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Clean Marina Washington announces winners of the Clean Marina of the Year competition!

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Foss Marina, photographed by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

The Clean Marina program is proud to announce the winners of the first ever Clean Marina of the Year competition! Shilshole Bay Marina has won in the Public Ports Category and Foss Harbor Marina in the Private Marina Category. Both facilities are recognized for their exemplary leadership in pollution prevention and environmental protection.

Foss Harbor Marina switched to paperless billing and correspondence.  It also eliminated plastic and Styrofoam cups and transitioned to high-efficiency bulbs and fixtures to reduce energy consumption. Foss is very active in the local community working with organizations such as Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Tacoma Waterfront Association. Marina staff recently leveraged Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds from WA State Parks to purchase and operate a sewage pumpout boat.  This provides free and convenient slip-side sewage disposal for tenants.

Shilshole Bay Marina is recognized for their work promoting Required Management Practices among their 1400 tenants, hosting an oil spill response trailer and developing a prioritized Environmental Management System to take a comprehensive look at potential environmental hazards. Tracy McKendry, Sr. Manager of Recreational Boating accepted the award on behalf of Shilshole saying, “We are extremely proud of our marina team and community.  It takes creativity, persistence and cooperation to continually work towards improving our environmental practices.  We are lucky to have such great partners in our environmental endeavors and would like to thank them for their continuing support.”

With over 70 Certified Clean Marinas in Washington State, this network of dedicated business owners and marine professionals are at the forefront of the exciting and innovative work being done to teach a new generation of boaters about how to care for and steward the marine environment for the future.

Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Vashon, April 17-19

Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal sites

Vashon-Maury residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Vashon Island, April 17-19.

The Wastemobile will be at the Tjomsland Gravel Pit, 17001 107th Ave. SW, Vashon, 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, lamps, 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 Des Moines next

Following its stop on Vashon, the Wastemobile will travel to Des Moines, April 24-26 for a household hazardous waste collection event at the Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines.

About the Wastemobile

Created in 1989, 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. Since first hitting the road, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from more than 450,000 customers.

The Wastemobile is now part of LightRecycle Washington, a program to safely collect fluorescent tubes and bulbs that contain mercury. The program is funded through an environmental handling charge that is included in the retail price of these types of lights.

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 can also use the no-cost disposal services. Call 206-263-8899 or find details at hazwastehelp.org.

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.

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.

Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Redmond, April 3-5

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 travels to Redmond, April 3-5.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of The Home Depot, 17777 NE 76th St., Redmond, 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, lamps, 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 Vashon next

Following its stop in Redmond, the Wastemobile will travel to Vashon for a household hazardous waste collection event April 17-19 at the Tjomsland Gravel Pit, 17001 107th Ave. SW, Vashon.

About the Wastemobile

Created in 1989, 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. Since first hitting the road, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from more than 450,000 customers.

The Wastemobile is now part of LightRecycle Washington, a program to safely collect fluorescent tubes and bulbs that contain mercury. The program is funded through an environmental handling charge that is included in the retail price of these types of lights.

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 can also use the no-cost disposal services. Call 206-263-8899 or find details at hazwastehelp.org.

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.

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.

Two local artists’ perspectives on hazardous materials and you.

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© 2014 Edie Everette, HazMatters, comic book excerpt. Courtesy of the artist.

Two Seattle artists have created a comic book and short film that humorously connect hazardous materials, public health and the environment. Public Art 4Culture and King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program commissioned cartoonist Edie Everette and animator Clyde Petersen to create a new kind of public service announcement, in both English and Spanish.

Everett’s comic, HazMatters, is a series of vignettes that explores how we live with hazardous products. The book cleverly reveals many ways household hazardous waste intersects with our everyday lives. It explores household hazardous waste and personal responsibility with stories full of questions, humor, and interactive activities. For a free copy of HazMatters by mail, call the Household Hazards Line at (206) 296-4692.

Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides is a short animated film featuring penguins and DDT that offers positive steps to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. It details the life and history of DDT and the positive steps we can take to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. A cast of stop-motion animated paper penguins living in a watercolor landscape tells stories of pesticide use in farming, landscaping and gardening. The film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iKDgK1xllc

Both artists use visual storytelling to uncover a topic that can be confusing and overwhelming. They help explain what hazardous wastes are, their impacts on our environment, and how we can responsibly deal with them.

About the artists:

Edie Everette’s HazMatters (Porque los productos tóxicos son peligrosos), Everette is a visual artist, cartoonist and writer, gives a behind-the-scenes look into her HazMatters design process through her articles I am a Public Artist Part 1 and Part 2 on the 4Culture blog.

