Thurston County disposal facilities


Plastic bags banned
Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County have approved ordinances banning plastic carryout bags. Learn more about the bag bans.

LeMay discontinues plastic film collection
LeMay no longer collects plastic film from the WARC recycle center or from businesses. Read this press release to learn more.

Waste and Recovery Center at Hawks Prairie

The Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) is a one-stop campus where residents can dispose of garbage, yard waste, recyclables and dangerous household chemicals.

Hours and location

Monday through Friday - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and July 4th. Open on all other holidays.

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2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey.
The north entrance leads to the paid disposal areas. The south entrace leads to recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and donation areas.

Rural Thurston County residents may find the Rainier and Rochester drop boxes more convenient.


Disposal rates

Minimum fee 
(300 lbs or less)
Rate per ton
Includes all construction & demo debris, non-refrigerated appliances, vehicle tires (limit 5 per day per customer).
$18 $119
Yard waste
See a list of accepted items here.
$9 $45
You must call 867-2491 to make an appointment at least 12 hours before disposing of asbestos. Learn more about asbestos requirements.
$22 $143

Refrigerated appliances: add a $18 handling fee to the regular garbage rate.

red arrow Payment: The WARC accepts cash, checks, debit cards and credit cards. (Note: All transactions are rounded to the nearest dollar. Scales determine weight in 20-pound increments.) All rates include 3.6% state refuse tax where applicable.

red arrowPhoto ID: Anyone entering the paid disposal area of the WARC must present photo ID at the tollbooth.

red arrowRemember to cover your load. Washington State law requires that all loads be secured. Loose loads that are not covered may be charged a 50 percent litter surcharge.


Free recycling and reuse services


Community resources


Contact Us

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at (360) 867-2491 or email

Note: Although the WARC facilities are open on weekends and some holidays, staff are not available by phone or email on those days.


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