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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 23, 2012
Scott Schimelfenig, Thurston County Utility Operations Manager, 360- 867-2071
Thurston County Emergency Management, 360-754-3360

Disposal of Storm Related Debris

Olympia- Thurston County residents, who have woody debris from the recent storms on their property, can drop it off at several locations. Beginning Wednesday, debris such as tree limbs can be dropped off free of charge at the following locations-

  • Griffin Athletic Fields (parking lots), 6924 41st Avenue NW
  • Burfoot Park, (front entrance parking lot), 6927 Boston Harbor Road NE
  • Kenneydell Park, (ball field parking lot), 6745 Fairview Road
  • Waste and Recovery Center (WARC), 2418 Hogum Bay Road NE (residential customers - no fee, Landscape businesses or Commercial haulers will be charged their regular fee). (Please also note- City of Lacey residents are directed to take their debris to the WARC at no charge)
  • Rainier, (vacant lot behind Rainier Market) corner of Minnesota and Rochester Streets.
  • Sargent Road Gravel Pit, 16500 Sargent Rd. SW
County residents are urged to drop off materials at the WARC if possible. Please note- the drop off sites are for residential storm-related debris only!

Hours & Times for Drop Off:
  • All sites for disposal will be open for drop-off of material beginning Wednesday, January 25, 2012 through Wednesday, February 29, 2012
  • WARC - regular business hours - Monday to Friday 7 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • All other sites - 7 days a week - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Types of Material:Woody "Storm Debris Only" which includes tree branches and trees. Absolutely no garbage will be accepted!!

Other Methods for Debris Management:
  • We encourage neighborhood associations to identify open areas within their developments for disposal of storm debris in lieu of placing material in the right-of-way or at the curb.
  • Rural Right-of-Way collection. County staff will be collecting storm debris from the road right-of-way in the unincorporated areas through Wednesday, February 29, 2012. City residents should contact their jurisdiction.
  • Customers will need to have their woody "Storm Debris Only" material to the curb prior to that date for collection. Absolutely no garbage will be accepted.
  • Right-of-way means: 1) off the edge of pavement (not on the road way), 2) back of ditch (do not pile in or block ditch), 3) not on sidewalks.
  • We encourage neighbors to help neighbors with the storm debris.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3