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

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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.

 

Wastemobile coming to Covington June 13 – 15, offering free household hazardous waste disposal

Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal sites

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 second stop of the year in Covington, June 13-15.

 The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer, at 16735 SE 272nd St., 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 Bothell next

Following its stop in Covington, the Wastemobile heads north to Bothell for a household hazardous waste collection event June 27-29 in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE.

 About the Wastemobile

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout the county from the spring through fall.

 Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. During the past quarter century, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.

 The Wastemobile also provides free reusable 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 must sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

 More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site

For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile, is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), 1101 Outlet Collection Dr., SW, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Qualifying businesses may also use the no cost disposal services. Call 206-296-4692, or find details at www.hazwastehelp.org/BusinessHazWaste.

 For more information

For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the 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 Wastemobile 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.

 

Get unwanted drugs out of your home this Saturday

Clean out your medicine cabinets and get rid of old, unwanted and risky medicines this weekend!

For safe disposal at the DEA Vashon event

For safe disposal at the DEA Vashon event, the Sheriff transports controlled substances, and the pharmacist checks the meds.

The DEA Prescription Take-Back Day is this coming Saturday – October 26th from 10am-2pm. It’s a great time to safely dispose of the medicines you no longer need and prevent accidental poisonings.  There is no cost to drop-off your medicines and it’s anonymous.

Just bag up what you don’t want and drop them off at any of the locations. Find a location at: www.takebackyourmeds.org/dea-events.

Renton hosts Spanish (Español) & English Gardening workshops

Gardening all winter long; classes in Spanish (Español) & English

Natural Yard Care in Renton

Stay green all winter long with Natural Yard Care workshops in Renton

No need to toss in the trowel – get inspiration and information at upcoming gardening workshops in Renton with talented local gardeners!

CLASSES ARE FREE! ENTER TO WIN PRIZES!

Refreshments provided and all classes are held at:

Highlands Neighborhood Center

800 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, please visit cybersignup.org or call 425-430-7391

 Naked Lawn Care • Monday, Oct. 21

Grow your lawn au naturel! Join Marianne Binetti, local gardening columnist, author, radio and TV host as she covers techniques to reduce your use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Marianne will teach dirt-cheap tricks to save money and grow a lush, green lawn and garden with less mowing and fertilizing. Learn correct watering and feeding practices, and which products to use to make your lawn a safe and natural habitat where children, pets, wildlife and you can live and play. Course #52663

Compost: The Wonder Mulch • Monday, Oct. 28

Healthy soil is the secret to a healthy garden! Susan Thoman of Cedar Grove Compost will teach the many applications and benefits of compost, such as erosion control, plant health, and increased food yield. Learn the fundamentals of starting a home composting system or using your curbside compost bin to recycle kitchen and garden “waste.” Susan will discuss how and when to apply compost to your lawn and garden to benefit your plants, soil, and the friendly critters who help your garden grow. Course #52664

Easy Peasy Edibles • Monday, Nov. 4

Are you hungry? Plant once and enjoy the harvest for years to come. Learn about must-have perennial edibles and sustainable design to grow a low-maintenance edible landscape. Award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist Jessi Bloom is a Timber Press author and owner of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes. Tonight Jessi will help you discover new Easy Peasy Edibles to bring diversity to your landscape and your diet. Course #52665

Safe and Healthy Edible Gardening • Monday, Nov. 18

Interested in edible gardening? Be sure that the site, soil, and containers you use are safe for growing food. This workshop, taught by Laura Matter of the Garden Hotline, will teach you how to choose safe materials for building raised beds, determine how healthy your soil is, when to test your soil for toxins, and gauge which sites in your garden are most suited to grow food. The Garden Hotline is a program that offers free advice to gardeners and landscapers, and Laura brings over thirty years of professional horticultural and gardening experience to this evening’s presentation. We hope to see you there! Course #52666

Green Chemistry webinars on consumer products

Find out which chemicals are especially harmful in the products we use everyday

Not-so-green chemistry from Ye Olde Labs

Not-so-green chemistry from Ye Olde Labs

Tune in for half-hour webinars about six classes of chemicals which contain many of the harmful substances found in everyday products. Learn from scientists and outstanding teachers about the chemical classes that have many of the bad actor chemicals in consumer products. The series will also discuss solutions, exploring questions like, “Do we need these chemicals?”

When the answer is “Yes,” safer green chemistry alternatives will be discussed.

