Hazardous Waste Fees
The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County is a regional partnership established to protect public health and the environment throughout King County. The Program focuses on reducing exposure risks to hazardous materials, products and wastes, at home and at work.
The Program provides services to 2.1 million residents and over 60,000 businesses across King County. Residents and qualifying small businesses can safely dispose of hazardous materials and wastes at one of our hazardous waste disposal facilities or traveling Wastemobile. Businesses can receive technical assistance to help meet regulatory requirements and manage hazardous materials properly. Our Customer Call Center will answer questions about hazardous materials, proper storage and disposal and how to choose less hazardous alternatives to help keep your family and workplace safe.
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 and exposure to hazardous products, materials, chemicals and wastes.
Increasing Program Costs
As the number of people living in the County continues to grow in number and diversity, there is a greater demand for program services. Cost of providing services continues to increase due to inflation, labor-related costs,collection facility operational costs and collection costs due to increasing demand for services.
To keep up with the increased costs of providing local hazardous waste services, in June 2018, the King County Board of Health adopted new four year rates for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. The overall rates were last adjusted in 2012.
This rate change will affect all King County residents and businesses with garbage and sewer accounts. It also affects those who self-haul garbage to a transfer station, and the billing entities that collect the fees that they pay into the Local Hazardous Waste fund.
New Rates Will Take Effect Beginning January 1, 2019.
The table below shows the change in rates each year through 2022.
The Local Hazardous Waste Management 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.