Responsibilities of Environmental Control
The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) manages the environmental monitoring programs and provides technical support associated with the operation and permit requirements of the Town’s solid waste management facilities.
DEC carries out a stormwater management program to insure the Town’s compliance with the New York State MS4 regulations. The Department provides technical assistance for Town special projects and environmental initiatives such as sewering, wetland restoration, stormwater mitigation, and waterfowl control and the preparation of technical documents related to the protection of natural resources of the Town.
DEC assists the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals in complying with the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) for all actions brought before them. The department also assists the Town Board and other Departments with funding requests, environmental permitting and advice on environmental issues.
There are several departments that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Control:
The shelter provides many services for town residents in addition to providing shelter to animals in need. Residency in the Town of Babylon is not required to adopt a dog or cat. However, you must be a resident to turn in a dog or cat for adoption or any other reason. There is usually a modest fee involved. There may be a waiting list for animals to be put up for adoption.
Animal control officers are assigned to the department to enforce Article 7 of the Agricultural and Markets Law of New York State (PDF), as well as local laws and ordinances of the Town of Babylon. Babylon Animal Adoption Rescue Center (BAARC) is managed by the town’s Department of Environmental Control.
You can reach the Animal Shelter by calling (631) 643-9270.
Animal Shelter FAQs
- Where is the Babylon Animal Shelter located?
Babylon Animal Shelter is located at 80 New Highway, Amityville.
Sunrise Hwy. to north on New Hwy/County Rd 28, bus company is on the corner. Go a half mile to the shelter on your right. You will pass Cassata Dr. on the left just before the shelter.
Eastbound Southern State Pkwy to exit 33. Right on New Hwy. * Pass New Horizons Blvd on the left and the shelter will be on the left.
Westbound Southern State Pkwy to exit 34. Left on New Hwy. see *above
Eastbound LIE exit 49S, go one mile on the service road and make a right on Pinelawn Rd. *** Go 5 miles, cross the RxR tracks and make a right on New Horizons Blvd. Make a left on New Hwy/County Rd 28 and next left at the shelter.
Westbound LIE exit 49N, go to next light on the service road and make a left on Pinelawn Rd. see *** above
- What are the shelter's hours of operation?
Adoption hours : Monday-Friday 10am-3:30pm and Saturday 10am-2:30pm. You need to be at the shelter a half hour before closing in order to have enough time to meet with our adoption staff and pets.
Shelter office hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3:30pm and Saturday 10am-2:30pm
The shelter is closed on Sundays and Holidays.
- How do I adopt an animal from the shelter?
The adoption process:
- Consult with one of our adoption staff members either by phone or in person at the shelter, prior to meeting the pet for a history of the pet.
- Complete an Adoption Application and provide a photo ID.
- Return with all household members prior to adoption day to meet the pet you are interested in. Some shelter pets may require more than one visit with the pet.
- If you have a dog, a dog-to-dog "meet and greet" is required at the shelter prior to adoption day.
- Some pets may not be ready for immediate release to adopt. Our strays are held 5 days by law and then they will have their medical process completed. Only once that is complete, can they be picked up for adoption. The medical process may take 1-3 weeks before a pet is ready for adoption.
- If a dog is not yet ready for adoption, the potential adopter will follow the same process as above and be given a hold slip for the dog that has been applied for. The shelter will take up to 4 applications on a dog. We do not give out a hold slip if a dog is available and ready for adoption.
- The shelter does not take applications on cats or rabbits before they are ready to leave the shelter for adoption.
Adoption fees are CASH ONLY:
- Cat/Kitten $65, adopters over 60 years old $35
- Dog/Puppy Babylon Town Resident $91.50, adopters over 60 years old $51.50
- Dog/Puppy Non-Resident $85, adopters over 60 years old $45
- Rabbits $35
- Can I volunteer at the shelter?
The Babylon Animal Shelter takes volunteers to help take care of the animals. Please see the flyer below for information and for contact info to let us know you are interested in volunteering at the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter.
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete a volunteer application. Upon completion and submission of the volunteer application, it will be processed and then you will be contacted to discuss any questions you may have.
Once accepted into the Volunteer Program, new volunteers will be assigned a senior volunteer mentor who will train and assist you with volunteer and shelter protocols. All new volunteers must sign the Volunteer Acknowledgement, Service Agreement and Release of Liability.
- Can I board my dog or cat at the Animal Shelter?
