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Aug. 20, 2010

King County Wastemobile in Covington Aug. 27-29 for household hazardous waste

King County program in 21st year of service; year-round Auburn location continues

Local_Hazardous_Waste King County logoKing County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the King County Wastemobile comes to the Covington/Maple Valley area, Aug. 27-29.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 75, 15635 SE 272nd St., on the south side of State Route 516 (Kent-Kangley Road), approximately one mile east of Lake Meridian.

King 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.

Following the visit to the Covington/Maple Valley area, the Wastemobile will travel north to the Bothell/Kenmore area, Sept. 10-12 at the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave. NE, Bothell.

Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first program of its kind in the nation. It is operated by King County Solid Waste Division as part of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, and travels throughout the county from the spring through fall.

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

King County residents have a convenient alternative to the traveling Wastemobile events: A permanent household hazardous waste collection site is located in the northwest corner of the Auburn SuperMall, 1101 SuperMall Way (near the loading docks and Sports Authority), and operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

The service is offered on the first and third full weekends of the month. The 2010 schedule is posted on-line at and is also available by calling the Household Hazards Line (206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED (869-4233); TTY relay: 711.

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 sign a release form prior to receiving materials.

Residents contribute to the cost of this service through their regular trash and sewer utility fees, so there is no fee charged at the Wastemobile.

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

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