Senate Bill 6415

Yesterday Kelly Fox, CEO of Lumber Traders Inc. parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply was asked to speak to the Senate Education Committee for K-12 programs about the need for Career and Technical Education in our community.

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Senate Bill 6415 is designed to maintain the funding for shop classes in our schools along with other skilled trade programs.

Kelly looks at skilled trades and high school shop classes as a future pipeline for employees going to work for our customers or coming to work for one of our stores. We all recognize how hard it is to find skilled people and losing even one more potential source is too much. Taking things a step further, the future of our county is dependent on a trained workforce that does not always need to be college educated. Without the CTE programs, our young people in the community may leave the area to find work in the urban markets.  In turn our community, along with our stores, struggle to remain viable.

If you want to learn more you can watch the video here. Kelly’s contribution starts at the 44:16 mark.

If any of you ever get the chance or feel so moved to speak on an issue to our legislature, Kelly encourages others to speak up and have their voice heard.

Things may not always go your way but you will have done your part in supporting your cause in the legislative process.

For the issue with SB 6415, it is not likely to make it out of committee and that does spell trouble for our programs going forward. Next year the budgets renew and hopefully there will be a much better chance to get the funding needed to maintain our CTE programs!

 

Paint Disposal Procedures in Clallam County

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Recent research shows that latex paint and stains can safely be put in the garbage for disposal at a landfill, as long as the paint is dry or solidified first. Based on this research Clallam County no longer accepts latex paint at their waste facility.

Dumped illegally, liquid latex paint can be a hazard by plugging or damaging septic fields, overloading sewage treatment plants and creating environmental hazards on the ground.

Residents should dry out latex paint and stains and put it in the garbage with the lid off, using one of several methods:

Air:

  • Remove the lid and let the paint dry out in the can
  • Protect from freezing and rain as well as curious children and animals
  • This only works when an inch or less of paint is left in the can and is most effective in the warmer months.

Cat litter:

  • Mix latex paint with an equal amount of clay-based cat litter
  • Stir in completely and let the paint dry. It takes about 10 minutes for the cat litter to harden.
  • Add more cat litter if the paint is soft or runny after 10 minutes. Repeat until the material is very thick.
  • Sawdust, dirt, and shredded paper can be tried as alternatives to cat litter.
  • If there is not enough room in the paint can to stir in enough cat litter to dry it all out, pour off paint into any plastic or cardboard container that is large enough to hold the material, including a yogurt container, plastic tub, shoebox, or other convenient container.

Paint hardener:

  • Mix latex paint or stain with commercial paint hardener according to the directions.
  • At the end of that time, paint will have a tacky, oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.

Other ideas of using up latex paint or stains:

  • Use the paint when painting a garage, dog house or use as a primer coat for another painting project.
  • Donate excess paint to a school, theater group or non-profit agency.

Be sure it’s latex paint or stain! Look on the label for the word “latex,” or for directions to clean up or thin with water.

Once the latex paint has hardened or solidified, place the can with the lid off in your garbage container. The garbage hauler needs to see that the paint has been solidified.

Oil-based paints and stains should be brought to the Regional Transfer Station for proper disposal.
Hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you have additional questions about household hazardous waste disposal, please contact Environmental Health using their email form or call them @ 360-417-2258.

Located after the scales, this facility accepts typical household hazardous waste. It is processed, stored, and later transferred for safe disposal or recycling.

A complete list of items that are accepted at no charge include:
  • Household cleaners
  • Lawn and garden supplies
  • Old gasoline (you leave your container)
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Solvents
  • Oil based paints

Attendants will remove items from your car. Quick and easy!

This facility does not accept business waste. Call Recycling at 360-417-4874 for a list of private companies that service Clallam county.

Reuse Area
Products in good condition such as stain, fertilizer, oil-based paints, household cleaners, or plant food are separated for re-use. Residents can visit the reuse area and take products home (during facility open hours only).

Oil, Anti-Freeze & Auto Batteries Drop-Off Area
The recycling drop-off area for oil, anti-freeze, and batteries is located after the scales and adjacent to the Moderate Risk Waste Facility. There is no charge for this service.

More information can be found at
Clallam County website
City of Port Angeles website