The Shelter does not provide boarding services.
- Does the Shelter have a veterinarian on staff?
The Shelter does have a veterinarian and a veterinarian technician is also on staff. They evaluate and treat Shelter pets only.
- Does the Shelter offer low cost rabies, spaying or neutering services?
Currently, the Shelter does not have a clinic that provides low cost rabies vaccinations or spay and neuter services on premises. However, the Town has a low cost Trap/Neuter/Return program for feral cats - contact the Shelter for details at (631) 643-9270. Additional information about such services can be found through P.A.W.S. at (631) 539-2014.
- What types of animals does the Shelter serve?
The Shelter cares for all breeds of dogs and cats, as well as rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs. Generally, these animals have either been abandoned or have become lost.
- Where can I go locally for emergency veterinarian services?
The Commack Animal Emergency Hospital and the Veterinary Medical Group are both local organizations open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Sundays and Holidays, and serve on an emergency basis.
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- How does the Town handle stray animals?
The shelter does assist Town residents with stray animal concerns and should be contacted at (631) 643-9270 for assistance.
- Who removes a dead animal from the roadway?
Dogs: You may contact the Animal Shelter at 631-643-9270 for a deceased stray dog in the roadway. The dog will be scanned for a microchip and all attempts will be made to locate the owner.
Cats & Wildlife:
- Town roadways please call 3-1-1 or 631-957-7474
- State Roadways please call 631-420-4270 (Deer Park Ave. (North of Southern State Pkwy), Conklin St., Sunrise Hwy, Montauk Hwy., Route109, Route 110.)
- County roadways please call 631-852-4010 (Great Neck Rd., Wellwood Ave., Bay Shore Rd., Oak St., Straight path., Commack Rd., Deer Park Ave. (South of Southern State Pkwy).
- Amityville Village roadways 631-264-6000
- Babylon Village roadways 631-669-4878
- Lindenhurst Village roadways 631-957-7500
- Does the Shelter euthanize animals?
Euthanasia service is available Monday-Friday, providing a technician is available. Please call at 8am on the day that you would like the procedure, so that arrangements can be made for when you will come in.
- You may spend time with your pet immediately before and after the procedure, but you will not be able to stay with your pet during the procedure. Proof of residence in the Town of Babylon and photo ID is required.
- Dogs - There is a $65 fee, $35 for senior citizens. All fees are cash only.
- Cats - There is a $35 fee, $15 for senior citizens. All fees are cash only.
- This service is for a group cremation only. If you would like a private cremation with return of your pet’s ashes, you will need to make arrangements directly before coming at your appointment time. Please call either:
- Regency Pet Crematory 631-345-0600
- Legacy Pet Crematory 631-800-7387
- You may spend time with your pet immediately before and after the procedure, but you will not be able to stay with your pet during the procedure. Proof of residence in the Town of Babylon and photo ID is required.
- Is the shelter a "No Kill" shelter?
The term "No Kill" is most often associated with private shelters. Private shelters carefully screen animals before they are accepted for adoption. Any animals with medical or behavioral issues are not accepted. An owner of such an animal would need to look elsewhere for placement, usually a municipal shelter. BAARC is a humane municipal animal shelter and accepts all stray canines found within the Town's geographic borders. All animals that are adoptable or have medical conditions that are treatable, will stay at the animal shelter until they are adopted as long as there is room. The shelters save rate is about 88% for dogs and 96% for cats. This rate is calculated on the total intake of dogs and cats regardless of age, condition or temperament.
- Cats - General Information
In the State of New York, cats are considered free roaming animals and, as such, are not labeled as "stray" animals. As a result, the Shelter does not pick up stray cats. The Town does not set a limit to the number of cats a household can own. The Shelter acknowledges and supports Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs. Currently, there is a low cost TNR program for town residents and businesses caring for feral cats. For more information, call the Animal Shelter at (631) 643-9270.
- What is a feral cat?
