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Safe medicine disposal in King County

In 2013, the King County Board of Health passed a Rule and Regulation to create permanent drug-take back programming for King County residents. Since that time, King County departments and partners developed a successful “Don’t Hang on to Meds” campaign, which featured real-world stories on how secure medicine storage and disposal saves lives by preventing inappropriate access to medicines in the home. Secure medicine return also prevents medicine from harming our land, water, and animals.

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Safe medicine disposal in King County

September 28, 2020

In 2013, the King County Board of Health passed a Rule and Regulation to create permanent drug-take back programming for King County residents. Since that time, King County departments and partners developed a successful “Don’t Hang on to Meds” campaign, which featured real-world stories on how secure medicine storage and disposal saves lives by preventing inappropriate access to medicines in the home. Secure medicine return also prevents medicine from harming our land, water, and animals.

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Preventing childhood lead exposure

September 25, 2020

While lead is a naturally occurring metal, exposure to lead is a serious health risk to children who are under the age of six. The Hazardous Waste Management Program is joining organizations and groups nation-wide to bring attention to the dangers of lead exposure and poisoning during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 25-31.

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Safer Choice – Eliminate the guesswork when picking earth-friendly products

September 24, 2020

Many of us are feeling a heightened awareness of the surfaces we touch and how to clean them. Choosing a product can be confusing. You can take the guesswork out by opting for cleaning products that have a Safer Choice label. Safer Choice is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) product certification and labeling program. This September, the EPA recognized the Haz Waste Program as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year.

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City of Bellevue raises awareness about safer cleaning in a pandemic

September 22, 2020

The City of Bellevue is among local King County cities finding creative ways to adapt their Hazardous Waste Management Program grant-funded educational activities to the pandemic. At an early September event, city staff came together with service organization Hopelink and the Bellevue School District for a drive-through event to provide environmental conservation kits.  

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Paint recycling program to start in 2021

August 28, 2020

Recycling unwanted paint will soon get easier for residents and businesses in King County. This is thanks to a new law that creates an industry funded and run paint program that will be implemented in 2021 across Washington State. 

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The big purge - Tons of waste collected as King County cities bring collection events back

August 27, 2020

King County residents are showing up in droves at collection and recycling events hosted by cities and tribes this season. People are participating in what is becoming known as "the purge," where people staying home due to the pandemic are clearing out their homes and getting rid of things they no longer need.

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Helping small businesses manage haz waste during uncertain times

August 26, 2020

As businesses across King County face waves of economic change due to the pandemic, Hazardous Waste Management Program’s (Haz Waste Program) business service team is acting quickly to meet the needs of local businesses who want to continue good hazardous material management.

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Welcome to the new Haz Waste Program website

July 31, 2020

The Hazardous Waste Management Program has officially launched its new website.

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Hazardous waste collection services resume normal schedules

July 22, 2020

Starting July 23, the Hazardous Waste Management Program's disposal sites will operate on a normal schedule. Our home collection program remains temporarily suspended at this time.

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Hazardous waste collection services in Seattle reopen

May 08, 2020

Starting May 15, the Hazardous Waste Management Program's collection facilities in North and South Seattle will be open with reduced hours. While household waste disposal facilities are open, Hazardous Waste Management Program officials encourage postponing non-essential trips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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A clean house is awesome but accidental poisoning is not

April 29, 2020

With more people using cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been an increase in accidental poisonings in Washington State. There has also been some misinformation circulating, so we want to make it clear: When using a cleaner or disinfectant, always follow the product’s directions and never apply these products to yourself or others.

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Collaboration with community partners while social distancing

March 30, 2020

The Haz Waste Program’s Residential Services Team hasn’t let the spread of COVID-19 halt their work with community partners. With a little creativity and flexibility, the team has adopted new ways to deliver educational health services to immigrant and refugee families.

 

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Some hazardous waste collection services are suspended due to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

The North Seattle and South Seattle household hazardous waste collection facilities are temporarily closed due to precautions for COVID-19. Our home collection service is also suspended until further notice. The Factoria facility in Bellevue, the year-round Wastemobile in Auburn, and Wastemobile events throughout King County are open. However, we encourage you to postpone your trip unless necessary.

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