Why should a small business be concerned with pollution?
Protecting contamination and pollutants from reaching our local water supply isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s required by law! Protecting water is good for our health, environment and local economy.
What is dangerous waste?
Washington state uses the term “dangerous waste” rather than the federal law’s term of “hazardous waste.” This is because Washington state’s Dangerous Waste Regulations are more protective than federal laws. The definition of “dangerous waste” is more expansive than “hazardous waste.”
If your business uses, stores or disposes of these materials, you probably generate hazardous waste. Product labels may also indicate if a material is a hazardous waste. Watch for labels such as: DANGER, FLAMMABLE, WARNING, POISON or CAUTION.
These types of materials should never be thrown in the garbage.
- Amalgam waste
- Fluorescent lights
- Paints and thinners
- Shop towels
- Other industry-specific wastes
What if I have more questions about pollution prevention at work?
Contact us at 360-487-7130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.