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King County Wastemobile coming to Sammamish, Redmond for household hazardous waste

King 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 Sammamish, Aug. 13-15 and Redmond Aug. 20-22.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE, next to the Sammamish Highlands Center in Sammamish.

Following the visit to the Sammamish area, the Wastemobile will travel north to Redmond for a collection event Aug. 20-22 at the Home Depot, 17777 NE 76th St.

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.

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.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday.

The service is offered on the first and third full weekends of the month. The 2010 schedule is posted on-line at http://www.lhwmp.org/home/HHW/disposal-locations.aspx#auburn 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-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours. Information is also available on the Wastemobile Web site at http://www.lhwmp.org/home/HHW/wastemobile.aspx.

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