What will we look like in ten years?

Demographic changes – Happening soon in a neighborhood near you!

Demographic tides are rolling across the country; minority populations are growing and Caucasian population growth is slowing and aging. California is one of the states that experience these changes first. As of March, Latinos made up 39 percent of California’s population versus non-Hispanic whites at 38.8 percent. About 25 years ago, those numbers were very different; non-Hispanic whites were 57 percent of the state population and Latinos made up 26 percent (Huffington Post Jan 16, 2014).

Why cover California news? What happens in Cali, usually doesn’t stay in Cali. By 2043, the US number of non-Hispanic whites will be smaller than all other ethnic groups combined. In some areas, Latinos will be the majority minority, followed by Asians.

And we will be getting grayer. The next twenty years will see the bulge of folks 60 years and older, and the issues between younger workers and older retirees growing. Locally, many agencies are considering aging populations and their impact on services in King County.

For a fascinating, powerful summary, watch how the Pew Research Center shows the population information:

Explore America’s Demographic Transformation Our new immersive data visuals and videos show that America is in the midst of two major demographic transformations: A record share of Americans are going gray at the same time the nation is becoming majority non-white. read more > Book: The Next America Video: Generations in the Next America.

Midlife Bulge 2020, Pew Research Center

Midlife Bulge 2020, Pew Research Center

Wastemobile visits Vashon for free household hazardous waste disposal, April 18-20

Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Vashon, April 18-20.

Give us your tired garden products!

Bring your tired garden products!

The Wastemobile will be set up at the Tjomsland Gravel Pit at 17001 107th Ave. SW, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

The Wastemobile goes to Des Moines next
Following its stop in Vashon, the Wastemobile will travel to Des Moines for a household hazardous waste collection event April 25-27 in the parking lot of the Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St.

About the Wastemobile
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout the county from the spring through fall.

Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. During the past quarter century, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.

The Wastemobile also provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site
For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile, is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), 1101 Outlet Collection Dr., SW, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Qualifying businesses may also use the no cost disposal services. Call or find details at http://www.hazwastehelp.org/BusinessHazWaste.

For more information
For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or by visiting the Wastemobile website at http://www.HazWasteHelp.org.

The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

Wastemobile headed to Redmond April 4-6, offers free household hazardous waste disposal

Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal sites

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Redmond, April 4-6.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Home Depot, 17777 NE 76th St., Redmond, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

We love drop ins at the Wastemobile!

We love drop ins at the Wastemobile!

The Wastemobile goes to Vashon next
Following its stop in Redmond, the Wastemobile will travel to Vashon for a household hazardous waste collection event April 18-20 at the old Tjomsland gravel pit, 17001 107th Ave. SW, Vashon.

About the Wastemobile
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout the county from the spring through fall.

Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. During the past quarter century, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.

The Wastemobile also provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

Want more disposal solutions? Visit the permanent collection site
For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile, is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), 1101 Outlet Collection Dr. SW, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Qualifying businesses may also use the no cost disposal services. Call or find details at http://www.hazwastehelp.org/BusinessHazWaste.

For more information
For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or visit the Wastemobile website at http://www.HazWasteHelp.org.

The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

Proposed new business/multi-family rate structure

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County fulfills local government responsibilities under state law[i] for managing hazardous waste. We provide for safe disposal of hazardous materials and wastes from residents and businesses that produce small amounts of hazardous waste in King County, as well as a range of services and prevention programs to reduce exposure and risk from hazardous waste.The Program is funded by local hazardous waste fees on solid waste (garbage) and sewer accounts, and nominal fees charged at transfer stations. Monthly local hazardous waste fees are a small part of your garbage bill; your solid waste hauler collects them and sends them to the Program. This monthly fee currently is $1.08 for residents and $11.24 for businesses[ii].

We are putting forth a proposal to the Board of Health for consideration in April — related to the way local hazardous waste fees are assessed to business and multi-family solid waste accounts. Currently, these fees on solid waste accounts are assessed as a flat rate.  Under the pending proposal, the fees on businesses and multi-family[iii] accounts would change to a volume-basis, with a three-tiered rate.  This change would affect only business and multi-family accounts—it would not affect single family accounts. This change does not affect the fees charged for solid waste collections services.

The King County Board of Health (Board) sets the Program’s rates and will be considering this proposal at their April meeting. If the proposal is adopted, changes to the rates would become effective January 1, 2015.