Feral cats are an international problem as well as a local problem. Understanding and solving the feral cat problem on a local level here in Babylon involves several key factors: Cats: Feral cats are the offspring of domestic cats that have not been socialized or domesticated. Cats in general are highly territorial and they will not roam very far from where they were born. Community: Feral cats are a community problem and likely occur because of neglect and miscommunication. When cats who are not spayed or neutered are allowed to be outdoors for long periods of time roaming a community, the likelihood of feral cats increases. The Town of Babylon's Department of Animal Control provides its community with several resources to curtail the feral cat population: • Supplies residents and caregivers state of the art traps for the TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) of the feral cats • Supplies low cost $35 TNR vouchers so there is no cost to the residents and caregivers • Hosts regular seminars on the TNR program Circumstances: Each colony of feral cats is unique, as are the dynamics and circumstances of the location. Feral cats also generally don't leave a community because of lack of food, on the contrary removing the food source will force the cats to roam further for food, cause them stress, and make them quite unhealthy. Communication: Civil communication between parties affected by feral cats is a key factor in resolving the inevitable differences caused by the presence of feral cats. The caregiver cannot assume that everyone has the same devotion to cats as they do. It helps in the longterm to acknowledge the caregivers right to provide proper care for the cats as well as understanding that some neighbors to not share the same devotion. If all neighbors communicate and share a common plan to solve the feral cat problem, results will be swifter and tangible. Cooperation: All people in a neighborhood are affected by feral cats; if the entire community works together to control the problem, results can be that much more swifter and tangible. Time: It takes time to control a feral cat problem in a neighborhood. Please be patient as the community and TOB representatives work together towards a common solution.
- Dogs - General Information
Town code states that no household should have more than four (4) dogs residing in the home at the same time. New York State law dictates that all dogs must be licensed, be current on their rabies vaccinations and leashed when off of their property. The Shelter recommends all dogs and cats be spayed/neutered.
- What do I do if bitten by a dog?
Victims of dog bites are urged to contact the Suffolk County Police Department to file a police report, if warranted. Their direct number is (631) 854-8100. Otherwise, for health concerns related to a dog bite, questions should be directed to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at (631) 843-0421. Reports of dog bites should also be referred to the Suffolk County Board of Health at (631) 852-5900 as well as the Animal Shelter at (631) 643-9270.
- How do I file a barking dog complaint?
An affidavit must be filed for all barking dog complaints. Residents are encouraged to call the Animal Shelter at (631) 643-9270 and a representative will walk them through the process.
- What breeds of dogs could I find at the Animal Shelter?
The Shelter accepts all breeds of dogs.
- How do I file a dangerous dog complaint?
For full details, contact the Animal Shelter at (631) 643-9270. All dangerous dog incidents should be recorded with contact information, addresses and phone numbers. If police reports and witness reports exist, those should accompany the complaint to the Animal Shelter. Witness reports and neighbor statements should be notarized. Dangerous dog complaints are heard at the Second District Court located at 30 East Hoffman Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY. The phone number is (631) 854-1121. There is a filing fee for all complaints brought to the Court.
- How do I have a summons issued regarding a dog complaint?
If an animal violation is not witnessed by an Animal Control Officer, all complaints need to be filed through an affidavit and submitted to the Animal Shelter. Affidavits are available for pick up at the Shelter or can be mailed when requested. Call (631) 643-9270 for details.
- Wildlife - General Information
Most wildlife concerns are governed and handled by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. The animal shelter will only pick up injured wildlife for humane purposes. Residents are encouraged to call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (877) 457-5680 or (631) 444-0250 in Stony Brook with any issues and concerns regarding wildlife. In most cases, a licensed wildlife handler will need to be called out to your property to remove any wildlife that are roaming, trapped, threatening or injured on or near your property. Babylon Animal Shelter will assist Town residents with injured wildlife concerns if it poses a threat or of an immediate concern.
- Who handles issues involving raccoons, opossums and squirrels?
Licensed trappers are qualified to assist residents with concerns involving raccoons, opossums, and squirrels. Contact information for licensed trappers can be found listed in the Yellow Pages under either "pests", "trappers", or "wildlife specialists." For additional information, you can contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (631) 444-0310.
- Who handles issues involving birds, ducks, and geese?
Residents are encouraged to call Volunteers for Wildlife at (631) 423-0928 or the Star Foundation at (631) 736-8270 for concerns involving birds, ducks, geese and other fowl wildlife.
Bay Management & Shellfish Management:
The Hard Clam Survey is an annual survey of the town’s 10,000 acres of underwater land and is used to determine the abundance and distribution of clams and their predators. The Spawner Sanctuary is an area stocked with clams at high densities with the hope of enhancing reproduction. To date, over 7,900 bushels of clams have been stocked.
