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Reduce your risk of exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances

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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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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Eco-friendly tips for back-to-school shopping

August 03, 2021

With summer wrapping up, back-to-school shopping is on the minds of many parents. School supply lists start appearing, and new clothes need to be bought. So how can you do all this on a budget, and purchase sustainable and environmentally-friendly items? Here are a few tips to “green” your school supplies. 

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Public review period for the Haz Plan Update: July 19 - August 16

July 19, 2021

At the King County Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program), we’re updating our 10-year plan. The 2021 Plan will provide a blueprint for how the Haz Waste Program will work to reduce toxic exposures to people and the environment in King County. We want to hear from you!

 

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Don't DIY: why you shouldn't wash your car at home

July 06, 2021

Summertime in the Pacific Northwest means no rain showers on your freshly washed car! But certain car washing practices can pollute our waterways and harm wildlife. Read on to make sure your summer car wash choice supports the environment.  

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Start the summer with a clutter-free garage or storage

July 02, 2021

The weather is starting to look brighter and feel warmer, and you’re ready to use your summer gear for outdoor activities. But when you get to the garage or storage, you realize that finding those items isn’t that simple. No worries, we have you covered! Check out our guide to organizing your storage, and learn how to safely dispose of hazardous waste. 

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