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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 27, 2015
Contact:
Scott Schimelfenig, Solid Waste Division Manager at (360) 867-2278 or SchimeS@co.thurston.wa.us
Jo Evans, Solid Waste Division at (360) 867-2901 or EvansJ@co.thurston.wa.us

HazoHouse Now Open Seven Days a Week
County residents, businesses can bring hazardous waste to Hawks Prairie facility

HazoHouse is now open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The hazardous waste collection site, located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center in Lacey, collects unused and unwanted household and business-generated hazardous waste. This service is free to Thurston County residents, and businesses pay a small fee to safely dispose of hazardous chemicals, cleaners, and other waste that can harm the environment if not handled properly.

"I'm really pleased to see this expansion of the HazoHouse service to seven days a week," said Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, who also chairs the county's Board of Health. "Daily collection not only helps protect the health of our environment, it also helps protect the health of our waste collection workers. This is just one more step Thurston County is taking to keep our drinking water and our environment safe and clean."

Chemical products like household cleaners, bug and weed killers, auto care products, fluorescent bulbs, and oil-based paints and stains can be harmful to human health, wildlife, and our environment when not handled and disposed of properly. The goal of offering HazoHouse services seven days a week is to make it even more convenient for county residents and businesses to dispose of their household hazardous waste the right way, and avoid pollution from illegal dumping.

"We've seen an increase in the number of residential customers at HazoHouse each year since 2012," said Scott Schimelfenig, Manager of Thurston County Solid Waste, "It's great to see that more people are bringing their household hazardous waste to HazoHouse and disposing of it the right way. We're happy to offer expanded hours to meet the growing need for safe and convenient disposal of hazardous waste."

HazoHouse is located at Thurston County's Waste and Recovery Center at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey. To get to HazoHouse, use the entrance to the right of the main entrance. When you bring your items to HazoHouse, please stay in your car and wait for attendants to assist you. HazoHouse is an easy and free option for county residents to safely dispose of hazardous household products. Go to www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/Hazo for a complete list of items accepted at HazoHouse.


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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3