Household Hazardous Waste
Many items you use in and around your home such as cleaners, oil-based paints and pesticides, are hazardous. Improper use and storage can harm human health and the environment.
When shopping for household products:
Avoid products with these signal words—poison, danger, warning or caution. Products labeled "poison" or "danger" are the most hazardous. Choose safer products without these signal words.
Clean, shine, polish and unclog the safe and healthy way. Check out recipes for inexpensive, yet effective greener cleaning products in the Green Cleaning brochure that's available in six languages: English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Korean.
Keep household hazardous products out of reach of children and pets. Store products under cover and off the ground, so they do not wash into storm drains. Do not put household hazardous waste in the garbage or recycling cart.
Join your neighbors in pledging to use safer, less toxic cleaning products.
Latex (water-based) paint is no longer considered hazardous. If you can't use it up or give it away or dry it out by mixing in kitty litter and then place it in the garbage. Do not put wet latex paint in the garbage.
Take oil-based paint and other household hazardous waste to the Factoria Transfer Station. Call 206-296-4692 or check the website to see hours and what is accepted.
DO NOT PUT BATTERIES IN GARBAGE OR RECYCLING CONTAINERS. Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9Volt) may be toxic to aquatic life. Also, the main metal components of alkaline batteries (manganese and zinc) have been detected in landfill runoff at levels of concern. Recharageable and button batteries contain mercury. Check What To Do With Old Batteries or King County's What Do I Do With website for information on where to take used batteries.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes
Fluroescent light bulbs and tubes contain mercury and need to be taken to the Factoria Transfer Station's Household Hazardous section for recycling. Check King County's What Do I Do With website for other options. Regular (incandescent) used light bulbs are not hazardous and can be put in the garbage.
Computer, cell phone, TVs
Check King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program website for where to take commercial hazardous waste.