Don’t let your
grass clippings, branches, and food scraps go to waste! Instead, turn
them into a valuable resource by signing up for a collection service or
by utilizing one of the other options to reduce organic waste listed
recycling, and organics are collected in Thurston County by the City of Olympia and LeMay. For
information on organics collection services, click on the links below
or contact your hauler directly.
City of Olympia
What can go in your bin
leaves, plants & flowers
Wooden pallets, wood
boxes, chopsticks & lumber scraps (NOT treated, painted or stained -
Nails are okay)
Fruits and vegetables
Bread, pasta, pizza &
Dairy and egg shells
Meat and bones
Seafood and shells
Food Soiled and Shredded Paper
Paper towels, napkins
& paper bags
filters & tea bags
Pizza boxes and waxy
Other waste reduction options for
Take your yard
waste to the Waste and Recovery Center or visit the WhereDoITakeMy? database to find other yard waste
drop-off locations. No self-hauled food or food-soiled paper is accepted
at the WARC. Organics that are self-hauled to the WARC are taken to the
woody debris area where food and food-soiled paper can attract vermin
and birds and cause serious odor problems. Food and food-soiled papers
can be collected in the curbside organics program because they are
processed quickly in a different area. See the top of this page for more
information on organics collection services.
Please note: Noxious weeds should not be included
in your yard waste; you must pay to dispose of them as garbage.
Certain noxious weeds qualify for free disposal. Please
contact Thurston County Noxious Weed Control Agency for more information about noxious
Start your own backyard compost pile.
Practice GrassCycling, a simple, natural way of recycling grass
and returning water and nutrients to the soil.
Find out how to
keep your food – and money – out of the trash at WasteLessFood.com.