||hazardous waste "update"
2008 l 2007
l 2006 l 2005
2004 l 2003
The Hazardous Waste Update newsletters help provide
information to Thurston County business owners and managers
on how to better manage and dispose of hazardous waste
generated by their business.
Business owners are responsible for knowing which
materials are hazardous, ensuring proper storage and
labeling, and selecting an appropriate disposal service.
These newsletters were developed in response to a need to
notify businesses of periodic updates on hazardous waste
regulations and management techniques.
[PDF] — Report from the Business Pollution Prevention Program
regarding businesses that operate and maintain x-ray processing equipment.
Mercury Reduction Law
[PDF] — Notification that as of January 1, 2006, it is
illegal to sell or distribute in Washington certain mercury-containing
products, such as thermometers and manometers (blood pressure measuring
devices). Also included are articles on the mercury switch replacement and
removal program, removing mercury from school labs, choosing low-mercury
fish, and recycling fluorescent lamps.
Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers (pg 2) [PDF] — Disposing of fluorescent lights,
including recycling with local retailers.
[PDF] — How improperly sited floor drains can be a liability for
businesses and landowners.
[PDF] — Using shop towels that are contaminated with certain
chemicals, how to store them and if they can be used.
Spills and Leaks - Hardware/Home & Garden Stores (pg 3)
[PDF] — How hardware
stores and home/garden centers handle spills and leaks of hazardous
materials, and safely store and dispose of resulting hazardous wastes.
Changes to the WA State Dangerous Waste Regulations
[PDF] — How these changes
may affect certain businesses.
Cleaning up Wash Water Problems
[PDF] — Washing vehicles and other equipment
can introduce pollutants, heavy metals, soaps and detergents, and soluble
organic materials into stormwater, affecting salmon, shellfish harvesting,
and drinking water. This article informs businesses of their options for
collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater.
Doing Business on Thurston County Shorelines (pg 3)
[PDF] — Report from the
Thurston County Business Pollution Prevention Program regarding hazardous
waste management of businesses operating in sensitive environmental areas.
Used Oil and Small Quantity Generators (pg 4)
[PDF] — Revised Dept. of Ecology
WAC guidelines and requirements clarify how used oil generated by small
quantity generators must be managed.
— Storing liquid hazardous materials in liquid-tight container to prevent
spills or leaks from escaping into the environment.
— Where does hazardous waste go from HazoHouse.
Photo Processors (pg 3) [PDF]
— Photographic fixer solutions contain silver which is toxic and requires
proper treatment or disposal.
— Where to recycle or dispose of computers and other business electronics.
— Report on the marine repair/ maintenance business and how to minimize
storage of hazardous materials and proper disposal.
Furniture Campaign (pg 3) [PDF]
— Report on the furniture business and how less-hazardous materials or
processes can be incorporated.
— Assemble a spill kit for small spills of less- dangerous materials.
"Rehab The Lab"
— Report on school chemistry labs and encouraging long-term chemical
alternatives, controlling inventory, and performing small-scale experiments.
— How to reduce spills with a special designated "accumulation area."
— Report on nurseries and how pesticides and other hazardous materials
should be stored and disposed and how to prevent spills.
How Empty is "Empty"? (pg 2) [PDF]
— What constitutes an empty container for disposal after it has contained a
Links (pg 3) [PDF]
— Popular websites for small businesses with hazardous waste.
Small Quantity Generators (SQGs)
— How SQGs are regulated, what constitutes an SQG, and how to determine if a
waste is hazardous.
Auto Recyclers Campaign
— Report on auto recyclers and which wastes they must remove during vehicle
Antifreeze (pg 3) [PDF]
— How businesses can recycle or dispose of antifreeze; also lists antifreeze
recyclers servicing Thurston County.
Universal Waste Rule
— Offers regulatory relief for small businesses that recycle or properly
dispose of batteries and mercury-containing thermostats and fluorescent
lamps; also lists universal waste recyclers servicing Thurston County.
Small Engine Repair
— Report on small engine and marine engine repair shops and to reduce
hazardous waste, use less-toxic products, and other best management
practices of hazardous materials.
[PDF] — Inspection tips to find storage problems before they
become big issues.
[PDF] — How to dispose of fluorescent lights and
high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps; also lists fluorescent lamp recyclers.
Doing Business in a Sensitive Environment (pg 3) [PDF]
— Helping businesses in
sensitive areas (wellhead protection areas) reduce the use of hazardous
materials, and ensure proper disposal and storage.