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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 21, 2020
Thurston County Public Works, 360-867-2491, or by email at ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us

Christmas Tree Recycling for Thurston County Residents

​OLYMPIA – When the holidays wind down and the decorations get packed away, it's time to figure out what to do with the Christmas tree. This season, free tree collection and drop-off opportunities are available county-wide.

To prepare your tree for recycling, please remove all ornaments, lights, stands, nails, and tinsel prior to drop-off. Flocked trees are accepted.

Drop-off Locations

All Thurston County residents: Trees are accepted at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) located at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey from Saturday, December 26, to Sunday, January 10 (closed Friday, January 1). The WARC is open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Customers with other waste in addition to a tree should expect to make two trips across the scale.

Rainier residents: Take trees to the Rainier Drop-Box Facility at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from Saturday, December 26, to Sunday, January 10 (closed Friday, January 1). The Rainier Drop-Box Facility is open Friday–Sunday only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rochester residents: Take trees to the Rochester Drop-Box Facility at 16500 Sargent Road from Saturday, December 26, to Sunday, January 10. The Rochester Drop Box Facility is open Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tenino residents: Residents can take trees to 418 S. Wichman Street from Saturday, December 26, to Sunday, January 17.

Yelm residents: Residents can place trees in a designated dumpster at Yelm City Park anytime from Saturday, December 26, to Sunday, January 10, or until the dumpster is full.

Pick Up Information

LeMay yard/food waste customers: Place your tree in or near your yard/food waste cart (in sections 3 feet or less). Extra fee(s) apply for customers not signed up for yard/food waste collection. Call LeMay at 360-923-0111 for more information.

City of Lacey residents: Local Boy Scouts will provide curbside pick-up of holiday trees on Saturday, January 2, for residents within Lacey city limits. Trees must have all decorations removed and placed curbside in front of homes by 8:00 a.m. The Boy Scouts accept donations for this great community service, which can be made online at www.troop222wa.org, or BSA Troop 222, PO Box 5379, Lacey, WA 98509. For more information, contact Lacey Public Affairs at 360-491-3214 or publicaffairs@ci.lacey.wa.us.

City of Olympia garbage customers: For customers with Tuesday/Wednesday service, tree pickup will be on Saturday, January 9. For Thursday/Friday service, pickup will be on Saturday, January 16. Place tree in regular pickup spot by 6:00 a.m. Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. Call City of Olympia at 360-754-8340 for more information.

City of Tumwater residents: Residents may place undecorated trees behind the curb near their closest main intersection by Monday, January 11. Please be sure to keep sidewalks, bike lanes, and roadways clear when dropping off trees. It may take several days for crews to pick up all trees. For more information, please contact Tumwater Public Works Operations at 360-754-4150.

Multi-family complex residents: Check with your property manager for tree placement locations.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3