Tuesday, March 24, 2009

King County Wastemobile Spring Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

King County’s “Wastemobile” will be making a major pickup stop at the Des Moines Marina the weekend of March 27th through 29th, and here are the details:

WHAT: Spring Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

WHEN: March 27-29 from 10am - 5pm

WHERE: Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock Street in Des Moines (map below)

INFO: The Wastemobile is a free service to residents of King County. It travels to many communities to provide household hazardous waste disposal services for King County residents. Bring your household hazardous waste to the Wastemobile collection event in your area.

What happens to your hazardous waste:

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.


Aerosols (if not empty), for others see below
Automotive batteries
Automotive products (oil, gasoline, antifreeze, brake fluid, etc.)
Batteries (except alkaline)
Fluorescent light bulbs
Glues and adhesives
Household Cleaners (Ammonia, bleach)
Hobby chemicals
Oil-based paints
Indoor & outdoor pesticides
Products that contain mercury (Fluorescent lamps, thermometers, thermostats)
Pool and Spa Supplies
Propane tanks (5 gallon max)
Road flares
Thinners and solvents


55 gallon drums of household hazardous waste
Call the Household Hazards Phone Line for a Waste Clearance: 206-296-4692
Aerosols (empty): Aerosols include paints, pesticides, solvent cleaners, and oven cleaners. Low toxicity products that are typically used for beauty and hygiene uses (hair sprays, shaving creams, deoderant, etc.), and empty aerosol cans may be disposed of in the garbage.
Alkaline batteries: Information on household batteries
Biological wastes: Call the Household Hazards Phone Line at 206-296-4692
Bullets, munitions, gunpowder, fireworks, etc.: Call your local non-emergency police number (DM: 206-878-3301 • NP: 206-248-7600 • Burien: 206-296-3333)
Computers: Visit the Take it Back Network website
Empty containers of any type: Treat as garbage, but see our information on gas cylinders
Explosives: Call the Bomb Squad, 911
Latex Paint (including latex paint stains): Dry it out and put it in the garbage with the lid off. Use one (1) part kitty litter to one (1) part latex paint or mix with a commercial paint hardener according to directions. Drying out latex paints and latex paint stains may vary depending on the product and time of year.
Medical wastes (including sharps): See the Public Health information website
Medications: Leave in the original container and place the container in a closed heavy duty ziplock bag. Place this bag in another plastic bag (so not conspicuous) and place it in the garbage can.
Oil-contaminated soil: Call the Household Hazards Phone Line at 206-296-4692
Paint brushes and empty paint cans: Treat as garbage (see above).
Smoke detectors, radioactive wastes: Call the Household Hazards phone line at 206-296-4692
Televisions: See the Public Health information website
Tires: See the Public Health information website
Questions? Call the Household Hazards Phone Line at 206-296-4692.

For everyone’s safety, please remember these tips:

Don’t mix products.
Keep products in original containers.
Label products not in original containers.
Secure products so they won’t tip over or leak.
Secure the entire load in your vehicle or trailer. Vehicles arriving with unsecured loads at public or private transfer stations in King County can be charged an unsecured load fee. (King County Solid Waste Division)
Store products away from the passenger compartment of your vehicle and keep them separate from items you wish to retain.
Stay in your vehicle during unloading at the Wastemobile.
Site limits:
For the Seattle facilities and the King County Wastemobile, there is a 30-gallon gasoline limit, and pre-approval is required for large quantities (over 50 gallons), containers over 5 gallons in size, and any unusual wastes. Contact the Household Hazards Line at (206) 296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays, for disposal options and procedures.


Des Moines Marina is located at:

22307 Dock Street
Des Moines, WA 98198

From I-5 take the Kent-Des Moines Road exit, follow Hwy signs to Des Moines, west on South 227th Street down to the Marina. Site is located in the north parking lot.

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