News

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.

Recycle at the Waste and Recovery Center

Note: Read the labels on the recycle center bins and put only accepted items in the bin. Place materials loose in the bins -- not in paper or plastic bags. If the bins are full, DO NOT leave your materials on the ground by the bin. Come back another time or visit the Rochester or Rainier recycle centers.

Prepare your recyclables 

The recycle center at the Waste and Recovery Center accepts the following items:

  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Cereal & food boxes
  • Magazines, catalogs & mail
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags
  • Paperback books
  • Phone books
  • Aluminum & tin cans
  • Dairy tubs & yogurt cups
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Plastic bottles, jugs & jars (neck must be narrower than the base, no lids or caps)
  • Plastic buckets (must be clean, no lids or handles)
  • Rigid plant pots (empty, no dirt)
  • Polystyrene (also known as Styrofoamâ„¢) molded blocks and food containers.
    • Rinse or wipe food containers clean.
    • Make sure foam has the #6 recycle symbol.
    • Put foam in a clear or translucent bag.
    • Put shape/molded foam and food containers in separate bags.
    • No packaging peanuts. Call 1-800-828-2214 or visit the Plastic Loose Fill Council website for drop-off locations.

Use this tipsheet to prepare your recyclables.

The recycle center also has a self-serve station for recycled used cooking oil, motor oil, and vehicle oil filters.

 

Free electronics recycling through E-Cycle

Recycle the following electronic items free:

  • Laptops
  • Computers & monitors
  • TVs
  • Tablets & E-readers
  • Portable DVD players
Take your items to the Goodwill donation station located next to HazoHouse. The E-Cycle program is available to residents, nonprofits, small businesses, schools and local governments only.

Find other locations to take these items.

 

Donate used items

NEW!  Donate used building materials to Habitat for Humanity. The new drop-off station at the WARC accepts the same items that South Sound Habitat for Humanity stores accept, such as:

  • Appliances
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Light fixtures
  • Hardware
  • Lumber
  • Sinks
  • Roofing
  • Non-aluminum windows

Visit the South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity website or call (360) 956-3456 to learn more.

Donate used clothing and household items at the on-site Goodwill station. There is also a drop box for used books.

 

Contact us

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at (360) 867-2491 or e-mail Evansj@co.thurston.wa.us.

 

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