- Seed Clam Grow Out: The aquaculture program began back in 1978, with the first introduction of 180,000 seed clams. One million seed clams are grown out every year. The seed is placed in the rafts at 3-5 millimeter in size and then re-seeded into the bay in October when they are about 18-20 millimeters. Over 25,000,000 clams have been introduced since the program’s inception.
- Endangered Species Management: The Town has about 6.5 miles of beach that is monitored almost daily during the breeding season for the Federally-listed Endangered species Piping Plover and the NYS-listed Threatened species Least Tern. We also monitor the marsh islands in the Bay for the NYS listed Threatened species Common Tern and the Federally-listed Endangered Species the Roseate Tern. At the end of each season, we report our productivity numbers to both the State and Federal governments.
- Conditional Shell Fishing Program: Opening of normally closed shell fishing areas is based on rainfall. This is done in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in order to provide more accessible and protected winter harvest grounds.
- Pumpout Stations: The Town of Babylon offers free pumpout stations at Cedar Beach, Gilgo Beach and Tanner Park. For more information, please contact the Parks Department. The number for Cedar Marina is (631) 786-2381, the number for Gilgo Marina is (631) 826-1255.
Bay Management FAQs
- What is Bay & Shellfish Management?
The Environmental Control Department is responsible for the management of the area bays and shellfish. This includes the following:
- Hard Clam Survey- an annual survey of the Town’s 10,000 acres of underwater land used to determine the abundance and distribution of clams and oysters and their predators.
- Spawner Sanctuary- an area stocked with clams at high densities with the hope of enhancing reproduction. To date, over 11,000 bushels of clams have been stocked.
- Seed Clam / Oyster Program- the Town purchases seed clam and spat- on shell oysters at 3-5 mm from a local shellfish hatchery on bid. The baby clams and oysters are distributed out in the bay to increase national stocks. Since the program’s inception in 1978 the Town has introduced over 42,000,000 seed clams and over 10,000,000 oyster spat in the Bay.
- What is the Town's Great South Bay protection plan?
The Town takes great pride in its Great South Bay and has put numerous measures in place to protect it from pollution, erosion, and other natural disasters. The town has many programs to protect Great South Bay. The Town has been a very active participant in the South Shore Estuary Reserve Program for over 30 years. The Comprehensive plan has just been updated. Projects have included watershed plans, wetland restoration, and storm water treatment wetlands and the installation a litter capturing device on some of the towns’ watershed. The Town operates a comprehensive Bay Management Program and developed and maintains a comprehensive storm water management program. Briefly, this program incorporates a multi- faceted approach to reduce pollution from entering surface waters and the Great South Bay and includes the following components:
- Public education and participation- examples include a storm drain stenciling program where volunteers affix placards to street drains with a message informing the reader not to dump deleterious substances and that the drain leads to the Great South Bay.
- Illicit Discharge Program- example is a yearly illicit discharge survey of a segment of Babylon’s surfaces waters.
- Construction and post construction requirements for development- requirements for active construction sites include incorporating erosion control into construction sites (use of a silt screen and stabilized construction entrance). For post construction sites, requirements include incorporating storm water control into site design to maintain storm water on site. Larger and more sensitive sites would require preparation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. (SWPPP)
- Pollution protection and good housekeeping of town facilitates- examples include the construction of a storm water wetland at Ketchams Creek and Babylon’s road drainage improvement program.
More information about Babylon’s stormwater program can be found online, Stormwater Program, or by calling the Town's Department of Environmental Control at (631) 422-7670.
- How do I know if I have a flooding problem on my street?
The incidence of flooding is very dependent on road and property elevations and weather and drainage systems. Certain locations are prone to flooding and during certain weather events, flooding will occur. Often it is a temporary situation and clears within 24 hours. The drainage systems are designed to handle a certain flow within a period of time. If conditions exceed that design capability, flooding will occur.
An area with significant flooding issues generally has standing water at the location 24 hours after a rain event. If water does not exist at the location 24 hours after a rain event, it is determined that, although flooding occurs, it is temporary and therefore within the design capability of the system.
The Town is continually updating its database of problem areas and, as recourse allow, will address these problem areas. Flooding can also occur without a rain event in times of unusually high tides.
- How do the tides affect flooding of my street and property?
Flooding can occur without a rain event in times of unusually high tides. When the tide rises above the outfall pipes in canals and on the bayfront, it pushes water back up into the drainage system. This prevents the road drainage system from discharging water and sometimes pushes salt water back up into the system and into the streets. This is a particular problem in many shore areas with homes built in the 50’s and 60’s which are very close to the shore and at low elevations.
