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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 30, 2004
Contact:
 David Baker, Education and Outreach Specialist (360) 786-5136 ext. 7669

WasteMobile Clears out Toxics


Tumwater- Thurston County residents brought their household hazardous wastes to the Thurston County WasteMobile last weekend, September 25th & 26th.  Residents from Olympia , Tumwater and Tenino came to the Tumwater High School parking lot for Hazo Days, with the Thurston County WasteMobile.  The WasteMobile takes pesticides, paints, batteries, car fluids and other hazardous products found in many households as a free service of the Thurston County Solid Waste Division and Public Health and Social Services. 

More than 220 households participated in the collection.  "We're really glad to help," said David Baker, the event organizer and an Environmental Educator with the County.  "It's great to see that people understand this stuff shouldn't go in their garbage, yard, or down the drain.  We cleared out some old and nasty chemicals this weekend."

Six and a half tons of household hazardous products were collected in the two days that the WasteMobile operated.  The largest categories of products were motor oil, paints, and pesticides.

The WasteMobile made its first visit to Tumwater in 2002.  The WasteMobile has also visited locations in Olympia , Yelm, Grand Mound, and Rainier .  The purpose of the WasteMobile is to provide convenient service for proper disposal and recycling of household hazardous products.  More than 2,400 residents have brought in over 60 tons of hazardous materials collected since 2000, when the first WasteMobile event was held in Rainier . The next WasteMobile event will be held in Yelm next spring.  More details will be announced after the first of the year.

Area residents can bring household hazardous products, free, any time of year to HazoHouse at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center off Interstate 5 at exit 111.  HazoHouse is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8:00 to 5:00.  For more information, call 360-357-2491 or the TDD line 754-2933.  Or check the website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3