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EPA To Help Pick Up Hazardous Waste At New York City Homes

Piles of garbage sit on a street corner in Midtown. (credit: Philip J. Victor, CBSNewYork.com)

Piles of garbage sit on a street corner in Midtown. (credit: Philip J. Victor, CBSNewYork.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be helping pick up hazardous household waste in New York City for a limited time, according to a news release issued Sunday.

The EPA announced that it is aiding the New York City Department of Sanitation with curbside pickup of hazardous waste in neighborhoods affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The agency has asked residents to put material such as paints, oil, propane tanks, pesticides and car batteries on their curbs for pickup.

Hazardous waste should be segregated from other garbage and should be stacked in cardboard boxes or clear plastic tote bins, the agency said.

The pickup program has been scheduled to end in a few weeks, but may be extended if needed.

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