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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Keith Eisner, 704-2762 or 754-3360

County Opens Yard Waste Storm Debris Drop-off Points; Waives Fees for Yard Waste Storm Debris at Waste and Recovery Center

​In response to damage from last week’s storm, Thurston County commissioners approved a debris disposal program. The program, approved this afternoon, calls for the opening of three drop-off sites in Thurston County and the waiving of fees at the county’s Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) for yard waste storm debris caused by the December 14-15 storm. The free service is open to all residents of incorporated and unincorporated Thurston County.

The three disposal sites are at the following locations:

  • in the Rochester area, 500 feet north of the intersection of Sargent and Littlerock roads;
  • at the Griffin Athletic Fields, 6924 41st Avenue NW off Steamboat Island Road and
  • at the Rainier Pit, 11414 133rd Avenue SE.

Reader boards will be near the entrance to each site. The sites will be open Saturday, December 23 and Sunday, December 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Only trees and tree limbs will be accepted. No dirt, rocks, weeds, sod, stumps, painted or treated lumber, food waste or beauty bark will be accepted.

The county’s Waste and Recovery Center at 2418 Hogum Bay Road NE (near Lacey) will accept tree and tree limbs felled by the storm for no charge from Saturday, December 23 through Sunday, January 7; closed December 25 and January 1. The WARC is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Only trees and limbs will be accepted with no charge. Trunks and limbs longer than eight feet and larger in diameter than eight inches must be taken to one of the three outlying disposal sites listed above. The waiving of fees applies only to trees and tree limbs downed by the storm.

Information about the debris disposal program is available at the county’s Water and Waste Management Office at 357-2491.
For more information, contact Keith Eisner, 704-2762 or 754-3360 .

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3