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Wastemobile to visit Auburn for household hazardous waste collection

King County residents can safely dispose of car batteries, oil and other household hazardous items, April 17-19, when the King County Wastemobile visits the Auburn SuperMall, at 1101 SuperMall Way off 15th Street Southwest.

The Wastemobile is operated by King County as part of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, 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.

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

One item that will no longer be accepted during household hazardous waste collection events is latex paint. Research has shown that dried or solidified latex paint can be safely disposed through the regular solid waste process.

The Wastemobile will be located in the Auburn SuperMall’s south parking. Following the Auburn stop, the Wastemobile will travel to Vashon Island for household hazardous waste collection April 24-26.

"The intent of the program is to ensure safe, proper disposal of hazardous products people have in their homes," said Julie Mitchell of King County's Solid Waste Division.

Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first program of its kind in the nation. The program has collected more than 13,770 tons of household hazardous waste from more than 300,000 customers.

"Our goal is to make disposal of these hazardous materials easy so that they won't end up in the normal household trash," Mitchell said. "The thousands of residents who come out to these events let us know that we are providing an important and convenient service."

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.

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 www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/disposal/wastemobile/index.html.

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