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The Haz Waste Program looks back on 30 years

From 1990-1991, the state of Washington directed local governments to ensure proper management of hazardous materials and waste. In turn, King County created the Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program). To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary, current staff shared what inspires them about the work they do as part of the Haz Waste Program. 

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The Haz Waste Program looks back on 30 years

November 04, 2021

From 1990-1991, the state of Washington directed local governments to ensure proper management of hazardous materials and waste. In turn, King County created the Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program). To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary, current staff shared what inspires them about the work they do as part of the Haz Waste Program. 

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It’s Movember! Are you using a chemical-free shaving cream?

November 03, 2021

During November, people with facial hair are encouraged to go without shaving to raise awareness about men’s health issues like cancers and suicide. Are you growing out your facial hair this month? Whether you’re planning an end-of-month shear in honor of Movember or simply keeping up your razor routine, we encourage those who opt to shave to choose toxic-free products for their shaving needs.

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Customer access to the South Seattle collection site temporarily blocked on Fri, Oct. 22

October 22, 2021

Update: The South Seattle site is now open. If you have questions, please call the Haz Waste Help Line at 206-296-4692

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Identifying sources of lead poisoning

October 21, 2021

Lead is a metal that occurs naturally in the environment, however it is also a poison when it is accidentally inhaled or ingested. We provide support to families with children who have confirmed elevated blood lead levels (eBLL). With support through the Washington State Department of Health, our Residential Services Program (RSP) investigates cases of eBLL in King County. 

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The collection site in Factoria will open later than normally scheduled on Thursday, October 14.

October 14, 2021

The collection site in Factoria will open later than normally scheduled on Thursday, October 14. We encourage customers to visit the South Seattle collection site as an alternative. We will post updates when the Factoria location is open here on our website and on Facebook.

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Look for the label: Safer Choice products offer protection and convenience 

September 23, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice logo helps residents and businesses easily identify products that keep people and the environment safe. We are pleased to receive a 2021 Safer Choice Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Safer Chemicals for our outreach work done in partnership with Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Sea Mar).

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Partner Spotlight: Sea Mar Community Health Centers

September 07, 2021

We partner with local organizations, such as Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Sea Mar), to work towards the shared vision of a healthy, safe, and clean Puget Sound Region. Sea Mar provides quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities throughout Washington state.

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Going “Green” in Home Renovations

September 07, 2021

Home renovations, whether doing them yourself or hiring a contractor, can be intimidating. To help make the process easier while supporting energy-efficient and environmentally safe choices, King County GreenTools Program in the Solid Waste Division (SWD) offers a variety of resources to help homeowners and contractors build “green.” 

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Savor the summer garden bounty

September 07, 2021

Kids may be back at school, but summer is not over yet! Our temperatures are still pretty warm, and vegetable gardens and local farms are at peak harvest. To celebrate this abundance and the rewards of chemical-free natural yard care, we are sharing a quick and healthy recipe to provide ideas for what to do with the beautiful basil and delicious tomatoes ripening in gardens throughout King County this month.

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