Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

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

The Stop Throwing Out Pollutants program was designed to help residents dispose of hazardous materials in a safe, environmentally-conscious way. This will help to protect our groundwater supply. Read below to find out more details on how to help.

Photo: Shelter Island Recycling Center

Do you have any of these items at home that you’d like to safely discard? You may be able to bring them to your town’s recycling center.
NOTE: List of accepted items at each location may vary. Check with your town for details

Examples of  Items Accepted at S.T.O.P.
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
* Limit 6 in 5-gallon containers only.

Importantly, there are also items that are generally not accepted at S.T.O.P. collection sites:

Electronic Recyclable Waste
Fire Extinguishers – Commercial
Infectious or Medical Waste, Sharps
Medications (except Town of Riverhead)
Oxygen Tanks
Propane Tanks – larger than 20 Pounds
Radioactive Materials
Unlabeled Materials

Here are the websites to local collection centers in the area. Please refer to the PEP calendar to check for upcoming S.T.O.P dates at local collection centers.

  • Town of Riverhead
    Riverhead Highway Yard, 1177 Osborn Avenue
    For more information, call (631) 727-3200 ext. 391.
    *Accepts medications (except for liquids, syringes or needles).
  • Town of Southold
    Cutchogue Transfer Station, 6155 Cox Lane
    For more information, call (631) 734-7685.
  • Town of Southampton
    North Sea Transfer Station / 1370 Major’s Path, North Spring
    Westhampton Transfer Station /66 Old Country Road, Westhampton
    Southampton Recycling Center / 1404 Bridgehampton Turnpike, Sag Harbor
    Hampton Bays Transfer Station / 30 Jackson Avenue, Hampton Bays
    For more information, call the Town Recycling Office at (631) 283-5210.
  • Town of East Hampton
    East Hampton Recycling Center, 260 Springs Fireplace Road
    Montauk Transfer Station, 375 Montauk Highway
    10:00am – 3:00pm for both locations.
    For more information, call (631) 324-7191.
  • Town of Shelter Island
    First Saturday of every month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Shelter Island Recycling Center, 34 North Menantic Road
    For more information, call (631) 749-2033

If you are not a resident to any of these areas, look for S.T.O.P. sites outside of the Peconic Estuary:


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