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.
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.
Everybody wants a clean and healthy home. Taking the green approach avoids use of hazardous products, which protects your health and the environment.
You can make a green cleaning kit to use around your house. All you need is the following ingredients and our recipes to make your own green cleansers. Resources for additional green cleaning recipes.
- A bucket
- Spray bottle
- Rag or scrubber
- Castile Soap
- Vinegar and Baking soda
Latex (water-based) paint is no longer considered hazardous. If you can't use it up or give it away, then dry it out by mixing in kitty litter and 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. Check the station page or call 206-296-4692 to see hours and what is accepted.
King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program offers information on where to take commercial hazardous waste.