellation: (here)

The Solid Waste Management Authority’s role in refuse and recycling collections:

The composition of local government on Long Island is quite complicated and challenging to fully comprehend for anyone residing in the Town of North Hempstead and unfamiliar with the various administrative divisions or jurisdictional layers that comprise the Town of North Hempstead as a whole.   Therefore, what follows is a brief primer for those unfamiliar with the many layers of local government one may encounter when attempting to determine responsibility related to one’s refuse or recycling services. 

For the most part, refuse and recycling services within the Town of North Hempstead are privatized.  Meaning the services have been solicited by local government from private companies that specialize in providing collection services.  There are some exceptions to this general rule within some of the individual incorporated villages, where village employees may instead perform the same collection functions. The Solid Waste Management Authority, as a division of the Town of North Hempstead’s government, is responsible for soliciting and managing refuse and recycling services on behalf of the five Town of North Hempstead Garbage Districts.

If you do not reside within one of the Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority administered garbage districts, then you either live in one of the 31 incorporated villages that are within the borders of the Town of North Hempstead, or you live in an unincorporated village that sometime in the past chose to administer its own refuse and recycling collections.  Residents residing within one of those districts or villages should contact the district or village directly to obtain information regarding the collection schedule for both refuse and recycling. To find the appropriate contact information for your district or village not participating in the Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority administered districts, please click on the link that follows: Garbage Districts.

For those interested in finding out more about what it means to reside in an incorporated village:



The Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority offers a number of programs that  all Town of North Hempstead residents can participate in directly by dropping off designated items at Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority administered locations:

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

This program addresses the environmental challenges posed by certain ordinary household chemicals such as harsh cleaning sprays, oil based paints, etc. The program ensure the proper disposal of the designated items and their disposal in a manner that safeguards our environment. The town holds several "S.T.O.P. DAYS" a year at various locations around the town. For a complete list of what can be accepted at S.T.O.P. events, please follow the link provided: http://northhempsteadny.gov/stopprogram.


Contact Information

Administrative Office 
802 West Shore Road 
Port Washington, NY 11050

Michael Kelly 
Executive Director/Commissioner