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Are toxic chemicals hiding in your makeup? Here’s how to find safer cosmetics.

Some types of makeup frequently used in the United States and other parts of the world contain toxic chemicals, such as lead, phthalates, mercury, and formaldehyde. We're working with beauty influencers to help King County residents learn more about their cosmetics, and, if necessary, choose safer alternatives.

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The lifecycle of hazardous waste: What happens to a hazardous product after you drop it off?

July 10, 2024

Once you drop off your hazardous waste, each product is carefully sorted and sent to specialized recycling facilities.

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Fireworks – Safety and Proper Disposal

June 27, 2024

First, check to make sure your city or town allows the purchase and use of fireworks. If you live in an area that does not ban fireworks, please follow rules of the type of fireworks allowed and the timeframe to use them. We don’t say this lightly – the harm caused by fireworks can be devastating. Read on for tips to use and dispose of fireworks properly to protect people and the environment! 

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Are toxic chemicals hiding in your makeup? Here’s how to find safer cosmetics.

June 22, 2024

Some types of makeup frequently used in the United States and other parts of the world contain toxic chemicals, such as lead, phthalates, mercury, and formaldehyde. We're working with beauty influencers to help King County residents learn more about their cosmetics, and, if necessary, choose safer alternatives.

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Family-friendly fun for the summer

June 20, 2024

The summer solstice is here. Whether you attend one of the solstice events in the region, or simply spend some extra time outside, we hope you enjoy the extra sunlight. Once solstice is over, you can continue to soak in summer fun with these budget-friendly activities that the whole family can enjoy.

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Building bridges: How the Haz Waste Program harnesses experience and partnerships for greater impact

June 18, 2024

Get to know Mohamed Ali of the Haz Waste Program's Residential Services team, and learn more about his efforts to keep King County's immigrant community safe from toxic chemical exposures.

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6 short hazardous waste-related films to add to your summer watch list

June 06, 2024

Bust out your favorite popcorn toppings and watch these short can't-miss videos.

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Leave no trace, dispose of hazardous waste: A responsible camper’s guide

May 23, 2024

When we think of summer, warm weather, traveling to new destinations, camping, hiking, and enjoying the sun come to mind. What else might come to mind? The idea of “leave no trace” and how it relates to hazardous waste disposal.

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Compost – Nature’s Climate Champion

May 06, 2024

Join us to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week from May 5-11. Compost is a nutrient-rich natural fertilizer that helps to combat climate change. Learn how you can set up a composting system right at home. 

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Historic law to limit lead poisoning the result of community-centered initiative

April 29, 2024

The new law confirms Washington state's role as a public health leader and promises to make the region and its residents cleaner, safer, and healthier.

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