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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

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We offer people living in Thurston County a variety of ways to learn about garbage, recycling, and composting. We use presentations, tabling demonstrations, Question & Answer events, videos, and social media to help Thurston County reduce waste and recycle properly.


November 15: America Recycles Day Lunch-N-Learn
Join Thurston County recycling specialists for a virtual celebration of America Recycles Day on Wednesday, November 15 at noon. Learn about recent and upcoming changes to recycling, the 2023 county-wide waste study, and common mistakes even the best recyclers make. Be sure to stay for the announcement of the winner of our contest to rename the Trash Talk! newsletter for grades 4-5. We’ve even reserved time at the end for your burning questions. Everyone is welcome – bring your lunch and a list of questions!
Register via Zoom.

Have a 4th or 5th grader in your life? Help them submit their suggestion for the newsletter name.

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We offer presentations for Thurston County based organizations, civic groups, neighborhood associations, classrooms, and other groups of 10 or more. Topics include: 

  • local recycling and garbage systems 
  • recycling 101
  • food and yard waste recycling
  • waste less food
  • low waste holidays

Contact us to request a presentation. We ask that you contact us at least three weeks prior to your desired presentation date.

Community Events

Our staff attend several community tabling events each year, ready to answer questions and share information about garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste recycling. 

If you are organizing an event and looking for an educational vendor, please contact us.

Need to contact us? Call (360) 867-2491 or email​