You can’t watch children all the time. So how can you keep them safer?
If you have unwanted hazardous products you could get them out of your home and away from curious hands.
How can you tell which products under the sink or in the closet are hazardous?
Look on the label. If you see the words DANGER or POISON, that means the product is very harmful.
If you see the words CAUTION or WARNING, that means the products is somewhat harmful.
And if you don’t see CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER OR POISON on the product label, that means the product is safer to use.
So if you want to get rid of hazardous products you don’t want, what do you do?
- You aren’t supposed to throw them in the trash.
- Instead, take them to a disposal site, at no cost.
Getting rid of hazardous products you no longer use can help keep you and your family safer.
In 2014, the Program provided direct service to 90,000 people who visited our hazardous waste collection facilities, attended our trainings and had an Environmental Investigator visit their business. It provided indirect service to over 200,000 people through our Website and Facebook page. Read the full report.
The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County is a multijurisdictional program whose mission is to reduce the threat posed by the production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials, thereby protecting public health and environmental quality. Program partners include the Seattle Public Utilities, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and cities and tribes in King County.
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!
Flood season is coming – Follow these tips to get ready —
Tip #1 :- Safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous products. It’s considered hazardous if it has CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER or POISON on the label (look in the lower left part of the container). Disposal locations here.
Tip # 2 – Computers and TVs often contain hazardous parts. Prevent these from getting into flood waters. If you have any you’re not using, recycle them at one of these locations.
Tip # 3 – Keep your medicines out of the flood waters. Store them in an upper shelf if possible. Safely dispose of any unwanted medicines before flood season. Locations here.
Tip # 4 – Reduce the amount of hazardous products you have on hand. Replace them with the safest products you can find.
Tip # 5 – If safe to do so, store hazardous products on an upper shelf or in a second story area.
Tip # 6 – Keep your household products in their original containers, and make sure they’re tightly closed.
Tip # 7 – Sign up for flood warnings.
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.
Even if your business is not in a flood zone, it could still be flooded. And business owners are liable for any contamination and clean-up caused by their hazardous products or wastes. Where to start? Reduce the number of chemical products you store and safely dispose of your unwanted hazardous products and wastes. If your business is in King County, these free services can help with that:
- Call to schedule a free on-site visit to help you evaluate your business process and the wastes you generate. 206-263-8899 or toll free at 1-800-325-6165, ext. 3-8899
- Find out if you qualify to dispose of wastes through the Local Hazardous Waste facilities and the Wastemobile.
- Not sure if a product or waste you have is hazardous? Call our Business Waste line at 206-296-3976.
- Receive 50% or up to $500 of costs to manage, dispose, reduce or recycle hazardous wastes.