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.

Residents residing in our collection districts can dispose of electronic recycling items by calling special pickup. All residents of the Town of Hempstead may dispose of electronic waste at the Homeowner Disposal Area, 1600 Merrick Road, Merrick, 11566. For additional information contact (516) 378-4210, prompt #6. 

Sharps (needles, syringes & lancets) are NOT accepted at S.T.O.P. events. Information regarding the safe disposal of sharps can be found at the New York State Department of Health. Information about the safe disposal of unused medicines can be found at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and/or using the Drug Enforcement Administration's Controlled Substance Public Disposal search tool.

Fior questions about our S.T.O.P. Program, please call 516-378-4210, phone prompt #6.

Items Accepted at S.T.O.P.
* Limit 6 in 5-gallon containers only.
Aerosol cans
Asbestos (double bagged)
Batteries - Car
Batteries - Household
Bug & Rodent Killers
Chemistry Sets
Drain Cleaners
Fertilizers with Herbicides
Fire Extinguishers - One-Time Use
Flammable Liquids (fire starter, gasoline* and diesel fuel*) Fluorescent Lamps and CFLs in shatterproof containers including ballasts
Latex & Oil-Based Paints
Oven Cleaners
Paint Strippers
Paint Thinners & Brush Cleaners
Photography Chemicals
Polishes & Wood Preservatives
Propane Tanks - 20 lb.
Spot Removers
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Telephone Books
Thermostats (containing mercury)
Tires (car - off rims)
Waste Oil*
Weed Killers


Items NOT Accepted at S.T.O.P.
Electronic Recyclable Waste
Fire Extinguishers - Commercial
Infectious or Medical Waste, Sharps
Oxygen Tanks
Propane Tanks - larger than 20 Pounds
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

2018 S.T.O.P. Collection Dates
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
March 24
East MeadowEisenhower Park
Parking Field 3
April 29
Long BeachCity Hall Parking Lot
Centre Street off Park Avenue
May 19
BellmoreNewbridge Road Park
Newbridge Road
June 24
East RockawayBay Park
1st Avenue
July 28
LevittownTown of Hempstead Parking Field L2
Division Avenue
August 19
HempsteadVillage of Hempstead Dept. of Public Works
450 Milburn Avenue
September 15
Valley StreamValley Stream State Park
Fletcher Avenue Entrance
October 14
North WoodmereNorth Woodmere Park
Branch Boulevard
November 17
BaldwinBaldwin Park
3232 South Grand Avenue
December 8
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.
Updated 12/12/17.