Clyde Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides (El Mundo Peligroso de los Pesticidas)  Clyde Petersen is an indie animator, musician, and a member of S.E.A.T. (Seattle Experimental Animation Team).

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Duvall hosts Wastemobile Oct 17th – 19th – bring your hazardous waste!

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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.

Covington hosts Wastemobile September 5th – 7th

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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 comes to Covington, Sept. 5-7.  The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 16735 SE 272nd St., Covington, 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.

More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site

For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile is a convenient alternative for disposing 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 can also use the no cost disposal services. Call 206-296-4692, or find details at.

Eastside residents might find the Factoria Transfer Station as a more convenient location for household hazardous waste disposal.

About the Wastemobile

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with more than 32 million pounds of household hazardous waste collected since 1989, 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 King County from 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.

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.

 

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

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.

 

Nail salon to get first EnviroStars certification for healthier products, environment

My Nail Salon & Spa in Bellevue uses new ventilation system,

safer nail polish and thinners, to earn environmental recognition

By using safer products and improving air quality for employees and customers, a Bellevue nail salon has become the first to receive EnviroStars Program certification as a Healthy Nail Salon.

The salon uses only polishes that do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate

The salon uses only polishes that do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate

The public is invited to learn how My Nail Salon & Spa’s new products and techniques help keep people and the environment safe during a June 14 open house, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 1645 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Becoming an EnviroStars Healthy Nail Salon means safer products and a safer working environment – and perhaps a leg up on the competition. Nearly 90 percent of recently surveyed nail salon patrons in San Mateo County, Calif., said they would pay more for services in healthy nail salons.

To qualify as an EnviroStars Healthy Nail Salon, My Nail Salon & Spa agreed to use less-toxic nail polish that does not contain the “toxic trio” of toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate, as well as polish thinners that don’t contain hazardous solvents.

Additionally, the salon’s state-of-the-art ventilation pulls airborne chemicals away from the nail technicians and clients, and brings in fresh air.

Salons can earn EnviroStars certification by using less toxic products or by safer practices, such as:

  • Using only nail polishes that do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate;
  • Using polish thinners that do not contain hazardous solvents;
  • Requiring employees to wear safety gloves;
  • Using local ventilation at each nail salon table;
  • Bringing fresh air into the salon with a ventilation system; and
  • Safely storing chemicals.
  • Safely dispose of hazardous waste
  • Train all employees to use the safer salons practices

The Healthy Nail Salon project started in 2007 with a community partner, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), a local non-profit group with strong connections to the Vietnamese community.

Those connections matter: Of the estimated 430 nail salons in King County, more than 80 percent are owned and operated by Vietnamese-speaking people. Before this project began, there wasscant information available in Vietnamese on safe chemical handling and other safety issues related to nail salon operations.

Employees with the Local Hazardous Waste Program in King County partnered with ECOSS representatives in the Healthy Nail Salon project and created bilingual workshops, training materials and brochures for Vietnamese nail salon owners and workers.

Project partners also visited many of the 430 nail salons in King County to share information, best practices and offer tips on how salon operators can lower chemical exposure for workers and clients.

King County nail salons that become EnviroStars Certified Healthy Nail Salons gain access to many services, such as marketing, disposal and technical assistance.

For more information on how to become a Healthy Nail Salon contact Laurie Foster at 206-263-3061 or laurie.foster@kingcounty.gov.

Garden product safety info now available through new Grow Smart, Grow Safe® app

Free app! Look for the Grow Smart icon at the Apple Store

Free app! Look for the Grow Smart icon at the Apple Store

New app lists 1,000-plus lawn and garden chemicals, offers natural gardening tips

Now there is an easy way for consumers throughout the Pacific Northwest to make smart choices in lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets and the environment: The free Grow Smart, Grow Safe® app.

Grow Smart Home page; chose products or alternatives

Grow Smart Home page; chose products or alternatives

Products available in area stores are rated low, medium or high hazard to help shoppers make smart choices. Take this tool to the store or out to the garage and find out how your favorite lawn and garden products rate. The app even offers great tips on gardening without pesticides. Download for free at the iTunes App Store.

The app was created by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County; Portland Metro; and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, to provide reliable, science-based information to all consumers.

Grow Smart, Grow Safe® uses science-based research to rate pesticide safety. Products listed in Grow Smart, Grow Safe® are commonly available at many retail outlets, and are registered for home use by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. It’s also been approved for use by Washington and Oregon Master Gardeners.

Find the safest products, ratings, and techniques

Find the safest products, ratings, and techniques

The new app is an offshoot of a publication that was first published in 1998 by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program; it is now available at www.growsmartgrowsafe.org.

More information is available from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County at 206-263-3050.