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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Terri Thomas, Thurston County Education and Outreach Specialist, 360-754-2896 or thomaste@co.thurston.wa.us

Hazardous Waste Collection Events Scheduled

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is sponsoring a hazardous waste collection event for residents to safely dispose of hazardous household products.

The annual spring Wastemobile Collection Event will be held on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday June 1 from 10:00-4:00 daily.  The location will be the Yelm Middle School parking lot, at 402 Yelm Avenue West , in Yelm.  The event is free for residents of Thurston County .

Items accepted include oil-based and latex paint, glues, pesticides, thinners, solvents, all types of batteries, antifreeze, motor oil and filters, cleaners, pool and hobby chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, mercury thermometers, adhesives, polishes and other products that say "Danger," "Warning," or "Caution" on the labels.

The WasteMobile does not accept garbage, yard waste, household appliances, electronics, computers, monitors, medical wastes, explosives, ammunition, propane tanks, empty or leaking containers, business wastes, smoke detectors or radioactive materials.

Residents who miss this event can always take hazardous household materials to HazoHouse, located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center , 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E. near Lacey. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

"We accept literally tons of dangerous household products at WasteMobile events, including products that have been banned for years but have been sitting in garages," said Terri Thomas, an educator with Thurston County Solid Waste. "These types of products can cause a lot of damage to your health and the environment, so they should never be put in the trash or dumped on the ground, down a storm drain, or in the sink."

For more information on recycling events and services, call the Thurston County Department of Water and Waste Management, 357-2491 or go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3