Organics collection

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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 restaurant's or school’s extra food to the Thurston County Food Bank.

two hands holding compostDon’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. You’ll keep these materials out of the landfill and save money on your garbage service too.

Garbage, recycling, and organics are collected in Thurston County by the City of Olympia and LeMay. For information on organics collection services, including what you can put in your organics bin or cart, click on the links below or contact your hauler directly.

City of Olympia service areas

LeMay service areas

Choose reusables over compostable products

If possible, use durable products like washable utensils, cups, and plates to prevent waste. Not all items labeled "compostable" or "biodegradable” really compost. For information on what’s accepted, check out our list of compostable products or contact Peter Guttchen at 360-867-2283 or We also offer tips on how to organize a waste-free event.

Other waste reduction options for organics

Take your yard waste to the Waste and Recovery Center or visit the WhereDoITakeMy? database to find other yard waste drop-off locations.

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

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