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The E-waste lurking in your junk drawer

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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Auburn Wastemobile closed January 29-30, 2022

January 26, 2022

Due to an operational challenge, the Auburn Wastemobile will be closed the weekend of January 29-30, 2022. We expect to resume normal service on February 5-6, 2022.

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2022 WA State Legislative Session: Haz Waste Preview

January 05, 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 04, 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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Service delays expected at the collection site in Factoria

December 23, 2021

Service alert: Upcoming construction near the entrance and exit of the Factoria transfer station may slow service for hazardous waste disposal. Construction is expected Dec. 27 through Jan. 14.

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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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Have a safe and healthy holiday season

December 08, 2021

The holiday season is approaching. For some folks, it feels like the best time of the year with families getting ready to host holiday meals and parties. However, it can also be one of the most stressful times – especially during COVID-19. Read these tips to help keep families and friends safe during the holiday season.

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How to watch your waste this winter driving season

December 08, 2021

The weather outside may be frightful, but handling and getting rid of automotive fluids doesn’t have to be scary. Get to know some risks behind common car fluids and how to dispose of them. Along the way, learn some tips you can rely on to avoid hazardous exposures and stay safe throughout wintry driving.

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The Haz Waste Program looks back on 30 years

November 04, 2021

From 1990-1991, the state of Washington directed local governments to ensure proper management of hazardous materials and waste. In turn, King County created the Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program). To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary, current staff shared what inspires them about the work they do as part of the Haz Waste Program. 

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It’s Movember! Are you using a chemical-free shaving cream?

November 03, 2021

During November, people with facial hair are encouraged to go without shaving to raise awareness about men’s health issues like cancers and suicide. Are you growing out your facial hair this month? Whether you’re planning an end-of-month shear in honor of Movember or simply keeping up your razor routine, we encourage those who opt to shave to choose toxic-free products for their shaving needs.

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Identifying sources of lead poisoning

October 21, 2021

Lead is a metal that occurs naturally in the environment, however it is also a poison when it is accidentally inhaled or ingested. We provide support to families with children who have confirmed elevated blood lead levels (eBLL). With support through the Washington State Department of Health, our Residential Services Program (RSP) investigates cases of eBLL in King County. 

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Look for the label: Safer Choice products offer protection and convenience 

September 23, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice logo helps residents and businesses easily identify products that keep people and the environment safe. We are pleased to receive a 2021 Safer Choice Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Safer Chemicals for our outreach work done in partnership with Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Sea Mar).

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Partner Spotlight: Sea Mar Community Health Centers

September 07, 2021

We partner with local organizations, such as Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Sea Mar), to work towards the shared vision of a healthy, safe, and clean Puget Sound Region. Sea Mar provides quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities throughout Washington state.

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Going “Green” in Home Renovations

September 07, 2021

Home renovations, whether doing them yourself or hiring a contractor, can be intimidating. To help make the process easier while supporting energy-efficient and environmentally safe choices, King County GreenTools Program in the Solid Waste Division (SWD) offers a variety of resources to help homeowners and contractors build “green.” 

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Savor the summer garden bounty

September 07, 2021

Kids may be back at school, but summer is not over yet! Our temperatures are still pretty warm, and vegetable gardens and local farms are at peak harvest. To celebrate this abundance and the rewards of chemical-free natural yard care, we are sharing a quick and healthy recipe to provide ideas for what to do with the beautiful basil and delicious tomatoes ripening in gardens throughout King County this month.

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Reduce your risk of exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances

September 06, 2021

Across Washington state, exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances results in hundreds of preventable hospitalizations and deaths each year. Recent data from the Washington Poison Center shows that most exposures are unintentional, and nearly all exposures happen at home. 

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Spanish-language campaign promotes safer alternatives to bleach

August 03, 2021

The Haz Waste Program is committed to reducing disparities in hazardous material exposures through equitable outreach and engagement. For example, bleach is a common household product for many Latinx families, and can cause significant health impacts and be fatal if ingested. Learn more about how the “Ojo con el cloro” campaign aims to educate Spanish-speaking communities about the dangers of bleach and safer alternatives.

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