Riverhead residents can safely dispose of household hazardous wastes and unwanted prescription medications free of charge at the town’s semi-annual STOP (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Day Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverhead Highway Department facility on Osborn Avenue.

The STOP program allows for the proper disposal of residential household hazardous waste, such as: lead-based paints, stains and varnishes, adhesives, paint thinners, refrigerants, antifreeze, brake and other auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, aerosols, kerosene, mercury, photo chemicals, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, and e-waste (e.g. computers, printers, cell phones, pagers and VCRs). Large/small appliances, explosives, medical waste and commercial/industrial waste are prohibited.

In conjunction with STOP Day, the Riverhead CAP’s Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth will hold a ‘Medication Give-Back’ at the same location. This program helps in the proper disposal of medications and is open to non-residents as well as town residents. Medications must be in the original container or a plastic bag.

For information about the medication give back, call 631-727-3722 ext. 106. For information about the STOP program, call 631-727-3200, ext. 391.

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