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Thurston County, Washington

Public Works

Household hazardous waste being sorted

Drop-off Location

Waste and Recovery Center, HazoHouse

Address: 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE, Lacey, WA 98516
Open daily: 8 a.m.–4:45 p.m. 
Access: Use the south entrance at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center. 

This service is free for people living in Thurston County. Businesses must register and pay a fee.

HazoHouse is a drive-thru facility. Due to safety concerns, please do not walk into the HazoHouse area.

​Accepted at HazoHouse

To determine if a product is hazardous, look for the words POISON, DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION on the label. Please bring waste in five-gallon containers or smaller. The following items are accepted:

  • Automotive products (antifreeze, brake fluid)
  • Motor oil and filters. Limit: 5 gallons per customer per day.
  • Cooking oil. Limit: 5 gallons per customer per day.
  • All batteries EXCEPT standard alkaline. Limit: 3 car batteries per customer per day. Cover the contact points of the batteries with tape, or place each battery in an individual plastic baggie. 
  • Oil-based paint, limited to 10 gallons per customer per day.
  • Latex paint, limited to 10 gallons per customer per day.
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Pesticides
  • Pool and hobby chemicals
  • Liquid fuels
  • Fluorescent lights, compact fluorescent lights, cfl, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights, yard light bulbs and their ballasts. Limited to 10 tubes or bulbs per day per customer, and 15 ballasts per day per customer. NO broken bulbs or light tubes taped together. Transport them in their original boxes if possible. 
  • Propane containers (20 lb. or smaller). Limit: 3 propane tanks per day per customer. Accepted tanks include:
    • Standard barbecue tanks
    • Compact camp stove propane canisters (such as the green Coleman single-use fuel canisters)
    • Small, narrow propane cylinders used by plumbers and other contractors
  • Products containing mercury. Place thermometers in their original containers or in two plastic sealable bags.

NOT Accepted at HazoHouse

  • Alkaline batteries from households
  • Empty or leaking containers
  • Medical waste
  • Asbestos (see below on proper disposal)
  • Pharmaceuticals/medications (find drop-off locations)
  • Explosives or fireworks
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguishers. Discharge extinguisher into a bucket or garbage bag and put in the garbage.
  • Computers, monitors, TVs, or electronics (find e-cycle drop-off locations)

Scroll down to check out the Where Do I Take My? database to find disposal locations for these items and others.

​Transporting Household Hazardous Waste

Safely transport household hazardous wastes. The risk of fire, explosion, and spills exists during transport.

  • Transport household hazardous waste in sealed containers
  • Keep containers in an upright position. 
  • Place containers in a plastic-lined box. 
  • Make sure all containers are 5 gallons or less in size and properly labeled with the contents.
  • Store acids and oxidizers separately, away from each other and other hazardous products.

​Medicine Take-back

Please visit Thurston County Public Health and Social Services to find out where to take unwanted medicine.


Manufacturers are required by state law to offer recycling services for certain electronic items at no cost to individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, schools, and local governments. The law took effect January 1, 2009 and applies to the following items only:

  • TVs
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Monitors
  • E-book readers (such as the Kindle and the Nook)
  • Portable DVD players

The Washington State Department of Ecology coordinates collection sites and enforces the law through the E-Cycle Washington program.


A permit is required prior to removal of asbestos. For details, please go to the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency site or call (360) 539-7610.

Call (360) 867-2491 to make an appointment at least one business day before disposing of asbestos at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC.) Appointments must be scheduled for weekdays, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Be sure to specify the type of asbestos-containing material (friable or non-friable, and whether it is pipe, pipe insulation, tile, etc.). The disposal fee is $143/ton, with a minimum fee of $22 for quantities less than 300 pounds. 

Wrapping requirements

  1. Thoroughly wet.
  2. Double wrap in 6 mil plastic (not the equivalent) with no air pockets. Each layer of plastic must be at least 6 mil thick (not millimeters) to ensure proper strength.
  3. Seal with tape.
  4. Mark each bag with: "CONTAINS ASBESTOS" and your name, address, and daytime phone number.
  5. Take prepared package to the WARC.

​Healthy Home Environment

Thurston County offers free and confidential guidance and education to residents and childcare centers through the Healthy Home Program. Trained staff members help address concerns with housing conditions like mold, exposure to toxics, asthma triggers, indoor air pollution, lead, and other housing-related health risks.