Working Together to Reduce Hazardous Waste
To protect and enhance public health and environmental quality in King County by reducing the threat posed by the production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.
- The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) is a multi-jurisdictional program that focuses on reducing public and environmental exposure to hazardous materials.
- Four government agencies, 37 cities and tribal governments in King County are working together to help citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies reduce the threat posed by the production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes.
- LHWMP provides services to 1.9 million residents and 60,000 businesses throughout King County.
- LHWMP works with residents and businesses throughout King County to:
- Reduce the production (upstream) of toxics and hazardous products and to promote stewardship of those products by their manufacturers.
- Reduce the use of, and properly store, toxics and other hazardous products.
- Ensure the proper disposal of toxics and hazardous waste.
- Many commonly used products contain chemicals that pose risks to the environment and/or human health. Hazardous products usually have one of the following words on the label: "caution," "warning," "danger," or "poison."
- In 2012, LHWMP collected 1,478 tons of hazardous waste from 46,298 residents and 583 businesses, schools and other small quantity generators.
Program partners are: King County Water and Land Resources Division, King County Solid Waste Division, Seattle Public Utilities, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and suburban and other cities and towns in King County, represented on LHWMP’s Management Coordination Committee by the Sound Cities Association.