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Thurston County, Washington

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Public Works

Public Works is responsible for planning, constructing, and maintaining county roads, bridges, parks, trails, and other vital infrastructure. We make a difference every day by working to sustain neighborhoods, protect natural resources and enhance the local economy.

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Our Mission

To provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.

Our Vision

The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.

Our Core Values

Accountability | Customer Service | Innovation | Safety | Teamwork

What We Do


We plan and construct projects that meet the needs of our communities and work to keep up with the impact our growing population has on our infrastructure. We also work with developers and property owners to ensure new structures are built to last.

Garbage & Recycling

We operate the only solid waste disposal facilities in Thurston County and provide essential tools for waste reduction to our communities.

Parks & Trails

We ensure our communities have well-kept parks and trails and protect open spaces for future generations to enjoy.

Road Operations

Paved roads comprise the most significant part of Thurston County’s transportation system. Our work is crucial to maintaining the investment we have made in our roads.

Water Resources

We manage stormwater runoff, mitigate flooding, and provide clean drinking water and sewage treatment for a cleaner, healthier environment. We help manage noxious weeds and facilitate healthy lake programs.

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The public is invited to a hearing to provide input on the proposed transfer of roadways to the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.

November 14, 2023

snow plows are ready for the winter

Thurston County Public Works Road Operations readies for winter weather.

November 08, 2023

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The Thurston County Public Works Department recently received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the fourth time.

September 28, 2023


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The Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey has suspended its used cooking oil collection service at HazoHouse.

October 20, 2023

Announcements, Closures
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Thurston County is partnering with Republic Services on a new operations, maintenance, transport, and waste disposal contract beginning today, May 1, 2023.

May 01, 2023


Plastic Foam Recycling Suspended February 28

February 13, 2023


Public Works

Thurston County Public Works

9605 Tilley Road South
Olympia, WA 98512
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Thurston County Waste & Recovery Center (WARC)

2420 Hogum Bay Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516
Sunday: 8:00 am–4:45 pm
Monday–Friday: 7:00 am–4:45 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am–4:45 pm


2420 Hogum Bay Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516
Sunday–Saturday: 8:00 am–4:45 pm

Rainier Drop-Box Facility

13010 Rainier Acres Rd. SE
Rainier, WA 98576
Sunday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday–Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Rochester Drop-Box Facility

16500 Sargent Rd
Rochester, WA 98579
Sunday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm