Category Archives: Publications

Moving out in Auburn


The nice folks at the city of Auburn have handy information if you are planning a move or trying to downsize or declutter for the holidays. It is amazing how much can accumulate in our homes. It can weigh you down trying to figure out what to do with it all, so Auburn has a handy flyer with the phone numbers you need – or can share with friend and family.

Good luck, and remember: bends your knees to lift safely!

To order copies to share, contact Kathleen Edman,  City of Auburn,  phone 253-931-3047,


2012 Residential Survey Results give insights on hazardous waste familiarity and behavior

During 2012, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) collected information about residents’ attitudes, awareness and behavior about household hazardous products and household hazardous waste (HHW) through surveys, focus groups and interviews.

We were interested in getting feedback from residents who are not using our hazardous waste collection services to understand why services are not being used and how to reach and motivate residents on the use and disposal of hazardous products. We also wanted to get an updated snapshot of who is using collection services, how far they are driving, what they are bringing for disposal, and how satisfied they are with these services.

The surveys are intended to complement each other and to provide an updated snapshot of residents’ attitudes, awareness and behavior about household hazardous materials and waste. Key findings are in the survey summary.

Summary of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s 2012 Residential Surveys

2012 Household Hazardous Waste Survey of Special Populations in King County

2012 Household Hazardous Waste Survey of Residents in King County

The 2012 On-Site Survey of Household Hazardous Waste Facility Customers

For more information, contact Trudy Rolla, Evaluation Coordinator at 206-263-8481.

These efforts update information that was gathered through similar surveys in 2007: .

Focus group participants consider the agenda

Focus group participants consider the agenda

Eco-Logica – the Northwest’s first Spanish/English environmental magazine

Garbage in a landfill

I recently learned of the first Spanish/English magazine in the Northwest — Eco-Logica. I encourage you to check out this great online resource covering ecology, education, science and technology.  Eco-Logica features articles on Puget Sound, how to reduce your use of plastics, what we as individuals can do about the oil spills, and more!  Instead of complaining about other people polluting the air, water and environment in general, it gives specific things we as individuals can do to contribute less to the problem. For example in their article on Garbage,  there’s a great discussion on how we as consumers feel pressured to buy the newest and latest trends so we fit into society. The more we buy, the more garbage we eventually generate. Their advice?  Don’t buy what you don’t need. Instead, reduce, reuse and recycle. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Healthy Nail Salon information in Viet Salon

A recent article on chemicals in the salon and safety information from Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Healthy Nail Salon project has been translated and featured in the Viet Salon July/August issue. For an English language version, read on at

Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal

There is no fee for disposal; it is paid for in your utility bill. But you do have to qualify as a small quantity generator.

Your business probably has some hazardous waste: oil based paints, thinners, pesticides, automotive products. If your business is located in King County you may be able to dispose of these unwanted materials at a household hazardous waste facility.

For details go to: or call the Business Waste Line at Business Waste Line 206-263-8899, toll free 800-325-6165, ext. 3-8899 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed noon -1 p.m. and holidays. Call ahead to see if the facilities are operating before visiting.

Convenient information on what materials are accepted, maps, hours, and how to qualify are on the Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal flyer; get a copy at

Small business hazardous waste disposal

Updated directory helps King County businesses safely manage hazardous waste

‘Yellow Book’ puts comprehensive hazardous waste information at the fingertips

Businesses that need help managing hazardous waste have a tremendous resource available to them: The updated Hazardous Waste Directory, produced and distributed by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

The directory is available online at To order a print copy, call the Business Waste Line at 206-263-8899, or toll–free, 1-800-325-6165, ext. 3-8899.

For more than a decade, businesses have relied on this directory to help determine if they are producing hazardous wastes and what management steps should be taken. The directory also describes how to get help with hazardous waste, which regulations apply, how to choose a disposal or recycling vendor and more.

The directory lists wastes in alphabetical order – from absorbents to X-ray tubes – and includes information on handling, recycling, regulations, and chemical hazards, as well as a list of vendors that handle that waste. Vendors are also listed alphabetically.

“Just about every shop we visit is happy to get a copy,” said Rey Verduzco, business services manager for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. Verduzco leads the group of technical advisers who make free visits to King County businesses and help them address hazardous materials handling and waste questions.

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of local governments including Seattle, King County, the suburban and other cities in King County, working together to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment. Visit us at

Related information

What do I do with…?

King County Solid Waste

2009 Waste Directory “Yellowbook” Available

The latest version of the Waste Directory for businesses is available for download. The Waste Directory tells what to do with each waste type and lists vendors that will handle each. However, the directory does not list all potential vendors. Listing doesn’t constitute an endorsement of the vendor. Protect yourself by making sure the vendors you hire are responsible. Mailing, email, and web addresses for vendors are provided in the Vendor Directory.