The National Weather Service often issues flood advisories due to high tides. For those living in low lying areas near tidal water, this type of flooding will occur.
- How do I report flooding on my property?
Flooding issues should be reported to Citizen Services, 3-1-1 or (631) 957-7474. Once an area foreman is given the service request and a significant rain event has occurred, the area in question is surveyed and inspected.
An area with significant flooding issues generally has standing water at the location 24 hours after a rain event. If water does not exist at the location 24 hours after a rain event, the case is closed. If standing water still exists at the location, the case is reported to the Engineering Division within the Planning and Development Department to develop a solution and schedule to rectify. At this point, incident report is written and copied to the homeowner.
- Who do I contact about my street basin backing up after a rain storm?
All storm water basins (drywell) issues should be reported to Citizen Services, 3-1-1 or (631) 957-7474. The Town will schedule an inspection of the affected area 24 hours after the next rain event.
At that time the inspection will investigate the storm drain for blockage, damage, etc. If it is determined the storm drain is blocked, a service request will be created and scheduled.
- When and who cleans the sump in my neighborhood?
Town sumps are cleaned on a regular basis. Residents are encouraged to post a service request for those sumps that need immediate cleaning. Winter brothers, a third party contractor, has been retained to maintain the sumps surrounding area. Each sump has this contact information located on the plaque posted to the bordering fence. Winter brothers can be contacted at (516) 937-0900.
- Can I dump oil or chemicals down a storm drain?
No. These storm drains are either a pathway to Town of Babylon waterways or the groundwater system where we get our drinking water and do not lead to a sewage treatment plant.
The storm drains are there to solely collect storm water from the public roads and right always.
- Can I pump water into the street, in a storm drain or onto another property?
No, pumping water into the street, storm drain or onto another property is prohibited by Town Code. Clean water may be discharged on one’s own property.
The Town’s Department of Environmental Control operates the Town’s recyclable materials drop off Center. The Center also accepts non-recyclable materials for a fee. Refer to the Town’s Recycling Calendar for a list of recyclable and non-acceptable items as well as other programs offered by the Center. The Center receives waste that residents feel can’t be picked up at the curb. Not all items, however, will be accepted. Unacceptable items include explosives, ammunition, automobile body parts, etc.
The Center is located at 57 Field Street in West Babylon and can be contacted at (631) 249-9347. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.
The Town of Babylon's Department of Environmental Control has created a brochure to answer all of your recycling questions! Click the image above to learn how to properly dispose of waste, recyclables, yard waste and much more. Together, we can keep our environment clean and protect the hardworking employees who pick up our garbage!
Recycling Center FAQs
- Why weren’t my can/glass recyclables picked up?
Recyclables should be placed at the curb in a blue Town of Babylon Recycling pale or in a clear plastic bag the night before your scheduled pickup. If you did this and your items were still not collected, please call Encon at 631-491-3200 for assistance.
- Why weren't my newspapers/cardboards picked up?
Newspaper / cardboard recyclables should be placed at the curb in a brown paper bag or tied up the night before your scheduled pickup. If you did this and your items were still not collected, please call Encon at 631-491-3200 for assistance.
- Where can I get a new Town of Babylon Recycling can?
- Recycling Center – 57 Field Street, West Babylon, off of Edison Avenue, Monday –Friday, 8:00 am -2:30 pm
- Town Hall Annex – DEC-281 Phelps Lane, Room 400, North Babylon, Monday –Friday, 9:00am -4:30 pm
- Town Hall Council Office – 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, Monday – Friday, 9:00am -4:30 pm
- I threw something valuable out in the garbage. Can I retrieve it from the truck?
Please call Encon at (631) 491-3200 if you mistakenly threw out an item. It can only be retrieved if the truck hasn’t been emptied into the pit yet. Once it’s dumped onto the tipping floor – it is too late to retrieve any items.
- I have confidential files that I would like to discard by burning. What is the process for a special burn?
- You need to fax over a request to Tom Vetri, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Control at 631-422-7686 stating which Wednesday, what time, and how many boxes need to be burned, so the Commissioner can approve it. Once approved we call you to schedule the burn.
- We charge a $250.00 Administrative fee for anything up to and including 3 tons.
- Additional files are $100.00/tons.
