- Pollution Prevention Leadership
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 free 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
What 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
A POLLUTION PREVENTION LEADER IN SKAGIT COUNTY
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I Produce A Dangerous Or Hazardous Waste?
is Dangerous or Hazardous Waste Defined?
The Quantity Matter? Am I A Small Quantity Generator?
A Regulation For Small Quantity Generators?
Yes, both the Washington State Department of Ecology and Skagit
County have regulations.
County Help Me With My Waste?
Yes, There Are Two Agencies That Will Assist You.
Public Works Small
Quantity Generator Program
Email @ email@example.com
Call (360) 416-1400
Location: 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Fax number: (360) 336-9478
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 98273
Fax number: (360) 336-9401
I Designate My Dangerous Waste?
See the Washington State Dangerous Waste Designation Tool
Where Can I Find Information About Dangerous or Hazardous Waste?
County Resources for Help with Hazardous Waste
and Labeling Dangerous Waste
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.
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.
Reducing and Properly Disposing of Dangerous Waste
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.
may find these tracking spreadsheets useful.
Log for Business.(xlsx) Hazardous
Outlets for Waste Products
If 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). IMEX 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 IMEX listing form. The listings are then posted on
web site, where they are viewed by interested waste generators
and waste recyclers.
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
businesses provide pick up or mail in recycling or disposal of
dangerous waste. Consult
the Hazardous Waste Service Directory for options in Washington
the Drainage from your Business
is important that you understand the drainage and piping from your
business both on the inside of the business and outside the building.
Can you answer the questions below?
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.
Is Stormwater? (video from King County)
Parking lot catch basins
What drains toward the catch basin? Do you have treatment on your
storm drain system?
and trash compacters
- Are dumpsters
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.
- Only Rain Goes Down The Drain!
Clean-Up and Response Plan
business that stores hazardous chemicals should have spill clean-up
materials appropriate for the chemicals, whether the chemicals are
product or waste.
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.
Management- only rain down the drain
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
fluids from vehicles,
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 stormwater and why is it important? (video from King County)
Management by Jurisdiction:
State and County
Materials and Links
We have compiled
some educational materials and links for you. If you have difficulty
finding information on a certain topic and need assistance, please
let us know. We want to help you find the best solution for your
business. If you need certain information, then most likely other
businesses need that information too. Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org