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County’s Wastemobile will make stop in Enumclaw

King County residents can safely dispose of car batteries, oil and other household hazardous items when the King County Wastemobile visits Enumclaw Friday through Sunday.

The Wastemobile is operated by King County as part of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, county residents can drop off hazardous household waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items 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.

One item that will no longer be accepted during household hazardous waste collection events is latex paint. Research has shown that dried or solidified latex paint can be safely disposed through the regular solid waste process.

The Wastemobile will set up at the Enumclaw Exposition Center.

Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first program of its kind in the nation. The program has collected more than 13,770 tons of household hazardous waste from more than 300,000 customers.

“Our goal is to make disposal of these hazardous materials easy so that they won’t end up in the normal household trash,” said Julie Mitchell of the King County Solid Waste Division. “The thousands of residents who come out to these events let us know that we are providing an important and convenient service.”

Looking for reusable household products? The Wastemobile will provide free products to the public such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents will need to sign a release form prior to receiving materials.

For more information, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours. Information is also available on the Wastemobile Web site at www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/disposal/wastemobile/index.html.

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