Category Archives: LHWMP Program

Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County Releases 2014 Annual Report


In 2014, the Program provided direct service to 90,000 people who visited our hazardous waste collection facilities, attended our trainings and had an Environmental Investigator visit their business.  It provided indirect service to over 200,000 people through our Website and Facebook page.  Read the full report.

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County is a multijurisdictional program whose mission is to reduce the threat posed by the production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials, thereby protecting public health and environmental quality. Program partners include the Seattle Public Utilities, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and cities and tribes in King County.


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.

Free gardening classes in Renton (en español también)

HomeGardenerRegister for these free Natural Yard Care classes:

En español
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

Wastemobile coming to Bothell June 27-29, offers free household hazardous waste disposal

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 third stop of the year in Bothell, June 27-29.

The Wastemobile 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.

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 Snoqualmie next

Following its stop in Bothell, the Wastemobile travels to Snoqualmie for a household hazardous waste collection event July 11-13 in the parking lot of Snoqualmie Elementary School, 39801 SE Park St.Wastemobile 3

Free Art Hazards Presentation at Kenmore Art Show

Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop set for June 29.

Upcoming workshop on Art Safety.

Date: Sunday, June 29

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Location: Bastyr University Auditorium.

This engaging and informative workshop will provide you with an understanding of the ways art chemicals can harm you and how you can reduce those harmful exposures. It’s also a chance for you to get answers to questions about the specific circumstances in your practice and your studio from an expert in this field.

For more information, go to

Presenter Dave Waddell is an environmental investigator and chemical hazards specialist. Dave is the creator and coordinator of King County’s Art Hazards Project.
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Free workshop: Reducing Reproductive Risks to Artists

‘Hidden Hazards in the Arts’ workshop set for June 19 in Seattle

Upcoming workshop – Reducing Risks of Reproductive Harm to Artists

Date: June 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle 98144.

Under ordinary circumstances it’s challenging for couples to produce a healthy baby:

  • 10 percent of women are infertile
  • 10 percent of men are too
  • 3 percent of newborns have birth defects
  • Up to 40% of pregnancies are unsuccessful, depending on the mother’s age at conception


Then add in exposures to toxic art materials like resins, glues, solvents and metals that have been linked to problems: reduced fertility, miscarriages, birth defects, low birth weight, childhood cancer and developmental disorders.

Learn how to reduce reproductive risks from toxic chemicals.

Join other artists and designers at a free lecture and discussion on Reproductive Hazards in the Arts. Refreshments will be provided! RSVP to or 206-263-3069.
Brought to you by The Art Hazards Project.

Convenient hazardous waste disposal available year-round in King County

With the holidays over and the new year just
beginning, now is the perfect time to clean out the garage, basement or attic.

Yes! Bring batteries to the Wastemobile too!

Bring batteries to the Wastemobile too!

Get rid of old car batteries, oil, solvents and other household hazardous waste through a program that is available to all King County residents, at no charge.

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County provides a year-round Wastemobile hazardous waste service at The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), at  1101 Outlet Collection Dr. SW, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Auburn Wastemobile location offers the same outstanding service as the roving Wastemobile that travels to cities throughout King County from spring through fall.

Like the roving Wastemobile, the Auburn service accepts a wide range of household hazardous waste, including oil-based paint, household cleaners, propane tanks and other chemicals.

By properly disposing of these wastes and keeping them out of the trash, sewers and storm drains, King County residents are helping safeguard the environment and reducing hazardous materials in their homes.

King County businesses with small amounts of hazardous waste can also visit the Wastemobile service up to four times a year. This program is not for businesses that: regularly generate hazardous waste; have regular pick-ups by a contracted vendor; or generate extremely hazardous waste. More information is available by calling the Businesses Waste Line, 206-263-8899, or via email,

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. Items are subject to availability, and residents must sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

For more information about safe disposal of household hazardous products, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, visit, or call the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED (869-4233); TTY relay: 711, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

The Wastemobile has been traveling King County for 25 years and 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.

Happy, healthy holiday season

From the staff at the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program

We wish you a holiday of health this season and for the coming year. May the season bring you a new EnviroStars friend; an open window of fresh air, and a green cleaned home that really makes you feel good!

Happy Hazardless Holidays!

Happy Hazardless Holidays!

Can you spot the product that is often mistaken for a hazardous product?

Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies

Check the link for presentation information

Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies: Preventing Harmful Environmental Exposures Before and During Pregnancy 

December 4th, Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, WA
The website wil be updated with video and presentation materials – stay tuned.

Margo Young, Region 10, EPA invites YOU to the forum

Margo Young, Region 10, EPA invites YOU to the forum

Hear from an outstanding line-up of national experts as they share the latest research and thinking on prenatal environmental health including:

  • Why can’t we get pregnant? Environmental exposures can affect fertility.
  • Don’t pass harm down the generations. What we’re exposed to now may affect the health of our unborn grandchildren.
  • It’s not just the chemicals: Stress, nutrition and poverty work together to also impact the developing child.
  • Men and women are both affected by environmental exposures: A healthy pregnancy begins long before conception.