Port Washington, New York
Recycling Made Simple

The Town of North Hempstead has a mandatory recycling program for paper, corrugated, cardboard, bottles and cans. Recycling not only lowers our costs (and your taxes), it is the right thing to do for the environment. You can do your part by carefully following the procedures below.

Sort your recycling into two categories:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass and Plastic (No, 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 ONLY) and metal cans
Use your recycling bins or other marked containers to sort your materials for recycling. Be sure all material, especially paper and cardboard, is securely tied and/or covered to prevent litter. Plastic recycling is limited to bottles and other plastics identified with the numbers 1,2,4,5, or 6 on the bottom in a recycling logo. Plastics with the numbers 3 or 7, or unmarked plastics should NOT be separated for recycling. Click here for more specific guidelines on what to recycle and what NOT to recycle. Remember that materials for recycling should be placed slightly separated from your regular garbage. 

Recyclables are collected on one of your regular collection days, as shown on the flyer. Set out your recycling at the curb by 7 AM on your recycling day. Route pick-up times can change.


Take Back Programs Sponsored by Industry or Required by Law

Please click here for details on how to properly dispose a wide variety of household items that should be handled with care!


E-Waste Drop-Off

E-waste can only be dropped off at the Solid Waste Management Authority’s (SWMA) Transfer Station on Sundays between 7:30 AM and 2:30 PM, and at STOP events.  The SWMA building will no longer be accepting e-waste.  Proof of residency (driver’s license) will be required to drop off e-waste.  Only e-waste covered under the NY State law will be accepted.

SWMA will no longer accept batteries, oil, or fluorescents bulbs and tubes at the Transfer Station or SWMA, effective May 1, 2017. Residents may continue to drop those items off at the annual STOP events, where a licensed hazardous waste contractor permitted to accept those items will be on hand, or use one of many more convenient year round options listed on the Town of North Hempstead’s website.


S.T.O.P. Program

North Hempstead's S.T.O.P. program offers residents of North Hempstead the opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous waste, electronic waste (E-Waste), compact fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable, lithium, button and car batteries, disposal of unwanted and expired pharmaceuticals.

For more information on recycling and the S.T.O.P. program for hazardous household waste, click here

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