Plastic bag ban now in effect
Ordinances have started in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County banning plastic carryout bags.
Learn more about these ordinances.
Got extra food? Learn about donating your business's extra food to the Thurston County Food Bank.
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 below.
Not all items labeled "compostable" or "biodegradable” really compost. For assistance in choosing compostable products for your home or business that are accepted in our program, please call 360-867-2491 or email ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us. You can also download the City of Olympia’s list of Compostable Bag and Service Ware to find durable, reusable service products.
Other waste reduction options for organics
Take your yard waste to the or visit the 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.
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