WARC entrance gates now close earlier
Entrance gates to the Waste and Recovery Center close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Read the news release to learn more.

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.

Yard waste at the Waste and Recovery Center

fall leavesPut your yard waste to good use at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC). All materials brought to the center are trucked off-site and turned into compost or fuel.

See WARC rates, hours, and location.

Items accepted as self-hauled yard waste

  • Garden trimmings and prunings
  • Grass clippings (as fresh as possible)
  • Leaves, needles, and cones (no dirt or rocks mixed in)
  • Tree branches and cedar boughs
  • Tree stumps and roots (no dirt or rocks mixed in)
  • Untreated lumber (no paints or stains; nails are OK)
  • Plywood and particle board (no laminate/artificial wood surface glued to board)

Items NOT accepted as self-hauled yard waste 

  • No sod
  • No beauty bark
  • No dirt, rocks, gravel, and sludge
  • No treated, painted, or stained lumber
  • No petroleum-treated or contaminated products
  • No manure
  • No garbage, plastic, glass or metal
  • No food or food-soiled paper—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. Learn more about organics collection.
  • No noxious weeds—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 weeds.

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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