Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions are provided below.  If you have additional questions about Hazardous Waste Management Program rates that are not provided, contact customer service  at: 206-206-296-4692* or 1-888-869-4233 for more information.

1. What is the Hazardous Waste Management Program?

The Hazardous Waste Management Program is a regional partnership established to protect public health and the environment. The Program focus is to reduce exposure risks to hazardous materials, products and wastes, at home and at work.  The Program is implemented through a multi-jurisdictional Management Coordination Committee (MCC) and is recognized as the Program governing entity by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

2. How is the Program funded?

The Program is funded by Local Hazardous Waste (LHW) fees on solid waste and sewer services in King County. Residents and businesses pay fees based on their garbage and sewer use. LHW fees are also charged for each trip to a solid waste transfer station or landfill.

LHW fees are set by the King County Board of Health (BOH) and are used to pay for Program services to reduce the use of and exposure to hazardous products, materials, chemicals and wastes.

3. What services does the Program provide?

We provide services to 2.1 million residents and over 60,000 business in King County focused on prevention, policy and collection.

Prevention. Reduced exposures to toxic materials, at home and at work, through awareness of using less toxic products and proper management and disposal of hazardous materials.

Policy. Creating systems change in the production, use and disposal of hazardous materials to help ensure chemicals and products that are safe for people and for our environment.

Collection. Safe and convenient disposal of hazardous materials through ongoing disposal services, mobile collection events and in-home collection services for residents age 65+ and for residents with a disability.

4. What programs and services are provided to residents?

Reduced exposure risk. The Program provides information to increase awareness of hazardous materials and ways to prevent exposure to hazardous materials in your home and yard, such as using less toxic products, proper storage and proper disposal.

Customer service. Residents can call or e-mail the Household Hazardous Line and the Garden Hotline with your questions about hazardous materials, how to dispose of what is no longer needed and information about using less hazardous alternatives.

Collection and disposal. Regardless of where you live in King County you can bring your household hazardous waste to one of our household hazardous waste collection facilities (in Auburn, Factoria, North Seattle and South Seattle) or our traveling Wastemobile.  Residents age 65 and older and residents with a disability can call the Home Collection Team for in-home collection and disposal of hazardous materials.

Policy change. Creating change through product stewardship, such as the Secure Medicine Return. The Program provides safe collection and disposal of unwanted medicines, keeping them out of the environment and reducing access for misuse and preventable poisonings.

Education and collection programs. Provided by grants to cities and tribes.

5. What programs and services are provided to businesses?

Technical assistance. On-site consultations to help improve business practices and regulatory compliance that are available upon request to businesses throughout King County.

Cost share for small business improvements. The Financial Incentives Program offers qualified small businesses matching funds, up to $599, for business improvements that protect the environment and public health. Through this program businesses have purchased or repaired equipment, purchased spill control and containment and disposed of hazardous waste.

EnviroStars green business recognition program. EnviroStars certified businesses are recognized for taking action to protect the environment and employee health and safety. EnviroStars businesses use less toxic chemicals and follow business practices that reduce environmental impacts.

Customer call center. Businesses can call or e-mail the Business Waste Line with questions about hazardous materials, how to dispose of what is no longer needed and information about technical assistance, financial assistance and using less hazardous alternatives.

Collection services. Businesses that generate small quantities of hazardous waste can use LHWMP’s collection facilities and the traveling Wastemobile. Businesses with larger quantities of hazardous waste are referred to commercial disposal companies.

6. What rates do residents and businesses pay?

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7. Are fees charged for recycling, composting, or yard waste services?

No, Hazardous Waste fees are charged for recycling, composting or yard waste services.


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