Thurston County and Tumwater pass bag ordinance
Both the Thurston County Board of Commissioners and the City of Tumwater have approved an ordinance banning plastic carryout bags. Read this press release to learn more.
Thurston County Drop Box Rates
Thurston County drop boxes in Rainier and Rochester accept cash, checks, debit cards and credit cards. All transactions are rounded to the nearest dollar.
Hours and Locations
Click here to learn about the hours and locations of Thurston County drop box sites.
Drop Box Rates for 2013
(Please note: Loads with several waste types will be charged based on which waste type constitutes the majority of the load.)
$18.00 per cubic yard. Customers are charged for a minimum of 1 cubic yard. To imagine 1 cubic yard, think of a box that is 3 feet wide by 3 feet high by 3 feet deep. (Also see "How to Measure a Cubic Yard" below or click here for a calculator.)
This rate also applies to yard and garden trimmings, non-refrigerated appliances, furniture and vehicle tires (There is a 5-tire limit per customer per day.)
Interested in having an organization pick up and remove your appliances at the curb? Click here for more information.
Yard and garden trimmings
Yard debris is treated as regular household garbage at the drop box sites. See rates above.
Construction, demolition debris, sheetrock
$31.00 per cubic yard. Customers are charged for a minimum of 1 cubic yard.
Roofing and specially handled wastes
$48.00 per cubic yard. Customers are charged for a minimum of 1 cubic yard.
Items Not Accepted at Drop Boxes
The following items are not accepted at garbage drop box sites. Please take these items to the Waste and Recovery Center on Hogum Bay Road instead.
Computers, laptops, monitors, TVs and e-book readers (such as The Kindle and the Nook) are accepted free at the Goodwill donation station at the Waste and Recovery Center under Washington's E-Cycle program. Find other locations to take these items.
Note: The E-Cycle program is available to residents, nonprofits, small businesses, schools and local governments only.
How To Measure A Cubic Yard
All loads brought to a drop box are measured by an attendant and charged by the cubic yard.
How to measure your load:
Measure (in feet) the width, the depth and the length of your load. Multiply those three numbers and divide by 27 to find your cubic yardage.
For example, your load is 4' wide, 2' deep and 8' long. Multiply 4 x 2 x 8. The total is 64. Divide 64 by 27. Your cubic yard total is approximately 2.5.
Cover Your Load
Washington State law requires that all loads be secured. Click here for details. Loose loads that are not covered may be charged a 50 percent litter surcharge.
Call Thurston County Public Works at (360) 867-2491 or e-mail ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us.
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