businesses and governments manage hazardous chemicals and storm
water is a high priority for Skagit County government in partnership
with our cities.
Helping businesses and governments manage hazardous chemicals and
storm water is a high priority for Skagit County government in partnership
with our cities. Our goal is to protect the health of employees,
neighbors and our water ways. Pollution prevention solutions are
often simple and cost effective. Sometimes it just takes a little
knowledge and a small behavior change to stop pollution from a business.
Sometimes efforts are more expensive and more involved. In either
case, we can help you move forward. The Local Source Control Program
offers no-cost, voluntary technical assistance site visits to businesses
to evaluate business practices and provide information on pollution
prevention. Preventing pollution at the source will keep our water
ways clean and improve our public health.
- Pollution Prevention Leadership
if you are doing everything right at your business? We welcome the
opportunity to give you a big pat on the back, to document your
good practices as an example to others, and to invite you to participate
in the Envirostars program.
A POLLUTION PREVENTION LEADER IN SKAGIT COUNTY
BECOME A CERTIFIED ENVIROSTARS BUSINESS TODAY!
GET STARTED WITH AN E-MAIL TO EH@co.skagit.wa.us
businesses are not aware that the waste they generate needs special
handling as hazardous or dangerous waste. The following links can
help you understand how waste is defined and what regulations may
apply to you.
County Help Me With My Waste?
Yes, There Are Two Agencies That Will Assist You.
County Public Works Small
Quantity Generator Program
Email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Call (360) 416-1400
Location: 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Fax number: (360) 416-1405
County Public Health Department (360) 416-1500
Email @ P2@co.skagit.wa.us
Call (360) 416-1500 and ask for the Local Control Source staff
Location: 700 S. Second Street, Room 301, Mount Vernon, WA
Fax number: (360) 336-9401
dangerous wastes are required to be stored in closed, leak proof
containers that are compatible with the waste. Dangerous waste must
be stored under cover sufficient to protect from weather and over
secondary containment large enough to contain a leak from the primary
container, either 10% of the volume of all of the containers or
110% of the volume of the largest container, whichever is larger.
of cover and secondary containment:
of used oil and used anti-freeze must be labeled Used Oil Only
or Used Anti-Freeze Only. Containers of other dangerous wastes
must be labeled with the chemical name, the hazard category
of the chemical, and the start date of accumulation in the waste
can be downloaded here.
encourage you to review all of the chemicals that you use in your
business on a regular basis. It is possible that you can save costs
and reduce liability by substituting less dangerous products for
hazardous chemicals. If you are not able to substitute you may be
able to reduce your use and thus reduce your generation of dangerous
waste. Tracking your chemical use and waste generation is a good
way to understand how to best make changes.
you have chemical products that you will no longer use you may
find markets to exchange or sell these products at the Industrial
Materials Exchange (IMEX).
one of the premiere material exchanges of the Pacific Northwest.
IMEX is a free listing service designed to help your business
find markets for your industrial by-products, surplus materials
and wastes. Businesses, offices, schools, and individuals "advertise"
their surplus/unwanted materials, or materials that they are
seeking, by submitting an electronic IMEX listing form. The
listings are then posted on the IMEX
web site, where they are viewed by interested waste generators
and waste recyclers.
Recycling and Disposal Options for Dangerous Wastes
Skagit County Public Works has a disposal facility for Small
Quantity Generators of Dangerous Wastes. Disposal through this
facility is very economical for small business. Hours and contact
information can be obtained from Public
is important that you understand the drainage and piping from your
business both on the inside of the business and outside the building.
Inside a Building
Do you have the floor plans of your business? Do you know
where all of your plumbing lines are located? Do all of the
pipes within your facility go to the sanitary sewer?
Sometimes floor drains go to the storm water sewer instead
of the sanitary sewer. No floor drains are allowed to drain
to the storm water collection system. Unnecessary floor drains
or floor drains with unknown or improper drainage should be
Most urban areas are plumbed to sanitary sewer and most rural
areas are plumbed to on-site septic systems. No chemical or
hazardous waste should be drained to a septic system.
Look around your business property. Do you see manholes, drainage
grates, ditches, ponds? These are in place to drain the rain
water or snow melt from your property. You should assume all
outside drainage will lead directly to a surface water stream.
You are responsible for making sure that your drainage is not
causing pollution of surface water. What
Is Stormwater? (video from King County)
and trash compactors covered by a roof?
your dumpster and trash compactor areas daily. Dumpsters should
be kept closed. Dumpsters and compactors should not leak any
liquids. Know where the drainage from your waste storage area
goes. If it drains toward a storm drain you need to take action
to prevent pollution by either eliminating leaks or blocking
flow from the storage area.
business that stores hazardous chemicals should have spill clean-up
materials appropriate for the chemicals, whether the chemicals are
product or waste.
Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) should be available for each chemical.
A Spill Response Plan should be posted near the spill clean-up
materials. Employees need to be trained at least annually in
the chemical hazards, the MSDS documents, and spill response.
These resources can help you. Spill
Response Plan MSDS
If it's not
in the rain keep it out of the drain. The only thing that flows
to a storm drain from your business should be rainwater or water
from snow melt. A storm drain is a direct route to the local stream,
our many local rivers and eventually to Puget Sound.
When you look at your storm drains or catch basins, visualize
the salmon, shellfish, crabs, and whole aquatic food chain that
live and filter that water. Many of these fish and shellfish
are eaten by you and your neighbors. Some examples of contaminants
are listed below.
and equipment wash water
detergents, fuel, oil, grease, heavy metals, toxic by-products
of combustion, dirt and mud solids
equipment or storage tanks
oil, grease, heavy metals, toxic by-products of combustion
and other materials mixed with water from trash compactors
food and other types releases depending on what is crushed
Just because a product is listed as "green" doesn't
mean it can go in the storm system. Biodegradable soaps and
detergents still mobilize oils, dirt, heavy metals, and toxic
combustion by-products into wash water. Even the soap or detergent
by itself will impact aquatic life. Certified green products
are an improvement over their standard counterparts but they
still should not go down the storm drain.
is one of the premiere material exchanges of the Pacific
Northwest. IMEX is a free listing service designed
to help your business find markets for your industrial
by-products, surplus materials and wastes. Businesses,
offices, schools, and individuals "advertise"
their surplus/unwanted materials, or materials that
they are seeking, by submitting an electronic