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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Terri Thomas, Education and Outreach Specialist, (360) 754-2896

Thurston County “Community Recycle Days”

OLYMPIA – Thurston County will accept tires, appliances, computers and other recyclable items for minimal or no cost at two Community Recycle Day events. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on:

Saturday, May 10 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds lower parking lot, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E. near Lacey.

Saturday, May 17 at the   South Sound Speedway , 3720 183rd Ave. S.W. in Rochester.

To speed up the cashier process, residents can use the tally sheets available online at: www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm (click on Recycling, then click on Community Recycle Days). The sheet is also included on the back page of the county's Spring 2008 edition of "Talkin' Trash," which is mailed to all Thurston County households.

Items accepted for minimal rate:

  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners: $15 each (four appliances per vehicle).
  • TVs, computer monitors, laptop computers: $15 each.
  • Computer CPUs, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers under 50 lbs: $5 each.
  • Stoves, washers/dryers, microwaves, hot water tanks: $5 each. No dishwashers.
  • VCRs, DVD or CD players, stereos, speakers: $2 each.
  • Tires: $2 each without rims, and $3 each with rims (passenger tires only).
  • Tractor-sized tires: $10 (prices for larger tires will be determined on site by the vendor).

Items accepted for FREE:

  • Scrap metal including de-valved propane tanks.  No barbed wire, no motorized vehicles and no major vehicle parts (check with a scrap metal recycler or wrecking yard).
  • Bicycles with or without tires.
  • Electronics, such as: power tools, keyboards, computer mice, phones (including cell phones), and printed circuit boards.
  • Small motors, such as chainsaws, weed-eaters, outboard boat motors and push or riding lawnmowers.
  • Flowerpots: 2-gallon or larger, clean and unbroken.
  • Reusable items for Goodwill Industries, such as: working small kitchen appliances, kitchenware, small furniture, and clothing.

These events are for residential recycling only, not business recycling. If items, such as electronics or appliances are working, reuse is a much better choice than recycling and we encourage residents to use local materials exchange websites.  By listing these for free, you can give usable items to someone that needs them, conserve resources, and save on disposal/recycling fees.  Sites include www.2good2toss.com, seattle.craigslist.org, and the new www.usedolympia.com.

For more information, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm .  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3