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Thurston County, Washington

The content on the Thurston County website is currently provided in English. We are providing the “Translation” for approximately 10 languages. The goal of the translation is to provide visitors with limited English proficiency to access information on the website in other languages. The translations do not translate all types of documents, and it may not give you an exact translation all the time. The translations are made through an automated process, which may not result in accurate or precise translations, particularly of technical and legal terminology.

Public Works

Talkin' Trash

Watch the latest episode in our video series, designed to provide people living in Thurston County with important information about how to reduce waste and improve recycling. View the full video series. Click here --->

​Schools & Youth

We provide activities, presentations, and resources focusing on waste reduction, recycling, natural resources, and more. Click here--->

Master Recycler Composter Program

The Master Recycler Composters of Thurston County is a volunteer service program provided by Thurston County and Washington State University Extension. The County trains Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteers to become community educators. Topics include solid waste issues such as waste reduction, recycling, and composting within Thurston County. Click here --->

Community Programs & Events

We offer people living in Thurston County a variety of ways to learn about garbage, recycling, and composting. We use presentations, tabling demonstrations, question and answer clinics, videos, and social media to help Thurston County reduce waste and recycle properly. Click here --->

Multifamily Garbage & Recycling Resources

Calling all multi-unit property and mobile home park owners/managers. We can help you keep costs down and resources out of the landfill. Click here ---> 

Business Waste Reduction

Our program offers free resources and on-site assistance to add or improve your business waste reduction and recycling programs. With more efficient systems, your business can save money while conserving resources. Get started on making recycling and food and yard waste disposal easier and more convenient for your business to see results. Click here --->

Low-Waste Events & Borrow-A-Bin Program

Make your next event as waste-free as possible. Whether it’s a family reunion, community potluck, music festival, sporting event, or company picnic, a near waste-free event is possible! The goal is to divert as much material from the landfill as possible. Use our planning checklist, and borrow free recycling and garbage bins for your next event. Washington State law requires recycling at official gatherings and sport facilities by vendors who sell beverages in single-use aluminum, glass, or plastic bottles or cans.  
Details about hosting a low-waste event. Click here --->


Clearly labeled recycling, food and yard waste, and garbage bins help people sort their waste properly. Download waste guides, printable signs, and informational flyers. Click here --->