The Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program) is currently working to develop a Plan Update for the next 10 years. The Plan Update will provide a blueprint for how the Haz Waste Program will work to reduce toxic exposures to people and the environment in King County.
About the Plan
Washington state law requires all local governments to have hazardous waste management plans. Plans must be updated every 10 years to keep up with the needs of residents and businesses. King County’s Plan was last updated in 2010! We are currently working to update the Plan for the next 10 years and aim to complete the update by the end of 2021.
Plan ProcessThe Plan Update project is guided by our Management Coordination Committee (MCC). To move forward, the Plan Update must be approved by the MCC and the King County Board of Health. Next, the Plan Update will be submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology for final review and approval.
Why Care About the Plan Update?
Healthy individuals, communities, and environment are our ultimate goal and top priority. To achieve this, safe hazardous waste management and disposal is essential. The Haz Waste Program provides collection, prevention, education, and policy services for King County residents and small businesses. As a resident of King County, you pay for services provided by the Haz Waste Program. Help us understand how to best serve you! Your input will help shape the program for the next 10 years.
Leading With Racial Equity
People of color represent a growing share of King County’s population, and it is critical that the Plan Update includes new policies, programs, and practices to better serve people of color. People of color have a higher risk of harmful chemical exposures and face additional barriers to services. We are committed to taking action to address the racial disparities that exist for communities of color around hazardous waste awareness, usage, storage, disposal, location of facilities, and exposure levels.
The Haz Waste Program will involve community-based organizations and community members at every step of the Plan Update process to ensure the Plan Update equitably serves all 2.1 million residents and 60,000 businesses in King County. The Plan Update will prioritize engaging the following underserved and overburdened communities: