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Hazardous Waste Update NewsletterThe 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.


April 2008


December 2007

March 2007


October 2006

June 2006

January 2006

  • X-Ray Processing [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.


August 2005

  • Floor Drains [PDF] How improperly sited floor drains can be a liability for businesses and landowners.
  • Shop Towels [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.

March 2005

  • 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.


October 2004

  • Secondary Containment [PDF] Storing liquid hazardous materials in liquid-tight container to prevent spills or leaks from escaping into the environment.
  • Beyond HazoHouse [PDF] 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.

June 2004

  • Electronics [PDF] Where to recycle or dispose of computers and other business electronics.
  • Marina Campaign [PDF] 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.

February 2004

  • Spill Kit [PDF] Assemble a spill kit for small spills of less- dangerous materials.
  • "Rehab The Lab" [PDF] Report on school chemistry labs and encouraging long-term chemical alternatives, controlling inventory, and performing small-scale experiments.
  • Spills [PDF] How to reduce spills with a special designated "accumulation area."


November 2003

Fall 2003

  • Nursery Campaign [PDF] 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 chemical residue.
  • Links (pg 3) [PDF] Popular websites for small businesses with hazardous waste.

Spring 2003

  • Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) [PDF] How SQGs are regulated, what constitutes an SQG, and how to determine if a waste is hazardous.
  • Auto Recyclers Campaign [PDF] Report on auto recyclers and which wastes they must remove during vehicle processing.
  • Antifreeze (pg 3) [PDF] How businesses can recycle or dispose of antifreeze; also lists antifreeze recyclers servicing Thurston County.


November 2002

July 2002

  • Universal Waste Rule [PDF] 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 [PDF] 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.

April 2002

  • Chemical Storage [PDF] Inspection tips to find storage problems before they become big issues.

January 2002

  • Fluorescent Lamps [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.
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