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Safe waste disposal tips for summer BBQs and picnics

Searing steak? Charring some corn? When you clean up and then safely dispose hazardous and solid waste, you help preserve the environment around you. Simple steps today can keep your favorite picnic spots lush and thriving and your cookout areas grill-ready all year round - learn from some of the tips we're sharing with our partners in King County Solid Waste Division.

 

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Come with us to the Auburn Wastemobile

August 10, 2022

Disposal doesn’t have to be an ordeal — take your hazardous waste to the Wastemobile! Get a glimpse into what it's like to come to one of our Wastemobile locations or traveling events and find out what you need to know ahead of time to bring your haz waste in for disposal.

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Out and about on the water? Safe disposal for boating and floating in the sun

August 10, 2022

The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty – not least of all our gorgeous waterways. Many of the products we bring with us for a day in the sun must be properly disposed of so they don’t seep into our stormwater systems, sewers, and local waterways. Splash up on some pointers for commonly used products out on the water or while catching some rays.

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Safe waste disposal tips for summer BBQs and picnics

July 06, 2022

Searing steak? Charring some corn? When you clean up and then safely dispose hazardous and solid waste, you help preserve the environment around you. Simple steps today can keep your favorite picnic spots lush and thriving and your cookout areas grill-ready all year round - learn from some of the tips we're sharing with our partners in King County Solid Waste Division.

 

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3 ways to manage moss without chemicals

May 11, 2022

Managing moss in your lawn is a matter of three easy steps to help manage the nature of your lawn’s soil, creating soil conditions that will help your grass seeds thrive without harming you, the soil underneath your feet, or even your surrounding waterways. 

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Helping families reduce exposure to lead

May 11, 2022

A new study, authored by staff from our Research Team, shows certain aluminum cookpots and pressure cookers could pose a serious health risk and expose people to lead, especially children. Researchers identified several solutions to prevent this exposure to lead, including switching to alternatives like stainless steel, purchasing certified aluminum cookware, and adopting safer cooking and storage practices.

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Take our "toxic" personality quiz

April 05, 2022

We believe in preventing toxic exposures as much as possible, but we also think it’s all about how you handle toxics. Take this quiz to find out what kind of “toxic” hazardous waste you are. Learn a little along the way, too! 

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Hazardous Waste Program 10-Year Management Plan Update

April 01, 2022

Where is the Haz Waste Program and King County's regional hazardous waste management heading in the next 10 years? Don’t let that be a mystery. Come along and see for yourself the updates we’ve made to guide and advance hazardous waste collection and prevention and in our region through 2030. 

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Making "scents" of laundry products and their fragrances

March 03, 2022

Laundry: it's inevitable. However, with images of piles of fresh clothes on our minds, we might not realize that laundry products – especially scented and perfumed products – may contain hazardous ingredients in their fragrances. Read on for some tips to help you tackle your laundry needs without exposing yourself to hazardous materials. 

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Welcoming new Management Coordination Committee members

March 03, 2022

Five coalition partners representing each of the Program’s partner agencies on the Management Coordination Committee (MCC) work together to provide oversight, guidance, and accountability for the Haz Waste Program. In recent months, the MCC has had some new additions. Get to know the new members and the expertise they bring to the Program. 

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My, how your hazardous waste-free garden can grow!

March 02, 2022

Spring is just about here! And for many of us, early spring is a time to get ahead of our garden and yard plans for the year. Dig into some natural and chemical-free yard care tips to help you keep your garden and yard thriving and reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Plus, they’ll save you money and time, too.

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Wastemobile 2022: Coming to a community near you

February 03, 2022

The Wastemobile, King County’s traveling household hazardous waste drop-off service, kicks off its 2022 season on February 25 in Bothell, WA. Between February and October, the Wastemobile will visit rural and suburban cities in King County. Residents and small businesses can safely drop off their household hazardous waste such as as oil-based paint, batteries, antifreeze, pesticides to the Wastemobile at no cost. 

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2022 WA Legislative Session Update - Haz Waste Program supports battery stewardship bill

February 02, 2022

The issue of battery stewardship is gaining momentum during Washington State’s 2022 legislative session. The Haz Waste Program’s Policy and Planning Team recently testified at the House Environment & Energy Committee in support of a battery product stewardship bill.

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Secure Medicine Return: From King County to statewide program

February 02, 2022

Pills, powders, liquids, creams – however you take your medicine, Washington state has options available to dispose of your expired or unused medicines. Since 2017, Haz Waste Program has played a role in helping King County Washington residents get rid of unwanted medicine safely and securely.

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2022 WA State Legislative Session: Haz Waste Preview

January 06, 2022

Look ahead to the 2022 Washington State Legislative session from a haz waste perspective provided by the Haz Waste Program's Policy and Planning team.

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The E-waste lurking in your junk drawer

January 05, 2022

E-waste – everyone has it, but not everyone knows what to do with it. Before you toss that old device in the trash can or put it back into the junk drawer, read on for some quick and easy ways to reuse, recycle, or dispose of e-waste.

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Battery Product Stewardship: A Way Forward for Waste Management

January 05, 2022

Increased demand for and use of batteries, along with a lack of convenient disposal options for batteries of all kinds, present a number of concerns for waste management streams and facilities. Learn more about how battery product stewardship can address these concerns.  

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Hazardous Waste Help Line: Recapping a year of responses

January 03, 2022

In 2021, you called our help line, you asked questions about haz waste, and we responded. Check out our recap of the most commonly asked questions and their answers, too. 

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Partner Spotlight: Mother Africa

December 08, 2021

We partner with local organizations, such as Mother Africa, to work towards the shared vision of a healthy, safe, and clean Puget Sound region. Mother Africa works to advance racial equity by supporting African refugee and immigrant women and families to reach their highest potential through innovative, community-led approaches.

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