You might want to try some of this advice that is useful for both homes and businesses.
- Take care of chemical hazards at home or in your business before a flood
- Register to receive King County flood alerts
- Consider using sandbags
- Keep street drains free of debris
- Don’t drive through standing water
- See more preparation tips including links to find out if you are in a flood plain
Have you ever been in flood? Had you tried to prepare? Were any of your efforts useful?
The traveling Wastemobile – the service that goes from city to city to collect hazardous waste from households in King County – has stopped for the winter. But do not despair, we still offer year-round disposal services for households in King County at four different locations. Some small businesses may qualify to bring their wastes here as well. The locations are
You can bring your unwanted household hazardous products – that say CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER or POISON on them. Just about the only exception to this is latex paint. You can now harden the paint and throw it in the garbage. Instructions here.
Check out this handy list of what you can and cannot bring.
We also have tips on how to transport your waste so it doesn’t spill in your vehicle or on you or one of your passengers.
For those of you with elderly friends or neighbors or who are otherwise disabled, we have a wonderful Home Collection Program.
Please take advantage of this wonderful program. It is paid for in your utility bill, so there is no charge when you drop off your waste. What a deal!
Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal sites
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes its first stop of 2014 in Bothell.
From Feb. 28 through March 2, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE, Bothell, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.
The Wastemobile goes to Covington next Following its stop in Bothell, the Wastemobile will travel to Covington for a household hazardous waste collection event March 14-16 in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 16735 SE 272nd St., Covington.
About the Wastemobile Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout the county from the spring through fall.
Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. During the past quarter century, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.
The Wastemobile also provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.
More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile, is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), 1101 Outlet Collection Dr., SW, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Qualifying businesses may also use the no cost disposal services. Call or find details at www.hazwastehelp.org/BusinessHazWaste.
For more information For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or by visiting the Wastemobile website at www.HazWasteHelp.org.
The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.
Make a clean start to the new year by safely disposing of old car batteries, oil, solvents and other household hazardous waste through a program that is available at no charge to all King County residents.
The Local Hazardous Waste Program in King County provides a year-round household hazardous waste service at the Auburn SuperMall, 1101 SuperMall Way, Auburn (next to Sports Authority).
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, the Auburn Wastemobile location offers the same outstanding service as the roving Wastemobile that travels to cities throughout King County from spring through fall.
The Wastemobile accepts a wide range of household hazardous waste, including oil-based paint, household cleaners, propane tanks and other hazardous household wastes.
By properly disposing of these wastes and keeping them out of the trash, sewers and storm drains, King County residents are helping safeguard the environment and reducing hazardous materials in their homes.
King County businesses with small amounts of hazardous waste can also take advantage of the Wastemobile service up to four times a year.
This program is not for businesses that regularly generate hazardous waste, have regular pick-ups by a contracted vendor, or generate extremely hazardous waste. More information is available by calling the Businesses Waste Line, 206-263-8899, or via email, email@example.com.
Looking for reusable household products? The Wastemobile provides free products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents must sign a release form prior to receiving those materials.
For more information about getting rid of household hazardous products, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, visit http://www.hazwastehelp.org, or call the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED (869-4233); TTY relay: 711, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
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 human health and the environment.