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Four King County dry cleaners get financial help for upgrading to safer cleaning

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Four dry cleaners in King County have received $15,000 grants from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) to help them purchase dry cleaning machines that use safer cleaning solvents.

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Four dry cleaners in King County have received $15,000 grants from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) toLocal_Hazardous_Waste help them purchase dry cleaning machines that use safer cleaning solvents.

The grants are presented by LHWMP so that businesses can improve their operations while reducing their environmental impact.

Studies have shown that the most widely used dry cleaning solvent in King County, Perchloroethylene (PERC), could harm human health and contaminate the environment. Safer alternatives are now available. 

Grant recipients for 2014 are:

  • Bella Cleaners, 6419  12th Ave. NE, Seattle;
  • Bon Ton Cleaners – 801 NW 85th St., Seattle;
  • Lee’s One Hour Cleaners – 14450 34th Ave. S, Tukwila; and
  • Captain’s Cleaners – 1025 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah.

To be eligible for consideration of these grants, applicants must:

  • Have been using a PERC machine;
  • Made the commitment to stay in business after the new system is installed;
  • Abide by all local and state regulations; and
  • Install the new equipment by Aug. 31.
For more eligibility, criteria and rating considerations for future grants, call or email Trevor Fernandes at 206-263-3066, trevor.fernandes@kingcounty.gov; or Patrick Hoermann at 206-263-3038, patrickhoermann@kingcounty.gov .

These grants are one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

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