Hey Burien, Bring Your Toxins To The Wastemobile Sept. 11-13th


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King County’s free Household Hazardous Wastemobile is coming to the Burien Fred Meyer on the weekend of Sept. 11-13th, from 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fred Meyer is located at 14300 First Ave South in Burien (206-433-6446).

Operated by King County as part of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, the Wastemobile offers King County residents the ability to drop off hazardous household waste items, including:

  • Pesticides
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Oil-based paints
  • Automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.)
  • Fluorescent bulbs/ballasts
  • And other items

All free of charge!

By properly disposing of these materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills, King County residents are helping safeguard the environment.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to the toxic waste after you drop if off, here’s some info:

  • Corrosive Liquids – such as drain cleaner, pool chemicals, etc. are neutralized at a treatment facility.
  • Latex paint – uncontaminated latex paint can be blended and tinted for reuse, then sold as new product. Latex paint that isn’t recyclable into new paint may be used as an additive in the manufacture of certain cement compounds.
  • Lead acid batteries – recycled at smelters in the US, reclaiming the lead.
  • Mercury – processed through retort and prepared for use in commercial applications.
  • Oil-base paints, solvents and thinners – blended into a fuel mixture for use at facilities such as cement kilns.
  • Pesticides and poisons – kept in their original containers or sealed in a bag if the container is rusty or leaking. Each container is nestled one-by-one into layers of absorbent granules inside steel drums. These wastes are incinerated or placed in a hazardous waste landfill.
  • Used Motor Oil – accepted at the Wastemobile or by private sector businesses is re-refined into new lubricating products or reused as fuel for ships and cement kilns.

Please note that latex paint is no longer accepted during household hazardous waste collection events. Research has shown that dried or solidified latex paint can be safely disposed in the regular garbage.

Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first program of its kind in the nation. In its 18 years in operation, the program collected more than 14,771 tons of household hazardous waste from nearly 330,000 customers.

For more information, including acceptable materials, quantity limits and how to properly dispose of latex paint at home, call the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9am and 4:30pm, except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours.

Full details are available on the Wastemobile Web Site at http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/disposal/wastemobile.

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