Governments Working Together for a Healthier and Cleaner King County
The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) is a regional partnership established to protect public health and the environment for all jurisdictions in King County including 38 cities, two tribes and unincorporated King County. LHWMP delivers services reducing the risks of production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
Program Services Focused on Prevention, Policy and Collection
We provide services to 2.1 million residents and over 60,000 business in King County focused on prevention, policy and collection. Managing hazardous materials properly, choosing less toxic materials and adopting green technologies that reduce the amount of hazardous materials being used are key education and outreach services we provide to protect public health and the environment.
Program Funding and Rate Adjustment
The program is funded by fees on solid waste and sewer services in King County. Residents and businesses pay fees based on their garbage and sewer use are also charged for each trip to a solid waste transfer station or landfill.
Starting in 2019, fees will be increased 5.4 percent annually for the next four years (2019-2022). This adjustment was needed to address cumulative impacts of inflation since the last rate increase in 2011.