The Town of Riverhead Sanitation Department is the Town Department responsible for controlling the storage and disposal of solid waste generated within the Town. The Sanitation Department has oversight of all residential solid waste, bulk waste, yard waste and recyclables collection and disposal services for the Riverhead Refuse and Garbage District. The Sanitation Department implements and promotes environmentally sound solid waste management practices, including recycling requirements and reporting, S.T.O.P. days and old Battery drop off location. The Sanitation Department is responsible for licensing all solid waste collectors providing collection services to condominiums, apartments, mobile homes, churches, businesses, schools or other institutions located within the Town of Riverhead. The Sanitation Department is also responsible for management and operation of the Town’s Yard Waste Facility.
The Town of Riverhead Refuse and Garbage District provides, by private collector under contract to the Town of Riverhead, collection and disposal of residential solid waste (household trash), recyclables, yard waste and bulk waste. The Refuse and Garbage District is divided into six areas or sub-districts “A” through “F”. The pick up days for household trash and bulk/yard waste vary from sub-district to sub-district. Recycling is collected every Wednesday and alternates weekly between co-mingled and paper/cardboard. Note, the Town does not provide collection service to condominium`s, apartments, mobile homes, commercial businesses and other institutions. In addition to curbside pickup of yard waste, residents may purchase a permit and dispose of yard debris (branches, leaves, grass clippings, etc.) at the Town's Yard Waste Facility located on Young's Avenue Riverhead, NY 11901. This facility is for residents only, no contractors/landscapers are permitted.
The Town Sanitation Department holds two Stop Throwing Out Pollutants dates (S.T.O.P Day), one in June and one in October. This program is held at the Town Highway yard at 1177 Osborne Avenue, Riverhead NY 11901. Residents may bring hazardous waste to this location for disposal, free of charge, on the designated dates only. Resident’s may dispose of E-Waste free of charge at the S.T.O.P Program and at the Yard Waste Facility located on Young’s Avenue during normal operating hours.
Proper disposal of sharps and medication is essential to prevent possible spread of disease, injury and unlawful or accidental ingestion. Hypodermic needles and lancets used in the home may be disposed of properly at your local hospital or with household trash by following the instructions. Medications, both over the counter and prescription, may be disposed of at the Town’s Police Department located at 201 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901.
New York State requires a $5.00 deposit on all auto-marine batteries at the point of purchase. For future purchases, when your battery needs replacing, return it for a refund. As an alternative, drop off your used batteries at a local scrap metal dealer that is registered/approved to accept batteries and you may even get paid for the scrap battery.
Residents may obtain more information by clicking on the list of services below; searching our FAQ; and/or contacting the Sanitation Department at (631) 727-3200 ext. 391.
Town of Riverhead Refuse and Garbage Districts and Pick-up Days
Map of District A - Monday/Thursday
Map of District B - Tuesday/Friday
Map of District C - Tuesday/Friday
Map of District D - Monday/Thursday
Map of District E - Monday/Thursday
Map of District F - Tuesday/Friday
*Recycling is on Wednesday for all districts
(please refer to recycle calendar)
Household Pickup Information
Recycle Information & Pick Up Schedule
Waste Disposal License Application
Riverhead Yard Waste Disposal Facility
2019 Yard Waste Pickup Changes
Guide To Biohazard Waste Disposal
How to properly classify, handle, and safely dispose
of all forms of biohazard waste (according to
current WHO recommendations and UN standards).