- Who picks up my yard waste?
Yard waste is collected by Encon on your yard waste day. To find out your day- please call Encon at 631-491-3200 or refer to the map below:
- Who collects garbage in the Villages?
Encon collects garbage in the Village of Amityville as well as the unincorporated communities of the Town of Babylon. The Villages of Lindenhurst and Babylon have their own sanitation collection departments and schedules. For more information:
- Village of Babylon: 631-669-4878
- Village of Lindenhurst: 631-957-7521 or 631-957-7520
- Does the Recycling Center accept credit cards?
No. Payment at the Recycling Center in only accepted in the form of cash.
- Do you have contact information for sanitation departments in other towns?
- Brookhaven 631-451-6222
- Huntington 631-351-3048
- Islip 631-224-5640
- Smithtown 631-269-6600
- Hempstead 516-378-4210
- North Hempstead 516-627-0590
- Oyster Bay 516-677-5849
- Why weren't my leaf bags collected on Yard Waste pickup day?
Please call Encon at 631-491-3200.
- What do I do with paints, stains, solvents, driveway sealer, antifreeze, insecticides, gasoline and other Household Hazardous Waste?
The Town holds 2 S.T.O.P Days a year. You may bring these items to the S.T.O.P Days on second Saturday in April and October from 8:00 -2:30 at the Town of Babylon Recycling Center at 57 Field Street, West Babylon.
- What do I do with car parts, chain link fence, poles, wood fence?
Car parts can go to the junkyard.
Chain link fence can be brought down to the recycling center or scheduled for a special pick-up. The Recycling Center is located at 57 Field Street in West Babylon, off Edison Avenue they are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Wood must be cut into 4 foot lengths and put out in 50 Ib. bundles at your curbside on your Thursday or Friday garbage days, or brought to the Recycling Center, 57 Field Street in West Babylon from the hours of 8:00am to 2:30 pm. Any further questions call 631-249-9346. Wood brought to the Recycling Center is chargeable at $100.00/ton and $20.00/minimum.
- What do I do with mattresses, furniture (couch, loveseat, dresser, bedroom set, etc….)?
One item of furniture will be taken with each garbage pickup. Make sure that household garbage and furniture are at the same location.
- What do I do with propane tanks, car batteries, household batteries, appliances (white goods), tires, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, catalogs?
Propane tanks, car batteries, household batteries, appliances (white goods), tires, cardboard, newspapers , magazines, telephone books, catalogs – are accepted free of charge at the Recycling Center, 57 Field Street in West Babylon from the hours of 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Any further questions call 631-249-9346.
- How do I dispose of a boat?
Bring it to the Town of Babylon Recycling Center at 57 Field Street West Babylon. Just drain all the fluids – we charge $100.00/ton/$20.00/ Minimum
- Can I dispose of roofing shingles at the Recycling Center?
We do not accept roofing shingles; you can bring them to a commercial dump.
- How do I dispose of large debris from a home remodel?
Encon will pick up 2 items (no greater than 50lbs) on your Thursday or Friday garbage day. You may also bring it to the Recycling Center or a Commercial Dump for a fee.
- What do I do if I have more garbage than fits at the curb after a home clean up??
You can hold what doesn’t fit and put it out at the curb the following week, or you can bring it to the spring or fall STOP Day clean ups (see the Recycling Calendar for dates) at no charge. You can also bring it to the Recycling Center or a Commercial Dump for a fee.
- How do I dispose of a bicycle?
You can leave it out for your garbage or you can donate it to the ADOPT- A BIKE PROGRAM and bring it to the Recycling Center, 57 Field Street in West Babylon, between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm. Any further questions call 631-249-9346.
- How do I dispose of car batteries?
You can bring them to the Recycling Center, 57 Field Street in West Babylon, between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm. Any further questions call 631-249-9346.
- How can I dispose of a 20lbs BBQ propane tank?
You can either bring it back to where you purchased your propane or you can bring it to the Recycling Center, 57 Field Street in West Babylon, between the hours of 8:00am and 2:30 pm. Any further questions call 631-249-9346.
- How do I dispose of tires?
You can put out one passenger vehicle tire (with or without a rim) on your Thursday or Friday pick-up day curbside, or you can bring up to 4 to the Recycling Center, 57 Field Street in West Babylon, between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm. Any further questions call 631- 249-9346.
- Do you accept boat trailers as well?
