Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Snoqualmie, July 22-24

Popular program in 22nd year of service; Year-round Auburn location continues

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint and other household hazardous waste when the Wastemobile continues its 22nd year of service with a stop in Snoqualmie, July 22-24. The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Snoqualmie Elementary School, 39801 SE Park St., and will be open 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 free of charge.

“This service is a safe, easy and convenient way for all residents across King County to dispose of their household hazardous waste,” said Jay Watson, program administrator. “There is no charge to drop off these unwanted products, because residents already pay for this service through their garbage and sewer utility bills.”

After its Snoqualmie stop, the Wastemobile motors to Woodinville for a household hazardous waste collection event July 29-31.

Residents are helping safeguard the environment and public health by properly disposing of hazardous these materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills.

Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first program of its kind in the nation. It is operated by King County Solid Waste Division as part of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, and travels throughout the county from the spring through fall.

Since its inception, the Wastemobile has collected more than 14,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 333,000 residents.

Looking for reusable household products? The Wastemobile will provide free 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 will need to sign a release form prior to receiving materials.

For more Wastemobile information, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s 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. Information is also available on the Wastemobile website at http://www.lhwmp.org/home/HHW/wastemobile.aspx .

For south King County residents, a convenient alternative to the Wastemobile is the household hazardous waste collection site in the northwest parking lot of the Auburn SuperMall, 1101 SuperMall Way (near the loading docks and Sports Authority). It operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

The service is offered on the first and third full weekends of the month. The 2011 schedule is posted on-line athttp://www.lhwmp.org/home/HHW/disposal-locations.aspx#auburn and is also available by calling the Household Hazards Line (206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED (869-4233); TTY relay: 711.

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The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a local government coalition of the City of Seattle, King County and the suburban cities in King County. Our mission is to protect and enhance public health and environmental quality throughout King County by reducing the threat posed by the production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials. More information can be found at www.lhwmp.org.