Public Health works with government agencies to investigate hazardous waste sites that pose a threat to public health and the environment. Public Health also provides information to property owners to help with proper disposal or clean-up of hazardous waste.
What is hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste is any waste generated from the use of a product containing a hazardous or toxic material that, if misused or improperly disposed, can release contaminants that are potentially damaging to the environment and harmful to humans and other living organisms. Hazardous wastes include, but are not limited to, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, oil, gasoline, paints and solvents.
Report a hazardous waste spill - Washington State Department of Ecology.
Report a public health concern online or by calling 360.397.8083.
Many household products contain hazardous chemicals that can, if not properly disposed of, pollute water, harm wildlife and threaten your drinking water and well-being.
A significant portion of our business community generates hazardous waste through the day to day operations of conducting business - hazardous waste is more common than you think.
Business generated wastes are not just radioactive drums stored at Hanford. They are wastes your business or organization may generate every day.... spent solvents, ink sludges, heavy metals. Hazardous wastes pose real threats to real people... cancer, nerve damage, polluted drinking water. They don't belong down the drain or in the dumpster.
- Personal protective equipment information
- Southwest Clean Air Agency
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Pacific Northwest)
- Drug Lab Cleanup Program
- Hazardous waste and toxics reduction - Washington State Department of Ecology
- Site hazard assessment(PDF) - Process for hazardous waste cleanup, Washington State Department of Ecology
- Toxics cleanup - Washington State Department of Ecology