Yes. We need the boats registration (if you do not have the registration then we need the New York registration number off the side of the boat) – CASH ONLY. What do we do with the gas from the boat? Bring to the STOP Day.
Commercial Waste District
All commercial and multi-family dwelling waste is collected and disposed of by the Town’s contractor, Winters Brothers. The Town’s Office of Commercial Waste oversees this operation and prepares bills while administering the program. The office can be reached at (631) 422-7670.
Though the commercial waste collected is recycled by the contractor, the program does not offer source-separated commercial waste. Those wishing to set up a source separation program must arrange to do so with a private company. The company must be a Town (Class 1) licensed waste recycling company.
For more information, call the Commercial Waste Office at (631) 422-7670.
Commercial Waste FAQs
- How does the Town handle commercial waste disposal?
All commercial and multifamily dwelling waste is collected and disposed of by the Town’s contractor, Winter Brothers. The Town’s Office of Commercial Waste oversees this operation and prepares bills while administering the program.
Though the commercial waste collected is recycled by the contractor, the program does not offer source separated commercial waste. Those wishing to set up a source separation program must arrange to do so with a private company. The company must be a Town (Class 1) licensed waste recycling company.
For more information, call the Commercial Waste office at (631) 422- 7670
- How do I know if I am in a commercial waste district?
Non- residential properties located within the Town of Babylon are generally considered to be within the Commercial Waste District with the exception of schools, libraries, post offices and other public entities. These properties usually include a structure. Properties without a structure can also receive service. Properties that are located within the three Villages (Babylon, Amityville and Lindenhurst) are not in the commercial waste district.
To verify that your property is in the District, or to arrange for pickup call the Commercial Waste Office at (631) 422-7670.
- How do I set up commercial trash service?
To schedule trash service, please contact the Commercial Waste Department at (631) 422-7670. A representative will work with you to help determine your service needs based on your usage parameters.
These parameters will include waste characteristics, dumpster size, frequency of pickup and other special requirements, if any. Official orders containing all pertinent information can then be faxed by the constituent to (631) 893-1008. If an order is placed by 2:00pm, trash service can usually begin the next business day.
- What is the earliest time trash pick-up service can begin?
Generally, trash service does not begin before 5:00 am. Residents are encouraged to call Commercial Waste at (631) 422-7670 if they notice, or are inconvenienced by, pick-up service occurring prior to 5:00 am.
- Someone illegally dumped on my lot or in my dumpster, what can I do about it?
Please contact your tenant/landlord: It is the landlord’s responsibility to safely secure their property and keep it free of debris.
- I have furniture, bulky items, etc. to dispose of at my commercial property, what do I do?
- Multi-residential property: Please call Recycling Center at 631- 249-9346 for a pick up.
- Commercial property: Please call 631-422-7670 for a roll off container.
- Why didn’t my last payment show up on the bill?
Bills print on the 5th of the month and everything received after that will reflect on your next month bill.
- Can I pay in installments/ by credit card/ electronically?
Sorry, no credit cards or cash. We only accept check or money order.
- I thought the garbage was covered under my taxes?
The Solid Waste infrastructure is supported through property taxes as well as 1.5 yards of collection per week.
- What happened to my credit allocation?
Tenant/Landlord: The 1.5 yards of collection service is per tax parcel.
- Can’t you lower the prices?
Prices are based entirely on the cost of collection and disposal; no profit or sales tax is included.
- How can I dispute the bill after you denied me a credit/refund?
Anyone may address the Sanitation Commission at its monthly meeting. You may be put on the agenda to be heard at the Sanitation Commission meeting by calling 631-422-7670. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month.
- I’m a landlord; I shouldn’t be responsible for my tenant’s bill?
Town legislation requires that unpaid Solid Waste debt be applied to the property as a lien.
- Did you get my payment?
We can email or fax account activity. Please call us at 631-422-7670 so we may provide that information to you.
- Can you help me with my billing issues?
Yes, please call us at 631-422-7670 so we may help you.
- What are the responsibilities of Environmental Control?
The Town of Babylon's Department of Environmental Control is responsible for several functions within the Town. The Department enforces provisions of the Town Code as it pertains to Environmental Protection. There are several departments that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Control:
- Sanitation Department
- Animal Shelter
- Bay Management and Shellfish Management
- Town of Babylon SEQRA process reviews
- Town's Residential Recycling Center
- Commercial Waste District