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


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

Communcations Program Manager job opening – apply by Oct 26

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 October 26th.  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!


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.

Free gardening classes in Renton (en español también)

Register for these free Natural Yard Care classes:

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Call:  425-430-7391


  • Herbs, Herbs & More Herbs – Wednesday, October 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener Joan Helbacka for a discussion on the many uses of herbs and those that thrive in our area. Course #54582


  • Saving Seeds Successfully – Saturday, October 25, 10-11:30 a.m.  King County Seed Lending Library director Caitlin Moore will discuss harvesting and cleaning of seeds and how to plant the right veggies, herbs and flowers for your site to achieve the best results.  Course #54583


  • Bugs: Friend or Foe? – Wednesday, October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Laura Matter from the Garden Hotline  will share tips that will help your garden flourish without reliance on chemicals that not only endanger people and pets but beneficial insects and wildlife! Course #54584


  • Food Forests for the Home Garden – Monday, November 3, 7-8:30 p.m.  Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom will share basic permaculture and food forest design concepts borrowed from nature that will help you plant and enjoy your edible landscape for years. Course #54585

Sponsored by the City of Renton Solid Waste Utility with funding from Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.



Hidden hazards in the arts – Free workshop for artists

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Dave Waddell, with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Art Hazards Project, will give a free workshop for artists on hazardous materials in the studio.

He will share information and free safety equipment.

Artists may also schedule a free  studio visit to evaluate the hazards in their working environment. Vouchers are available to offset the 50% of the cost of safety improvements, up to $500.

Contact Dave Waddell at 206-263-3069 or  to register for the free workshop.

What: Artists learn about hazardous materials in the studio & get free safety apparel and funding to improve safety

When: Wednesday, September 17 from 12:00-1:00 pm

Where:  4 Culture, 101Prefontaine Place, Seattle 98104

Ciscoe Morris gets a surprise household hazardous waste inspection. What do they find?

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A surprise visit to an organic gardener’s home reveals some surprising places where household hazardous waste can be found! Find out how to identify household products that would need to be disposed as hazardous waste when no longer wanted — and where to take them for safe disposal.


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