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Keeping freshwater beaches fresh starts with you

The sun is shining, and it’s time to head to the beach! Many beach visitors – ducks, geese, dogs, and humans – contribute to high levels of bacteria in the water that can make people sick. Make sure you are doing your part to keep King County’s swimming beaches clean and enjoyable for everyone! 

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Keeping freshwater beaches fresh starts with you

June 01, 2021

The sun is shining, and it’s time to head to the beach! Many beach visitors – ducks, geese, dogs, and humans – contribute to high levels of bacteria in the water that can make people sick. Make sure you are doing your part to keep King County’s swimming beaches clean and enjoyable for everyone! 

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My, how your garden grows—with pollinators!

June 01, 2021

Gardens are not only pretty to look at, they can also help sustain our ecosystem by serving as a home for pollinators. Pollinators are birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small animals that help plants reproduce. Creating a natural garden that attracts pollinators will help make a difference in creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations. 

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Oh, the places you'll go: Career paths within hazardous waste management

May 31, 2021

Congratulations, graduates of 2021! Are you wondering what to do next? This month, we spotlight several Haz Waste Program team members who will tell you what it’s like to work in the areas of Haz Waste Policy, Prevention, and Collections Programs. For people who care about the environment and human health, opportunities await within the hazardous waste management field!

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The mountains are calling! What's in your backpack?

May 04, 2021

Hazardous chemicals are not part of the ten essentials for hiking and camping, but they can creep into backpacks nonetheless. And they can eventually contaminate the land and water—remember, rain picks up whatever it touches, and carries it to the nearest waterway. That’s hardly what anyone wants to do when basking at a mountain overlook, glen of wildflowers, or alpine lake. 

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Fun in the sun starts with sunscreen!

May 03, 2021

Spring is here, and now is the time to find an earth-friendly sunscreen that keeps your skin protected while you enjoy the outdoors. Whether you spend time outside every day or once in a while, you need sunscreen if you’ll be in the sun for longer than a few minutes. Review these tips and recommendations before shopping for earth-friendly sunscreen options.

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Nix noxious weeds with natural yard care

March 31, 2021

There’s a pep in our step these days because it’s officially springtime. With increasing sunshine and warmth, you might be looking at your yard with visions of a lush garden or lawn. Don’t let noxious weeds put a damper on your goals. Before you turn to chemical products, try safer alternatives that keep people and the environment safe from hazardous exposure.

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County and state work towards ban of toxic chemicals in food packaging

March 31, 2021

In recent months, several companies announced plans to eliminate PFAS (also known as forever chemicals) from their food packaging. State and local governments are also looking at this issue. Washington has enacted a bill that will phase-out PFAS in food packaging as soon as safer alternatives are available.

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What the Gorilla Glue incident tells us about black hair products and reading labels

March 02, 2021

A woman’s TikTok videos went viral after she applied Gorilla Glue, a heavy-duty adhesive, to her hair and couldn’t get it out after months of trying. People had a good laugh thinking about using glue in place of hairspray. But, even if you just use regular gel to make sure your hair is laid, it’s still a good reminder for all to double-check what’s in your bathroom cabinets. Even better, read the label before you buy. 

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Home Collection Program for seniors and people with disabilities resumes March 10

March 01, 2021

King County seniors (65 years or older) and residents with disabilities who don’t have a vehicle or cannot access a collection site can call to schedule a free at-home pickup of hazardous waste. The pickup will follow strict Public Health guidelines from Seattle & King County to protect our workers and customers. Please visit our home collection page for more details including COVID-19 safety protocols.

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