This informative weekly series begins on Tuesday October 22 at 11:00am Pacific and continues for eight weeks at the same time. The workshop schedule is:

October 22, 11-11:30AM Fluorinated   Chemicals
Jennifer   Field, PhD:
Professor   of Chemistry, Oregon State University
October 29, 11-11:30AM Anti-Microbials   (triclosan and triclocarban)
Gary Ginsberg,   PhD:
Toxicologist,   Connecticut Dept. of Public Health, Yale University and U. Connecticut
November 5, 11-11:30AM Flame Retardants   (PBDEs, tris, Firemaster)
Arlene Blum,   PhD:
Visiting   Scholar in Chemistry, UC Berkeley, Green Science Policy Institute
November 12, 11-11:30AM Plasticizers &   Endocrine Disruptors (BPA, phthalates)
Carol   Kwiatkowski, PhD:
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.
November 19, 11-11:30AM Solvents (formaldehyde,   toluene, xylene, acetone etc.)
Liz Harriman:  
Deputy Director,   Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
November 26, 11-11:30AM Heavy Metals (arsenic,   lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.)
Graham   Peaslee, PhD:
Hartgerink   Professor of Chemistry, Hope College
December 3, 11-11:30AM Do We Need It?
Debbie Raphael:  
Director, California   Department of Toxic Substance Control
December 10, 11-11:30AM Green Chemistry
Bob Peoples,   PhD: Former Director of ACS Green Chemistry Institute
Register for the Webinars

If you have questions about the webinar series, contact Sam Busener at sam@greensciencepolicy.org or fill out our contact form.  Slides and fact sheets are at www.sixclasses.org/?utm_source=Six+Classes+Webinar+Series&utm_campaign=Invitation+Lecture+series&utm_medium=email. For more on the Green Science Policy Institute visit: www.greensciencepolicy.org/

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.

Public Hearing on Secure Medicine Return

King County WA – On May 16th, 1:30 pm the King County Board of Health will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule and regulation that would create a product stewardship model for unused medicines in King County.
Learn more…

Hearing location:
Metropolitan King County Council Chambers
10th floor, Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA

The 1:30 pm hearing will be broadcast LIVE on King County TV (Cable Channel 22 on Comcast and Broadstripe in King area) and will also be streamed LIVE online at:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/KCTV/schedule.aspx?day=05/16/2013

Jobs for youth; refugee candidates encouraged to apply by May 15

Summer VISTA jobs to work with refugee youth programs

Five local organizations are recruiting for summer AmeriCorps VISTA members who will be working in with refugee youth programs. Refugee candidates, ages 18-24, are strongly encouraged to apply. These full-time positions run between June 17, 2013 and August 23, 2013. Applications accepted through May 15, 2013.

Summer VISTA members will receive:
• A living allowance for the time served of approximately $980.00/month
• A prorated AmeriCorps Education Award (approximately $1,174) or a $125/month cash stipend awarded at the completion of service term

PLEASE GO TO THE LINKS FOR INFORMATION ON CONTACTS FOR EACH OPPORTUNITY:

Coalition for Refugees from Burma – Summer VISTA Associate
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=49759&fromSearch=true

East African Community Services – Summer VISTA Associate
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=49812&fromSearch=true

International Rescue Committee – Summer VISTA Associate
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=49754&fromSearch=true

School’s Out Washington – Summer VISTA Associate
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=49757&fromSearch=true

Somali Community Services Coalition – Summer VISTA Associate
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=49761&fromSearch=true

Seattle position open: focused on equity and social justice

Seattle Public Utilities is hiring an Equity Planning & Analysis Strategic Advisor to assist with equity planning in support of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP). Application deadline is May 7, 2013. For position details go to www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp; use search term ‘equity.’

Please note that the City of Seattle accepts application online only, to apply or for information on other positions, go to www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp.

 

 

Partners are recognized at Green Globe awards: the City of Shoreline and Liesl Zappler

Working to make Puget Sound a better place

Nice work Green Globe winners and program partners: Liesl Zappler and the City of Shoreline. Thanks for all the work you do to reduce chemicals in our environment!

Congratulations to the City of Shoreline and staff that have been quiet leaders in pesticide reduction. The city has put in place policies and practices that their groundskeepers have been using for over 10 years, taking care of parks and properties with little to no pesticides. The city also supports homeowners trying to do the same with workshops and advice on natural yard care. Find their pesticide free places on the map: www.lhwmp.org/home/pfparks/index.aspx.

Congratulations to Liesl Zappler who has made Swedish Medical Center a Leader in Sustainable Landscaping Practices. Zappler has been a tireless promoter and practitioner of pesticide free landscapes and gardening. She has led Swedish and its campus of properties to adopt an Integrated Pest Management policy, improving landscaping practices and re-designing existing plantings. Zappler also worked hard to enroll the Swedish campuses in the EnviroStars program, earning 2 to 5-Star ratings for their practices.

For more on the many people and organizations that are doing their part to keep our corner of the NW healthy for all of us and future generations, read on at: www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp/newsroom/newsreleases/2013/April/2013-green-globe.aspx.

Leisl Zappler at work on the Swedish Campus

Leisl Zappler, Green Globe winner, at work on the Swedish Campus