Celebrate Earth Day April 22
Borrow a Kit for
Fish-Friendly Car Washing
Your fundraising car wash might be bad news for local waterways. Water that runs into storm drains goes directly into our lakes, streams and Puget Sound with little or no treatment. The runoff from car washes containssoap, oil and other pollutants that are toxic to sh and other aquatic life. You can prevent the pollution withan easy-to-use car wash kit that PierceCounty Public Works and Utilities loansout free. These kits use a storm draininsert and a pump to send the dirty water to a sewer system or vegetatedarea to soak into the ground. Find out more at www.piercecounty wa.org/carwash or call (253) 798-2725to reserve a kit.
Not Everything Goes in Trash
Following are tips for environmen-tally safe ways to dispose of householditems.
coMPuters, Monitors, tVs:
Recyclethese items free of charge through the E-Cycle Washington program. Visit www.ecyclewashington.org or call1-800-RECYCLE for more information.Another option is the Take It Back Network, businesses that recycle theseitems for a small fee. See the partici-pants’ list, and learn more about theTake It Back Network, at www.pierce-countywa.org/tibn or call (253)798-2179.
old clotHes, furniture, Books:
Donate or sell items that are in goodcondition. Try a consignment shop,thrift store, yard sale or list online.Also check out the free online option, www.2good2toss.com.
oil-Based Paint, Pesticides, HouseHold cHeMicals and otHer HouseHold HaZardous Wastes:
These products are labeled “corro-sive,” “ammable,” “poison,” “toxic,”“danger,” “warning” or “caution.” Examples include drain cleaner, insec-ticides, weed killer and pool chemicals.Try to use them up or give leftoversto a neighbor. Don’t put them in thegarbage.Instead, take the items to the facili-ties listed below. Pierce County resi-dents can drop off products free of charge.•
Tacoma Hazardous Waste CollectionFacility
at 3510 S. Mullen Street, just east of Fircrest (open seven daysa week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., exceptmajor holidays)•
Hidden Valley Transfer Station
,17925 Meridian Street E., Puyallup(open Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.) For details on how to prepareand transport household hazard-ous waste, call the Hazardous Waste Line at 1-800-287-6429or visit www.piercecountywa.org/hhw.
is water- based and not hazardous.If you can’t use it up orgive it away, dry out thepaint and put the can in thegarbage with the lid off. (Landllsand garbage haulers can’t accept wetpaint.) To speed up drying, add kittylitter, sawdust, grass clippings or thinstrips of newspaper. If the paint canis too full to add an absorbent, line acardboard box with a plastic bag, pourin paint and mix with an absorbent.
fluorescent BulBs and tuBes
contain small amounts of mercury andshould never be placed in the garbage.Take It Back Network participants whocollect uorescent bulbs and tubesinclude: McLendon Hardware stores(Bulbs: no charge. Tubes: fee) and Se-attle Lighting (Bulbs and tubes: fee for both). Other recycling locations includethe Hidden Valley Hazardous Waste Facility and the Tacoma Hazardous Waste Facility. For more information visit www.piercecountywa.org/fbulb.
Unwanted andoutdated pharmaceuticals pose seri-ous safety and environmental threatsranging from child poisonings, illegaluse, and contamination of our streamsand drinking water. Safe disposal isquick and easy: Don’t ush them. Mixmedicines in a sealable plastic bag with coffee grounds, kitty litter or saw-dust, then add water. Seal it in another bag. Throw it in your garbage. Destroyprescription information. For moreinformation visit www.safedrugdispos-alnw.org or www.medicinereturn.com.Our online
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, at www.piercecountywa.org/recycle, lists locations to recycle, dis-pose or donate items in Pierce County. From appliances and carpet to micro- wave ovens and remodeling debris, this website lists more than 100 categoriesto assist you with your recycling anddisposal needs. You can also contactthe Pierce County Solid Waste Division at (253) 798-2179 for moreinformation.