Two free workshops on Chemical Safety in Schools in early December

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You and your colleagues are invited to attend to attend two free workshops on Chemical Safety in Schools:

Initial Chemical Hygiene Training

Tuesday, December 2, from 8:30 -11:30 am

South Seattle College

6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Advanced Hygiene/Spill Response Training

Thursday, December 4, from 1:15 – 4:30 pm

Center School (at Seattle Center)

305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109

Dave Waddell’s presentations are highly visual and entertaining. He is a school chemical safety expert and developer of the on-line School Chemicals Database.

You will:

  • Learn proper chemical storage and handling techniques.
  • See spill response procedures.
  • Understand how to dispose laboratory wastes.
  • Hear about mandatory upcoming chemical hazard trainings.
  • Practice identifying chemicals of concern.
  • Get to ask your questions.

Register now by emailing the following information to dave.waddell@kingcounty.gov

  • Your name
  • Your school
  • Your position
  • Let Dave know if you are interested in clock hours.

Year-round disposal service for household hazardous waste

Household disposal open all year round

The traveling Wastemobile – the service that goes from city to city to collect hazardous waste from households in King County – has stopped for the winter. But do not despair, we still offer year-round disposal services for households in King County at four different locations. Some small businesses may qualify to bring their wastes here as well.  The locations are

You can bring your unwanted household hazardous products – that say CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER or POISON on them. Just about the only exception to this is latex paint. You can now harden the paint and throw it in the garbage. Instructions here.

Check out this handy list of what you can and cannot bring.

We also have tips on how to transport your waste so it doesn’t spill in your vehicle or on you or one of your passengers.

For those of you with elderly friends or neighbors or who are otherwise disabled, we have a wonderful Home Collection Program.

Please take advantage of this wonderful program. It is paid for in your utility bill, so there is no charge when you drop off your waste.  What a deal!

Two local artists’ perspectives on hazardous materials and you.

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© 2014 Edie Everette, HazMatters, comic book excerpt. Courtesy of the artist.

Two Seattle artists have created a comic book and short film that humorously connect hazardous materials, public health and the environment. Public Art 4Culture and King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program commissioned cartoonist Edie Everette and animator Clyde Petersen to create a new kind of public service announcement, in both English and Spanish.

Everett’s comic, HazMatters, is a series of vignettes that explores how we live with hazardous products. The book cleverly reveals many ways household hazardous waste intersects with our everyday lives. It explores household hazardous waste and personal responsibility with stories full of questions, humor, and interactive activities. For a free copy of HazMatters by mail, call the Household Hazards Line at (206) 296-4692.

Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides is a short animated film featuring penguins and DDT that offers positive steps to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. It details the life and history of DDT and the positive steps we can take to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. A cast of stop-motion animated paper penguins living in a watercolor landscape tells stories of pesticide use in farming, landscaping and gardening. The film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iKDgK1xllc

Both artists use visual storytelling to uncover a topic that can be confusing and overwhelming. They help explain what hazardous wastes are, their impacts on our environment, and how we can responsibly deal with them.

About the artists:

Edie Everette’s HazMatters (Porque los productos tóxicos son peligrosos), Everette is a visual artist, cartoonist and writer, gives a behind-the-scenes look into her HazMatters design process through her articles I am a Public Artist Part 1 and Part 2 on the 4Culture blog.

Clyde Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides (El Mundo Peligroso de los Pesticidas)  Clyde Petersen is an indie animator, musician, and a member of S.E.A.T. (Seattle Experimental Animation Team).

View the full press release.

Final stop for the Wastemobile this year is Bothell Oct 24 – 26

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Bring your old car batteries, waste oil, paint thinner and other household hazardous items to the Wastemobile this Friday through Monday (October 24 – 26) in Bothell.  It will be in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  This will be the last Wastemobile visit for this year.

This is the 25th Anniversary of the Wastemobile. In that time it’s collected more than 32 million pounds of household hazardous waste.  Thanks to all for keeping all these hazardous wastes out of the our sewers, our landfills and our environment.

This service is free for King County residents and qualifying businesses. It has already been paid for in your garbage and sewer utility fees.

The traveling Wastemobile will return next spring.  In the meantime, please take your unwanted hazardous products and wastes to one of our permanent locations.

For more information call 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visit www.HazWasteHelp.org.

Communcations Program Manager job opening – apply by Nov 2

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County is looking for a Communications Program Manager who is a collaborative strategic leader and who can be a successful member of various interdisciplinary groups, work teams, and partnerships/coalitions.

The ideal candidate will have expertise and previous experience in agency-level communications, project management, strategic communication and behavior-change strategy campaigns.  The candidate will need to be able to  translate technical information for a lay audience, and provide effective outreach and communications to non-English speaking populations.

Sound like you?  Apply to be a part of our award-winning Program comprised of local governments working for health and the environment. Applications due November 2nd.  More information.

Flood season is coming – seven tips to help you get ready.

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Flood season is coming – Follow these tips to get ready –

Tip #1 :- Safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous products. It’s considered hazardous if it has CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER or POISON on the label (look in the lower left part of the container). Disposal locations here.

Tip # 2 – Computers and TVs often contain hazardous parts. Prevent these from getting into flood waters. If you have any you’re not using, recycle them at one of these locations.

Tip # 3 – Keep your medicines out of the flood waters. Store them in an upper shelf if possible. Safely dispose of any unwanted medicines before flood season. Locations here.

Tip # 4 – Reduce the amount of hazardous products you have on hand. Replace them with the safest products you can find.

Tip # 5 – If safe to do so, store hazardous products on an upper shelf or in a second story area.

Tip # 6 – Keep your household products in their original containers, and make sure they’re tightly closed.

Tip # 7 - Sign up for flood warnings.

Duvall hosts Wastemobile Oct 17th – 19th – bring your hazardous waste!

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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 one and only stop of the year in Duvall, Oct. 17-19.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with more than 32 million pounds of household hazardous waste collected since 1989, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the River School District headquarters, 15501 NE 1st Ave., 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 finishes the season in Bothell

Following its stop in Duvall, the Wastemobile stays in north King County and concludes the 2014 traveling schedule with a final stop in Bothell, Oct. 24-26, in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE.

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