Proposed Rate Increase

Program Services

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP) protects public health and the environment throughout King County by providing programs and services to reduce exposure to hazardous materials, at home and at work.  The program focuses on prevention, policy change and collection to reduce the risk of exposure and use of more toxic products and materials.

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Residents and businesses receive information on identifying hazards for the products they use, safer less toxic alternatives and how to safely store and dispose of hazardous materials and wastes. Creating systems change in the production, use and disposal of hazardous materials to help ensure chemicals and products are safe for people and our environment. LHWMP provides safe and convenient disposal of hazardous materials through on-going disposal services, mobile collection events and in-home collections services for residents age 65+ and for residents with a disability.

Increased Costs

LHWMP provides hazardous waste services to the 2.1 million residents and over 60,000 businesses in King County. 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.


Included in cost of providing services, LHWMP will be providing additional moderate risk waste collection service in South King County by co-locating it with the new South King County Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) starting in 2022. This will replace the Auburn Wastemobile service. It will increase service access for south county (and other) residents and businesses.


Based on current financial projections, LHWMP will require a rate increase to meet revenue needs after 2019 to keep up with the costs of providing hazardous waste services to residents and businesses throughout King County. The current fee was established in 2012 as a flat rate that does not adjust with inflation. The LHW Fee Schedule provided below shows current and proposed rates for residential and business services.


In addition to the LHW fees listed above, the Program also receives a small portion of its revenue from state grants and interest on the hazardous waste fund balance.

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