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Waste disposal for artists

Waste Disposal for Artists

Many art products contain hazardous ingredients. Properly disposing of your waste keeps it out of the environment. Check our Art Hazards pages for discipline-specific disposal guidelines.

Follow these tips to safely dispose of your waste.

Disposing of art chemical containers

  • Dispose of empty containers in the trash.
  • Containers with the words Danger, Warning, Caution or Poison on the label are hazardous products and hazardous waste when no longer useful.
  • Artists working in home-based studios in King County can deliver hazardous waste to one of our no-charge Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites. Call 206-296-4692 for assistance.
  • Commercial studios in King County may be able to deliver their waste to one of our no-charge Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites. Complete the online form or call 206-263-8899 for assistance

Disposing of contaminated wastewater

In the process of creating art, contaminated wastewater is often produced. Don’t pour hazardous art wastewater down the drain.

  • Storm drains - never pour art wastes down a storm drain.
  • Septic tanks
    • Learn if your studio is connected to a septic tank or the sewer.
    • No wastewater contaminated with hazardous products is allowed in septic tanks. Hazardous products are labeled with the words Danger, Warning, Caution or Poison.
  • Sanitary sewer
    • Learn if your studio is connected to a septic tank or the sewer.
    • Almost no wastewater contaminated with hazardous products is allowed in the sanitary sewer. Hazardous products are labeled with the words Danger, Warning, Caution or Poison.
    • Mop water from studio floor cleaning is usually acceptable for disposal to the sewer as long as chemical spills are cleaned up first.