Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection coming Bothell, Aug. 2-4

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 continues its 24th year of service with a stop in Bothell, from Aug. 2-4.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Seattle Times office, 19200 120th Ave. NE, Bothell, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Following its visit to Bothell, the Wastemobile will travel to Sammamish for a household hazardous waste collection event Aug. 9-11 in the parking lot of Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE, Sammamish.

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, as the service is paid for through garbage and sewer utility fees.

Garage clean ups can uncover a lot of leftover chemicals

Cleaning the garage can uncover a lot of leftover chemicals

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 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.

Looking for reusable household products? The Wastemobile provides 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 sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

For more information about disposal, 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, or by visiting the Wastemobile website at www.HazWasteHelp.org.

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of over 40 city, county and tribal governments in King County working together to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.