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Tool libraries – where people can bring various items and help each other fix them – from King County's EcoConsumer website

Tool libraries

Tool libraries

Tool libraries directly prevent waste, conserve resources and save money by reducing unnecessary purchases. Instead of buying a tool or even kitchen equipment that you rarely use, you can borrow it.

The EcoConsumer public outreach program helps promote and support tool libraries in King County Solid Waste Division's service area of King County outside Seattle. This support is in conjunction with the King County Re+ grants program and the King County EcoConsumer repair events program.

Three non-profit tool libraries currently operate in King County outside Seattle:

In Seattle, non-profit tool lending libraries include:

Tool libraries within the Seattle city limits generally are supported or promoted more directly by the City of Seattle and other organizations, rather than King County.

Questions? Interested in starting a tool library in your community? Contact EcoConsumer program coordinator Tom Watson email Tom Watson via e-mail or at 206-477-4481.

This March 2014 Seattle Times EcoConsumer column Download PDF 25 K by Tom describes tool lending libraries and the local tool library movement (Tom wrote the EcoConsumer column for the Times from 2005 to 2015).

King County Solid Waste Division mission: Waste Prevention, Resource Recovery, Waste Disposal

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