Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
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.
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.|
Asbestos (double bagged)
Batteries – Car
Batteries – Household
Bug & Rodent Killers
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
Paint Thinners & Brush Cleaners
Polishes & Wood Preservatives
Propane Tanks – 20 lb.
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Thermostats (containing mercury)
Tires (car – off rims)
|* 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)
Propane Tanks – larger than 20 Pounds
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.
If you are not a resident to any of these areas, look for S.T.O.P. sites outside of the Peconic Estuary: