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Reducing Toxic Threats

What You Can Do

There are simple steps each of us can take to protect our families and our environment. Learn more at these links.

Hazardous Substances Information and Education Office - Information about hazardous substances in our homes, schools, work places and communities.

Buying safer products – Many ordinary products we buy contain toxic chemicals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice program works with manufacturers to identify products containing the safest available chemical ingredients. More than 2,700 soaps, cleaners and other consumer products are part of the program.

Recycling – Many products that contain toxic substances are recyclable. Recycling these products helps keep these substances out of our environment. Search for recycling opportunities in your neighborhood.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs - Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury. They need to be recycled properly. You can recycle fluorescent bulbs for free through the LightRecycle Washington program.

Childhood lead poisoning prevention - Very small amounts of lead can hurt your child. Find out more from the Washington Department of Health about preventing childhood lead poisoning.

Fish advisories - Find out from the Washington Department of Health which fish are safe to eat.

Woodstove information - Information about which wood burning devices are legal in Washington, why wood smoke is harmful to health, and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.

Outdoor burning - Burning garbage is illegal in Washington, and burning vegetation is banned in some areas. Learn about composting as an alternative to burning.

Clean Green Boating - Boat owners play an important role in protecting water quality while they enjoy the water and when they repair and maintain their investment.

Reporting spills and environmental threats

How to report environmental incidents