With more than 8.4 million residents, New York City is home to an enormous amount of household hazardous waste, including batteries, latex paint, insecticides, motor oil, bleach and expired medications.
On June 28, the National Council of Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) will recognize the NYC SAFE Disposal Events program for its work tackling this important environmental problem. Since 2012, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Veolia North America have teamed up to host the NYC SAFE Disposal Events program (Solvents-Automotive-Flammables-Electronics) – the largest household hazardous waste collection program in the world.
Improper disposal of household hazardous waste puts people and pets at risk from accidental ingestion, and contaminates soil, groundwater, surface water and wastewater treatment systems alike.
Through the NYC SAFE Disposal Events program in all five boroughs, city residents can safely and properly dispose of harmful materials. In the past four years, 646 tons of waste has been collected.
Veolia technology turns the waste into reusable byproducts, like energy feedstock for cement kilns. The partnership processes more than 85 percent of the household hazardous waste from the SAFE Disposal Events program for beneficial reuse, aiding the city in managing the earth’s resources sustainably. It also reduces costly remediation efforts, generating cost-savings for the city.
The partnership will be honored during a special ceremony at NCPPP’s annual conference on June 28 in Chicago. It is being recognized as the 2016 winner of the Service Project Award, representing improvements or superior new services to a successful partnership.