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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Colleen Minion, Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist II, 360-480-9729 or email at  

Coronavirus Response: Waste Facilities Reopening to Self-Haul Customers for the Weekend
Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center will temporarily open to self-haul April 4 through April 5, 2020

OLYMPIA – The Waste & Recovery Center (WARC) will temporarily reopen to self-haul customers Saturday, April 4, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Normal operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. will be in effect. 

The HazoHouse, recycling area, free mulch pile, Off-Leash Dog Park, and Closed Loop Park will remain closed to the public. The WARC will then close to self-haulers from Monday, April 6, 2020 through Wednesday, April 8, 2020. All services are expected to reopen to all customers at the WARC on Thursday, April 9, 2020. 

Customers should expect long lines and stay 6 feet away from others while at the WARC this weekend. Customers should allow only one person out of their vehicle, if possible, and wash their hands before and after each visit. 

The temporary changes to public access of the WARC do not affect commercial haulers who provide garbage services to many county residents. It only affects those who self-haul to county waste facilities.

For more information, including educational information on how to reduce waste, visit Thurston County Solid Waste online at or @ThurstonSolidWaste on Facebook.


County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3