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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 21, 2005
Michelle Andrews, Education and Outreach Coordinator (360) 357-2491 x 7676

Large turn-out for Community Recycle Days

​OLYMPIA – The two Community Recycle Days events this month at South Sound Speedway and the Thurston County Fairgrounds brought out approximately 1,000 people who recycled a variety of household items, including microwave ovens, which were accepted for the first time at the events.

Among the items brought in during the two-day events were:

  • 680 computer monitors and TVs
  • 440 pieces of office equipment (printers, copiers, CPUs)
  • 180 electronic items (stereos, VCRs, DVDs)
  • 150 microwave ovens
  • 160 refrigerators and freezers
  • 235 washers, dryers and dishwashers
  • 260 lawn mowers
  • 920 yards of scrap metal
  • 1,345 tires

Those who missed Community Recycle Days can still recycle most of these items at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center . (WARC)  Although people are charged regular garbage rates for items such as scrap metal (including lawn mowers), there is a bin designated for scrap metal. The scrap metal placed in this bin will be recycled.  Tires (limit of 5 per day), computer monitors, TVs and appliances can also be recycled at the WARC for a charge.  For those with many tires, contact a tire company directly, such as L&S Tire at (253) 582-5556.

There are several companies that accept items such as computers, TVs and lawnmowers for repair and re-sale.  Also, there are non-profit groups that collect bicycles for worthy causes.  For microwaves, CPU's, and electronics there are a few companies such as Total Reclaim (206) 343-7443 or Jaco Environmental at 1-800-414-5072, which will recycle them for a charge. 

For more information on where to take recyclable or re-useable items, check the "brown pages" in the front of the Dex phone book for recycling options, or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3