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What is Hazardous Waste? (from Wikipedia

Hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment and generally exhibits one or more of these characteristics:

U.S. Environmental Laws (see RCRA ) additionally describe a "hazardous waste" as a waste (usually a solid waste) that has the potential to:

  • cause, or significantly contribute to an increase in death or an increase in serious irreversible, or incapacitating reversible illness; or
  • pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, or disposed of , or other wise managed.

Hazardous Waste includes: solvents, batteries, oil based paint, cleaners, pesticides, oil, antifreeze, gasoline, mercury, fluorescent lights, and propane tanks.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County

Factoria Transfer Station

Household Hazardous Waste Reuse Program (free products) - Looking for Reusable Products?

More Information

Take it Back Network: locations to take electronic equipment - (Mercury-containing products like televisions, cell phones, computers, thermometers and fluorescent bulbs and tubes are considered hazardous and banned from disposal in the garbage). 

The 'Take it Back Network' is a group of retailers, repair shops, recyclers, waste haulers and nonprofit organizations that recycle or reuse electronic equipment. Network members accept a variety of electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, printers, TVs, cell phones, PDAs, fax machines, stereos, DVD and VCR players, other household electronics and rechargeable batteries. The electronics are recycled domestically in an environmentally sound manner. 'Take it Back Network' members usually charge a fee for their recycling services.

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