Options abound for dumping household hazardous waste

May 29, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. May 29, 2011

Ditch old alkaline batteries without tossing them into the garbage at a household hazardous waste disposal facility in King County.

“Batteries come in all sizes, shapes and purposes, and it has been confusing for residents who are trying to dispose of them safely,” Jay Watson, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program administrator, said in a news release. “Residents can bring in alkaline batteries, as well as lead acid, button, lithium, Ni-Cad and other rechargeable batteries for disposal. We appreciate that they are using our services to keep pollutants like mercury out of our environment.”

Some of the batteries contain mercury and other dangerous materials.

Find a disposal location or call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-869-4233.

Qualifying small businesses may use the household disposal services to drop off batteries. Call the Business Waste Line at 206-263-8899 or toll free at 1-800-325-6165, ext. 3-8899.

Residents can take rechargeable batteries — look for the symbol on the battery — to participating retail stores in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp.

The waste management program is a partnership of local governments including Seattle, King County and the suburban cities, working together to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment.

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