The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with the New York City Department of Sanitation to collect and dispose of hazardous waste materials from homes and apartments damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Throughout the month of December, residents will be able to easily dispose of toxic products such as paints, oil, batteries, petroleum, and bleach and ammonia, to select drop-off locations.
All hazardous waste materials must be properly disposed of to protect both the environment and public health. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, those living in the metro-NYC area have had infrequent and ineffective waste removal in addition to mounting waste and debris.
In the days following the Hurricane, residents were encouraged to disinfect and bleach all items coming in contact with flood waters. Such action was necessary to prevent the spread of bacteria from sewage or infection due to the presence of toxic chemicals.
The New York City Department of Sanitation will also arrange disposal of damaged refrigerators and household appliances, and remove the refrigerants which contain greenhouse gases and must be disposed of according to EPA guidelines.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Hazardous waste needs to be taken seriously and disposed of according to federal and state laws. If you live or do business in the New York City area, take advantage of these opportunities to ensure your materials are handled properly!