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Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County Releases 2014 Annual Report

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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.

 

A recycling paint program for Washington State?

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Do you have leftover paint sitting in your shed or garage that you don’t know what to do with? Well, a solution may be on the horizon.

The State legislature is considering paint recycling legislation in Washington State (HB 1571-S/SB 5926) that would allow people to return their unused latex and oil-based paint to participating Household Hazardous Waste facilities or retail locations. Their paint would then be recycled, reused or managed responsibly.

Household hazardous waste facilities used to take leftover paint, but newer latex paint is no longer “hazardous” so you can harden it with kitty litter and throw it in the garbage.

Unfortunately, this method is not feasible for some King County residents. “You’re supposed to put [leftover paint] on your deck or in your garage and let it dry or mix it with kitty litter. I can’t do that – I live in a condo! … If I could take [my leftover paint] back somewhere and let someone else use it, that would be great!” said Nora Tablor, in an interview last month with Gary Chitham, King 5 News.  http://kng5.tv/1wBPJeO

The Paint Stewardship Bill is expected to increase the amount of leftover paint collected in Washington by 87%, creating new opportunities for local businesses to collect, transport, recycle and dispose of leftover paint.

Sounds like a good idea to us.

More on why Washington State would benefit from a statewide recycling law.

Duvall hosts Wastemobile Oct 17th – 19th – bring your hazardous waste!

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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 one and only stop of the year in Duvall, Oct. 17-19.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with more than 32 million pounds of household hazardous waste collected since 1989, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the River School District headquarters, 15501 NE 1st Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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 finishes the season in Bothell

Following its stop in Duvall, the Wastemobile stays in north King County and concludes the 2014 traveling schedule with a final stop in Bothell, Oct. 24-26, in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE.

Covington hosts Wastemobile September 5th – 7th

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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 comes to Covington, Sept. 5-7.  The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 16735 SE 272nd St., Covington, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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.

More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site

For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile is a convenient alternative for disposing 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 can also use the no cost disposal services. Call 206-296-4692, or find details at.

Eastside residents might find the Factoria Transfer Station as a more convenient location for household hazardous waste disposal.

About the Wastemobile

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with more than 32 million pounds of household hazardous waste collected since 1989, 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 King County from 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.

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 must sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.