Many products we use every day—like cleaning supplies, varnish, motor oil, oil-based paints, and pesticides—contain ingredients that are toxic, corrosive, flammable, or reactive. These products are considered hazardous because they can threaten the environment and our health.
Though the amount of hazardous waste coming from a single house or business may be small, the total amount from 2.1 million residents and more than 60,000 small businesses in King County can harm public health and the environment if not properly managed.
The State of Washington directed local governments to ensure proper management of hazardous waste products. As a result, local agencies and governments established the Hazardous Waste Management Program in 1990 to manage these wastes in King County.
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The Hazardous Waste Management Program is a coalition of local governments. Partners work in multi-agency teams, drawing on their strengths and expertise to protect public health and the environment.
We provide grant funding to cities, towns, and tribal governments within King County to help more residents properly dispose of hazardous waste and to promote using safer alternatives.
Five coalition partners serve on a multi-jurisdictional Management Coordination Committee, providing oversight, strategic guidance, and accountability.
The Hazardous Waste Management Program is funded by Local Hazardous Waste fees on solid waste and sewer services in King County. These fees are set by the King County Board of Health.
As the number of people living the the County continues to grow, so does the demand for program services. In June 2018, the Board of Health adopted new four-year rates to help keep up with the increased costs of providing services.
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