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.
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