Garbage & Recycling
Plastic Foam Recycling Suspended February 28
The Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey is suspending the plastic foam recycling program, effective February 28, 2023. Due to a recent law prohibiting certain types of plastic foam products, the processing facility the WARC uses for this type of recycling will end operations at the end of February. Read the full news release for more details. Questions can be directed to 360-867-2491 or ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us.
South County Transfer Station Study
Thurston County currently owns and operates the Rainier and Rochester garbage and recycling drop-box sites. Due to limited capacity, the county is exploring the possibility of developing a new transfer station to replace the drop-box sites in the southern part of the county. Learn more about the study by visiting the South County Transfer Station Study page.
Looking for Your Curbside Service Provider?
Thurston County does not provide or oversee curbside waste collection services. Contact the service provider in your area to set up services or ask a question.
|Waste Hauler||Service Area||Phone|
|City of Olympia||Within city limits||(360) 753-8340|
|Butler's Cove||Cooper Point and Steamboat Island|
|Rural Refuse||Yelm and Rainier||(360) 923-0111|
|LeMay Pacific Disposal||Lacey, Tumwater, Summit Lake, and the rest of unincorporated north Thurston County|
|Joe's Refuse||Bucoda||(360) 278-3525
Bucoda City Hall
|Joe's Refuse||Tenino, Rochester and the rest of south Thurston County||(360) 736-4769|
Traffic at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC)
The chart below shows the average traffic level at the WARC on different days and times. Visit during times marked green or yellow for the shortest wait times. Actual traffic and wait times may vary, especially due to special events or holidays.
Secure Your Load
Washington law requires motorists to cover and secure their loads (RCW 46.61.655) to prevent cargo from breaking free. The Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) has an un-tarping area near the entrance. Please uncover loads before proceeding to the scales—this helps make the unloading process go more smoothly.
Follow these simple tips:
- Place lighter items below heavier items to keep them in place.
- Tie down items using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Securely fasten large items directly to your vehicle.
- Add extra protection by covering the entire load with a tarp or netting. Make sure that any covering is securely tied down.
- Don't overload vehicles or trailers.
- Double-check to be sure the load is secure.
- Speed, weight, and gravity are not load-securing devices. Ropes, straps, and netting are load-securing devices.
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