Why the proposed change?  The Program is interested in making its rates fairer.  The current system charges all business ratepayers the same, regardless of the volume of solid waste they generate.  The proposed change would reduce costs for entities that generate less solid waste, shifting those costs to entities that generate larger volumes.  The proposal also changes fees for multi-family complexes, making those rates consistent across the County.  Currently, multi-family ratepayers in Seattle pay the local hazardous waste residential rate, while those in other areas of the County pay the business rate.  Under the proposed system, all multi-family ratepayers would pay the business rates, based on the tier system described above.

To learn more about this proposal, visit our website and sign up for our free Webinar on March 6th.

To learn more about Local Hazardous Waste Program services, visit www.lhwmp.org.


[i] RCW 70.105.220

[ii]Businesses include commercial enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, governments, schools, universities, hospitals, and other institutions.

[iii] Multi-family residences include condominiums, apartment buildings, townhouses and multiplexes.

EnviroStars team to win a Grand Award

Natalie Kozimor and Charlotte Yamamoto enjoy the green and healthy gardens at Swedish Hospital

Natalie Kozimor and Charlotte Yamamoto enjoy the green and healthy gardens at Swedish Hospital

Local businesses recognized for environmental efforts

The EnviroStars-certified Swedish Issaquah hospital and 5-Star Signature Landscape Services have been recognized by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals with a Grand Award for their green approach.

This environmental award is for the conservation and sustainable practices the staff used to maintain campus landscapes. They include using drought-tolerant plants, horticultural practices and mulch to conserve water, and eliminate the use of pesticides.

The Issaquah, First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard Swedish hospitals are all EnviroStar certified for their green landscape practices. In addition to the award-winning organic gardening efforts, EnviroStars work to prevent the use of hazardous materials in all their operations.

“Swedish/Issaquah has really embraced a new way of managing their landscapes to create healthier outdoor spaces for their staff and patients,” said Laurel Tomchick, EnviroStars coordinator, “and Signature Landscape Services is showing how these practices can work on a commercial scale with their clients, including Swedish.”

For more information

Interested in your business becoming an EnviroStar? Join the over 850 local businesses like Swedish and Signature Landscapes and get recognition and support at envirostars.org.

For more information about hazardous waste help for businesses, call the Business Waste Line, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available afterhours, and at www.HazWasteHelp.org.

EnviroStars is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

Give your business a green EnviroStars valentine

We heart local businesses, helping them out with sustainable

 practices and marketing support

www.envirostars.org

EnviroStars valentines are so dreamy!

With Valentine’s Day just hours away, check out the hugs and kisses the EnviroStars program is receiving from local businesses in a new video: EnviroStars, Good for Business, Good for the Environment. The video is available at bit.ly/1dFpO83.

 

In the video, businesses like drycleaners, landscapers, property managers and manufacturers share how EnviroStars has added to their sustainable and environmental practices, and the value of the marketing to their businesses.

“We were amazed at how much time, knowledge and experience (EnviroStars) brought to us,” said Cindy Parks, with Printing Control, about its visit with program staff. “Being able to cut down our costs on hazardous waste recycling – that made the biggest impact for us.”

To schedule a free consultation and assistance visit from EnviroStars technical staff, King County business owners can contact Laurel Tomchick at 206-263-3063, Laurel.Tomchick@kingcounty.gov, or visit envirostars.org.  Consultants will visit businesses with information on reducing hazardous wastes, green practices, access to a cash rebate for waste improvements, disposal options and more.

Interested in your business becoming an EnviroStar? Join more than 850 local businesses like Printing Control and get recognition and support at www.envirostars.org.

EnviroStars is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

Wastemobile makes first stop of 2014 in Bothell, offers free household hazardous waste disposal

Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal sites

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes its first stop of 2014 in Bothell.

From Feb. 28 through March 2, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE, Bothell, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

Bring in oil based paints and stains!

Bring in oil based paints and stains!

The Wastemobile goes to Covington next Following its stop in Bothell, the Wastemobile will travel to Covington for a household hazardous waste collection event March 14-16 in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 16735 SE 272nd St., Covington.

About the Wastemobile Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout the county from the spring through fall.

Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. During the past quarter century, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.

The Wastemobile also provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile, is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), 1101 Outlet Collection Dr., SW, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Qualifying businesses may also use the no cost disposal services. Call or find details at www.hazwastehelp.org/BusinessHazWaste.

For more information For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or by visiting the Wastemobile website at www.HazWasteHelp.org.

The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

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